Steve Langston/ Working & Learning

CRAFTSMANSHIP: From the beginning of my glass working, I recognized that the most challenging part of a successful stained glass project is in the execution, yet it is as important as other facets of it. It takes much practice and patience to learn the skills necessary to complete the tangible object. As a consequence, I've worked very hard at becoming a good craftsman.

Over the years, I've explored techniques - in addition to those necessary for completing a window or lampshade - such as traditional glass painting, silver staining, faceted glass, overlays and beveled glass, as well as more modern incorporations, such as the use of glass adhesives, enameling, sandblasting, glue chipping and using glass for mosaics. I also have a kiln that I use for glass fusing, slumping and making tiles.

Because growing and improving is necessary to continue being a stained glass artisan, I still take the time to learn new skills, improve techniques and gain information to evolve my art. I have often enrolled in workshops to learn new techniques from recognized artists such as Johannes Schreiter, Richard Posner, Albinus Elskus and William Cummings.

Another phase of my development in the art and craftsmanship of stained glass came after moving to the San Francisco area in the early 80's. I worked for and alongside many respected and talented glass artists, including: Narcissus Quagliata, Jerry Cibi, Peter Wickman, Jill Painter and Dorothy Lenehan.

A couple of years after moving to the Bay Area, I began working at Reflection Studios in Emeryville, CA, across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. Reflection Studios was an established business which specialized in large scale stained glass fabrication and restoration.

In the many decades after the days of the Gold Rush, much money in San Francisco was spent on the creation of opulent buildings, furnishings, and art. I happened to arrive in San Francisco at a time when much stained glass restoration was underway, as most of the stained glass was fabricated after the 1906 earthquake, if not before, and was failing.

While working at Reflection Studios I learned the discipline of restoration and conservation, and gained confidence working on large-scale fabrication. We worked on many historic old buildings such as San Francisco City Hall, Sheraton Palace Hotel, Grace Cathedral, and many residences, including the Swig Mansion. We also made several domes for new buildings at the time, including the Rimoke Residence in Beverly Hills.

Despite all I was learning and doing, I found myself wanting to get back to my first love of doing custom work for individual clients. In 1998, I left Reflection Studios to open a studio in Mill Valley, Marin County. There I met many interesting people and was able to do work in what I do best: stained glass design, fabrication, as well as restoration.

In 2008, I moved back to my hometown of Eugene, OR. It has been wonderful to come back to such a relaxed, creative atmosphere where, in some ways, it's still the same as when I lived here before. Eugene is a community that is very supportive of the arts, inspiring and allowing a genuine sense of freedom for varied forms of creative expression.

If you would like more information about work I have done in the past, as well as see my references, do take a moment to look in those galleries.

Thanks, Steve Langston

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