Working with and teaching stained glass is a passion of mine. The name, Liberty Belle Glassworks, comes from my love for our amazing Nation and the strength that "Lady Liberty" represents.
This was reinforced when I had the honor of visiting the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia where glass artists have represented both the fragility and strength of liberty in their magnificent glass creations.
My dream is to share my love for working with stained glass and demonstrate to other glass lovers how to produce and/or recognize quality glass pieces. For those who wish to purchase custom work, I would like to share a bit of information.
Finished stained glass pieces sold in quantity, such as in furniture stores, discount stores, large chain pharmacies, etc., are generally mass produced in third world countries, or countries that do not value their workers. The art and originality of this craft is lost in the factories and back-alley sweat shops. The workers, often quite young and paid mere pennies a day, are exposed to lead and chemicals with little to no protection.
If you've never considered why finished stained glass pieces can be sold so cheaply, now you know and hopefully will be discouraged from supporting this damaging practice.
On the contrary, finished pieces, both custom and commissioned, sold from Liberty Belle Glassworks are all created by glass artists living in the United States - usually local to our area. Creativity, love for the craft, safety, and pride are represented in the work. Each piece is signed and dated, which assures the owner that it will forever represent quality and craftsmanship and is destined to become an heirloom to be lovingly cherished.
If you've come to visit us already, thank you for your patronage. If you're looking for a friendly, comfortable, competitively priced stained glass studio to do business with, we hope you'll give us a try.