I Love Glass!

I'm from a small town in North Central Kentucky and was never exposed to stained glass anywhere other than rural and city churches. When a close friend recently suggested we do a copper foil stained glass class one day, I was excited to learn about something I knew little about. From day one though, I've been hooked - from my first class piece pictured above to any of these current pieces for sale, I can't get enough or learn enough.  I realize stained glass artists are a dime a dozen, hey, the more the merrier, but I will always to try tweak a pattern or do things a little better and different to set myself apart.  I've been honing my soldering skills, my foiling skills, and have now learned how to do a large came piece.  Here's a little side note that is weird, strange or..... I was attending my second professional stained glass class in Michigan at a national glass supply house when I learned of the sudden and tragic passing of a favorite uncle, who happened to also do stained glass, but professional and with came. Uncle Don even maintained the beautiful windows at his church. In hearing the news, the strange coincidence that I was participating in a stained glass class struck me and I couldn't hardly talk to my cousins or aunt at the time of hearing the news. I attended the services a short time later but have never gotten past the fact that something happened I will attribute to Uncle Don - his passing somehow left me with an intense drive to create pretty glass and I aspire to be a good as he was. I get a lot of satisfaction from pleasing my customers who want to fix old pieces, or save a shard of a treasured broken plate and incorporate it into a panel.  I enjoy making sun-catchers for holidays, custom monogram panels for front doors, and anything in-beetween. Each piece is cut to shape, with glass cutters, nippers or a wet saw. The meticulous polishing and copper foiling of each piece is necessary for longevity and beauty, so I take my time. Once pieces are assembled, they're soldered with care at a slow pace to ensure clean and neat solder lines. I leave some solder silver, but most items get patina in black or copper. Then I frame in wood or zinc, depending on the piece. I take custom orders; I don't put much on Etsy to keep costs down. Enjoy the pics and reach out if I can create something beautiful for you!