The idea of creating Pine Grove Gallery, and becoming a stained glass artisan, was started in 2000 as a hobby to replace smoking. It started out in a small corner of my basement, where I mastered the copper foil technique. My mother purchased one piece of equipment, as encouragement, for every month I was tobacco free. I really enjoyed my new hobby, and as you can imagine my workshop and tools grew immensely, now taking over three quarters of the basement.
One of my friends, who worked for the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN, told me that if I had ever done a wolf panel to let her know and she might purchase it. I called her after completing one and she did indeed purchase it. Less than two months after that sale she called me to congratulate me. The panel was being offered in the 2000/2001 International Wolf Center catalog on page one. It was quite the experience, but I really enjoyed it, making 23 panels in a two-month period all looking like the image in the catalog.
In December of 2002 the small house next door became available and I purchased it as a guest house/gallery. After completely gutting and remodeling the small house, my workshop moved from the basement into the house and the gallery was opened in 2009. Above and beyond my creating and selling, I offer copper foil technique classes. I have three work tables set up and can accommodate up to three students at one time. I enjoy seeing the student’s excitement and keeping the classes small allows the students to have more one on one time.
Now my love of being a glass artisan has emerged from stained glass to glass fusing with dichroic and solid colored glass. The entire line offered in my shop consists of stained glass panels, coasters, coach lights, sun catchers, pendants, earrings and lapel pins.
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Pine Grove Gallery
601 Main Street
PO Box 265
Biwabik, MN 55708
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