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My name is Sharen, and I'm completely addicted to color, texture and light. When I was a child in Germany I visited many cathedrals and castles, and was touched by the light of those ancient, mysterious, stained glass Rose Windows. This experience was the root of my lifelong exploration of things like capturing that amazing orange on black light that you see in the evening sky of a storm.

In 1999, while recovering from an injury, I rediscovered my passion for stained glass. I believe art making is a life giving practice, transformative, healing, a way to illuminate the spirit. Glass' sheer beauty—seen in colors, facets, etching and shape—uplifts and illuminates our lives. Glass translates spirit, sunlight, life through connectedness to the light. It is an expression of inner and outer connectedness between world and spirit…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 7
  • Joined December 7, 2009

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glass, warm toned metals, things that show their history, through the markings, aged paper, textured natural things like bark stained glass

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About

Hello!
My name is Sharen, and I'm completely addicted to color, texture and light. When I was a child in Germany I visited many cathedrals and castles, and was touched by the light of those ancient, mysterious, stained glass Rose Windows. This experience was the root of my lifelong exploration of things like capturing that amazing orange on black light that you see in the evening sky of a storm.

In 1999, while recovering from an injury, I rediscovered my passion for stained glass. I believe art making is a life giving practice, transformative, healing, a way to illuminate the spirit. Glass' sheer beauty—seen in colors, facets, etching and shape—uplifts and illuminates our lives. Glass translates spirit, sunlight, life through connectedness to the light. It is an expression of inner and outer connectedness between world and spirit.

Even though I loved it, I wasn't yet ready to take the plunge and branch out on my own. I trained with a shop making very precise exacting work, with no room for error or exploration, all good for learning discipline, but I wanted to make my own designs, and I wanted them to be quirky and funny, or at least uniquely my own, but I ended up returning to the mental health field. It took another work accident, and another round of debilitating pain to convince me that artmaking was what I should be doing.
So, at the end of 2010, I finally found etsy, and opened my own shop. Every day is an adventure, and a wonder. I feel so lucky to be able to create beautiful things! I have a wonderful partner who doesn't really get my perspective, but does his best to support my ventures, and is generally a good sport about the crazy messes I make.

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