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About Pittsburgh Candle Works

The Founder

In 2019 I created Pittsburgh Candle Works as a way to bring creativity and light into your home through candles that are healthy to burn, and smell amazing.  I create simple, artistic soy candles that add to the mood and decor of your home – making your home smell good.

I love Pittsburgh, it’s a place that truly feels like home to me and my family.  A town with a big heart, and creative spirit.  My goal is to capture and celebrate it with these candles made right here in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Company

I wanted to create the best candles possible, candles you are comfortable to burn and use in your home.   That’s why we use soy wax sourced from American grown soybeans; the highest quality fragrance oils – 100% phthalate-free, non-toxic, highly scented oils; cotton wicks and glass jars made right here in the USA.  The candles are hand poured in my basement candle studio – so they come right from my home to yours! 

The label creation has been a special process.  I knew the scent of candles in your home is just as important as the look of them.  That’s why I’ve teamed up with local artists to create small works of art on each and every label.  

The Mission

I wanted to make this company about more than just candles –  $1 from each candle sold goes to support a Pittsburgh organization that’s investing in the lives of the homeless and less fortunate in Pittsburgh.

Light of Life Rescue Mission: Established in 1952, Light of Life Rescue Mission is a Christian nonprofit organization providing life changing recovery programs and food and shelter for Pittsburgh’s poor and homeless.  Men, women and children are provided case management and programs designed to meet diverse needs, including recovery from substance addiction, help for mental health issues, and educational courses to prepare them for careers and independent living.  The Mission is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  No one is denied services based on race, creed, gender, religion, age or national origin.  Light of Life is supported largely by private donations.  To learn more visit lightoflife.org.

The Artists

Shelbey Tharpe is a fine artist and native of Pennsylvania living and working in Pittsburgh. She is a student a CCAC, a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and has recently received the Meshanko Memorial Art Scholarship. Her interest in art has been life long. Growing up among woods, creeks, and fields gave her space for exploration and imagination. An avid hiker, the natural world and trails have heavily influenced her work. “We can’t always see the beautiful things that lie ahead of us. We must keep moving, head up and eyes open, and find our own way.” Shelbey is currently exploring essence in her coursework en plein air and in her home art studio. She is the artist behind our Pittsburgh Collection & Seasonal Collections.