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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

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Nightlight

This week I finalized a new nightlight design.  The design is another prairie style piece based on design elements made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright around the turn of the 20th century. Warm and Vibrant Colors In this design, I have added accents with red and blue cathedral glass.  The transparent cathedral glass creates a focal [...]

By | 2017-11-02T02:01:37+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Project|0 Comments

Stained Glass Work: Three Tips for Glass Artists From my Last Project

I spent another few hours working on my latest window project this weekend.  I'm glad to share that I've finished most of the work.  The panel is now fully assembled and ready for cementing. I've learned a few things during this latest project.  Before I forget, I thought I share my discoveries.  So here we [...]

By | 2017-04-03T01:27:36+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Project|0 Comments

Emmond House Stained Glass Project Update

Half completed Emmond House inspired window. It's always good to have extra supplies. That's my usual motto. Except this time I didn't follow it. Just as I was getting into my latest glass project I ran out of lead came. I had recently ordered what I thought was about 30 feet of rolled 3/16" [...]

By | 2017-04-03T01:16:47+00:00 February 4th, 2017|Project|0 Comments

Review: Prairie Designs II For Stained Glass Windows

Prairie Designs II for Stained Glass Windows is the second book in the series by Alex Spatz. The stained glass patterns included in the book are sympathetic to the prairie school of design made popular by Frank Lloyd Wright. If you are looking to explore design elements Wright he made popular during the turn of [...]

By | 2017-08-31T02:44:35+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Book|0 Comments