Most students in introductory stained-glass-making classes are in search of a new hobby or a fun few hours, but not Connie Beckers. In 1995, she took such a course and soon built a career around the art of stained glass and kiln-working. Now, through The Goddess of Glass, she teaches others her craft during classes that cover the creation of jewelry, coasters, plates, and transparent overalls. She?s also been known to flex her instructional muscle as a guest artist on the DIY Network show I Hate my Kitchen, on the episode entitled Cramped Quarters, where she taught the show?s host and contractor how to make stained-glass tiles for a kitchen in the middle of remodeling.
The Goddess of Glass also sells artwork and gifts out of a separate retail shop. Patrons can commission a custom piece, such as a stained-glass window, or peruse a collection of pieces by more than 80 local artisans. The shop?s staff can also advise clients who need custom framing, helping them to pick the proper matting and frame so that their Richard Nixon rookie cards really pop.
Though Mike and Jamie Dupris each approach photography with their own unique style, they share a keen sense of artistry and, above all, a love of the creative process. Not content to resurrect tired tropes and visual cliches, the duo opts instead to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art by shooting pictures in-tandem. They welcome risk and experimentation, just like Christopher Columbus when he discovered his first hippie commune. They also cultivate a casual, friendly vibe during photo shoots so subjects feel comfortable sharing their thoughts about the process. Most importantly, Mike and Jamie eschew saccharine photo editing techniques and rely, instead, on clients' own natural beauty. The result is a portfolio that spotlights the personality of each of their subjects.