November 25, 2014
The Washington Post
“How to Repair Broken Stained Glass”
Question: My sister gave me a lovely stained-glass panel last Christmas. I hung it in a window to give my living room a little privacy and color, but the hook holding it came loose. The panel fell, breaking some of the glass and bending the frame. Can it be repaired? Where?
Answer: Yes, any stained-glass shop that does repairs should be able to help you. The repair person will need to cut out the damaged area, find and cut matching glass, smooth adhesive-backed copper tape around the edges of each piece, then coat the copper with solder.
Pamela Joyce Wright, owner of McLean Stained Glass Studios in McLean took a look at the picture you sent and said you’re lucky that the damage appears to be confined to an edge. When a window is damaged in the middle, she often has to disassemble it and redo almost everything, making a repair more costly than if she were creating the window from scratch… [Wright said she is sure her] glass collections contain pieces that would be a good match for the pieces that broke.
~ Jeanne Huber
NARI DC 2012 Capital Contractor of the Year (COTY) Awards
Morris Day Architects won the NARI DC 2012 Merit Award for Creative Solutions under $15k. This was for the McLean Stained Glass creation of the leaded beveled front entryway sidelights and transoms.
New Art Review: Mosaic Madness
Kathy L. Augustine, MFA, Managing Editor
“Three Koi and The Koi Pond“
Stained Glass Mosaics on Glass, Grout, Silicone Glue
“Quite simply, I want my creations to bring the same joy and happiness to people as I receive from them. I am always awed when I see the light streaming through the colors, textures and beauty that is stained glass. Creating designs with this incredible medium has been an enormous gift to me and I hope, to those who honor my work by bringing it into their homes, offices, gardens and galleries.”
~ Pamela Joyce Wright
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Western Art & Architecture Magazine
“Wildflowers Glass Panels by Pamela Joyce Wright”
Chosen by the Editors for “THINGS WE LOVE”
Pamela Joyce Wright’s joie de vivre radiates through everything she does. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than in her brilliantly colored and impeccably designed stained-glass mosaics. In her Laughing Glass Studio, Wright creates whimsical and magnificent pieces – everything from mirrors and wall hangings to bird baths and massive architectural commissions. Our favorite, Wildflowers, one in a series of six stained glass panels designed for a pool house in Virginia, is a feast of colors and shapes. From luscious swirls to textured ridges and jagged angles, Wright is thoughtful and meticulous about every piece she places. And then there’s this: The way the sun filters through her masterpieces could be an art form all its own.
~ Carter G. Walker, Managing Editor
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The San Diego Union Tribune
“Artists Want to Look on the Positive”
San Diego – Wednesday, January 12th 2011 – When people see themselves in a mirror, their response can often be critical. A surprise glimpse during a bad hair day can inspire a litany of self-criticism.
Pamela Joyce Wright & Charles Bogdonoff of Laughing Glass Studios hope to change all that.
In Pamela’s quest to drop a few pounds, she discovered a tip – a glimpse in the mirror should be paired with an expression of affirmation. “We say so many things that tear us down,” she said. “It’s important to build yourself up. Then I thought of making the message mirrors with words like Believe, Faith, Love, Joy and Dream.”
The McLean, Virginia artist and her late husband, Charles, a retired dentist, create mosaic stepping stones, hanging stained-glass panels and custom ceramic works. The message mirrors were an easy addition to their business.
The frames of each mirror are a collage of colorful stained glass, embedded with a one-word proclamation. They are available in a variety of sizes.
Some mirrors state a resigned “OY,” other titles extol ego-boosting attributes, such as “Diva,” or “Sex God.” That “Sex God” one sold in one day,” Wright said with a laugh. “A woman bought it for her husband as a joke.”
Pamela has a favorite message mirror, one that trumpets the word “Believe.”
“I think that is so important,” Wright said.
“That word strikes something deep inside you. It is important to delve deep into your soul and find the best in yourself.”
~ Marsha Joyce
“Light is Life”
Glass artists’s portfolio features an array of wall and window panels.
The mission of artistic team Pamela Joyce Wright and Charles Bogdonoff centers on finding the order in the midst of chaos. That’s exactly what happened at Laughing Glass Studios, the McLean couple’s shared workspace where bits of glass are turned into mosaics.
The perpetually smiling Pamela points out several pieces from their inspirational series. “See the message mirrors?” she says, indicating shaped words such as “Believe,” “Love,” “Joy” and “Hope.” Such messages enable an individual “to connect with yourself on a deeper level,” notes Pamela.
Their favorite stained glass mosaic, “Ocean Dreams,” is a spectrum of color arranged in what appears to be a random pattern – random, that is, until sunlight is added to the equation. “Light is life to glass,” says Pamela. “And this is so true when the sun streams in the windows and the colors become brilliant.”
Some of Charles and Pamela’s pieces are functional. Their portfolio features an array of wall and window panels as well as birdbaths embellished with fragments of colored glass and porcelain.
Pamela began her artistic journey when she was 11 years old. She took art lessons from a painter who worked in oils. Pamela was so taken with art that she continued private lessons and ultimately went on to art school at the University of Maryland. It was her discovery of a colored ink medium and her appreciation for the intensity of the inks’ colors that led to her interest in stained glass.
~ Joe Motheral
Waterfront Home & Design
Washington, D.C. -Treat your fine-feathered friends to a soak in The Chinese Fisherman Birdbath from stained glass artists Pamela Joyce Wright and Charles Bogdonoff of Laughing Glass Studios in McLean, Virginia. The couple specializes in applying hand-cut, nature-themed glass mosaics to window and wall panels, tables and back splashes. According to Pamela, their mirrors framed in sea shells and brightly colored glass are popular among owners of waterfront homes.
~ Kelli Rosen