Sculptured Leaded-Glass Artist
Abstract Three Dimensional Stained Glass Windows
I am privileged live in two wonderful places. Summers in the high plateau lands of Southern Utah, where I have a studio and a cabin, and in the great Mojave Desert near Pioneertown California where I also have a workshop and a cabin. Both places are a great inspiration to me spiritually and influence my work.
My studio space includes this historic rock "settlement" house built by Willard Heaps in the late 1800's.
Above and below: As you can see I love to work with purple glass. This is all "sun purple" glass or "amethyst glass". It was originally manufactured before 1920. It has turned purple over the years because of it’s high content of manganese and it’s subsequent exposure to the ultra-violet rays of the sun. The longer it is outside, the darker the color.
I chose the name "EAR OF THE WIND" for my studio because I thought it sounded like a Haiku poem. It is also the name of a natural arch in Monument Valley Utah.
Above: Raw materials
Yucca Valley - Pioneertown, CALIFORNIA
Glass is selected for color and texture. The edges are ground down to a smooth rounded surface. Each piece is then ready to be copper foiled and then finally to be assembled into the window.
Artist posing next to the installed window shown above in progress and also on the second image on homepage, Tweny Nine Palms commission window.
More purple glass. Raw material.
The sharp edges of the glass is ground down, copper foil is wrapped around the ground edges, and then the pieces are fitted together and soldered. After the bulging form is designed and soldered, the window is anchored into the frame, flipped over, and the glass is built out and soldered in the opposite way to give it the undulating surface. The finished window is the last photo.