Art doesn’t always have to hang on a wall or sit on a shelf. It can tell time, block the afternoon sun, keep you warm or serve pupu for a party. Meet 10 Island artisans who create stunning, functional pieces for the home.
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Glass Rainbows, stained-glass windows
Annalee Jones took her first stained-glass class when her husband prodded her to join him. “Long story short, he didn’t like it and I just loved it,” she says. Jones was an art major in school but had spent the previous 30 years working with computers. “All of a sudden I could use my art skills that I hadn’t used in a long time.” When her company downsized and her husband passed away, she turned her rekindled passion for art into a stained-glass-window business, establishing Glass Rainbows in 1995.
Jones starts by visiting a client’s home or business, drawing window designs and then returning with glass samples. “I work with them in choosing the glass colors and textures, keeping in mind how much visibility and light they want.” Jones creates another drawing on her computer and prints out the full-size design, copying it onto heavy paper and later gluing it on the glass.
“Each sheet of glass has a lot of variations in it,” she says. “We also look at the [pattern] flow of the glass.”
Jones keeps an inventory of $25,000 worth of large glass sheets, all handmade, from China, France, Germany, England and the U.S. She primarily makes entryway, bathroom, stairwell and skylight windows, specializing in native Hawaiian plants and ocean scenes. Each window takes about two months to complete; prices range from $125 to $1,000 per square foot. 47-376 Lulani St., Kaneohe, 239-7978, www.glassrainbows.net.