I’m not always aware of where my inspiration comes from.
I often keep images and ideas in the back of my creative mind… a sort of mental scrapbook of things I think are cool or interesting. And those concepts find their way into my work, often without my direct awareness.
I think that happened with my Cathedral bead series.
I’ve always told my customers that the inspiration came from the leaded glass lanterns in my childhood church. And I think that’s true about their shape… but I think I discovered the inspiration for the stringer design while I was taking my time getting out of bed a few mornings ago.
On my bedroom wall I have a series of small framed photographs. One of them is a photograph I took of a leaded glass window in our first house.
I was always very fond of that window from our dining room and enjoyed the sunset light that streamed through it. It was a long window place high up on the wall, so the only view from it was of the tree branches outside. That window always seemed to bring sunlight and tranquility.
As I was staring at the picture, just after I woke up, I realized it was where my original cathedral pattern came from. Everytime I draw it there’s an unconsious part of me that remembers how fond I was of that window but I just became aware of it the other day.
Up until now I just thought I really liked making the leaded glass pattern. Now I realize I hold the design a little closer to my heart than I once thought I did!
JC Herrell is a glass artist who blogs from her home studio in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.