Nearly a decade ago I took a class in stained glass and immediately turned to creating my own designs. Stained Glass is considered a craft but I strive for fine art with each of my creations. I work only from my own patterns, working towards my vision of the final artwork. The photo to the left was my very first design and glass creation. I drew this pattern from a photo I had of a friends dog. Since then my work has been installed in homes, auctioned by non-profits, and enjoyed as gifts. Much of my work shows off the beautiful breed of dog known as the Golden Retriever. This is because of my involvement in dog showing, competing with my goldens in a variety of dog sports. Yes, I can do other breeds and other designs. Drop me a line and let's explore the possibilities! -Susan
Stained Glass is created using one of two glassworking techniques. The Came Glassworking Technique is the process of joining cut pieces of glass through the use of came strips. The strips form an "H" channel that the glass is fitted into. The came is then soldered together, forming the design. Came is commonly made of lead but can also be brass, copper or zinc.
The Copper Foil Glasswork Technique was made popular by L.C. Tiffany and involves wrapping pieces of glass with copper foil and soldering them together along the length of the seams, thus creating the design. I use both methods, depending on what I feel will best convey my vision of the designs. The design to the right implements both methods.
Stained Glass has a history dating back to medieval times and before. It was first commonly found in churches and homes of the elite class. It involves cutting individual pieces of colored glass and joining them with lead or other materials to create a finished design. It is labor intensive and takes quite a bit of skill and imagination to create. What stained glass is not is painted glass. Although true stained glass may have some painting added to it, the actual glass gets its color from a firing process using additives that create the various colors and swirls. The stock photo to the left shows clear glass where the color is painted on and the "lead lines" are created using an applique. Although these designs may still be considered art, it is not stained glass.