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I'm a self-taught artist, with a pretty solid perfectionist streak. Somewhere along the line, I thought it might be a worthwhile idea to get a Master's in Architecture . . . yeah, turns out most people I know who went to Architecture school aren't actually architects anymore. Sounds like someone I know [wink wink]. Anyway, after giving a job as an architect a run, I decided I would much rather put the design skills (and software) I developed in my grad program to use making my dream of being an art glass artist come to life.

I have been designing and building contemporary art glass windows and panels since high school. Through it all, I have been committed to using what I feel are the highest quality materials--glass blown in the Old World traditional method. Lately I have been experimenting with trying to bring stained glass…

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  • Joined July 12, 2009

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About

What would you like to know?

I'm a self-taught artist, with a pretty solid perfectionist streak. Somewhere along the line, I thought it might be a worthwhile idea to get a Master's in Architecture . . . yeah, turns out most people I know who went to Architecture school aren't actually architects anymore. Sounds like someone I know [wink wink]. Anyway, after giving a job as an architect a run, I decided I would much rather put the design skills (and software) I developed in my grad program to use making my dream of being an art glass artist come to life.

I have been designing and building contemporary art glass windows and panels since high school. Through it all, I have been committed to using what I feel are the highest quality materials--glass blown in the Old World traditional method. Lately I have been experimenting with trying to bring stained glass methods into the 21st Century, working with other local manufacturers and their machinery to cut the blown glass in safer, more efficient methods. As an artist, I work with individuals, architects, designers, and contractors to design, plan, and realize their art glass needs. The projects I have worked on range in size from series of window panels to office lighting to small decorative touches for a home. Starving artist that I am (who are we kidding, ramen and pb&j are perfectly acceptable for lunch!), I was thrilled to receive two commissions for window series to be installed in the Trinity College Chapel, Hartford, CT, as well as one for St. John's Episcopal Church, Bangor, ME. As far as my personal aesthetic goes, my style is contemporary and my work is abstract, but I am happy to work with any clients to make sure their vision for an art glass piece comes alive.

What else is there to know? My wife and I love to cook together, eat chocolate, vacation in Maine, and attempting to grow herbs and veggies indoors in our apartment (We have a tomato!! Only one, but still . . . .)

For more information on completed commissions, please visit my website at www.szaldesign.com. For videos of glass work in action, please visit my YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/szaldesign/videos

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