Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sun Warmed glass

The springtime weather has finally arrived in Vermont. I am working on a commissioned mosaic on my front porch in the sun. Remembering how lovely it is to cut sun-warmed glass.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


I was recently approached by an old friend to make a stained glass for his wife, another old friend. A good friend that I miss and have not seen in at least 6 years since I returned to the East. It was to be a birthday gift and I was told that the design was in my hands. The window was to be installed into their home in an interior transom window over a doorway.

It was so easy to design this piece. In years past my friend and I connected through our kindred love of fairies and goddesses and butterflies. She introduced me to the Mists of Avalon, tales of priestesses in the days of King Arthur and we even attended a renaissance fair in costume. I also thought of her tattoo which I remember to be a gypsy women with a red bandana. I initially thought of Mucha's women and did some looking around. Then I began to draw. Inspiration combined with my memories of this awesome woman turned into an image of a woman with her eyes closed in blissful peace, her bundled hair (under a red bandana) becoming unraveled in the wind and turning into a vine of flowers holding a butterfly.
I had fun with this and getting back into stained glass felt good. Really good. I was glad to hear that this piece arrived safely in Oregon and that it was well received.

drawing the cartoon

Choosing glass

cutting glass pieces to pattern

Wrapping each piece with copper foil

Each piece foiled in copper tape
Each piece copper foiled

Soldered together

All framed up and ready for shipping

Excited to send this one off to Oregon to it's new home!

A safe arrival! Enjoy and thanks for the order. You have a thoughtful husband!