Stained glass has been a big part of my life since I was a little girl. My grandpa did a lot of stained glass and first taught me about the techniques when I was about 11. I was fascinated and enthralled by the beautiful end products – shimmering, colourful lamps and window hangings – as well as by the methodical technique. There is something so rhythmic about the process – the basic steps are always the same, regardless of the end achievement. I wanted to post some pictures of a few of the pieces I have done in the past couple of years – you can also find pictures of them on my Portfolio/Stained Glass page.
This stained glass piece was created by making long strips of glass and then soldering those strips together into a cylinder. There is a three-pronged spider welded to the inside of the lamp, so that the fixture sits a couple of inches below the top. There are over 300 individually cut and soldered pieces in this lamp! I was inspired by window lights in high-rise buildings at night, and how they make a cool random pattern of squares on the building’s face. I built this lamp for my mom.
This second piece was created for my little sister. I was inspired to do something with round circular shapes, and to mix that with triangles. My grandpa originally taught me how to do stained glass, and he made a few lamps that looked like this one, but entirely with triangular pieces. I really loved the deep purple glass – without light shining through it, it looks black! This piece took a really long time to do, as cutting circles in glass, especially the little tiny ones, was not an easy job!
The third piece I wanted to post is my favourite. I used a play of pattern, colour and texture to create this small table lamp. I was inspired by many of the Prairie-style stained glass lamps out there, and the design is quite traditional. I made the lamp base myself, out of a piece of Douglas fir and a repurposed lamp fixture. The lamp itself was constructed in four panels, then joined into a box shape and reinforced with wire. Corners are always tricky in stained glass, because the copper foil tends to want to pull from the glass if there is any pressure on it. Reinforcing the corners and the top edge is really important. I am so pleased by the final product, I hope you enjoy it too!