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Color Connection

Whatever your style, Tulsa Stained Glass will help you realize your vision with a visual charm that is both practical and attractive in any setting.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Sarah Eliza Roberts
Posted
August 28, 2019

For many people, stained glass initially conjures up the images of churches where this colorful, intricate art form has traditionally served a religious purpose for centuries. But today, stained glass is much more accessible than it was in eras past. Its beauty and inventive style appeal to both modern homeowners and businesses seeking to add a boost of visual charm that is both practical and attractive in any setting.

At Tulsa Stained Glass, owner and artisan Richard Bohm has been serving Green Country area homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, and just about anyone else who has a passion for stained glass. Some of his customers have been around since his shop first opened in 1975; others are just discovering the joys of stained glass.

“We have a lot of returning projects that we did 20 and 30 years ago, that just want updates,” says Bohm. “And then there’s another group of people who are discovering, or rediscovering, or finding new applications for a stained glass window.”

Among the uses today for stained glass is in home remodels, where it can elevate a home’s appearance in ways that nothing else does. “What stained glass has, that no other medium might have, is that it is functional because it is used in bathrooms, front entryways, and can add privacy and also add in light that comes into wherever you are.

At Tulsa Stained Glass, owner and artisan Richard Bohm has been serving Green Country area homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, and just about anyone else who has a passion for stained glass. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
At Tulsa Stained Glass, owner and artisan Richard Bohm has been serving Green Country area homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, and just about anyone else who has a passion for stained glass. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

“The other thing that I love about stained glass is that we may design a piece that goes in a window, but in actuality, if it’s transparent, the subject or the trees or the birds or the traffic that is outside the window becomes part of the composition. It’s all kind of fun; you have to play with these kinds of things and become creative in your thinking.”

Today’s design trends for stained glass pieces include grays and non-colors, says Bohm. “We’re seeing a lot of ornamentation in design coming back in.” That means repetitive patterns, abstracts, and more. But whatever your style, whether it’s abstract or defined, traditional or modern, Tulsa Stained Glass will help you realize your vision. All it takes to get started is a few photos of your space, some images of what you like, and measurements. Bohm will help you nail down the specifics, including pricing.

Another area where Tulsa Stained Glass does a lot of work is in the repair of glass pieces, such as glass lamps, chandeliers, jewelry boxes, and windows. “We have a lot of people who have treasures from a relative, or they are getting something out of the attic that grandma had, and it needs repairs.” Bohm can do just about anything you need, from significant restorations to little soldering projects to put a hook back on or replace a piece of broken glass.

He also repairs crystal objects, such as vases. “If we have all of the pieces, we can glue all those pieces back together,” he says.

Among the uses today for stained glass is in home remodels, where it can elevate a home’s appearance in ways that nothing else does. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Among the uses today for stained glass is in home remodels, where it can elevate a home’s appearance in ways that nothing else does. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

In addition to installations and repair work, Tulsa Stained Glass offers art classes that are growing in popularity. The art classroom includes a smartboard so class attendees can watch while Bohm models processes for them. And if working with actual glass is a little intimidating, Bohm suggests trying out one of their non-glass art classes, which use canvases and collages to mimic the look of stained glass.

“All classes are first-come, first-served,” says Bohm. “The earlier you sign up, the better.” There are a variety of options to choose from, including ladies night, date night, and family night. Check class descriptions to find out which are appropriate for children. The class schedule is available on the shop’s website, and you can sign up for public classes or arrange for a private party, such as for a birthday, bridal shower, girls night out, or corporate team-building event.

Bohm is also bringing in meditative aspects to the classes, for those who want to use the opportunity not just to create art but also do some self-care that is nourishing and relaxing. Art, he says, is therapeutic. Tulsa Stained Glass offers workshops that provide continuing education credits for therapists who want to bring art therapy into their practices. “What we have is hands-on so they can come in, get training, and be able to take it back to their clients,” he says.

Even those who give informal care to others, such as caregivers serving aging parents, sports coaches, teachers, and life coaches, can benefit. And Bohm says he looks forward to launching online programming as well, most likely starting this fall. The online classes will meet the needs of people who may have a hard time getting into the studio.

And Tulsa Stained Glass has even taken its art classes on the road to Quapaw’s Downstream Casino, where they entertained high rollers. “They had a great turnout, and people were happy with it,” he says. So, if you’re in the market for a unique corporate event, Bohm can hook you up with an inventive art event that you won’t soon forget.

Stop in, browse the floor for gift items, and chat with Bohm about what the shop has to offer. You may find yourself investing in a class or that decorative bathroom window you’ve been dreaming about.

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Tulsa Stained Glass
4131 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
918-664-8604
tulsastainedglass.com
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.