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Sarah Brueck Williams, Rainbow House, Worcester Common, Worcester, MA

From small suncatchers and stickers to major installations, stained glass artist Sarah Brueck Williams’s work makes a big impression. Shortly after she crafted the wonderful Rainbow House above for Worcester’s POW! WOW! Worcester Festival, some dummy vandalized it, meaning it had to be taken down. Williams was amazingly zen about the whole thing.

“I felt privileged that someone helped me obtain the materials to make the house a reality in the first place. I expected something would happen eventually. I don’t think you could put a piece like this in any big city and not have something happen. The challenge is there. Honestly, I figured people would throw rocks at it. You know, like people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

“I’m getting more publicity because it was broken. I don’t want anyone to say, “That poor artist.” We knew it wouldn’t last forever.”

– Sarah Brueck Williams to Worcester Magazine

Williams grew up in a family full of artists and crafters. After dabbling in many arts and crafts, in 2006, a friend taught Williams to make a simple shape in stained glass, and she was hooked. She has been focused on glass work ever since. Like many of the artists I profile, she is inspired by nature and says she has spent her career trying to replicate those colors, textures, and shapes in glass. Williams hand makes all her pieces using the traditional copper foiled stained glass process, but she also does something I never thought of. She has beautiful, brighly-colored, holographic stickers made of her stained glass piece, making them accessible to truly everyone!

You can see all of Sarah Brueck Williams’s beautiful stained glass work on her website, on Instagram, and in her Etsy shop.

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Hi everyone! This morning I'll be trying something a little different… This stained glass piece will be auctioned here today! I've wanted to offer an auction and donate most of the selling price: the recipient will be the ACLU Foundation. The piece I'll be auctioning is a little weird, a lot of fun with a dash of science nerdiness! This piece is my version of the Kroyers Deep Sea Anglerfish, a super cool Sea Devil Anglerfish variety! This is a female, who normally grows to between 2.5' to almost 4' in length! They foster bacterial growth on their "lure" at the end of a bony growth that they use like a fishing pole. The bacteria is bioluminescent or glows in the dark to attract prey! If that wasn't cool enough the reproductive strategy is really amazing: the male Kroyers Sea Devil is tiny at around 8". This species of Anglerfish is rare enough that they can't risk running in to each other when the timing is just right for the female to reproduce Instead when they come in contact, the male will bite the female and over time will basically meld with the females circulatory system so all that remains are his lungs and reproductive organs! When she is mature she can just grab those male parts and fertilize her eggs. This is called Sexual Parasitism! My stained glass piece shows the little make just kinda stuck on there, along for the ride! Check out more images in my stories, including one that shows the glowing dots in the dark. HOW THE AUCTION WORKS: starts when I post this image and ending at 12 noon EST today. Starting price is $20. Please bid in $1 increments (so the first bid is $21). I will pay for domestic shipping. Highest bid by 12 noon EST will be declared the winner. I will DM to arrange payment. A donation of 80% of the winning bid will be made to the ACLU Foundation: The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Let me know if you have any questions! #stainedglass #anglerfish #auction

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

8 thoughts on “Glass Houses

  1. I love that the designs are so simple. Wind chime drops are great. Love the sound.

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  2. YES, I also love all of them!! I would be happy to have them in my house. Happy to see that this art continues. Hal

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  3. Oh, that sun/moon piece is beautiful! And that beautiful house was vandalized….I will never understand why people have such a need to destroy things. But it was stunning, and the artist was amazingly gracious about the entire thing.

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  4. Every single piece is extraordinary. Wow. The glowing pieces are completely amazing. And I love that mermaid window so much. I don’t think I could have that same forgiving attitude if someone had smashed my art installation.

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