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About Roots & Wings Candles

The Founder

As of 2022, we are officially Roots & Wings Candles! Founded in 2019 as Pittsburgh Candle Works, Roots & Wings Candles strives to bring a sense of home, no matter your location. We work with local artists, partner with other small businesses, and bring creativity and mood to your home through our hand-poured soy candles. R&W Candles is a small, woman owned and operated business, with a keen interest in giving back to local communities.

Pittsburgh is where it started

Established in Pittsburgh, PA in the summer of 2019, we have roots but we also have wings to explore.  We moved back to Arizona (my home state) in 2021 and make and ship candles from here.  Pittsburgh will always have a special place in our hearts and we stay connected in many ways. 

-our candles are in several Pittsburgh gift shops and boutiques so you can shop locally (click here for our store locator)
-we collaborates with Pittsburgh based artists to make the art on our labels


The Candles

Roots & Wings candles are:
-handmade, soy wax candles
-made of supplies that are manufactured in the USA whenever possible
-created with labels that are unique, original and thoughtful
-made of clean burning ingredients that are safe to have in your home

You want to be comfortable with the products you use in your home. That’s why I 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 home 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 & Vision

Our Mission is simple:
to create joyful experiences through artistic, high quality soy candles.

Our Vision is community:
RW is working to positively impact our community by
-supporting and promoting artists

-spreading joy with good smells and delightful gift giving
-giving back to local organizations with each candle sale

 $1 from each candle sold goes to support qualified charity organization that gives back to local communities. 

To learn more about our charity partners click here. 

The Artists

Signature Pittsburgh, Seasonal & Holiday Collections

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. Shelbey is the artist behind our Pittsburgh Collection & Seasonal Collections. See more of her work at

Champyinz Collection

This is Luke and he likes warm hugs. He considers himself to be many things, but has obviously watched Frozen one too many times, which means he regards himself as foremost a father. Born, bred and buttered in Pittsburgh, PA – he lives in the South Hills with his growing family of humans and, of course, dogs. Luke has been working as a freelance graphic artist for 5 years under his business Rusty Dog Studio. He and his wife also own and operate Studio Make, a children’s creative center in Peters Township. When he’s not glued to the computer you’ll find Luke playing in his wood shop, playing guitar, playing dad or playing dead. Luke is the artist behind the Hockey Candle, and the Yinzer Collection.


Neighborhood Collection

KLoRebel Art is the work of native Pittsburgh artist and small business owner, Kirsten Lowe-Rebel.

With a strong connection to time and place, Kirsten’s artwork reflects the architecture, landmarks and grit of her hometown of Pittsburgh. She continues to add to her stock of skylines and urban landscapes when she travels to new destinations. Kirsten’s work embodies an intimacy with architecture, large structures, memory and pride. See more of her work here.