A client found my website and invited me to discuss a small panel for a remodeled bathroom. We met at their house, discussed the siting and design preferences. They wanted to a trumpet flower and use colors in an area rug that are used throughout their home. I emailed them a design based on this discussion and made minor adjustments. We met to select glass at a local shop, and found a wonderful piece that included both the right colors of coral-orange and greens so that one sheet of glass was used for several different areas of the panel. Because the window is in the shower, I recommended installing it on the outside of their awning window.
My daughter wanted panels for the sidelights in the entry way of her home, near Chicago. She drew the original design while she was visiting, and we used email to exchange information and make changes to the design and glass choices. She wanted to be able to see out clearly in some sections (at levels for her, her husband, and their dogs) while obscuring the view from the outside. I also sent her actual glass samples to facilitate her ability to choose glass for the windows.
Over the years, I have donated a number of panels to the Angel Island Conservancy to raise funds for this cooperating association that supports Angel Island State Park, where I also volunteer as a docent. My theme for each of the donated panels has been some aspect of Angel Island.
In 2008, the Baywood Artists, a talented group of plein air painters selected Angel Island as their project and painted wonderful scenes on and from the island. As a person relatively new to the art and design world, I thought I might use one of their works as an inspiration, and found several interesting paintings to choose from. Not all paintings translate well to glass, but one by Sherrill Miller had great potential and I got permission to recreate her painting in glass.
Size: 12.5" x 18.5"
Top : Closeup of installed window inside.
Bottom: Positioned in the room.
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Value: $650 for the set
Size: 6" x 12" each
Top: first 3 completed panels. Bottom: installed in entryway.
Size: 19.5" x 15.5"
Top: original oil
Chinese Culture Center Donation
Each year the Chinese Culture Center (whom I work for as a Chinatown Heritage Walk Docent) hosts an benefit dinner and silent auction. I made a small panel for the auction. My inspiration was a traditional Chinese painting that hangs in my mother's home. I selected a flower and a bird and rearranged them to fit my small panel. Shown at the right is the original painting and my design and the final result are below.
A client replaced their kitchen cabinets. They did not want the interior of the cabinet to be visible and didn't intend to back light. They initially had wanted the panels to be only neutral colors (Left pattern below). After looking at a full-sized printout of the first design, we went back to the drawing board. Glass was chosen for its appearance in reflected light, but a bit of backlighting would emphasize some of the glass choices.
A local cabinet maker liked our kitchen cabinets when he came to install our new stairway railing, and we created a design for his entry door. The flower is from a photo I took of a neighbor's iris and stylized for a more formal, antique look. The image below is the design, and the one at right is the finished panel before installation in the door. It has survived a winter without problems and he and his wife like having their privacy back (visitors frequently peeked into the house thru the original clear window.)
Size: 14" x 14"
Top: Completed panel
Bottom: Inspiration for design
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|Value: $800 for the pair|
Size: 8" x 32" each
Top: Original design, colors added
Bottom: End result
|Value: $750 - $950|
Size: 24" x 16"
Top: Completed panel
We replaced our old boring front door with one based on a tree of life quilt pattern by Susan Boss. I had spent years playing with design options for the entry, and finally settled on the Tree of Life quilt as my inspiration. I got permission from Ms. Boss to use an adaptation of her design for my entry. We felt we needed to coordinate the door with a huge obscured glass window also in the entry. This floor-to-ceiling window overlooks our neighbor's back door, which we couldn't see due to the obscured glass.
I simplified Ms. Boss' design to make it appropriate for glass and changed the horizontal orientation of her color changes to diagonal to improve vertical strength of the panel, especially since the window is more than 6 feet tall.
While I had designed these panels as came projects, both ended up as foil instead, which is lighter, though not normally considered weatherproof. However, since California building code requires door glass to be tempered, we added a tempered panel to the outside and installed the stained glass on the inside. This meant that weatherproofing was not a concern and the lighter result with foil would be an advantage. I was also keen on creating an arch within the companion window, like I had for the door, but concluded that it didn't work well.
The clients for whom I created the trumpet flower requested a set of four cabinet panels for bookcases that have been installed on either side of their living room fireplace. The plan was to create a pair of panels that flow together and reverse the design and change the flower colors for the other side of the room. Color inspiration came from the wall colors and an oil painting (below).
The cabinet doors slide to provide access to books, but hide them the rest of the time
Size 26" x 35"
Top: Installed window (inside and outside).
Middle: Completed panel before installation.
Bottom: Design overlaid on photo of the entry hall.
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Size: 28" x 75"
Top: installed window
Middle: window in progress. Comparing the two, you can see how the color washes out in the light.
Bottom: Design inspiration.
Value: $1200 each
Size: 20" x 33" each
Top: Right side panels
Bottom: Left side panels
When we replaced our kitchen, I had planned to make stained glass inserts for 2 cabinets (3 doors) but was convinced by the kitchen designer that 2 more cabinets (4 more doors) with glass would be better.
While doing seven of the same design seemed a bit overwhelming -- each set of doors was a different width and 2 were also a different height -- it went much faster than anticipated. Given the nature of the design, I did it in lead came instead of foil. I found this to be a good exercise to improve my skills with these materials, as each panel was a bit quicker and better than its predecessor.
A client requested my help with two windows they had added in the living room, flanking the fireplace. They had some ideas about what they wanted, and I made some additional suggestions. The design they decided on was a combination of ideas. These were ideal for lead came. They also wanted bevels that were colored, so I backed clear bevels with cobalt and dark green antiqued glass. While the main portion of the panels use lead came, the bevels are foiled because the double glass thickness is too wide for the came.
They were designed to replace the screens, so I added small rings to the lower front to allow string or wire to be slid in to facilitate removal of the panels in the future.
I made a panel for our granddaughter's nursery. Her mom is a marine biologist so I researched fish on the internet and found several interesting ones.
This panel took forever! -- lots of very small pieces and many really strange and challenging shapes. With a marine biologist for a mother, our granddaughter deserves some level of accuracy in her fish so all these are real fish -- even the weird looking one on the left. The only thing that I ignored is the relative sizes of the fish. The blue ones can be big - 12 inches or more, but the orange clown fish should only be 3 inches long.
Value for all 7: $2800-$3500
Sizes: 11" x 35, 15.5" x 35, 12" x 35", 12.4" x 36
Bottom: One set of doors
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Value: $1600 for both
Size: 31" x 18.4"
Top: Installed windows
Size: 21.5" x 17"
Middle: completed panel
Bottom: installed in the nursery
When our kitchen project unexpectedly left us with two spare cabinets ready for glass inserts, we installed them in our laundry, an unlikely site for glass (and fancy cherry cabinets!).
My goal was to design something simple to make and impossible to see through. Color selection was more challenging than anticipated, coupled with an unfortunate accident in bringing home 8 square feet of glass. After the first set was completed, I made a minor adjustment to the river running through the right hand panel, to end it at the outer border instead of at the 'grass'.
There was also a grand debate about whether they would look better with the outer border as the lighter or darker color, so I made one set of each. My husband and I each have our favorite version -- not the same ones!
This pair of panels was created to give an illusion of privacy to our living level powder room, especially in the evening, when a visitor would not be aware of the dense vegetation surrounding the house.
We replaced an old sliding window that had obscured glass with a double casement window and clear glass in 2005. During the day, it is pretty obvious that there are so many trees between us and our neighbors that no one could see into this second story powder room from the outside. In the evening however, this natural privacy is not so obvious, so these panels were created to provide a comfort level for our visitors.
Glass was chosen to look good in both transmitted (daytime) and reflected (night time) light. Since then, we have removed a large black acacia, opening up the view to some of the neighbors considerably when looking directly out the window. Even though the windows are not directly in line with the powder room facilities, the tree removal has made the panels feel even more useful than anticipated.
The window in our shower overlooks our side yard and a neighbor's home. When we both started trimming trees a couple years ago, privacy became an issue. Stained glass seemed the obvious solution, though there were a couple challenges. 1) The room's northern exposure on the bottom level of our home along with cobalt blue tile makes it pretty dark, so I wanted to keep the natural lighting. 2) Outside installation seemed preferable, even though foil projects are not normally considered weatherproof. The need to avoid the probable contamination of the window with soap and shampoo overrode that concern.
In the end, simplicity led me to install it outside without additional glass protection. I framed it in zinc and wood and it fit PERFECTLY into the opening of the existing aluminum window. We added wood trim and were able to hold the panel in place without having to nail into its wood frame.
So far, our plan is working. A nasty winter storm in January, 2008 (3 days without power) came from the northeast and pummeled the window and nothing leaked!
|Value: $1000 per pair|
Sizes: 15" x 35" and 14" x 32"
Top: The two color options.
Middle: Option 1 completed
Bottom: Option 2 completed
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Value $800 - $950 each
Size: 20" x 31.5" each
Top: Completed designs.
Bottom: Installed panels
Value: $2,500 - $3,000 plus installation
Size: 69" x 21"
Top; Completed window installed.
Bottom: Installation from outside with similar aluminum window at left.
This panel was designed for a client whose condo bedroom window was exposed to a couple levels of hallway next to a small courtyard. They wanted privacy without having to draw the blinds, and had specific ideas about the design and colors of the panel. I did an initial design and adjusted it based on their input.
Because of the window this was designed for, I needed a strong line running thru the middle. To mitigate the impact of this 'hinge' (natural fold point), I used zinc came for the center and reinforced came along the edge of the largest circle. Its installation with wood framing on the top and along one side should also help its stability.
The panel was created using traditional lead came but instead of finishing with putty, I used a new product, No Days Glaze, which requires none of the curing normally needed for such a project. We installed the panel for them in August, 2007, and they are delighted with the results.
The theme of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation's (AIISF) annual benefit dinner and silent auction for 2007 was "Restoration". I searched my book of Chinese art symbolism and devised a panel with plum blossoms, which symbolize renewal. In addition, the five plum petals (and other elements in fives), convey the five traditional Chinese blessings: longevity, health, wealth, love of virtue, and a peaceful death.
In drawing the blossoms, I noticed their similarity to apple blossoms and decided to use twigs from our apple tree instead of glass. I baked twigs in our toaster oven for an hour and sprayed them with an acrylic preservative until they looked glossy and impervious to water, chemicals, etc.
I completed the rest of the panel, including framing, before adding the twigs. I had set them on top of the glass to determine how big of a hole to leave when cutting the rest of the panel.
In September, 2005, I completed a pair of panels for the Arlington Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Riverside, CA as a memorial for my mother-in-law. This design was featured as the Dragonfly February 2006 Design of the Month, and titled "The Eucharist". (Dragonfly publishes the software I use for glass design.)
Glass was chosen primarily to look good with reflected light since lighting from behind was doubtful. However, I think the panels are improved with backlighting and the church agreed, adding track lights in the room behind the door to better show off the glass. The church photo below was taken on a sunny day with some backlighting from an open exterior door, prior to the track lighting being installed. The photo has been modified to remove the wood doors between the sidelights.
|Value: $1,100-$1,500 |
Size: 37" x 45"
Bottom: Installed panel
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Size: 16.25" x 13.5"
Top: Completed panel
Bottom: Close-up of installed twigs.
|Value: $4,000 each|
Size (each): 15" x 84"
Top: Design overlaid on door photo prior to actual creation and installation.
Bottom: Finished panels installed
I donated a panel to the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) for their 2005 fund-raising dinner, which had a them of "Making Waves". Because I liked it a lot, but it took longer to cut than I anticipated, I re-worked the design. The new version has pieces that are chunkier, to allow the texture of the glass to be more evident and also to improve the ease of fabrication. I also changed two of the types of glass in use because I was not completely satisfied with how they looked with limited backlighting.
I saw a photo of a camellia in the newspaper and decided to see how it would look with one of my favorite pieces of glass, a Youghiogheny purple and pink mix. I worked with 2 sheets of it, to create the more sun-dappled petals in the center and the darker shaded ones on the edges. You can see how much difference there can be in some specialty glasses from one sheet to the next.
In 2012, I displayed it at the annual Mill Valley Community Center's Senior Art Show (primary criteria to enter: be 60+ and live in southern Marin County) and a local couple purchased it.
Size: 16" x 15"
Top: Completed Panel:
Bottom: Two patterns demonstrating the different looks possible by changing glass samples.
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Size: 14.5' x 13"
Top: Completed panel.
Bottom: Design, two versions. Software improvements allowed me to shift the glass to create a better approximation of the final product. The original is the middle one, and the bottom uses the enhanced software. Note what a dramatic difference this makes. All glass choices are identical in both images.