I LOVE this commission! This Brooklyn Bridge stained glass window was for a home in Petaluma. The home has tons of artistic made details- tiles, wallpaper, lighting, mirrors. Built from the ground up, the home is a combination of modern with clean designs and open living space, and rustic with thick salvaged barn beams and brick walkways.
A few years ago, I learned how to make a silk screen that would allow powdered glass to pass through and translate the screen image to the glass. The glass is then fired, and the image becomes permanent. I took this class through Bullseye here in the Bay Area, and since have taken 2 other classes. Everything I learn from these master’s classes, I have been able to apply to my commission work.
The printed image is a photograph of the actual stonework of the Brooklyn Bridge. I simplified the cables, so that the lead lines would read as the cable lines. The project took 3 screens and 4 firings. I learned so much and it has become one of my favorite projects.
These windows were for a home in Oakland. The client wanted a design that was simple and expansive- a design that worked with existing stained glass windows in her home. I used antique glass, and new glass, so it worked with her other windows, and made a design that had a similar repetition.
For this project I replicated a children’s book cover to be displayed in a local library, Belvedere Tiburon Library. The book is called “A New Leash on Life” about the relationship between a dog and a new baby, and their growing up together. This window was a commission through Stained Glass Garden in Berkeley, CA.
I made most of the glass by using powder colors on clear. By doing this I was able to create a fade to make the hills recede into the distance. It is a local story, so the Golden Gate bridge is a prominent image in the distance.
I painted the grass onto the hills and on the girls leg to have her nestle into the land. Both the girl and the dog have powder shading around their edges. The illustrator, Alexandria Gold, uses a lot of shading techniques, so I wanted to replicate her design as accurately as possible.
The window was created to honor the life and work of author, Kara Hamilton, who passed away in 2017.
This project was a sidelight for the entry of a Victorian home in the Bay Area. The client wanted me to make a window that was inspired by/ or reflected on some level, the window on the second story of her home. That window looked like this:I was most interested in capturing the leaf movement, and texture of the glass. I made flowers with only four petals, and focused on designing a window that would be a presence for the entryway. I used opal jewels, mouth blown antique clear glass, mouth blown antique grey glass from Poland, and mitered the corners of the border. I also was excited to see the hourglass border “float” by surrounding it with clear glass. I wanted the window to be ornate but not overpowering. I wanted it to be welcoming and exquisite.
I find the stained glass technique to be the most effective medium for expressing my ideas. It is an art form and process laden with traditional associations- churches, kitsch and hobby art – and is therefore ripe for distortion. My work is largely inspired by sarcasm and contradiction: tough and fragile, spontaneous and contrived, naivety and experience. I believe these themes reveal the humor and complexity of experience and perception, and therefore become an honest representation of life.
My “fracture” sculptures capture the random, the spontaneous, and the destructive. This work is created by breaking panes of glass either underfoot, or by objects that are dropped from pulleys. The shards and broken pieces are then soldered back together, preserving the unpredictable pattern of how the glass shattered. In attempting to reconfigure the original shape of the glass, I in fact help create its altered state. Repairing the glass captures the moment when the glass was broken and for me, is a reflection of how experiences alter and shape us.
Sign is based on a traditional transom window that would be found in a residence. The pink and purple colors, bevels, and script lettering suggest a warm message, but the reality is aggressive and bold.
The Land of Golden Opportunity at first glance resembles a child-like fantasy of unicorns and rainbows, but upon closer inspection exposes a scene which could be interpreted as pornography or a wildlife television parody. It is rooted in the art of the American West, faux wood paneling, kitsch and ideas of American “Utopia”.
I am inspired by artists who dare to take intellectual, emotional and political risks. Historically, the artists I find most influential are Eva Hesse, Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, and Joseph Beuys. These artists used elements of chance, redefined the common and the everyday, broke from the established art of the day, made fun of themselves, and were aware that an individual’s actions and ideas can influence the world. Within the contemporary art world, the Chinese “cynical realists” are inspiring examples of artists who use humour to express frustration. I feel the current wave of sarcasm in the art world reflects a sense of personal political impotence and is also a reaction to Western decadence.
This commission was for a woman in Ann Arbor, MI. She sent me images of seed pods from Northern Michigan, where she spent time as a child and continues to visit. She wanted the seed pods to be the subject for the window. She also sent me photos of her kitchen window, and we discussed visibility and colors. She wanted to have clear glass in sections, so she could continue to connect with neighbors from her kitchen window. We corresponded by email and phone to solidify colors and design that would work well with her kitchen.
Once the design was solidified, I found glass that worked in the color palette, and began building. I choose some antique glass, mouth blown glass, and fusible glass that had great color. The combo really made the design pop. I sent updated photos as I worked, so she could be included in the process.
Once it was complete, I crated it up and shipped it off with fingers crossed. It arrived in tact and all is well! So exciting to see it in its intended spot in the kitchen window.
It is 27 inches square. Shown below: top, in the crate. Next, full image. Last installed!
Recently, I have been exploring with mosaics. It is a welcome break from the structure of leaded or copper foil glass art. I find it more spontaneous and loose, playful and free. I am enjoying this exploration. These are woodland animals. I think of them as animal portraits. Racoon is magnolia, owl is starry night. soon there will be fox and hare.
Friends! I painted my studio and added trim details. New plants have arrived as studio mates. It is a calm and special place to be. I am working on new mosaics that I will post soon.