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Welcome. My name is Mike, and I'm the stained glass and photography creator of the studio.

In today’s society, there are too many people going through life without a hobby. I know this because I see many of them where I work. To me, a hobby is a big deal. It’s a great way to deal with stress (clears the mind) and it allows for creativity to be seen in the real world. There are too many people who just don’t understand this. Thankfully my father was not one of them.

I credit my father for introducing me to stained glass as a kid. In collage, I did piece-work for a seasonal stained glass company that sold their works in retail. After college, there came a point where I needed to change hobbies. Between heirloom gardening, astronomy, photography, and stained glass...well you know which one became the more enjoyed hobby. Besides I hate…

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  • Joined September 23, 2010

About

Welcome. My name is Mike, and I'm the stained glass and photography creator of the studio.

In today’s society, there are too many people going through life without a hobby. I know this because I see many of them where I work. To me, a hobby is a big deal. It’s a great way to deal with stress (clears the mind) and it allows for creativity to be seen in the real world. There are too many people who just don’t understand this. Thankfully my father was not one of them.

I credit my father for introducing me to stained glass as a kid. In collage, I did piece-work for a seasonal stained glass company that sold their works in retail. After college, there came a point where I needed to change hobbies. Between heirloom gardening, astronomy, photography, and stained glass...well you know which one became the more enjoyed hobby. Besides I hate weeding.

So, I jumped into stained glass on my own this time and didn't waste time. I started at a project level that I thought would be just above my head, but good enough to overcome and learn from. My first piece was the pineapple oval we use as our Avatar. It was about 20" wide and 28" tall. It was a wonderful Christmas present and a great start to a well enjoyed hobby.

Today, I still make nice traditional stained glass pieces, but I'm also pushing the envelope now-a-days. I have ideas that I’m implementing with different pieces. One idea was the glass etched sun catchers. I found the perfect set-up for drilling holes in glass and put together some piece sketches. The first two, of many pieces to come, were the red and yellow faces. February will bring more from that type of glass work. My next break from tradition will be up on the site in January or February (Holiday's are a busy time). This will be a combination of copper sheet cut-out and a hole drilled in the glass for placement (that is the copper sheet cut-out will not be mounted/soldered to an existing solder line, as it usually is, it will be free-standing). Look for more of these and many more ideas to expand the possibilities and dimensions of stained glass artwork.

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