A 'glass' act -- From Accounting to Artwork
By Scott E. Kinney, Atlantic News Staff Writer
Atlantic News, Friday, March 17, 2006
[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News.]
[Atlantic News Photo by Scott E. Kinney]
That is exactly what Christina Eadie is doing every time she creates one of her custom glass masterpieces for a customer.
Eadie first began working with stained glass in 1979, but began doing it full-time more recently after 15 years as a tax accountant.
"I just got burned out on [accounting]," she said.
Eadie moved her studio, "Accents in Glass", in January from its Lafayette Road location to 70 High Street, across from Me & Ollie's. The need for more work space was of great importance to her. A 5'x2-1/2' piece that Eadie was working on for Soho Hair Salon in Rye brought that need to the forefront of her mind.
"I had to do it on the floor," said Eadie. "I didn't have enough space to do it anywhere else."
Now that Eadie has some breathing room she is more able to offer the public both the opportunity to see her work with stained glass as well as the chance to learn a little bit about creating similar works of art.
Starting on Saturday, Eadie will be offering a beginner's stained glass class. The class will consist of two eight-hour sessions on consecutive Saturdays. At a cost of $129, students will learn the basics of creating art from glass: how stained glass is made, who the manufacturers are, the different types of glass, as well as making a 12"x12" piece that they can take home.
Classes are limited to seven students so that students can be afforded the personal attention of the teacher and Eadie said the first class held March 18 and 25 is already booked up. Future classes are in the works as she is hoping to have three or four each year.
Eadie said the classes, in addition to smaller glass pieces called "beach kaleidoscopes," will afford her to do what she really loves — creating beautiful works of art in glass that give a personal touch to a customer's home or business. She creates works of art out of doors, windows, kitchen cabinets and even tile.
"I only do one-of-a-kind work," said Eadie. "It's original work, it's signed and you'll never find a piece that is anything like it."
That kind of work is highly sought, as Eadie currently has a 12-week waiting list. The combination of stained glass being a niche business and Eadie's commitment to doing the job right have people lining up for her unique, eye-catching work.
"It's my reputation that is on the line," she said "It's my name that is on the piece when it walks out of here."
While Eadie admits owning her own business can be difficult — she often works 18 hour days — it's a fine alternative to doing someone's taxes.
"I'm glad that I am doing what I'm doing now because I love it," she said.
Accents in Glass offers all things stained glass, including supplies and repair. Eadie does all of her work in copper foil, but will repair both copper foil and lead work pieces. The store is open from Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment or discuss future classes call (603) 929-9113.