Friday, June 19, 2009

Stained Glass and Fused Glass

Here are some photographs of pieces that my husband and I have done. Some are for sale (check out some hang in our home, some were done as gifts for others, some have been sold and some are proto-types of upcoming custom work. I hope you enjoy them.

This is the project that started it all. Simple little windows done in the style and colors of our livingroom, hung from each other with short pieces of chain.

This is the window my husband made, that once hung in our guest room. It's the one my classmate and his wife bought for her mother for her 90th birthday.

I designed and created this 24" x 24" piece for a local firm. The "P" in the center is their company logo. The blocks of glass and their colors were based on the decor of their new office. They are having it mounted on a light box and hung in their receptionist area.

These smaller 5" x 7" pieces were done for our daughter's wedding. She carried mango calla liles, we matched the color of her flowers using a beautiful piece of reddish-orange glass. We also added a base so they could sit on a table and with a votive candle on the base they lit up beautifully.

I love symmetrical graphic art (after years of being a drafter for engineering firms) and wanted to mix it with the free flow of the fused glass. This piece is for sale.

This is a glass bowl that my husband created. He decided to do a simple design of stripes and speckles to make this beautiful piece. This piece is for sale.

Now for my proto-types. I envision recreating a child's art in glass. Children's art is simple in line and color but we all hold it so close to our hearts when its done by our own child.

I started with two pieces that my daughter did when she was younger. The original pieces are in the frames and the glass is positioned next to it so you can see that I've come very close to recreating it in fused glass.

The cut out of paper reindeer was done when she was 4 and in pre-school. I'm going to have the glass slumped into a rectangular dish that I can serve Christmas goodies on.

I recreated our daughter's painting of "Our Garden" that she did when she was 6, using glass frit (course glass sand). I used frit to make the picture brighter and translucent. I haven't decided yet if I want to have this piece slumped into a bowl or into a small vase.

If you wish to have a piece of stained glass or fused glass for your home or to have a piece of your child's art recreated in glass, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss that 'unique' piece just for you.

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Welcome to Those In Glass Houses....

My husband and I have been creating stained glass and mosaic in glass for over 4 years and fused glass for 2 years. It started with only wanting to make one window to decorate the side view next to our front door. But as soon as I cut that first piece of glass, I knew this was the art form I wanted to put my energy and imagination into.

So, it became our hobby.....A gift for a friend, a piece for all the guests at our daughter's wedding, a larger piece for in our guest room and another for our master bathroom (that is my calla lily window at the upper right of this blog) so it went. Then people wanted to buy our work. A friend asked me to make a special piece for her home. An old classmate & his wife bought the guest room piece for a birthday gift for her mother. A friend of a friend wanted a piece done for her home. We were so excited that our glass pieces were actually selling. But it was so hard to keep up while we worked full time.

Then I became a victim of the economy. I was laid off from my job like so many others. A friend of mine, trying to cheer me up, said, "When one door closes, another opens". My husband laughed and said, "There you go, honey. You love doing the stained and fused glass, why not work on selling some of it and starting a business."

And here I am with the support of my husband, my daughter and son-in-law, my family and so many friends, I'm going for it. But to do that I need a catchy name. So, begins, Those in Glass Houses...

I currently have a few of my pieces listed on Etsy, a website that specializes in the buying and selling of anything home made. Check out my shop:

I'll also post some pictures of the pieces I've done that are not on Etsy. These are not for sale, they either hang in our home or were given as gifts or previously sold. But if you have an idea for that 'special' piece for your home or for a gift, there's always custom work. Contact me, we'll discuss what you are looking for and I'll do my best to accomplish it.

I'm especially excited about perfecting my technic to recreate a child's art in glass. What a wonderful gift it would be for a mom, dad or grandparent.

I took a class on how to set up your retail business online and that will be my next step.....a web page. I'll keep you posted as to when it will be up and running.

Now.........out to my studio to make another piece of 'art' in glass.