I’m so happy that I’ve had the opportunity to make a window for a space like this. Stained glass can evoke a serene and contemplative feeling and I think it’s a perfect fit for an acupuncture room where you want clients to feel comfortable and relaxed. The name of the business is River Point Acupuncture and so when I started thinking about the design, I wanted to reflect the name. I found an image of a river and went from there. What I didn’t expect that it would look so much like a female body. I love that about abstract design – different people seeing different things. For the 2nd room, I’m taking the image, reversing it and creating it in blues instead of greens.
This was a really fun window to be a part of. My Aunt designed it for her good friend who lives in Texas and I executed it. I had the sheet of mouth blown glass for years just waiting for the right window to be a part of. The design originally was made using a rondel from Kokomo Glass, but it accidentally broke. It ended up being the best thing to happen because the rondel Ed from Crystal Forge made for me was just perfect. Once the window was done, I crated it up and off it went. I can’t wait to see it hanging in their living room. Once they send the picture, I’ll add it to the blog!
Stained glass window installation is a lot easier than most people may realize. Most of the custom stained glass windows I install are fitted inside the existing glass windows and held in place with wood trim painted or stained to match the interior wood. This method preserved the energy efficient seal in existing windows and is also easy to remove if the homeowner wants to take the windows with them if they move. I’ve been working with Eloy for close to six years on installations. We are a good team. I trust him with my windows – which wasn’t easy at first because they take so much time to make!
If I were to make a window for my bathroom, this would be it. I am a huge fan of rondels and this look in particular. When I met with the homeowners, the bathroom had an octagon window with a stained glass window in it that was like a stock window with no character. They replaced the window with a rectangular shaped window and I make the glass to fit. The design was a combination of things I heard from both the husband and wife about what they wanted. The window’s clear rondels let in a lot of light and distort so they don’t need to worry about the neighbors seeing in – one of the benefits of using stained glass!
I was asked recently to make a series of picture frames to look exactly like picture frames in a picture that was emailed to me. I hadn’t made picture frames with larger sized glass gems, but I love how they turned out!