Jane Crawford has had a love for glass since she was a young girl, staring into the intricate designs of the stained glass windows of her church.
“I’ve been a glassaholic for a very long time,” Crawford says. “I love glass. There are so many ways to express yourself in stained glass.”
Crawford ran a studio in Columbus for 12 years, but today she has found a new home in West Point. Her work is now on display and for sale at the Shops of the Community Commons on Highway 45.
Crawford put both hands in the air in celebration of her new display.
“I have found a home for my work,” she said smiling on Monday afternoon.
Crawford has been in the business of selling stained glass pieces officially since 1992, but she says she really can trace her business back into the 1980s unofficially.
Her studio has done stained glasses for over 70 churches over the last 20 years, including houses of worship in West Point.
Crawford’s work that is on display in West Point is on a smaller scale, but she does offer custom stained glass work through her business.
“I feel that every house can had at least one piece of glass, and you could be very happy,” Crawford said.
David Hodges, the Shops retail manager says that Crawford’s work is a great asset to the store, and it is only the start of what he hopes is a host of local artists’ works being on display.
“Stained glass may be one of the least recognized but most beautiful forms of art,” Hodges said. “It looks different every way you look at it. This is only the beginning of our showcasing our wonderful local artists.”
Stained glass art is becoming more acclaimed, and the art has become a popular gift.
Crawford has art that goes as low as $20 to $30, and some of her art ranges a bit higher into a $400 to $500 pricing.
Hodges says that the Shops wants to display local art in order to support local artists in the surrounding area.
Crawford can be reached at email@example.com  or her work can be viewed at her website at www.stainedglassworks.org .