I have been creating stained glass, fused glass, and mosaic glass since 2006. It started with only wanting to learn a new art form that we could use in our own home. My husband and I signed up for a class through University of Nevada Las Vegas and the addiction began. As soon as I cut that first piece of glass, I knew this was the art form I wanted to put my artistic energy and imagination into.

Next came the classes that would teach us how to make windows. First came the class that allowed us to make a small window with less than 15 pieces. My husband and I decided on a pattern to use in our side view window by our front door. Then we took it one more step and made three of them so they hung down and filled the window.

The next class taught us how to make a larger window. We were allowed to go up to 24” x 24”. No limit to the amount of pieces was mentioned. We each picked a pattern that we could do to the full size. We walked into our first class with our patterns and ready to go. Our teacher greeted us with, “Those are not beginner windows.” I laughed and replied, “And your point is?” not understanding his comment. Then we looked around to see the other three students all had windows that had 50 pieces or less in them while ours had over 200 pieces each. Hmmm, apparently, we became known as the “overachievers.” But my “Calla Lily” window and my husband’s “Daisies by Water” came out beautifully and were hung proudly in our home.

Fused glass classes followed. To take a piece of glass, some imagination and lots of heat we could create so much more than what we’ve done so far. Small dishes for change, a piece of jewelry, a bowl, a vase, etc. My next thought….where can I put a kiln in my home?

From these classes our hobby began. A small suncatcher for a friend’s birthday, six matching candleholders for family at our daughter’s wedding, and so it went. Then friends wanted to buy our work. An old classmate and his wife saw and fell in love with “Daisies by Water” and wanted it for a birthday gift for his mother-in-law. We sold it to him with the thought that we can make another one. Next, a friend wanted a small whale suncatcher to give to a friend of hers that loves whales. Another friend wanted a small floral piece done for her home. We were so excited that our glass pieces were actually selling, but it was so hard to keep up while we both worked full time.

Then I became a victim of the economy. I was laid off from my job like so many others. A friend of mine, trying to cheer me up, said, “When one door closes, another opens.” My husband laughed and said, “There you go, honey. You love doing your stained glass and fused glass, why not work on selling some of it and start up your own business?”

And here I am. With the support of my husband, my daughter and son-in-law, my family and my friends, I’m going for it. So begins…

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