Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I don't know that I have a common type of job. I do a wide range of work in a variety of media and for different applications ranging from residential, churches, and commercial. I do repairs, new commissions, historic restoration, I work with stained and leaded glass, faceted glass, fused glass, sand carved glass, as well as doing a limited amount of sculpture and ornamental metal work. Mine is not the typical studio that depends on the sale of supplies and teaching of classes to make a living. Take a visit and see for yourself
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. 1. Recent repairs to the stained glass at Temple Emanuel at Hillcrest Road and Northwest Highway here in Dallas. We replaced broken glass in the sanctuary. Work was done in place in a difficult position because of the way the glass was installed in the mid 1960's.
2.Hail damage to 10 units of the bay windows on the front of a 1980's home in Plano. In addition to the hail damage, the glazing between the lead and glass had deteriorated and the window were leaking badly. All 10 windows were removed and boarded up for the duration.
The windows also had significant accretions of calcium as a result of the sprinkler system spaying water on them that evaporated leaving the calcium deposits.
The windows were repaired, reglazed, and cleaned before being re-installed.
3. We created a contemporary stained glass transom window for a home in Highland Village. The design was accomplished in several shades of red with blue and green accents. The design was based on a variety of contemporary art works on decorating the walls of the home. The new window replaced a badly fogged up thermal pane window whose seals had failed and allowed moisture to migrate into the void between the two panes of glass.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Check his/her skill level, experience, ratings from various service referral providers such as Service Magic or Thumbtack. Ask for local references. Compare price against quality of reputation. Don't look for the cheapest price, but for the least expensive in the long run. Ask about warranty without disclosing another provider's warranty. The second provider is likely to say he will match the first warranty, but why didn't he give the better warranty to begin with.
Most of all, get to know the provider by visiting with him or her. As questions about family and other outside interests. In other words find out about the person as well as his skills.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have over 40 years experience in my craft. As one of, if not, the premier studios in Dallas, my history of quality craftsmanship sets me apart from the run of the mill studio. I give a three year warranty on my craftsmanship and have never had a claim. I compete to see how well I can perform my job for my clients and not how cheaply.
I have Master of Fine Arts degree and am a Professional Affiliate of the American Institute of Architects. I serve on the Small Firms Roundtable and on the Historical Resources Committee. I am a Certified trainer and Preferred Provider for the Dallas AIA
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. The interaction with clients and solving problems. I find the challenge of meeting with and discussing needs before making suggestions as to how to proceed; whether it is the repair of a front door insert or the creation of a new stained glass window based on the germ of an idea from a client. A favorite saying of mine is: The act of creating is the greatest proof of being alive. I am alive in the creation of new work and solving problems that my clients have. What better way to earn a living.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Customers often want to know that I am capable of doing the work under consideration. How long have I been in business ( Since 1978). Do I work from home?( No, I have a studio in Dallas although I live in Denton,Texas.)
Do I have references? (Yes, of course. Both direct and online). What training do I have? ( Self taught in the basic skills, but many advanced seminars from some of the top people in the country as well as both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree.