Douglas Gregg has been interpreting and expressing “light” for most of his life, in one form or another. He first learned the art of making stained glass from his mother, “She was an artist, experimenting with every medium until settling on stained glass. Stained glass is the only art medium that allows light to pass through the piece directly to the eye, rather than having the light reflected off the surface of the piece, as in most forms.”  

When Douglas lived in Los Angeles, he reused broken, throw-away pieces of glass from art studios, but the studios caught onto the value of that broken glass and began to bag it up and sell it at the Getty Museum. At this point, Gregg began to use Dalle De Verre glass. “Dalle De Verre” is a French term meaning “slab of glass.” The glass is thick at about .75-inches, and comes in 12 by 8-inch pieces weighing about three-pounds. He breaks the slab with a specialized pick rather than sawing it because he likes more faceted pieces. The pieces are then soldered together using a copper-foil technique that is patinaed to black (or other color) to create freestanding sculptures.  “Glass is a hobby,” he says, used as a “stress-reliever.” He describes himself “not as a professional artist, but an artist.” In the last ten years, he has sculpted between 200 and 300 pieces that were either commissioned, or gifted to people.  

About fifty-percent of Gregg’s pieces are abstract, and the other half are taken from nature or Christian themes [crosses, nativity scenes]. “I sometimes combine glass with driftwood or something from the natural world.” His inspiration comes from “meditating in nature…or, I will ask the glass what it would like to be.” For example, one sculpture is titled “Whirling Dervish,” which is taken from the poet Rumi. Douglas and his wife Catherine observed the skirts of whirling dervishes while they were in Turkey in 2014. “I had a piece of orange glass that I fashioned into one of these skirts and I presented it to my wife on our anniversary.”

Central to his work is the play of light on, and through, the glass. “I love the various colors and shades – every one is slightly different because of the process that begins with a liquid, cooked into glass.”   Gregg’s work has been selected for several Annual Juried Shows, and some of his pieces are represented in gift shops with whom he has a personal relationship. For more information about Douglas Gregg or commission work, call him directly at 702-485-5215 or 435-632-3467 or email him at dgregg@cfdm.org.