Back in the studio this week, I dove into a project that was commissioned by the Delaware Air National Guard for an interfaith chapel in Bethany, DE. They are renovating the building and wanted to have a stained glass window that represents the Guard and the religions of all the people who will worship there. The griffin is the symbol of the Delaware Air National Guard and I spent a lot of time constructing him this week. Each one of his feather is hand-cut and needs to fit tightly together like a puzzle. Below the griffin is a red and white rope and below the rope are symbols representing the 5 major faiths-- Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu & Buddhist. I designed this piece with a lot of input from Captain Susannah Tulloch who is the Chaplain and has been a pleasure to work with! In order to get the level of detail she wanted in all the religious symbols, I painted them with glass paint and will fire them in my kiln at which point it will become permanent. The griffin is still unfinished as he needs a gold beak and horns and the same gold glass will become the edges of the piece; it was out of stock in the glass store the last time I went but is back in and ready for me to pick up today. Once the piece is finished, I will deliver it to the chapel where it will be installed in time for their dedication of the building. While I'm there, maybe I'll stop by and spend some time at the Delaware Beaches-- I can almost taste the Grotto Pizza right now!