photo credit David Glasofer, Image Up Studios
About a month ago, I finished and installed this piece in a customer's home. I had started talking with this client in the summer about his upcoming bathroom renovation. He knew he wanted a stained glass piece to add interest to the space but initially he was considering a geometric design with straight lines and bright colors. As a painter and ceramic artist, he was very engaged in the process of developing and colorizing the designs but the more we explored the ideas, the more he was drawn to a simpler, natural design with hardly any color. Because the bathroom is small, he wanted all the elements to be harmonious and serene. In this window, I used the texture of the clear glass to help fill in the details of the imagery-- the leaf veining and the bark of the tree have texture that helps add interest. The background glass, called "rhubarb," is a very light green that shimmers with a gold-pink that comes from the actual gold that is in the glass! Ultimately, this final design and the glass that he selected keeps his small bathroom feeling very peaceful. In creating custom pieces, getting the design and colors to fulfill what a customer wants is one of the most important parts of the process.