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Studio 7: Jeanne McTiernan

Stained Glass, mosaics

"Once an Islander, always an Islander."
Lucy Maud Montgomery, P.E.I.

I love this quote because I feel a connection to my roots in Ile-du-Grand-Calumet. After spending 30 years living and working in Ottawa I came back to retire in our ancestral home. Today, when I see my grand-children running in the fields or sitting on the porch, I visualize them walking in the same steps as my great grand-parents nearly a century ago. They are the sixth generation to enjoy this home and I am very proud of that.

Since my childhood, I knew I had a certain artistic talent for drawing and painting and I explored that venue for some time. But, the day I picked up a glass cutting tool, I knew then that I had found a real passion for this new form of art. That’s when I abandoned all other medium and dedicated my artistic talents solely to stained glass.

My inspiration comes from the color and texture of the glass itself. It seems to speak to me. A certain shade and texture might remind me of running water, or a sunset, or the back on a frog. A piece of glass can stay in my workshop for months before I’m inspired to use it. Then, one morning I will draw a pattern and start cutting with a specific piece in mind. Most of my work is done using the technique of copper foiling and lead soldering.

My art pieces are influenced by nature therefore I’m always trying to find new ways of incorporating glass art in a nature setting: mosaic bird houses, chimes, garden art, stepping stones, glass panels, sun catchers, etc. No matter what the size of the project is or the whimsical ideas I conjure up, all my creations are made from a multitude of coloured glass pieces that express my love for this art.
Jeanne has been a member of the Pontiac Artists Association since 2012.

Glass mosaic flower pot

Red-bellied woodpecker

Contact information:

Studio location:
143, chemin de la Montagne
Ile-du-Grand-Calumet, Pontiac, Québec J0X 1J0

Phone: (819) 648-2248

GPS coordinates (WGS84 datum):
45.6648°  -76.6322°