Chimney Rock, with light shining through the window
Chimney Rock, window at night with no light shinning through
recently took a stained glass window making class at Ghost Ranch,
in New Mexico. I had planned to make a 19"x39" window
to fit the small window that sits above my piano. The teacher, Olive
Smith, recommended that beginners uses 30 pieces of glass or less.
This was sound advice, but a window with just 30 pieces didn't fit
with my plan. I thought, "I went to art school, I THINK I can
handle stained glass." To make matters worse, I did my own
design, a view of the incredible scenery at Ghost Ranch, instead
of sticking with a pattern. Well...my window ended up being more
than 80 pieces of glass. My pieces were difficult to cut because
of all the curves. If my boyfriend, Jerry, hadn't given up his fishing,
hiking, and reading time to help, I would have come home from New
Mexico with baggies of numbered glass pieces. Luckily, he did help,
and later built the frame we hung the window in.
Smith was an excellent teacher. And now, every time the light in
our living room changes, Jerry and I have a glowing reminder of
a stunningly beautiful landscape in our livingroom.