Stained Glass Night Light Making With Natalie

Made our first stained glass night light test run today and it felt great! To top off the excitement it was Natalie’s first stained glass project and design! There was quite a bit of leftover glass from my previous panel so we had a lot to work with. So pleased with the way it turned out. Funny how some smaller accomplishments can feel more significant than larger ones. In other exciting news I plan on making a grip of these for Fort Mason Renegade Craft Fair in November. Stay tuned!!

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Soldering Exhaust System

OK everyone, I’m really dang excited about my new soldering exhaust set up! If you’re not interested in stained glass soldering exhaust systems I would definitely skip this entire post. If you’re interested in setting up your own soldering station at home, you should read this! I spent a lot of time researching the perfect exhaust and I couldn’t be happier. I decided to go with this set up below, all available on Amazon (I linked each image to their amazon page). It was really important to me get the hobby kit extension because it allowed me to make the gap out my window smaller. The plastic hobby hose is extremely sturdy and holds it shape well. It was definitely more expensive than just a regular aluminum foil vent but I will be using it often and I think it was worth the extra couple bucks. I also chose to go with the grower exhaust fan because it is really quiet, can be taken apart easily and has a built in base making it a bit sturdier than the other ones i’ve seen online.

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New Day, New Studio!

Things are finally coming together here in my new studio. Should be officially up and running by Monday! Looking forward to finishing up some commissions i’ve been waiting to start as well as a group show around the corner :) Thanks for all the support everyone!

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A pause, with my grandma Joan

 

Hi everyone,

I keep on doubling back to this insanely beautiful glass wall at the Miami Airport. It’s called Harmonic Convergence by Christopher Janney. It was quite literally, a sanity check-point while navigating a long pilgrimage from The Florida Keys to Chicago with my 86 year old grandmother, Joan. After having to psychically body check a woman who almost knocked my grandmother over, we took a moment to gather our bearings and reposition our luggage. With our luck, it happened in front of Janney’s windows.

‘Dear rude lady - thank you for almost knocking my grandmother over because if you hadn’t, we would have never paused to admire this installation.’

 
 
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Meanwhile in Chicago, we had a nice time riding through O’hare Airport. This is Sky’s The Limit, a 1987 permanent installation by Michael Hayden. Having grown up in Chicago, I’ve spent hours of my life walking through this installation. It is still one of my favorite experiential pieces. It also started my life long romance with airport art.

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The Donaldson's Inn - Negril, Jamaica

This December my dad and I spent two weeks together in Negril, Jamaica. Having never attempted travel drawing or studying the ocean, I took it as an opportunity to get to know the landscape. Every morning I woke up and made my way to the 7 mile beach. I spent a lot of time drawing the cliffs, the cove, and fishing boats that would wash up on shore to sell their catch in the morning. My favorite drawing was the day after a heavy storm hit. It washed mass amounts of seaweed onshore, and brought the water level up to the back doors of many cottages on the beach. I got to know a lot of people living and working in the tourism trade and spent a good amount of time studying the catamarans anchored a bit off shore. It is in no way a full picture of the environment I experienced. After leaving and looking at all the work I made I am sad to say how incomplete my journal was. In many ways, the people living and working in Jamaica are who make the environment so special. If I ever return, I will spend the next block of time working on portraits, and drawing studies of my favorite stops along the way.

On Christmas Eve, my dad and I walked down Seven Mile Beach and found a nice place to play Gin Rummy at sunset.

On Christmas Eve, my dad and I walked down Seven Mile Beach and found a nice place to play Gin Rummy at sunset.

Here is one of my early morning drawings of a catamaran and glass bottom boat anchored off shore near The Donaldson’s Inn.

Here is one of my early morning drawings of a catamaran and glass bottom boat anchored off shore near The Donaldson’s Inn.

“This Is Ossie, Have you seen him” My dad and I stayed at The Donaldson’s Inn, where he’s been coming for over 30 years. Ossie owns the Jerk Chicken Shack across the street, and this is a painting his brother made of him. From what i’ve been told, Ossie is also an artist, but as he comically explained to me, he is a lazy one.

“This Is Ossie, Have you seen him” My dad and I stayed at The Donaldson’s Inn, where he’s been coming for over 30 years. Ossie owns the Jerk Chicken Shack across the street, and this is a painting his brother made of him. From what i’ve been told, Ossie is also an artist, but as he comically explained to me, he is a lazy one.

New Stained Glass

Here's a new window in the works - 

Each window i'm making is supposed to pair with one of my latch hook rugs. I would love to eventually sell them as sets and work on commission for unique homes and spaces. More photos to come! 

A day indoors - Mission District, San Francisco

Today I stayed home, drew an old napping dog named Sparky & finally found a home for some stained glass my dad made. The bottom tulip piece was from an old building on Chicago's South Side that he re-leaded and the piece above was made with antique leaded glass. I am very happy to have these here with me in San Francisco.

Stained Glass Awning, ADELINE'S HOUSE OF COOL

A few months ago I was lucky enough to jump in on one of my dads projects. He is an artist with insane ideas, and over the years has created extremely beautiful things. His most recent project was creating a custom steel stained glass awning to put on the front of our cabin (which he rents out by the way). We shuffled over 500 pounds of stained glass from Chicago to Green Lake County, Wisconsin and spent 3 days installing with the help of my dads good friends. My dad hand cut each individual piece of stained glass to fit. The good news is, if I'm ever in a bind and find myself needing another stained glass awning, I'll know how to make one!