Total loan: $3,000


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Chattanooga, TN, United States / Arts

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A loan helped my growing stained glass studio purchase essential supplies and materials.

Amber's story

I was born and raised in small-town Illinois and always dreamed of turning my love of art into a business. I am a classically trained painter with a BFA in Painting and Art History from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and a Masters Degree in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis. I also spent a year abroad studying painting and fresco restoration at the Art Institute of Florence in Florence, Italy. Though my formal education was spent studying painting and art history, I have spent the greater part of the last 15 years focusing mainly on stained glass, working in highly respected studios in Boston and Colorado and now running Soda Ash & Sand. I am at a very exciting time in my work where my skill set as a stained glass artisan has caught up with my ambition and innovative ideas as a fine artist. I want to make stained glass contemporary and engaging. Little has changed in this discipline in more than 900 years, and while I respect the skills and history of my craft, I have far too many ideas to just sit back and be content with the limitations of my chosen materials. Through experimenting with different techniques, I hope to make stained glass not just a craft, but fine art. I strive to produce creative and expressive works that rise above simple window decoration.