This last month, I cleaned a stained glass ceiling - a labor of love - when I was done, it sparkled.
Removing one panel, I found my signature, and a date: 1981 - 33 years ago!
In my early 20’s, (it turns out), I began a series of commissions for the Ochs family in Corona Del Mar.
They invited me to make several original pieces of stained glass for their spectacular home over the next 15 or so years.
The most prominent was this entryway ceiling, where my idea was to build a dome, using flat panels like a large faceted gem.
After drawing up designs, I gathered great people to assist me and they gave me their best.
Late one day, after many weeks of hard work, I was up a tall ladder, installing one of the last glass panels, when Peter Ochs walked in. Seeing the nearly completed dome for the first time, he burst out with huge enthusiasm: “Bravo!”.
I’ll always remember that moment - sweet.