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Leap and the Net Will Appear by Wayne Stratz

Leap Stained Glass: Commission for a Minister and Spiritual Creative Woman

Leap and the Net Will Appear by Wayne Stratz
Leap and the Net Will Appear by Wayne Stratz. Stained glass and scrabble tiles(not pictured), 11×14 inches.

She arrived with print-outs from our website, and a bag of Scrabble tiles.  She wanted the word “leap” in flowing bright colors: red, orange, yellow, and the tiles spelling out “and the net will appear.”  She wanted the light to shine through all that color, so the project went to Stratoz.  We’ve known this client for a long time, along her path to becoming a minister, with all manner of hurdles, and yet discerning her call, attending Community College, Seminary classes,  finding a church and her ordination.  It was an honor to know she looked at our work when she needed an infusion of inspiration and joy and that she chose to commission original art as her birthday gift ~ rather than, as she put it, getting another piece of jewelry that she never wears.

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Sophia Spiral in a Blaze of Orange by Wayne Stratz.

Sophia in Her Wisdom: An Orange Spiral of Light

Sophia Spiral in a Blaze of Orange by Wayne Stratz.
Sophia Spiral in a Blaze of Orange by Wayne Stratz. Stained glass, 7 inches. ©2015

Sheets of stained glass migrate back and forth between my studio and Stratoz’s studio.  He had a commission for a larger version of his Sophia Spiral, and needed something special for the center.  I had some Oceana glass that I used in an Orange Sunflower mandala, with beautiful mottles of yellow and orange.  Holding the glass up to the light revealed the yellow like portholes of light.

Orange Sunflower Mandala by Margaret Almon.
Orange Sunflower Mandala by Margaret Almon. Glass and gold smalti mosaic on slate, 7 inches, ©2015.

Margaret Almon Mosaics on Etsy

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Aldora: Orange Butterfly by Wayne Stratz.

Aldora: Orange Butterfly Winged Gift of Hope

Aldora: Orange Butterfly by Wayne Stratz.
Aldora: Orange Butterfly by Wayne Stratz.

Stratoz sums up his butterfly impulse:

My school only closed once for snow the winter of 2014-15 and it wasn’t till March. What was a biology and horticulture teacher to do. Design a new butterfly suncatcher to bring some hope for spring blooms and their pollinators. Aldora means “winged Gift.”

He had an “If then, then that” statement formulated the night before, “If the school cancels, then I will make butterflies.”  What a lovely sequence!

This photo captures a sign of hope in addition to the butterfly: the dormers of three of the houses across the street which were rebuilt after a fire.  It has been 5 years since that night of flames, and I still am grateful to see my neighbors back in their homes.

 

 

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Orange Stained Glass Star by Staci Klemmer. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

An Orange Star on a Wall of Lights: Glad Tidings

Orange Stained Glass Star by Staci Klemmer. Photo by Wayne Stratz.
Orange Stained Glass Star by Staci Klemmer. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

A surprise gift for me from Staci Klemmer, client and friend ~ a stained glass star, in orange of course! I hung it from the Wall of Lights, which keep me infused with color during the long winter months.

Staci used to live around the corner from us, and we discovered she is a colleague in stained glass with Stratoz. They worked together to create a cross for their church.  Stratoz designed it, and Staci made it so.

Cross for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Lansdale. Designed by Wayne Stratz and Realized by Staci Klemmer.
Cross for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Lansdale. Designed by Wayne Stratz and Realized by Staci Klemmer.

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Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Stained Glass: Indiana Treasure

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory
Sheet of Art Glass in Progress by the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

 

This photo from Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory caught my eye ~ a sheet of molten orange waiting to become art glass. There is something satisfying about all glass starting out orange. When I was researching stained glass factories in the United States, I discovered that Kokomo was first, founded in 1888, in Kokomo, IN.  Even as Tiffany created his own glass, he also bought glass from Kokomo.

Sunset Mandala by Margaret Almon
Sunset Mandala by Margaret Almon, stained glass, gold smalti and dichroic on slate, 7 inches.

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