Living with stained glass
glass is a beautiful and lively art form, somewhere in between art and craft, between
painting and carpentry. The material itself, hand-blown glass, is spectacular --
every sheet different because hand-made, in an immense array of colors, and changing
as light changes and as the viewer moves. It's a pleasure to live with, day after
day, because it never looks quite the same, and it may reveal new beauties quite
with stained glass
to other artists
Though I've made many large windows
and learned the techniques of the traditional glass-painter, I really love to make
smaller stained glass panels for people to live with in their homes. I use "raw"
glass -- i.e. unpainted -- as much as possible, so that the qualities of the glass
itself have full play. This requires careful design, a very large stock of glass
to choose from, and exacting construction.
Most of my designs "break the boundaries" in one way or another. An image
may overlap the border, break through the edge of the panel, or even violate the
limits of good taste. It all depends . . . it has to be fun and hold some surprises
or it isn't worth doing!
I do two kinds of work:
1 Small, independent panels intended to be hung in a window, as you would hang
a picture on a wall. You can fall in love with one, take it home, and move it around
the house to see it in various settings and slants of light. The subjects are of
my choosing and vary widely, though they tend to be based on history, legend, or
the natural world.
2 I also work with clients who want stained glass for a particular place in
their homes -- for example, in a window facing an uninteresting view, or where some
privacy is needed. Such commissions take time because we have to do a lot of talking
(and I do a lot of listening) before it becomes clear what character the glass must
have to suit the location and bring beauty to the space. Larger windows require special
attention to details of support and installation. The challenges are all part of
I hope you enjoy this sampling of my work. Please contact me if you're interested
in bringing stained glass into your life!