Recently I had the opportunity to supervise an installation of mine here in Western Pennsylvania. This client, as a docent had seen my work for years at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Later she became a board member at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, my baby. I had only casual encounters with Kim when giving talks .....
Recently I had the opportunity to supervise an installation of mine here in Western Pennsylvania. This client, as a docent had seen my work for years at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Later she became a board member at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, my baby. I had only casual encounters with Kim when giving talks to groups at the Center. Last September she approached me about a commission. I visited their lovely home and found a spot that Kim and John thought would have the most optimum visibility. I shot photos of the wall, then photo shopped an image in so they could see a relative example of how the work in that scale would look in that space. They said yes!
It is above a fireplace in this gorgeous living room with full floor to ceiling windows that overlook nature. Their deck is perched high above the land and overlooks rolling hills. Everything about their house shows a love of objects and an attention to a sensitive detail that merges with the natural environment. We agreed on a date to have the installers come out. It turns out one was her brother a contractor involved in the renovations, also an excellent installer and I brought my friend Pete a retired contractor to help.
However, before we were started, we all had a light breakfast that Kim had prepared. We just talked and talked about everything and anything. I noticed a beautiful bouquet of roses that I thought she was going to put in a vase later on this wonderful kitchen island. There was no rush, we were getting to know each other.
As the work went up so expertly done, I could see the joy that it was giving to them. As we turned to leave that day, the work up, a view from outside and a walk around their property Kim gave me the roses to my absolute surprise. It proceeded in the next few weeks where I would get a photo of light casting over the work from the windows or a shot in the evening and some installation shots while these magnificent roses continued to open and bloom reminding me of that day. John would just send a quick note in days after to tell me how much they loved the work. They adopted my work and I have adopted them. We have become friends and I will know them long into the future.
Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
49th year of our International Glass Exhibition.
We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: May 1st | Exhibition continues through July of 2021.