The Breaking Free Show 6.2.14
Guest: Sarah Hall, Stained Glass Artist
This is a glimpse into the work of glass artist Sarah Hall, our guest on The Breaking Free show Monday June 2nd @ 1PM ET. Learn why the combination of the sun and vibrant color affect us so deeply. Click this link to take you to the archived show:
Marilyn – What got you started doing stained glass?
Sarah – I love color and light. I love how it creates a special world … its own world. When you sit in a room, the color of light and pattern creates a totally, self-contained world. I decided when I was 9 that I was going to make windows.
I went on and eventually studied architectural glass. I like to work with huge pieces of glass
My work is in finding out who people are and finding a visual expression of who they are and what they want to represent the world. I also love taking a room and transforming it.
A few years ago, I became interested it our world and what we are doing it. If I can make solar look beautiful, then people will be interested in renewable energy.
I think about what the space is meant for. Every single piece of glass I’ve made is unique. I’ve made almost 1000 windows.
M – Who inspired(es) you?
S – I am inspired by many artists. I love Matisse and the medieval art. My teacher: Lawrence Leak. I apprenticed with him. The way that he taught me…when you learn with a great teacher you have to carry on doing the best you can because they have given you their time.
A question from the chat: How does stained glass play a role in healing people’s emotional healing?
S – Color and light have healing properties. When I create a room for people who need calm and the room has blue glass, people usually report that they are feeling calmer. Other people need energy so I use strong colors like reds, etc. and the warm colors.
Yellows are wonderful to bring academic capacity.
A lot of my work tends to be one color mixed in with other colors to make it feel alive: turquoise next to green, etc. In every project, I give myself new to do. I absolutely believe that it does heal people.
M – What is your journey?
S – I am here to learn and work with life.
A question from the chat: What is your favorite color?
S – My favorite color is blue-green.
M and a question from the chat: What is the role of music in your work?
S – I love to listen to music when I work. One local musician I worked with composed music for some of my pieces and I created pieces for his music. It was a wonderful, one of a kind partnership with Robert Shore.
A question from the chat: How has glass making changed you as a woman?
S – It has given me a terrific identity. I have two children and they have come to all kinds of religious services all across the spectrum. I’ve been able to have a loving family and have my work. The generation of women artists before me did not get married. To do both things has been a terrific gift. I didn’t want to give it up and I have to thank my family and coming with me to hundreds of dedications and being supportive of me and my work and my travels.
Next, Sarah and Marilyn talked through a series of photographs featuring Sarah and her work, one particular installation was at an elementary school.
M – What is it about an elementary school?
S – Every time I talk about solar, they want to put it on the roof so I want to bring it into the school. Can you do that? Yeah! I met with the architects, the school board, etc. and we started a process that started in the school.
M – What message comes to the kids?
S – It’s fantastic. In this project, they see that the solar energy is creating light. There are no batteries. There is an orange cord to a fixture that I made in the wall in the hallway. It’s a clear and simple illustration of how it works. Kids can see how things are being done.
The Principal brings her “difficult parents” to this space because the colors are so peaceful.
My windows can gather enough 3-4 houses would use in a year. The cathedral gets a check for contributing. The grid gets the extra energy and the cathedral gets the rebate.
M – Do you have a favorite piece?
S – Oh, they are all my babies! Several pieces are breakthrough pieces, though, as I always try to take on a challenge in each piece I do.
A question from the chat – Tell us about the stained glass installation that prominently features the tree against an amber background.
S – In sacred spaces, people are interested in the tree of life. Trees are referenced in the Torah and New Testament. It’s a beautiful relationship between trees and sacredness. They inhabit the earth and reach toward heaven. It’s beautiful to bring that into a church. With trees, we bring a reminder of stewardship, nature, so many people relate to it.
In closing, Sarah said, “Artists have a special role in bringing technology to people. With color, beauty we can help people connect.”