Twin Sidelite Project

Our latest project was a twin sidelite window replacement. The homeowners were interested in upgrading their existing builder-installed “big box store” sidelites with a custom design which better reflected their taste and style. We collaborated on the design, which involved several iterations to perfect. The client selected the glass at the shop, incorporating bevels, clear, and textured glass. The sidelites were then fabricated at the shop and made into an insulated unit, built to withstand harsh Pittsburgh weather. We transported the sidelites to the home and installed them for the homeowners. The clients were delighted with the finished product and the new sidelites have dramatically increased the home’s curb appeal

Fall/Winter Schedule

Our Fall/Winter class schedule has been posted!

We are excited to announce a new class, fused glass/wire wrapping.

Visit www.threeriversatglass.com for dates, times and descriptions.

 

 

Latest Project

Last week we installed this panel to complete a porch roof project in Butler,Pa. I was contacted by the homeowner to design a panel to fit an opening in the gable wall of the new roof. He sent some pictures of the existing front entrance and asked if I could design a window to match the door and sidelight. After visiting the site and measuring the opening I realized that the shape of the opening presented a design challenge. A design was approved and fabrication began.

This window is made up of three different types of clear textured glass and some plain clear glass. The glass types match the glass in the door and sidelight for continuity.

The trapezoid shaped panel fit perfectly into the opening. It was held in by 3/4″ square stock stops cut on site.

I like a design challenge and this type of work is becoming a specialty of Three Rivers Art Glass.

 

Life by the Drop

When we are creating in the shop there is always some music playing (usually blasting loud). The “Life by the Drop” jewelry series is named after one of my favorite Stevie Ray Vaughan songs.

This series is made by Lacey, our in house flameworker, wire wrapper and all around amazing artist. She makes each individual glass drop on the torch then selects the perfect combination of size and color for each piece of jewelry. The drops are then wire wrapped and assembled into waterfall earrings, single drop earrings or pendants.

Because this jewelry is handcrafted in house special orders are welcome. Customize the number of drops and color combinations to create that perfect piece for yourself, a friend, or even a whole bridal party or group.

Visit our updated website for more handcrafted jewelry items available.

Bear in the Woods

From design to build, my latest project was both fun and challenging. I was asked to design a window for a cabin in the woods. The client already had two stained glass windows, one a fish and the other a pheasant, made for this cabin by an artist that no longer does glass work. He wanted a window for above the door with a bear in it to continue the wildlife theme. He brought some photos with him when he came to the shop to talk about the design. After our meeting, I had an idea of what he was looking for and came up with some sketches. A design was approved and then fabrication began.

Choosing the right glass for this piece was the most challenging part of the build. I changed the glass for the grass and water twice and the glass for the bear three times looking for that perfect combination. When this panel came off of the table and into the light for the first time, I knew that the changes were worth the effort. The client said that this window turned out better than he could have imagined. Another happy customer of Three Rivers Art Glass.

 

Entrance Window

My latest project was to create a leaded glass window for a front door in a recently renovated home. I met with the homeowners to see some of the ideas that had for the window. I came up with four designs incorporating their ideas. After a design was chosen and glass types picked out by the client, I assembled the window. The contractor on site removed the door, refinished it and reinstalled it. I installed the leaded glass panel to complete the project.

This is one of the more elegant windows Three Rivers Art Glass has turned out. The use of bevel clusters combined with the waves of the baroque glass makes this a grand entrance.

 

Design Challenge

My latest design challenge was to create a transom window with Hebrew script in an American southwest style. The client gave me a photo of a t shirt with a design that she liked, and the rest was up to me. Once we had the design completed, I worked with the client to choose glass type and color. The assembly of this window took some time to complete but the finished product speaks for itself. I installed the transom after a new front door was put in and the project was complete.

Spring/Summer Schedule

I’ve just posted the Spring/Summer class schedule to my website.

Contact me to learn about additional options for your group.

Sign up early because these classes fill up quickly.

Good news, bad news

There’s good news and bad news to report today. The bad news is that I have decided to close the local artist consignment area. I would like to thank everyone that supported these amazing local artists. The good news is that the closure was necessary because I need more room to increase the studio. The new space will allow for a dedicated class/workshop area, a kid’s zone, and new displays showcasing functional art glass. Look for new courses and workshops coming soon. I am trying to improve Three Rivers Art Glass every day and I’m excited to see what this can become in the future.

Cabinet Door Inserts

These two cabinet door inserts were another end of the year project. The customer wanted to accent the two corner cabinets in a newly remodeled kitchen with glass panels using design elements from her leaded glass front entrance. She also wanted her favorite flower, a lily, and glass bevels included in the design. I used three types of clear textured glass in the panels and made the clear beads for the centers of the flowers in the kiln. The kitchen guys installed the doors to complete the project.

 

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