Working On a Project for Myself or Why the Shoemaker's Kids Are Barefoot, Part 1

I've been doing some remodeling and when it came to the kitchen it was the perfect opportunity to show off my glass skills and create custom panels for the cabinet doors.

Here is what the kitchen looked like before demolition began. Anyone who has been through the same process can appreciate what it means to pack everything up, live off paper plates and cook exclusively in a microwave for weeks.

Restoration: Extending the Life of Classic Designs

A friend recommended me for this project, and it's been a fun project to work on. I love antique glass and designs. The craftsmanship is incredible and in the case of this piece, there's a bonus - hand painted signage.

It had a few problems, not necessarily due to age. It had been repaired before and when the panel was reinstalled in the door it wasn't properly supported by the moulding causing the glass to sag.

Production Work is a Killer - and So Worth It!

The latest project was another big one: 200 award medallions for the 40th Anniversary of the Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games at Thanksgiving Point in June. The hardest part of the project was cutting 400 glass circles. But, like eating an elephant, the only way to approach a project is this is, one bite at a time.

After calculating just how much glass I'd need, and allowing for waste (that means glass breakage other unforeseen mistakes) I ordered in supplies and got started.

A Labor of Love

This commission has been under wraps during the creation process because it was a surprise for the recipient. Now that Christmas has passed I can share it with you.

A collaboration between the customer and myself - they provided a basic concept and I applied it to the final design. The process involves sketching and approval, editing and more approval. Having worked with this customer before on a previous project we'd already established a rapport.

A Memorial in Glass

A customer came to me asking if it would be possible to create a memorial to her mother and grandmother with a custom wind chime, something that would include a picture of them.

I've worked with fusing photo paper many times before and this was the perfect project. She brought a photo for me to scan and we talked about her family and mother and grandmother. From there I came up with a design, based on that conversation.

If You Can't Restore, Rebuild

I've been working on this project for over a year now. When I began I thought it would be a great idea to document the process of recreating a piece of art from the remains of what used to be a beautiful piece of glass. After consulting with the customer over various options, we settled on a solution. Two pieces - an oval that can hang by itself in a window and a cut down version of the original piece that will be reframed in the original wood frame, also cut down to fit the new size.

A Real Angry Bird

I've been a bird owner for years. Anyone who knows birds knows they really do have moods. Angry birds isn't just an amusing game. This piece was inspired by a photo of a Macaw that, to me, looked unamused. It was a little different than the previous pieces because there was more white areas. I'd finally get to use Green Black for shading.

As always I started with a color sketch so I'd have plan for glass cutting and my black outline.

Frit Balls: Rolling Around in My Kiln

If you've seen the previous frit ball projects I've made and wondered to yourself "What magic is this?", here are some details for creating your own frit ball project...

Glass Painting: Keeping the Skills Sharp

With a show coming I need to have some new pieces to that haven't been seen before. I've had a few ideas percolating in my head for months now and finally got them from the idea stage to the sketch pad and then to glass. But it's been nearly a year since I did any glass painting and found that I needed to brush up on my skills (no pun intended)

Lighting: It's Old, It's New, But It's Old

I'm doing renovations to my house. I don't really want to gut the house and start over but most of the fixtures are original, late 70s design and I was at a loss what to do. One example would be the lighting in the master bath.

Not a high traffic area so it wasn't a huge priority... until inspiration mowed me over like a freight train. When I'm done I may give tours to everyone who comes over to the house.


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