Being creative is at the core of who I am. Teaching others the joy that can be found in making stained glass is why I created the
Stained Glass Makers Club.
My journey with glass
If you didn't guess, I love to create stained glass art. I've been teaching in my home studio since 2008 and I've grown my passion for teaching into the online world where I'm no helping others to learn stained glass online!
Since I was a child, I have always been artistic and creative. I thought my passion for playing and teaching music would have taken me through my adult life, but an injury while at University changed my path.
It brought me to the visual arts.
I was 26 when my husband and I decided to try stained glass on our own, in our spare time. I've since gone on to learn traditional glass painting, and glass fusing as well as pursue many varied techniques in the stained glass realm.
My work has been shown in shops, galleries and government buildings in Ontario and Quebec, Canada with customers buying my art in more than 12 countries around the globe.
Experimenting and Playing
as Methods of Learning
Learning any new skill can take many attempts. Some are failed attempts, but the way I look at it, failing only means that something cannot be done that way. It doesn't mean that there is no way of accomplishing what you want. It's a matter of "playing" with it to create what you desire.
My teaching style exposes you to new ideas, and gives inspiration for you dream up ways of incorporating techniques into your work. The goal is to share how I do things and share the steps of how I go about it so that you can replicate it for yourself.
We all have many ways of doing the same thing as others and no one way, is necessarily the best. After all, we all have limitations. I just want to help you find ways to be more efficient and succeed in your projects. To truly help find joy in the process and your results!
Combined frit painting and traditional painting panel window
Work in progress of a traditionally painted Santa
Traditional paint on panel with voids
Stained glass and fused glass backgammon game
The stained glass Makers Club was founded by Samantha Calder of Living Sun Glass. It is an online training space for stained glass hobbyists around the world.