Stained glass is an ancient art. Evidence of stained glass windows in churches and monasteries can be found as early as the 7th century. The earliest known reference dates from 675 AD when Benedict Biscop imported workmen from France to glaze the windows of the monastery of St Peter. In recent times, several U.S. manufacturers of colored glass have closed or moved operations out of the country, thereby significantly increasing costs for materials. As a result, stained glass artists are dwindling.
Cindy is the daughter of a retired U.S. diplomat. Having lived all over the world, cathedrals and churches overseas began her love affair at a young age with stained glass. The movement of light through colored glass has always captivated her imagination and creative mind.
Cindy began her journey into stained glass with a class at Haywood Community College in 2013. She has taken additional classes at ABTech as well as other notable glass specialty institutions. Not having a kiln, Cindy has focused on the traditional form of stained glass, using colored glass and copper foil or lead came to form her unique pieces.
Since 2013 Cindy has been working diligently on perfecting and expanding her experience and knowledge in this art form. She sells and exhibits at multiple festivals around western North Carolina throughout the year, and also takes on custom work from clients throughout the U.S.