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!
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’m very excited about making these windows. I absolutely love rondels and abstract design and that’s exactly what this client wanted. I’m very fortunate to have a great glassblower in my building – Ed Fennel at Crystal Forge. My client and I are working closely with him to pick out the exact colors. Ed also likes to have involvement because it gives customers a real sense of ownership and understanding of the work. Since my customer had the time and interest, she was with him most of time during the making of the rondels and he really got her involved! I am waiting for a few more rondels and then I’ll be able to start cutting glass and shaping the rondels to fit the spaces. I’ll post progress and completion pics soon!
Here is the second of two windows I made for my client to give as Christmas gifts. This window was made to reflect her mother’s years of whale watching trips to Hawaii. I designed the whales so that they also looked like ocean waves. The turtle was added as a symbol for Hawaii.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to do the turtle until I found the big jewel in my stash of glass odds and ends. I’ve had that piece for years and have been waiting for the right application for it. I love it when glass objects that I’ve collected finally find a home. I think it’s really fun to see how large jewels can be incorporated into a stained glass window.