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First Congregational Church of La Grange Craft Fair Oct. 21, 2018

Christmas Ornament for 2017 On October 21st, 2018, I'll be setting up a booth at the First Congreational Church of La Grange craft fair. The fair runs for 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Church is located at 100 s. 6th Avenue 60525, right near the heart of the downtown shopping distritct. The [...]

By | 2017-10-20T03:12:15+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Project|0 Comments

Pink and Blue Nightlights for That Upcoming Baby Shower

No baby shower would be complete without a few gifts. While I've been producing plenty of nightlights in more traditional pairie school and missions style color palettes, I some how forgot to address the two most obvious colors. Pink and blue! I'm glad to say I've finally remedied the issue and I'm happy ot add [...]

By | 2017-09-10T22:46:53+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Project|0 Comments

Stained Glass Panel Inspired by Wright’s Heath House.

  This month's project was a 6" by 8" inch panel based on a small detail of a window from the William R. Heath house.  The Heath house was designd and built in 1905 by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The orignal design is outstanding example of his praire school of architecture. Stained Glass Panel Layout and Design [...]

By | 2017-09-04T20:43:09+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Project|0 Comments

History of the W. Irving Clark House

The W. Irving Clark house is located at 211 S. La Grange Road in La Grange Illinois.  It was one one the last bootleg homes attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright.  The home was built in 1893 just before he left Adler and Sullivan. Originally  the design was attributed to E. Hill Turnock.   It is [...]

By | 2017-08-30T03:27:52+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Frank Lloyd Wright, Houses|0 Comments

New Stained Glass Nightlight with Amber and Red Clear Glass

  Typically I'm a fan of opalescent glass for my stained glass nightlights.  This time around I tried a new design featuring  transparent glass.  Once again, the nightlight was completed using the foil technique.  For the final  3D assembly I also got a chance to test out my new homemade panel vice.  If you're working in [...]

By | 2017-08-24T03:04:11+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Project|0 Comments

Work in Progress: Heath House Inspired Panel

My most recent project is coming together in the workshop.   I 'm currently making a small 6 inch by 8 inch glass panel.  The panel is based on a window design found at the William R. Heath house in Buffalo, New York. The Heath House was of course designed by Frank Lloyd Wrigth in [...]

By | 2017-08-22T12:08:09+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Project|0 Comments

New Stained Glass Ornament for Christmas 2017

  It's Christmas Ornament for 2017   It's never to early to get a start on making gifts for next Christmas.  Inspiration struck today.  In part because I got a request through my online store for a set of four unique ornaments.  For me, that meant and afternoon first at the computer doing [...]

By | 2017-08-22T12:09:19+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Project|0 Comments

Wright Walking Tour, May 21st in La Grange, IL

The La Grange Historical Society will be giving a Frank Lloyd Wright walking tour on Sunday, May 21st 2017. The tour will walk past four homes in the village of La Grange designed by Wright between 1892 and 1907. Wright's Bootleg Homes This unique tour will feature two of Wright’s earliest bootleg homes.  These homes [...]

By | 2017-04-06T02:22:35+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Frank Lloyd Wright|0 Comments

History of the Robert G. Emmond House

Emmond House, circa 1893 Frank Lloyd Wright's Robert G. Emmond house is a fine example of Wright's earliest works. The home was built in 1892 while he was still working for the Adler and Sullivan architecture firm. Wright was 25 years old at the time. Wright's employment contract with Adler and Sullivan forbid [...]

By | 2017-08-31T02:16:08+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Frank Lloyd Wright, Houses|1 Comment

Hollyhock House Inspired Nightlight

I've just completed a new nightlight that I'm excited to have up in my Etsy store.  I was inspired after flipping through the pages of my copy of Light Screens Illustrated by Dennis J. Casey. I've been experimenting with a lot of pieces that have been based on squares and rectangles.  It seems like it was [...]

By | 2017-04-03T01:12:37+00:00 March 11th, 2017|Frank Lloyd Wright|0 Comments