From Rural Workshop to World-Renowned Studio

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Bayou Sal Glassworks began in early 2005, as a backyard studio in an unused workshop 17 miles outside of Franklin LA. Owners Paul Weiss Jr. and Russ Peltier had hopes that their glass working skills could occasionally supplement their household income, but didnt have grand expectations since they lived in such a remote rural area. They first made a few windows for friends and family members, and soon people were requesting that they teach classes. They held their first class in the spring of 2006 with three students.

As word got around, more students enrolled, and as more custom orders came in, the part-time hobby became their main source of income. In 2008, the studio had to be enlarged to meet their growing needs. As 2010 draws to a close, their work beautifies homes from New York to California, and from Oregon to Florida. They are currently commissioned by a church to fill all of its windows with spiritual stained glass panels. They are also planning their second expansion of the studio and have four sets of classes on a weekly schedule.

Paul is Bayou Sal Glassworks' lead artist with more than 25 years experience in the stained glass field. Paul is formerly of West Pittston, PA, where he ran The Glass Factory for many years. He moved to Louisiana in January of 2004, seeking happiness in a warmer climate.

Russ Peltier is a glass artist with more than 10 years experience in the glass field. Russ is a life long resident of South Louisiana.Together, Paul and Russ create and teach in a fun-filled atmosphere at Bayou Sal Glassworks.

Bayou Sal Glassworks specializes in stained glass, primarily using the copper foil technique. They design and construct a large array of items ranging from suncatchers to large multi panel scenes for homes and churches. They also carry glass, tools and art glass supplies.

Classes are held Tuesdays, 6 PM 9 PM, Wednesdays, 10 AM 2 PM 6 PM 9 PM and Thursdays, 6 PM 9 PM. Supplies may be purchased during class hours or by appointment.

Bayou Sal Glassworks is located in the rural community of Bayou Sal, (pronounced sah-lay) off of LA Hwy 317 . They may be contacted at 337-836-2945 or [email protected]. Please visit their website at

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