Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.
About Jim Zeigler
Jim is self-taught in all the various methods of art he creates. Over the years, he has approached new glass art forms by fully educating himself on the tools, materials and methods needed. He also commits to completely understanding how the different techniques work both artistically and mechanically so he can execute all of his designs and fabrication with imagination and attention to detail. He strives to be different and original in all glass art he creates.
Designer/Artist & Craftsman
Jim began his long fascination with art glass in 1972. He started with a simple experiment in abrasive glass etching that produced unexpectedly good results. This led to exploring further possibilities like shade etching technique and multi-stage carving on thicker pieces of glass, and controlled glue chipping. After experimenting with adding a border of colored glass to some etched pieces, it produced such interesting results that it quickly became paramount that Jim acquire the skills, tools and knowledge to design and fabricate stained glass.
In the 1980s, glass fusion and kiln-forming were rapidly gaining popularity in the Pacific Northwest. After much research, and acquiring a small, second-hand kiln, it didn’t take long to figure out that you don’t just melt any two pieces of any glass together and get the desired result.
Now, years later, that simple, overworked and long-deceased starter kiln has given way to six large format kilns. With countless hours of experimentation, volumes of fusing/slumping schedules, testing and notes in the rearview mirror, the shop now turns out a healthy quantity of kiln-formed work. The shop space has grown to 2,700 sq. ft. and is home to lots of needed glass, wood-working equipment, metal forging and welding equipment, as well as glass cold working wet stations. The shop is located in the tall pines at 6,345 feet elevation in the gorgeous White Mountains of Northeast Arizona.
In-Shop Repairs to damaged stained glass/Period correct restoration glass:
- Etched glass entryways
- Etched Shower doors & enclosures
- Table tops
- Specialty cabinet glass
- Stained and leaded glass windows & doors
- Kiln-formed glass bowls, vases & large platters
- Hand-made glass tiles
- Bar tops/foot rails
- Fireplace screens
- Door pulls
- Stair railings
- Glass imbeds
- Abrasive multi-level hand-carving on thick glass
- Combinations of glass, wood & steel in furniture
- Mixed media art
- Hand-made iron display stands
Custom glass installed on site by arrangement
Residential, Commercial and Remodel Applications
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