My passion for stained glass started as a young child. Family friends owned a thriving antique and stained glass business in northern Minnesota. My brother would go visit every summer, and always returned with some magical glass creation. I was quite envious and spent hours looking through the box of scrap glass he brought home—imagining what the pieces could become, arranging the chards of glass in various patterns and designs and hoping one day I, too, would be able to learn the craft of stained glass.
Several years later when I was living in Oregon, I found a stained glass class being offered for beginners—and the rest is history.
Over the next 15 years I traveled around and lived in very few places that had the room for my stained glass. So I just kept buying glass and eventually accumulated an impressive collection. In 2011, six moves, 20 years, and two states after initially learning the art of stained glass, my husband and I bought a perfect 97-year-old house in Idaho. The unfinished basement was the ideal place for a stained glass studio, which finally allowed me to dive in and really hone my stained glass skills. In 2016, I returned home to Minnesota, where my passion for stained glass first began, and once again found a house with the perfect artist space where I could shut out the stresses of the world and create beautiful pieces of art.
Today, stained glass brings the ideal dose of pure creativity into my life, allowing me to be far more inspired to perform my day job as an Art Director and Graphic Designer. It’s the perfect combination.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and I hope you take the time to look at some of my artwork.
You can see more of Woods’ art at theglassflamingo.wordpress.com.