Ornament Workshops

Ornament workshops will begin on Thursday, November 21! Create your own design – make it as whimsical or elegant as you’d like. Walk-in workshops will be offered every half hour during regular business hours with extended hours (5-6:30) on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Each 3 1/2″ ornament is $15. Ornament making is perfect for all ages (under 8 with adult supervision).

You can also schedule a private party any day from 7-8:30 so bring your family, scout group, class, or girls night out. Private parties are recommended for groups of 8 or more. You can bring your own refreshments – or take the path from our backdoor to Heritage Winery!


Fall Class Schedule

The fall class schedule has been posted on the website.  Visit www.threeriversartglass.com and click on the ‘CLASSES’ tab to see the new calendar format. Click on the class for a description and pricing.

Beginner Stained Glass is being offered in October. One class on Tuesday evenings and one on Friday afternoons.

Fused Glass Date Night will be offered once a month on a Friday night.

Fused Glass Windchime class will be first up starting on September 17th.

New this fall is Open Studio. Open Studio is for experienced glass artists and will be Thursday evenings and two sessions on Saturday.

For the not-so-experienced, I’m offering Open Studio Projects which are single session projects (with some instruction) to see if you like working with glass. These projects will be done during Open Studio hours.

I’m in a new location, 259 W. Main St. Saxonburg, Pa. 16056, which has dedicated student work areas (6 spots available/session), kilns onsite, and more supplies available for purchase.

Use the contact form on the website or call to reserve your spot. Reservations are recommended, but not required.

Custom Mushroom

With the holiday season in full swing, we have been extremely busy filling the shop with goodies as well as completing the many custom orders placed by our awesome customers. One of our most creative and unique custom order requests was this “Mushroom on a Log” sculpture. This piece was inspired by four different types of mushrooms. Each stained glass piece was made without using a pattern in order to keep it unique. The log was cut, sanded, and sealed. We hope the customer enjoys this as much as we did!

Blue Heron

Check out this custom blue heron light that we created for the blue heron festival. This light showcases many of the awesome techniques we use here in the shop. It not only includes fused glass, but it also has stringers influenced by torch work and custom etching. It is truly a work of art.

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

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.

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.


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.

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