Welcome back from your wonderful adventures! I hope your travels have been enjoyable, exhilarating, inspirational, and relaxing (or a combination of some sorts)!
Thank you for your interest and inquiry.
Lets see … I’m fairly new to the field of glass. I came from the world of IT. There’s a longer story for this answer, nothing dramatic or awe-inspiring but to summarize, basically, I love stained glass. I wanted stained glass panels for my home, but was not happy with the quality of the pieces I could afford. Knowing that basically you get what you pay for, I reasoned that the only way I would be able to fill my windows with what I wanted, was to learn to do so myself.
I began with an eight week course at my local technical college, one class, for about two and a half hours, on Wednesday night.
The first two classes were rough and I found myself discouraged. I missed a couple of classes for a quick jaunt to holiday in Europe. Upon my return, things just clicked into place. I think I produced six or seven panels and a suncatcher during the course of the class.
My teacher, Mr. Skell, was (is) fabulous and was so very, very, encouraging. Probably one of the most valuable teachers I’ve encountered, in terms of what I gained from his teaching, given that I hadn’t an inkling of how to work with glass. The base that he provided me is used every single day.
Soon after, I opened my Etsy shop and began working at my local stained glass studio. I gained great deal of exposure to glass, tools, what other people were working on in the world of glass, lampworking, mosaics, warm glass, and even architectural glass in homes, - working at the studio - Lots of cutting glass and helping to select glass and then later moving into taking on repair work for the shop. All the while, developing my own business.
So that’s my start. Next I’d like to learn to stain glass.
The irony of this tale is that now between custom work, keeping inventory on-line, and replenishing consignment stock, I have not had the time to create panels for the windows in my home. I have sold most of the pieces originally created, holding on to just a few. =( ….but happy to be busy!
Does this interest mean that you are thinking of trying it out? I hope you do!!!
Best Wishes & Warmest Regards,