Doug's Stained Glass Work   

As though I really needed another hobby, I got into stained glass in the spring of 2002.   It was something that always interested me and I saw a beginner's class listed in a community ed flyer.  I tried it -- I liked it!  Below are some examples of my work.  I'm not Louis Comfort Tiffany by any stretch of the imagination, but I am having a lot of fun.

This is my first effort, made in the beginner's class.  Mr. Owl seemed appropriate since we have owls in the backyard at home from time to time -- and indeed this owl appears to be sitting in the trees.
Mr. Owl soon had a friend, albeit briefly just for this photo.  The owl on the right was the first item I made in my own shop at home, and was given as a gift to a cousin's fiancee as a shower gift.
This was my first attempt at making my own pattern.  This lighthouse is patterned after the one at Pointe au Baril, Ontario.
By now, I was hooked.  I finished the first owl in class fairly quickly so I was encouraged to make another sun catcher.  Being into rabbits, I liked this pattern.  Don't ask about the blue hip...  It seemed like a good idea at the time.
I found the pattern for this rabbit on the Internet.  I think it was intended to be smaller for a nightlight, but I made it as a suncatcher.
Another pattern of my own design was this burgee, designed by my uncle for our boats at the cottage.  This suncatcher is in a window at the cottage.
This is the burgee of the cottager's group, which was another suncatcher pattern I made.
I picked up a copy of Stained Glass News at my local glass supplier and in that issue was the pattern for this neat little prairie style lamp shade.  Wanting to try my hand at a three-dimensional item, it seemed like just the item to make the attempt.
Now I am really going...  A living room lamp with an illuminated lower section was in need of some TLC.  The lower part originally had smoked gray plexiglas, which looked nice when new.  Now it's fogged and scratched.  I thought a stained glass panel would be just the thing to bring it back to life.  Currently the lamp has two panels, the front panel shown and one on the right side as you face the lamp.  As of this writing another panel still needs to be constructed for the left side.
As a railroad buff, as well as exhibiting my telegraph items at local train shows, I wanted to make a small glass panel with a RR theme.  The logo of the Erie-Lackawanna RR was a perfect railroad subject to attempt because various members of my family have worked for either the Erie RR or the EL RR or its successors, and it was an easy logo to reproduce in glass.
Here's the panel mounted in a frame, attached to a wood box and illuminated with an electric lamp, though my digital camera doesn't do the best job at times.  The glass panel box now graces my telegraph display table at the shows, and indeed in this shot you can see the EL RR logo on the front of a G-guage EL engine I have.
Now for the big stuff...  Wanting to get into bigger items, I signed up for the "advanced" glass course in the fall of 2002.  I wanted to make stained glass window panels for some windows on either side of the fireplace at home.  At left is the window panel that was my project for class when it was ready to solder -- after 18 hours of work cutting, grinding and foiling.
And here it is all done!  After two and a half hours of soldering and another hour or so of cutting and fitting a zinc came frame on it, and applying a black patina, it's done.  The pattern for this window, by the way, came from the book, Prairie Designs II by Alex Spatz, pg. 24.
Here is the window featured above, along with its twin installed in the living room in the house.  The windows are "floated" in front of the original clear class in the windows because they are copper foil and not came.  The stained glass lamp on the left, by the way, is a Quoizel and not one of my own creation.
A winter 2002/2003 creation in the stained glass shop here was a Cliffside Studio ( prairie lamp pattern, on one of the Cliffside lamp bases.  This was quite a project since it required building six separate glass panels (four for the shade and two for the base), for a total of 230 pieces of glass!  That's a lot of cutting, grinding and foiling -- almost as much as the two window panels above; those together totaled 256 pieces.
Here's a little lamp I designed from scratch.  I 'stole' the basic design of the little lamp shade above and put our cottage burgee on two panels and a little sailboat on the other two.  Not being able to find lamp bases of a relatively small height, I designed and built my own from a piece of 2x2 and 2x6 lumber.  A little stain and a little varnish and it doesn't look too bad.  The electrics in this lamp are also special: it is wired and lamped for the 12-volt solar battery system at the cottage.  I also made a pair of these with regular house electrics as Christmas 2003 presents for the cousins who share the cottage with us.
Continuing with the lamp theme, I made a bunch of the little lamps for Christmas 2003 presents for various friends and family, with shades appropriate to the recipient.  This lamp was for a good friend and coworker who is into music.  The purple & white triangle on the other panels are a logo and colors of the school at which we work.
I made a pair of these lamps for a cousin and a friend who both like the same purple & green color scheme.
This lamp was a 40th birthday present for a very good friend who is also a ham radio operator.  I was able to work his call sign into the lamp shade and it seems to have worked out very well -- even if it was 80 pieces of glass!
Here's another ham radio call sign lamp I made for another good ham friend.
And here's a third ham radio call sign lamp I made for yet another good ham friend.
This is a lamp that I designed for my desk at work.  Nothing particularly fancy, but is simple in keeping with the Mission Style.
This was an interesting project.  The art teacher at the school where I work did a unit on the Mission and Prairie style, specifically the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and his inclusion of glass lights in his house designs.  After the art teacher showed the the students (high school) the basics of the style, I was asked to talk about stained glass design and how glass works and things to keep in mind when designing with glass.  The students were then to design on paper stained glass lights that incorporate the Mission/Prairie/FLW aspects.  The art teacher selected the design that exhibited the best use of what the kids learned and I executed that design in glass.

I cut and ground the glass pieces, but the art teacher and the student did the foiling and I then soldered the finished work and put the zinc frame on it and applied the patina.  The completed panel was given to the student who designed it.
The next school year saw the art teacher and I having the students design Mission Style lamp shade panels.  The kids then actually built their panels and the panels were combined into complete shades.  The shades, while adhering to the Mission Style, were definitely eclectic with the differing panels on each side.  The students seemed to really enjoy the project and the lamps were used in the teacher's art classroom until she retired.  Then the lamps were sold as a fundraiser for the school.
This was my first true commission.  The director of our National Academy programs ( at my school had the idea of a stained glass panel of some sort for the transom window of her office.  We worked on various ideas for a design and finally came up with the panel at left, which features the logo of the National Academy Foundation.  It was my first adventure with a cemented came window.  The panel measures approx. 32 inches wide by 26 inches high.  Because of the size, I used zinc came throughout for the added support.
Here I am installing the panel in the transom.  We are working on ideas to back light the panel to make it show up even more.
Here I am hard at work on one panel of one of the call sign lamp shades.
And here's where it all takes place.  The back wall of the cellar is working out to be a good place to work not only because of the space, but there is a sink right nearby for filling the grinder, washing finished pieces -- and cleaning up cut fingers!

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