I have always had an appreciation of art. Maybe, I should rephrase.
I have always had an appreciation for artists.
I find great beauty in the creation of individuals. We were born to create and create is what we should do.
Not only to leave your mark on the world but as a means to express your essence, being, attitude, feelings. You know. Express you.
I appreciate artists also because I want to be an artist.
Artists are brave and create what they love without care or concern of what other people think. I love that spirit.
I want to introduce you to a stained glass artist that I admire.
Her name is Kim S. Joy. What a great name!
And I’m sure after you read her interview, you will find your own joy. 🙂
Learn From Kim S. Joy, Stained Glass Expert
What hobby are you good at?
My passion is stained glass.
I love the play of light on colored, textured glass.
Many times I think I will use a particular sheet of glass for a project only to have the glass tell me where it is really needed.
No, it does not “talk” to me but I can feel it.
How long have you been doing it and why did you start? What got you interested?
I have been making stained glass creations since 1982 and added jewelry to my workbench in 2000.
I started stained glass as a way to make money and be independent.
My cousin did church window repairs in New England in the 1970s and I always thought that would be a cool thing to do.
What are the benefits for you? What do you get out of it? Why is this your passion?
Benefits are creative outlet and creative freedom along with the love I feel for my craft.
I am able to work when I want and where I want.
Stained glass is part of my life and lifestyle.
I can not imagine my life without stained glass in it.
My biggest fear is losing my sight and never seeing the colors of glass that I have been working with.
How did you get good at it?
It has taken me years to get to the point where I am.
I apprenticed under a stained glass artist that has now retired.
My students are amazed by the way the glass breaks for me, not realizing that it took years to master cutting and breaking glass.
I challenge myself to push the limits with flat glass.
It is not your Grandmother’s church windows anymore, you are only limited by your imagination.
What advice would you give to beginners? What shortcuts or secrets can you share?
Take it slowly.
Take classes from different instructors, learn different ways to do the same thing.
Apprentice if you can, teach under a master if possible before going out into the world to teach.
To learn you must be willing to teach.
Are you a member of any local or national organization/club related to your hobby? If yes, please share the name and benefits of belonging.
NCAGG (National Capital Art Glass Guild) – being able to network with other glass artists in all glass mediums.
SGAA (Stained Glass Association of America) – a national association with glass artists from all over the US.
PMC Guild (Precious Metal Clay) – I have been working with PMC since 2006 and the community is awesome
If you happen to make money from your interest, do you have a website, Etsy store, Facebook page, other social media, that you would like to share?
Website – http://www.kimsjoy.com
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/kimsjoyglass
Twitter – https://twitter.com/kimsjoyglass
Any other information that you would like to share?
Thank you for the opportunity to share a little of my story with your readers.
If anyone would like more information on stained glass, please feel free to contact me.
Connect with Kim
Be sure and visit Kim’s website at kimsjoy.com to learn more about her collection of stained glass projects including jewelry. She also teaches classes so if you are in the D.C./Virginia area, you can attend.
Also, visit her KimSJoy Etsy store and prepare to be amazed at her talent.
If you are looking for the perfect gift, you just might find it here.
Looking at her work and workspace, it is easy to see how Kim became a stained glass expert.
Be Like Kim
Just as Kim has turned her love of stained glass into a profitable business, so can you.
There is absolutely nothing that can stop you from pursuing your passion – except you.
If you are interested in pursing stained glass as a hobby or even as a way to profit, check out our Stained Glass Hobby Page and get started learning. Then, you can become a stained glass expert.
What did you like most about Kim’s story? Would you ever try making stained glass projects?
If you would like to share your hobby, go to Get Interviewed (it’s a form with the questions that I asked above) then complete and submit. I am always on the lookout for experts to share their story.
Are YOU next?