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Stained Glass Water, Water Everywhere

Updated: Apr 19, 2018

...but not a drop to drink.


Rain, running water, and the ocean inspire so many of the glass pieces that I make and the newest fused glass/stained glass window hanging is no exception. I crafted this piece during a wild New Jersey nor'easter while hours of snow-sleet-slush-rain-hail and wind beat against my shop windows as if it were begging to get inside. Water splattered and heavy drops streamed down the glass before a heavy gray sky.


When it rains, take a moment to watch the changing patterns, watch the colors, watch the movement, and enjoy every bit of it.

I watched mesmerized for most of the morning, my mind's wheels turning. Colors changed in sync from clear to blue to green with the fluidity of every movement, with the rising and setting sun, and with the storm's varying intensity.

When heated and fused in a high-temperature kiln, glass becomes fluid, though much more viscous, and moves much like water, though much more slowly. When cooled, it retains its shape, like water forever frozen. Although completely still, these kiln-fused glass "water-drops" capture the fluidity and movement of water running down a window. Glass collects heavily at the tips like water barely a moment from breaking away from its source.


Textured stained glass emulates the zigzagged, haphazard splash pattern between the vertical streams. Heavy black lines holding the transparency together act as the background landscape - noticeable and structurally important, but its identity is not. Water is the focus here.


When it rains, take a moment to watch the changing patterns, watch the colors, watch the movement, and enjoy every bit of it.


Click here to view this piece in my shop.

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