Master stained glass maker Mason Parker amazed us with his Cthulhu-inspired chandelier at the start of the year. We asked him about the octopus chandelier and his craft as a stained glass artist. [read our original post about this stained glass octopus chandelier]
How long did it take to build the octopus chandelier and what was the hardest part about making it?
361 hours or 12 work weeks. The curls at the ends of the arms were probably the hardest step, and the set of arms itself was about two thirds of the work.
Have you produced more than one?
That yellow, bulbous headed one you saw [pictured above and below] was my first one. The second one’s coming around March of this year. This time it’s red, with a more oblong head, and has an underside piece to cover fixtures and bulbs. I might already have a buyer; the same customer.
How did you get started as a stained glass artist?
I liked it instantly when I tried it and bought a studio. Then a mentor found me and helped me get my business started.
Most of your work has been inspired by nature – in particular, insects and flowers. What’s your favourite subject matter for making glass art?
My 3-D butterflies.