SCUGOG: Stained glass is an ancient art form dating back thousands of years. Throughout history, stained glass has been most commonly used as decorative windows for churches and other buildings.
But now, Helen Iredale, a stained-glass artist from North Durham, is bringing the art form into people’s home’s. What started out as a hobby, a little over 20 years ago, quickly blossomed into a passion for Helen, who now owns her own custom stained glass business, called “Make It Yours.”
In addition to stained glass, Make It Yours also offers embossing services and custom wine label making.
Helen was recently commissioned to do a large piece of stained glass art for small business owner, Shaelene McInnis, and Shaelene couldn’t be happier with her purchase.
“I’m so thrilled to display this beautiful piece of stained glass artwork in my office, and support other small businesses,” she said.
The process of making something out of stained glass is very tedious and involves many steps, according to Helen.
“When making stained glass art, I don’t think people realize what a long process it is from start to finish,” She said.
The first steps in making a piece of stained glass art are choosing the design and selecting a pattern. Once the piece is planned, the glass has to be cut, ground, foiled, soldered, and then polished, which is no easy task, according to Helen.
In addition to the long process, one of the most difficult parts, about making stained glass art, is finding suppliers in the area.
According to Helen stained glass is on the decline, and over the past four years, suppliers in Oshawa, Lakeridge, and Peterborough have closed down.
“It’s a dying skill, so it’s nice to keep it going,” she said.
Helen currently sources her supplies, for stained glass making, from 'Top Em All Stained Glass' in Pickering.
She works on her stained-glass art from her home, in an art studio and loves working on all of her customer’s pieces. “Seeing the finished product and seeing happy customers is what makes it all worthwhile,” Helen said.
She is currently accepting work from any new customers, who may want to commission a specific piece of stained glass, as well as offers already made, miniature stained glass seahorses, flip flops, feathers, and moose.
To contact Helen and inquire about her custom stained glass art and other services, email email@example.com or call 905-986-4016. You can also visit her website, at www.makeityours.ca
She said, “I look forward to hearing from anybody who is interested.”