Stained Glass by Douglas Gregg, Artist
The stained-glass pieces on many of these pages are the artistic creation of Douglas Gregg, current President of CFDM-Nevada The glass is thick at about 3 1/2 inches and originally came in 12 by 8-inch slabs weighing about 4 lbs. He can further break the larger pieces with a specialized hammer, rather than sawing it, to create more facets. He wraps each piece with coper foil that sticks to the glass on one side. Then he solders the pieces together, washes the piece carefully, and then applies a black or copper patina to finish the piece. “Glass is a hobby,” he says, a “stress-reliever.” He doesn’t think of himself as a professional artist, but will reluctantly call himself an artist, working in a unique way to create gifts for others.
About fifty-percent of his pieces are abstract, and the other half are taken from nature or Christian themes [crosses, nativity scenes, etc.] Sometimes he combines glass with driftwood or something from the natural world. His inspiration comes from “meditating in nature…or, he’ll ask the glass what it would like to be.” For example, the picture included here is titled “Whirling Dervish,” which is taken from the poet Rumi. He and Catherine observed the skirts of whirling dervishes while they were in Turkey in 2014. He had a piece of orange glass that he fashioned into one of these skirts and presented it to his wife on their anniversary.
When pressed, he’ll say “I love the play of light on, and through, the glass, and all the varied colors we see reflected in glass, in nature, and in life. He loves taking broken pieces of glass, broken like all of us are broken, and ‘waking it up’ to something glorious, just like we humans are made to ‘wake up’ to what is holy and eternal in our own souls. Hence, the connection between the art of spiritual direction and the art of stained glass design.
One of many designs, a small cross created from various shades of earth tone glass which is transformed by the intensity of the suns rays passing through the many elements of the created work. An example of many small crosses made over a period of twenty years.
“Volcano” – 2017
slab glass worked into a cedar platform
“Adam and Eve” – 1998
Facets of slab glass positioned in natural holes
in a cedar log
“The Blues of Lake Tahoe” – 2017
Incorporating glass, beach stones, and wood,
following a trip to Lake Tahoe
“New Creation” – 2016