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I took my first stained glass class in the mid 90s. I had just bought my first house,
which had painted "stained" glass in the loft windows. I decided I would
learn stained glass so I could put some REAL stained glass panels in those windows.
After stumbling through the first class, I was stymied by how messy the process is,
and the fact that it utilizes some elements which, if not respected properly, are
poisonous and/or painful, (lead, various noxious chemicals, not to mention constantly
having invisible shards of glass imbedded in my fingertips). This put me off for a
while, several years, in fact, but I could never stop thinking about it, looking for
it, appreciating it.
Then I created my first original design: “Sam” - the tan puppy in the bright red
frame.(Bottom left, next to the fish.) I literally gave blood, sweat, and tears to bring him to life. But, I was
permanently hooked. I found that I preferred creating my own designs over making
panels from someone else's patterns.
Glass is a Zen thing, like listening to music - you are transported away from the
daily routine, to a place where hours go by like minutes. I have never found any
greater sense of satisfaction than contemplating a newly completed piece. Except now
that I'm selling my work, the satisfaction of a happy customer is even more gratifying!
I’ve always been an animal lover, and it just seemed obvious to me to depict animals
in this medium. Each panel I do is a joy and an ode to the creatures that enrich our
lives by giving us unconditional love and companionship.
Did I ever make panels for the loft windows? Nope. But this is working out much better.
Even with constantly having invisible shards of glass imbedded in my fingertips.