the grey cinderblock building that became the studio in 1997.

 

Stafford Art Glass began in Culpeper, Virginia, as Stafford Glass in 1997 in a building that had sat empty for over 30 years. It was used as a grainery for the Windmore farm. It was there that the furnaces, kilns and benches were built and the groundwork was laid for the development of the work I do today in glass. I began my career doing mostly retail art and craftfairs with some wholesale to a few galleries. The truth was, I wanted to sell to the public before selling wholesale so I would know the public reaction to the work. I didn't want to make work in a static environment. I wanted to know how the work was accepted, and how the work was best displayed to make the best impression....for my customers as well as my wholesale accounts.

 

Parker, Culpeper, 2004

 

By 2000, I began to shift the business from retail to wholesale. By 2004 I had stopped doing retail shows altogether and was doing studio sales locally and wholesale only.

the building as it was in 2006...

 

In 2006 I had the opportunity to invest in property in the New River Valley, which is where I grew up, and the hunt was on for a home as well as a building that would ultimately become a new home for Stafford Glass. It was around this same time that I discovered that a banking error had resulted in my bank depositing funds into the account of another business with our same name. When I moved home and studio, the name of the business was changed to Stafford Art Glass. A move and a shoulder injury later, work began on the new studio. Water lines, electric lines, gas lines, drainage and more...

 

Water and drainage lines are installed at the new studio.

 

 

There is always more to do....I'd like to have some sculpture outside, some glass on the side of the building, perhaps some awnings to break up the large beige fascade of the building front. A mural cut out of painted metal sheet would be a great start...and then there is the plan to expand the gallery, add more artists, add a torch working station for teaching beadmaking in the studio and....

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