I'm the lone lady behind Forest City Stained Glass, and the second in my family to have a passion for the craft. The first was my Grandpa Jack, who practiced stained glass for many years but passed away long before I found it. Instead, I inherited one of his suncatchers, and twenty years later, I was scrolling Instagram and saw that piece! Not realizing my grandpa worked from previously published glass patterns, I thought he was famous (he wasn't), but this strange intervention piqued my curiosity about the craft, and eventually led me to pursue glass in earnest.
Each piece I make is the closest thing I'll get to a collaboration with him, and I'm ever so grateful for that "nudge" because I'm doing something I love every day.
Another fun fact - I'm on social media almost everyday and I haven't seen a replica of that suncatcher since.
Yet another fun fact - When I started glass, my dad gave me all of my grandpa's leftover supplies including a toolbox. One day I was rifling through old papers and came across a glass receipt from a Sunrise Stained Glass, somewhere in Florida from the 1980s. Where do I buy my glass here in London, Ontario?
Sunrise Stained Glass.