Adventures in Dangerous Art
I'm learning the art (or is it a craft?) of stained glass. At this weblog, I record progress, note useful links, and document flesh wounds.


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Where I took a lead class and a 3D construction class.

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Where I buy supplies if I happen to be in Springfield and if they happen to have what I want.

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Glass Galleries Links List
A list of Glass Chat users who've uploaded photos of their work.

The StoreFinder: Stained Glass Store Front
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August 19, 2003: Are You Just Naturally Rude, or Is It a Professional Skill?
In Philadelphia with Eve over the weekend, we made a toe-ring-and-water-ice run to South Street. While there, we spotted a big storefront with dozens of stained glass panels, suncatchers, and windchimes hanging over the sidewalk, sparkling with rainwater and making a bright spot in the dreary day. The store was called Tiffany City Lighting and, of course, we popped in for a look around.

The visit began nicely, with an older woman (the owner?) presenting us each with a fresh red rose at the door, telling us that they were celebrating twenty-four years in their location. Things went downhill from there. The woman told us about their anniversary sale specials, and as the three of us stood there chatting, Eve told the woman, "My friend here does stained glass!"

Can I really be said to "do" stained glass if I haven't so much as touched a glass cutter since the first of June? Feeling sort of like a poser, I instantly demurred. "Oh, just a little bit, you know, small things..." I needn't have bothered with the modesty, as it turns out I was about to be put in my place whether I appeared to already know it or not.

A gentleman (to stretch the term well beyond its intended limits) standing near us at the front of the shop, seemingly an employee due to the fact that he appeared to be repairing a hanging glass lamp, spoke to us over his shoulder. "Can I tell you something?"

Eve and I looked at each other and shrugged. "Um, sure."

The "gentleman" didn't even turn around. "BIG DEAL," he sneered.

Silence on all sides, as at least two of the individuals present tried to figure out what the hell that was all about. I think one of us said, "Hokay," and off we went to look at the store, figuring that would be more pleasant than being harrassed by its employees.

There were nice things there, some elaborate lamps in shapes I'd never seen before, some handsome leaded panels. But the lady with the roses was wasting her time when she followed us around the store pointing out everything that was on sale. After the completely needless insult thrown at us five minutes after we walked into the store, those people couldn't have paid me to walk out of there with one of their lamps.

I was more than happy to take my red rose with me when I left, however.

Posted by Michelle on August 19, 2003 12:58 PM

I sure hope you sent this entry to her at . If *you* don't wanna, may I?

Posted by: Kim on August 19, 2003 04:26 PM

I agree with Kim. I am so angry right now...I am willing to bet money that in five years you'll be a hell of a lot more successful (and happy) than these people. I certainly won't shop if I'm in town. And you have so many gifts, talents, and visions-don't let one person ruin your success.

Posted by: Linda on August 19, 2003 06:01 PM

Kim: If that *was* the owner handing out roses, she was standing RIGHT THERE when it happened, and had every opportunity to either apologize for him, give him a gentle, light-hearted scolding, or even try to laugh at it as if it were simply a joke that came out wrong. None of those things happened; she didn't say a word. So I sort of feel like emailing would accomplish nothing.

Linda: thanks very much for the words of support :) I don't expect the stained glass lovers of the world to unite in a Tiffany City boycott or anything extreme like that, but I *am* a fan of allowing Google to air a cruddy business's dirty laundry.

Posted by: Michelle on August 19, 2003 11:50 PM

They weren't handing out roses because of their anniversary.. they were handing out roses to make up for their employees in advance. How incredibly rude! Having had the opportunity to see your projects (even if it's just over the Internet), I can say that it IS a big deal. You do beautiful work.

Good to "see" you again, even if you're just popping in for a minute..

Posted by: Adrith on August 20, 2003 08:31 AM

I agree with Adrith. It was nice to see some updates of your site, Michelle, even though I only know you via Internet and with the hectic lives we all have, to have a moment to check it.
Take care,

Posted by: Linda on August 20, 2003 04:00 PM

Looks like they have other problems:

Posted by: Melissa on August 21, 2003 12:12 PM

Thanks, Adrith, and thanks again, Linda :)

Melissa: way to dig up the dirt! I wonder what that's about.

Posted by: Michelle on August 21, 2003 10:20 PM

philly has more than enough nice folks to make up for that one jacka55 - honest we do

Posted by: brian on October 13, 2003 04:21 PM

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