Learn Stained Glass from this Lass
Nancy Hibbard grew up in South Portland. Maine, and still speaks with that delightfully distinctive accent. She enjoyed the snow in winter and the short walk to the ocean in summer. Graduating from South Portland High School, she then attended Westbrook Junior College.
As a young woman, she married and raised two children. spending time volunteering for many different organizations from Little League to Social Service agencies. She had yet to discover her inner artist.
In 1985, Nancy and husband lrv purchased a home in Sun Lakes. They visited a few times a year, exploring the state. When lrv retired in 1998, they became snowbirds.
At a meeting of the Sun Lakes Rock, Gem and Silver Club, Nancy signed up for a beginning stained glass class and became completely hooked on the craft. Over the years, she has created dozens of pieces; she sold a few, but has given most of them away to friends and the occasional stranger. Naturally, her favorites have found a place in her home.
In 2003, Nancy started teaching and continues to do so. The classes are limited to four people and take 10 to 12 sessions to complete. Her favorite part of the process is seeing how happy the students are with their finished piece.
We’ve a stained glass queen, her name is Nancy
She’ll get you started, it can’t be real fancy
No need to worry, she’ll teach step by step
The woman’s amazing, she’s so full of pep
You’ll pick out your pattern then number and pin
If you make a mistake, no trouble, you’re in
You go to the store and the glass you will buy
Like green for the trees and blue for the sky
Cut it then grind it then get it real clean
The foil you’ll apply by hand or machine
Burnish the foil, on the edge it must stay
Assemble the pieces as you pin away
The foil made of copper will solder real nice
It holds glass together, you won’t need a vise
The soldering finished, you’re still not quite done
You’ll clean and patina and polish: what fun.
You look at the solder and see a slight glob
But Nancy will tell you “You did a GREAT JOB”
Back home you will take it, don’t break on the way
You’ll hang in the window to admire each day.
By Linda Shanahan
Appeared in the Sun Lakes “Splash”, June 2020