Today we’d like to introduce you to Faith Helms: The Glass Puzzler.
Faith, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Honestly, I accidentally stumbled upon stained glass almost six years ago.
My oldest son had joined the army and was being deployed to Afghanistan for a year. I needed a hobby to keep myself busy, and my mind clear.
I tried painting on glass but lost interest quickly. That did, however, pique my interest in stained glass. I did some research, and I was eager to get started.
First, I needed to raise the money for my beginner kit, Which is everything needed to get started with stained glass. I had a yard sale and raised just enough for my kit. A few weeks later, my kit arrived, and I was hooked from that first cut I made into the glass.
The glass puzzler was born, and everything just took off from there.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create stained glass pieces using the copper foil method. First, I draw up the pattern on paper. Then I cut the pieces out, and glue them onto the glass. Next, I cut the glass by hand using glass cutting tools. After the glass is cut out, I grind the pieces to smooth out any rough edges, once all of the edges have been smoothed down, I foil the glass with copper foil, and solder the pieces together.
This is just the quick version. Making stained glass pieces is actually very time-consuming. There are several different steps in bringing a piece to life, but it’s all worth every second when I get to see the look on the persons face when they see their piece for the first time.
That look of WOW makes all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the piece all worth it.
My favorite pieces to make are memorial pieces. I feel like I’m giving that person one last gift from a loved one that had passed away. I always get tears from those pieces.
The excitement and joy I bring people, and knowing that they will be enjoying my art for many years to come is all the inspiration I need to keep making stained glass pieces.
I guess the one thing you should know about my art, is that you won’t find it on Etsy or on a web site. I tend to stay away from most social media, despite the push I get from others to get with the times. I stay plenty busy with just word of mouth.
How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
For me, success is to keep moving forward. Especially on the days you feel defeated.
Every piece will be a different experience. Some projects come together really easy, with no problems, and some are full of challenges. Of course, the more challenging ones have the opportunity to teach more lessons., like patience, and how to work through the problem. Some days you just have to walk away from the project, and that’s okay as long as you don’t just give up. Come back and revisit the problem, figure out how to overcome the issue. As long as you put a little into every day, and not give up altogether.
You do something enough. It’s bound to pay off.
I try to put this into my everyday thinking.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The glass puzzler does have a facebook page. I try to keep up with that as much as I can.
You can find some of my art at the Handcrafted Market Place in Superstition Springs Mall.
There is a cute little boutique up in Prescott called Homebody that is selling my potted cactus, and I have also sent some of my art to a couple of shops out in Hawaii.
I’m mainly getting out and doing craft shows twice a month.
I’m staying out of the heat this summer and spending most of my time up north at the Pinewood Farmers Market in Munds Park. Munds Park is 20 miles south of Flagstaff just off the I-17. The Pinewood Farmers market runs every Saturday from 9am-2pm until September.
I’ll be back in the Valley in October when the Downtown Mesa of the arts festival kicks off. This event is the first and second Saturday of the month from 9am-4pm until April.
Well, since I tend to stay away from the internet, the best way to support my art is by spreading the word for me or to come on out to one of my shows. I do post events on my facebook page. Come on out and say hi, see what I and other artist are making. Who knows, I just might create something really special for you.
- Phone: 602-326-8540
- Email: Theglasspuzzler@gmail.com
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