A local plate glass company called me one day, around 1982, and said that they would like to sell their 1915 Henry Lang beveling machines to make room in their shop for other things. At the time, I couldn’t find any literature on how to bevel, so once again I relied on my creative processes.
Holding a piece of glass over rotating iron, stone, cork, and felt was not the most exciting adventure in my life. In order to hold my interest, I began grinding and polishing different thicknesses of glass with different angles. I beveled flash glass, colored glass, and textured glass and made a display case to carry around – in the days before the Internet when artists walked around with large portfolios. I loved opening it up to clients, who instantly realized that I had something special to offer them.
One of the wonderful things about being self-taught is that one doesn’t know when to stop. I also developed beveled glass windows with thicker glass so my windows would “hold their own” when surrounded with oversized wood molding. Then it was onto UV-gluing beautiful, deep, rich colors of antique glass behind my bevels, giving them a jewel-like quality. This led to my contemporary beveling style.