Mark Stine and
Transparent Dreams Stained Glass
My name is Mark Stine. I am the driving
Transparent Dreams Stained Glass Studio in Denver, Colorado.
I have undergraduate degrees in Microbiology and Psychology and a
Masters in Social Work, but my first
choice has always been to work as a glass artist, which I have done
almost full-time since 1975.
When I was eleven, my
father and two of my uncles decided to take a class in stained glass. At
first, stained glass is a frustrating hobby
requiring a lot of patience
and practice. My father and one of my uncles quit the class before it
ended. The other uncle finished the class and made stained glass
suncatchers, lampshades, and 3D objects for a number of years until, he
too, stopped working in glass.
One day, I was too sick to go on a family
outing, so I went to spend the day at my uncle's house. He helped me to
make my first stained glass project (thanks Uncle Ted!), which had only
2 pieces of glass in it! I was hooked! I went home and commandeered my
father's tools and supplies and a project-in-progress (the class was still going on, but my
father had already stopped going). I was given a small space in our
unfinished basement in which I could make a mess, and a card table to
My progress was probably slow compared to
most people who take up this hobby. At first, I made only suncatchers
(small hanging pieces depicting butterflies, sailboats, skiers,
etc). Later, I learned to make
lampshades and 3D objects. It was years later that I actually made an actual
stained glass "window," that is, a flat stained glass panel with a background that defined its overall shape.
By the time I was
in high school, I was selling some of my work, and by the time I was in
college, stained glass had become my full-time summertime work (while
on summer break from studying microbiology). After college, I wasn't
quite ready to follow
through with my plan to go to medical
school, so I decided to pursue moneymaking in stained glass, thinking
at first that I would soon be
financially forced to abandon it. That never happened, and I fell in
love with the work itself.
In the years since college, I have been self-employed full-time as a
artist (except for a part-time return to academia
between '92 and '97). Throughout my artistic career, I have had
the wonderful opportunity to make many thousands of windows,
lampshades, doors, ceilings, room dividers and more for many wonderful
people, including some very famous people. I have also created many
artworks that I have sold through galleries and at craft shows and
glass shows. I have won many awards for my work and I am proud to say
that many stained glass artists who know me consider my craftsmanship
to be among the very finest.
Since 2008, I have also marketed a comprehensive set of DVDs that teach
all that I have learned about stained glass. This has been as rewarding
as my stained glass career because the feedback from people who have
purchased this set has been extremely positive. To read more about
this, visit my stained
glass class web page.
I certainly don't
do everything related to artistic glass. For instance, I don't work
with hot glass (glassblowing, beadmaking, fusing or slumping glass). I also don't do glass carving
(multi-stage sandblasting, generally on clear plate glass) or acid etching on
glass or glue-chipping of glass. I also do not make bevels, even though I use them in my work.
Whenever a project calls for one of these glass specialties, I
am happy to collaborate with other artisans who have mastered these
What I have "mastered" (I used quotes there because this is my biased
opinion - you can decide for yourself after a visit to my gallery) is
the art of designing and producing
stained glass panels and objects. I am one of the best stained glass
artists when it comes to precision craftsmanship. I also strive to
continually expand my artistic vision concerning stained glass. I
combine these qualities in every artwork and commission that I
undertake, whether large or small, whether expensive or not. I have
fortunate enough to be honored by others in this profession.
My work differs from other stained glass artists in two significant
craftsmanship is clean and precise. Straight lines are always perfectly
straight. Circles are always perfectly circular. Solder joints are
smooth and almost invisible regardless of whether or not patina is
applied. Size and shape are
always accurate in artworks that are to be installed. For a more
detailed explanation of what precision craftsmanship looks like and how
vitally important it is to the longevity of a stained glass artwork,
visit my Craftsmanship Page.
 The acquisition of precision crafting skills
has allowed my designs to become discernably clean and innovative. By
"clean", I mean that I have been able to adopt a style that has very
few of the extra background lines that are apparent in most other
stained glass artists' work. I can precisely cut and fit very oddly
shaped pieces of glass (without a diamond bandsaw!), allowing me
to design in a way that almost
every line is relevant to the design. This is all-too rare among
who work in this medium, and it allows me to focus on pushing the
boundaries of stained glass design to more and more innovative heights.
I offer my
services worldwide. To date, I have completed projects for clients from
one end of the continental United States to the other, spending a lot
of time with some clients and never actually meeting others face to
face. I have also done custom work that was shipped as far away as
Dublin, Ireland. Although I would never hesitate to travel to meet with
client, to view an installation site, or to deliver and install a
project, I have tried to make this web site a wellspring of information
so that actually meeting with most clients is not required.
If you are considering having me make sonething in stained glass for
you, I suggest that you start by reading my Commission Process
web page. This will educate you about the process of ordering a custom
made artwork from me (or from any another stained glass artisan or
page details the costs involved, the mounting options for permanently
mounted artworks, the methods for taking accurate
measurements, and the design options you'll want to consider when
giving me input about the stained glass or beveled glass you may want
to order. Once you have at least skimmed that web page, you
should be able to provide me with enough input that I can get back to
suggestions, with an accurate estimate of the price, and with answers to any
questions you may still have.
Thank you for visiting my web site. I hope that you will go
away amazed at the artworks I have created and a more savvy
consumer of this wonderful - but often misunderstood - art form.