Clayton Stang: Out of the Shadows

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We first noticed the work of Clayton Stang in Delphi's Artist Gallery. His glass shadowbox "Night Owl" received many comments in our gallery and on Facebook. Artists were asking, "how did he do that?"

We tracked him down for a short Q&A.

How did you get started in glass?

I was the baker at an adult summer camp 13 years ago. They were offering stained glass classes. I took to it immediately. Two years later, I became the stained glass instructor at the camp.

Why glass?

I was a color stylist in animation for years, so the colors of glass called out to me. Sometimes I just go into the glass store and look at glass for the thrill of it. Ive always loved stained glass. I just had to wait until I grew up and could afford it.

How have your other interests/hobbies/career influenced your glass designs?

So many of my designs are nature based. I am a country boy at heart. I love the mountains, forests and flowers.

What makes your work unique from everyone elses?

I guess the thing that makes everyones work unique is that they are done with each individuals sense of style and color.

If you gave the same design to a dozen artists, you would end up with a dozen different interpretations.

Tell us a little about your shadowbox technique it is beautiful!

Thank you for the compliment. Im flattered.

The shadowbox piece, Night Owl, is comprised of three levels of glass. The top level is black and clear glass that I then frosted on the back. The leaves are appliqud. The second level is trees and the back level is night sky, moon and more trees. Each of the levels are separated by spacers to create depth of field. The frosted glass creates a misty effect of the levels behind it.

Whose work, glass or otherwise, do you most admire?

As I said, I was in animation for years. A man whose work I very much admire is Eyvind Earle. He designed and painted the background art for Disneys Sleeping Beauty. Being a nature lover, I am overwhelmed with the background paintings in Bambi.

Do you sell your work? If so, where?

I have only sold commissioned pieces, locally, ranging from windows for a private home to sun catchers.

What advice would you give other glass artists?

Be it glass or anything else, follow your passion.

Clayton may be contacted via email at [email protected]

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