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Tom Nelson


I started creating glass projects in 1975. I find intrigue and wonder in the vast array of glass colors and textures and how all these factors play a major role in the design and creation of a project.

My early inspiration was from the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.  I have created many Tiffany style replica lamps . I consider myself a student of the Tiffany design attributes and have studied many of his best window designs in great detail.  I try to bring his concepts into my designs.  I find characteristics like plating (multiple layers of glass) and abstract coloring add great dimension to a window.

I also like to study the contrast of light and dark shading.  I find design ideas in the most unusual places and enjoy turning those inspirations into stained glass windows.  Sometimes the light will strike an object or nature scene in just the right way and I will grab on to that and create it in glass.

I love to do nature scenes and work birds, dragonflies. Getting the colors right in a bird with stained glass can be very challenging but the results can be very satisfying.

I  have many design ideas ready to be transformed into windows in my studio.  From fall colored Sumac to Ford Mustangs, I enjoy every facet of creating a stained glass window.


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