My other life: Ginger Payant’s art of glass

June 22, 2012 by JoLynne Lyon

Ginger displays a stained glass panelIn this week’s edition, Ginger Payant discusses her glass art. You can see Ginger’s work in person during the Art on the Lawn exhibit, June 30 2012 from 10-6 p.m.

“Glass is my passion and inspiration,” she said. “I love to work with colors and textures that are accentuated by natural light. Having taken stained glass classes for over ten years, I learn something new with each project!  It gives me great joy when others appreciate my art.

“Working out of my home studio, in a comfortable room in my house, I am able to walk away from a project and return when time allows.

“I have had the opportunity to show my art at Art on the Lawn in North Logan for the past 3 years.”

Here’s a brief interview:

Q: How did you choose glass as a medium?

I have always admired the beauty of glass and how light reflects through it.  One year, I received a stained glass sun catcher for Christmas and loved it. I asked my friend how she learned to do it and she told me was taking stained glass classes.  I signed up for a class and persevered even though it didn’t come easy for me.  I was determined to learn and have been taking classes ever since. Stained glass has opened up a whole new world to me, especially after I learned Dragonfly, a computer design software for stained glass.  This software enabled me to make my own patterns, modify others and produce a well-designed end product.

glass flower and butterflyQ: I’ve heard the results can be unpredictable. Is that true? 

Yes, that’s why having a teacher nearby really helps.  My teacher, Chris Garr,  is now my friend and mentor.   I can’t tell you how many times she has helped me out of a “sticky” problem.  Knowledge and experience have helped me minimize unpredictable results with stained glass.  However when kiln firing glass to produce fused glass art, the results can be REALLY unpredictable, since it is difficult to predict what happens inside the kiln.  It is important to have accurate documentation of the firing schedule and type of glass used to recreate the what you like and prevent problems for reoccurring again!

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

This is my favorite question.  I get inspiration from the things I love, such as my pets, and things in nature like hummingbirds and flowers.  I’ve also put together some copper structures with glass flowers made out of antique plates, bowls, cups nut dishes and you name it! It’s rewarding to put together an arrangement and have it turn out to be beautiful yard art that many people enjoy.