The stitched glass heart grew out of a class that I offer in the local studio where I teach, Architectural Glassarts. I needed to make a sample heart for a stained glass window inclusion, and I had the idea that I wanted it to have a Crazy Quilt kind of vibe. My mom was a quilter, and all things textile have a strong influence on my work.
In addition to the crazy quilt inspiration that will provide the background in the stained glass “quilt” that I’m working on, I get feedback that the hearts remind folks of Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. And while I can definitely see the similarity, I like to look at these hearts as a stitching together of a little piece of all of the people that make up our lives; the hearts of all the people who have touched our lives.
If you’d like to purchase a Stitched Fused Glass Heart, visit my etsy shop.
If you’d like to learn how to do this on your own, I’ve got two video lessons on my Patreon page that show variations of this project, with firing schedules and patterns.