Like many artist I think we all have our favorite mediums and colors to work with. Lately I’ve been trying to brake out of my comfort zone a little. Many of my designs come from when I see something that sparks an idea in me or ideas that come from with in or as a vision. I guess maybe that’s why I see most things in my favorite colors & types of glass.
When I’m told make something using certain thyme it’s like my creativities has been put on a tight leash. I understand for some it’s a challenge but for me it’s more like being trapped or caged. I know many don’t understand this as I’ve had people say they need the challenge. I've wondered if it’s the difference in the mediums different artist use. For me as a Stained glass artist I feel challenged to some degree in every piece I design and many times challenged again when the pattern meets the glass, again at the cutting stage, the grinder and once again when all pieces are placed together & interdicted to the solder & iron.
Designing all my own work my challenge starts in my head before I even start to design the pattern. Unlike paint & canvas a stained glass artist works with materials that don’t give, flow & does brake. There’s no erasing or painting over a mistake. Each piece has to be constructed with stability or it will fall apart. This is a few of the reasons each piece is a challenge. Once a pattern is designed, glass is chosen each piece of glass no matter the size is handled at least 8 times. Once the glass is chosen each piece is cut, ground, washed, placed, numbered, Foiled, Placed, soldered, Washed, Petunia and polished. A mistake at any point and its back to the beginning.