I began OWTSP as a catchall for projects outside of my painting practice. Currently focused on artworks made from glass. In the future I'd like to host an artist-run gallery space and art programs. I learned how to make stained glass in early 2023 during a workshop at Pasadena Stained Glass Supplies and have been making Sun Catchers ever since. I love working with transparency, light, color and shape and have found glass to be an accessible art form that complements my painting practice.
Both! Although they are glass, so if it is very windy, or if it is going to freeze and thaw repeatedly, I would bring them inside.
In front of a window, Outdoors, or hang from the ceiling. I frequently use a picture-hanging nail hammered into the woodwork above a window. Give the sun catcher room to move - don't hang it directly against the window pane. Or suspend it in the center of a room from a ceiling beam or use a hook. Outdoors - hang it from a tree, on a porch or in an entryway.
Yes, all the sun catchers are one of a kind and handmade. I cut and grind the shapes out of various stained glass in different transparencies, textures and colors. The shapes are then framed with lead came, a traditional stained-glass technique. The glass is cemented with epoxy to make them extra-strong. Then the lead is patinaed black and sealed. And finally each piece is finished with steel chain for hanging.
Dust it with a soft cloth. If it is hanging in a kitchen and gets grimy - wash with dish soap. Can be re-sealed with stained glass polish or car wax. When moving or storing pieces keep flat - do not try to fold a piece with multiple shapes! If an accident happens and your artwork gets damaged please contact me for repairs.
Wabi Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that celebrates imperfection as an aspect of beauty. All my pieces are hand-made and one of a kind. I don't want them to be perfect! The pieces aren't all exactly the same size. The soldering is visible. I treasure glass with imperfections and interesting texture. Sometimes when I'm working I drop pieces and they crack. Rather than throwing them away, I repair them by adding lines of solder across shapes. This makes the piece stronger and more beautiful with extra bonus Wabi-Sabi.