Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A pane in the glass

Some of you asked me to post some of my glass  stuff so here it is. (You may be sorry!)

It all started 15 years ago with this, a round room on the back of our house, which we bought as a derelict.  There was this woman who was restoring the house next to ours who I was told did stained glass.  She and her husband turned out to be fascinating people & I asked her to give me an estimate for doing the twenty windows that make up this circular room, rotted from the sills down (now where my plants spend the winter.) She looked at me and said, "Honey, you'd save a lot of money if you did it yourself."  Ugh...ANOTHER thing to learn, geeze, I wasn't really interested but this lady was persuasive.  So I began taking classes at Mandarin Stained Glass which she owns. 
The lady was none other than Florence whose garden you can read about here  and who became my glass guru and dear friend.

A year or so later, I was hooked on glass and the plant room looked like this.

I'm now an avid hobbyist & teach classes at Mandarin.

Here are a few more things I've made on this learning journey.

A green man stepping stone where three paths meet in my garden.

Another stepping stone

Fused glass plate.

Stained glass panel

"Thirty pieces of silver"  There are 30 pieces of mirror because it's all about the guilt. 

Fused glass plate

Door that will probably never get installed.  Our interest and energy is waning  for our Queen Anne Victorian house restoration.  Anyone want to buy a garden with a really cool project house in the middle?

 The second glass thing I ever made.  Don't look too closely, the craftsmanship is hideous!

Another fused glass plate
 Mosaic bust

Sandblasted and slumped plate. 

Experimenting with dichroic glass
 Another sandblasted piece

The goddess Flora to whom we are slaves.
 Our front door - replaced a single piece of textured glass from the 50's.

Always had a thing for fleur de lis.
 Back outside - Blue flower
 More flowers.  The one on the right is made with mostly thrift store buys.
 Once, I was on a "glass basket" kick.

Hope you've enjoyed looking half as much as I've enjoyed learning and experimenting.


  1. Wow Peter! Obviously I was distracted by the plants and didn't fully appreciate the amazing glass all around me...beautiful!

    And I love the story about Florence "teaching you to fish"...

    1. A lot of it doesn't live here anymore or is out of sight. With as cluttered as my house is, you were lucky to be able to see a place to sit!

  2. Holy Moly! What absolutely stunning work! Those redone windows are amazing. I don't think I can come up with enough superlatives to do any of this glass work justice -- the stepping stones, the windows, the plates... I love fleur de lis too, and I just love the goddess Flora.

  3. Amazing!!! I particularly love that first fused glass plate you show! EPIC!

    1. Five exclamation points and an all caps EPIC? Thank you Louis, you are too kind!


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