For those of you in Minnesota...You have GOT to make a trip over to Sleepy Eye Stained Glass in Sleepy Eye, MN. You will not believe your good fortune! Sleepy Eye is a dusty little town West/SouthWest of the Minneapolis/St Paul area. But trust me, it's worth the trip.
The owners, Mike and Katelynn, and staff member, Linda are the best!..."MN Nice" at it's finest. We found their website, http://www.sestainedglass.com
more than a year ago. Me, my hubby and his brother, have always been intrigued by the notion of doing stained glass and since Sleepy Eye is only an hour south of our own dusty little town in MN, we planned a little excursion to investigate.
Let me tell you...WOW! Abso-flippin'-lutely WOW. It was amazing and very overwhelming. But a friendly conversation with Mike and Linda planted the seeds that we could do this. We could actually learn to do this. They offer classes, equipment, supplies and standing offer of advice was only a phone call away.
We hatched a plan. Over the summer, we would schedule a mini-vacation in Sleepy Eye and have 4 full days of instruction. That's a little out of character for their usual class schedule, but since there were three of us they accommodated us very well.
The rest, they say, is history. We're hooked...bait, line and sinker. We've bought several good pieces of equipment and set up a small studio in the basement.
We seem to be making trips back to Sleepy Eye on a regular basis. I will admit after doing some comparisons with prices...you could probably do better getting some
things on-line. But there is a lot to be said for the customer service that you don't get buying on your home computer. Not to mention buying locally. But really, the prices are very good. Especially the glass.
But most importantly (hence the reason for the posting)...the glass.....OMG! The glass they have! *drool* Seriously. If you can't find that "right" piece of glass here....it doesn't exist. If you take a gander at their website, you'll be planning a trip. Mostly because of the pictures of the 10,000 sq. feet of glass...and partially because their website is a little lacking.
Since I'm one of those who rarely say never.....I will say this: I probably
will *never* buy glass on line...That is a completely foreign idea to me. I have been spoiled. Completely and utterly spoiled....I can't imagine picking glass for a project without being able to hold it up to the light to see the beautiful and ever changing colors and swirls.
Now. For those of you who aren't in MN. Sorry, I didn't mean to make you jealous
But you know....MN is a nice place to visit
Sorry for the long post. Since we are so new at this...I'm not quite ready to post any completed projects. Still working on perfecting that soldering technique! But I'll get brave some day soon and post something for y'all to see.