Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tragedy Inspired Art

pink tulips in vase stained glass window

Pink tulips in vase

After watching the terrible events unfold for the last couple of days  beginning at the Boston Marathon and  ending with the eventual capture of the suspect holed-out in the hull of a boat I was struck by how intertwined all our lives are.  Each and every one of us are connected in some form or fashion whether we like it or not.  I will not venture further into that line of thought however since this piece is supposed to be about art glass.

I recently viewed a request from a lady who wanted a custom pink & white urn made to keep the ashes of her 13 yr old daughter who had recently died.  Pink was her daughter’s favorite color and she wanted it in the shape of a heart.  I was so moved and inspired by her story I felt absolutely compelled to design a piece of stained glass with this theme in mind.

The resulting stained glass design is a vase of pink tulips.  To me the vase with the heart symbolizes the unity and foundation of family.  It is the structure that ties families together.  Each flower in the vase represents different branches of the family while  each flower symbolizes one single family.   Each petal in that flower symbolizes each individual in that family.  Some flowers will have 3-4 petals (family members) while others will have 5-6 petals (family members).  In my design you will see a single petal that has fallen.  This represents the lost daughter.

I honestly can’t say for sure where all this came from inside me.  I felt, compelled, if you will, to do something even though I am quite busy and really didn’t have time for it.  Perhaps because of the emotions that were traveling throughout the country I was emotionally inspired to create.  The story moved me and so now this stained glass design exists because of it.

Stained Glass Makes Fabulous Wedding Gifts

Corrected photo!

Stained Glass Windows Etc

Ideas for unique Wedding gifts – Stained Glass Stepping Stones or Art Glass Panels

Stained glass is a gift to be treasured for newlyweds.  Consider the couples own style when looking for an appropriate piece.  If the couple has a particular color scheme in a room or elsewhere in the home, choose a piece to compliment it.  For instance if they are utilizing red in their kitchen then consider buying a stained glass panel with a pop of red to tie it into the space.  
.
For unique wedding or special anniversary gifts like no other, consider having your favorite photo made into a stained glass stepping stone or stained glass art window panel.  We are making a piece like this for a customer presently and it is one of the greatest ideas we think we have ever seen.  The couple selected a picture from their wedding  and they are…

View original post 249 more words

Stained Glass Makes Fabulous Wedding Gifts

stained glass bride and groom

Honeymooners

Ideas for unique Wedding gifts – Stained Glass Stepping Stones or Art Glass Panels

Stained glass is a gift to be treasured for newlyweds.  Consider the couples own style when looking for an appropriate piece.  If the couple has a particular color scheme in a room or elsewhere in the home, choose a piece to compliment it.  For instance if they are utilizing red in their kitchen then consider buying a stained glass panel with a pop of red to tie it into the space.  
.
For unique wedding or special anniversary gifts like no other, consider having your favorite photo made into a stained glass stepping stone or stained glass art window panel.  We are making a piece like this for a customer presently and it is one of the greatest ideas we think we have ever seen.  The couple selected a picture from their wedding  and they are posed facing each other noses touching  This will make a fantastic keepsake that will last a lifetime.  Imagine seeing a personalized piece like this backlit over a fireplace!
A stained glass panel is a perfect wedding gift.  Price points are dictated by the size and complexity of design, which translates to a very wide range of options.  A piece with neutral tones can be place anywhere in the home.  However, should you have a certain room in mind then feel free to choose accordingly.
.
One idea is to commission an artisan to create an original piece of stained glass for the couple.  You could for instance commission a window for the couple’s home.  If this is out of your budget range consider doing a group gift.
Another idea is to purchase a wedding gift certificate for a stained glass panel.  This would allow the couple to choose their colors and design to fit their new home.  We are offering a new type of special wedding registry this year. Brides/families/friends can request an account to be set up for the couple.  Anyone who wishes to contribute to the Wedding Pot can request his/her name to be put on the list along with the amount they wish to contribute.  The certificate will be listed with all the names of the givers and presented to the couple on their wedding day.
.
 For more info contact Pam Hansen:  glassm2@yahoo.com or visit our site for ideas at A Glass Menagerie.

Designing Stained Glass Windows

Stained glass windows ……They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.  Glass is such a beautiful medium and at A Glass Menagerie we are working to push the boundaries of stained glass as far as they will glow.  The designs can be free-flowing, moving and everyday new ideas are being developed.  I often dream of designs, waking with only fleeting images left in my head.  They are sometimes hard to reproduce from such a split second of time in memory.  No matter how hard I try to remember the details of that design I am left high and dry by my own mind’s eye.  If only I could take a screen shot of my mind I could store it for later use.

The design of a stained glass window may be non-figurative (eg: flowers) or figurative (people); may incorporate stories drawn from the Bible, history, or literature.  Some religious traditions use the stained glass window art form to honor people and important events in their traditions. These windows are beautiful, intricate and complex and are most often associated with windows in Churches, Cathedrals and significant buildings.

I often get the question, “What colors do you have?”  That is a loaded question. There are a hundred types, styles and variations of “clear” glass, and made by many manufacturers. And, there are about 2,000 types of stained (colored) glass on the market today, as well.  Most artists and even most wholesalers can’t stock them all.  We typically order the glass from samples that are produced by the manufacturers.  It’s even hard to keep the samples up to date with new colors being made and old ones being removed.  I have a lot of hand rolled glass (expensive) that is no longer being produced.  Some of my favorites are no longer being made but that is the way of the world is it not?  Out with the old, in with the new.

Designs are only limited by your imagination and the colors well… there are thousands so anything is possible.

Stained glass Capuchin Monkey window

Stained glass Capuchin Monkey window

%d bloggers like this: