Chautauqua Lake Sunset
Chautauqua Lake Sunset

I grew up on Lake Chautauqua, in sowthwestern New York state.  My father was the camp director at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp (LCLC) until I was in my mid-teens.  I grew up soending my summers there, running around the woods, canoeing, sailing, shooting archery, playing KGB and Capture the Flag.  In my teens and into my early 20’s, I worked there as kitchen help, a counselor and head cook.  

The sunsets on Lake Chautauqua are the most beautiful I have seen in my life. Maybe I’m just biased, but, even to this day, when I see the sunsets over that lake, they are the most beautiful.  

One symbol of my youth that is burned into my memory is the cross at the waterfront at LCLC.  This is my representation of that image.  The sunset was taken from an actual photo of Chautauqua Lake, and the colors are very similar to the original picture.  I wanted the sky to be soft and subdied, and the water to be transparent. 

This piece is destined for the auction block.  Next weekend, it will be in a silent auction in Buffalo, NY to raise money for the camp.  Measuring 16″ in diameter and framed in copper, this piece would look incredible in any window.

Eat this Bread, Drink this Wine

Concept art for Transom window
Bread and Wine Transom Finished
Bread and Wine transom Window finished

Started this after the 4th of July and would have had it finished by the end of July had we not had a flood in our workshop.  First image is a drawing by our clients with the general idea of what they wanted.  Images 2-3 are the final executed product.  I think it turned out really well.


“The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

The dragonfly’s iridescence is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.

The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.

This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.

The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also in a manner of speaking symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our Universe, and our own minds.” –


I find it a very appropriate spirit animal for breast cancer awareness and support.

2016 Holidays at the Market

 Well, we finished up with Holidays at the Market today.  We didn’t do as well this year as last year, but there also didn’t seem to be as many people there this year as last year.  I was hoping today’s light snow would have put people in the mood for the Holidays, but it didn’t seem so.  I’m not sure I want to do it again next year.  Manufacturing hundreds of the same ornament over and over and over again starting in July is not what I got into stained glass todo.  But this experience has broadened our visibility and we have had a lot more commissions this year because of last year at the market.  We will see what the  New Year brings.


Santangelo Powder Room Window


I finished this piece over the weekend for a couple in Gates who wanted to add some additional privacy to their downstairs powder room.  Consisting of beveled rectangles, clear gluechip, light straw English muffle and light straw rough rolled glass, accented with 5 clear faceted jewels, and finished with a black patina giving it an oiled bronze appearance, this piece is to be installed in their existing window.  Below is the Installed window.

Santangelo Powder Room Window Installed
Santangelo Powder Room Window Installed

Dave has wanted to do cardinals on birch for the holidays for a couple months.  Two weeks ago, we got a load of birch from a friend.  We paid in beer and Jack Daniels, and the promise of the finished product.  Dave did up some cardinals and nuthatches, I cut and split the birch, and this is the result.

Cardinals on Birch
Cardinals on Birch
Nuthatches on Birch
Nuthatches on Birch

Another Commission – Sunflowers

Well we are done with the Irondequoit Art Trail for this year.  We had a good turnout of around 100 people.  Granted about 30 of them were our personal friends, but they went to check out some of the other stuff too.    A couple of them also ordered things!  Always a good thing.

With the show out of the way, I can get back to some commission work.  Back in May, I had a couple contact me about designing a window for their downstairs bathroom, to provide some more privacy.  After looking at the space and measuring things, these are two designs I came up with.

I sent these out to the couple this morning, and now I can get to work on four dragonflies.

a sunflower window  for a powder room
a sunflower window for a powder room
Abstract Sunflower Window
an abstract sunflower window for a powder room

Birds on Wood

Gratzer_RedHeadedWoodpeckers_StainedGlass_lowresforFBDave’s latest piece; Woodpeckers on Driftwood.  Dave is going to be making a series of these, some mounted on wood, some on wire to be hung in the corners of your windows, and others with a simple ring on the back to be hung on a wall, tree, or wherever.  He is currently working on a pair of nuthatches, and plans to do chickadees, cardinals and a few more.  Watch this space for more of his work!

Another Commission

My Second Mother called and wanted another piece of stained glass.  I had given her a round piece with holly leaves and berries several years ago, which she had kept in her front window year round.  She wanted something a bit more seasonal for the warmer weather.  This is what she will be getting.

12" Hummingbird Panel
12″ Hummingbird Panel

Building Stock

So, some people know that we are participating in the Irondequoit Art Trail this year.  As such, we’re busy making lots and lots of stained glass items.  For those who came to see us at the Rochester Public Market in December, we will have some Holiday Ornaments for sale, along with wine bottle luminaries, garden stakes, Dave’s angels, birds and lots more.  Dates and times for the Trail are:

July 22, 5:30 – 8:30pm

July 23, 11:00 am – 4:00pm

You can get more information at the Art Trail webpage,, or our public Facebook group at

We are planning on having hors d’oeuvres and wine on Friday night, and will be working on glass outside on our new deck on Saturday.

Some photos of some items which we will have on hand.

MacIntosh Rose
MacIntosh Rose
Garden Spiral – this will be attached to a copper stake to be used as a garden decoration
Motherhood – I’ve done these with 1-3 children and 1-2 parents.

soulful expressions in wood and glass