Featured Artist: Stephanie Rogers
Stephanie Rogers began her enduring relationship with stained glass at just 20 years old. Working as a quality control inspector in the cosmetics industry in Ottawa, she enrolled in an 8-week stained glass class at a local high school as a creative outlet.
It was an immediate fit and Rogers quickly immersed herself in the industry, working in 3 studios over the course of 15 years and later attending the renowned Pilchuk Glass School near Seattle.
Rogers’ 2nd Avenue studio came to fruition in 2001, after living and working in Fernie for 10 years. Here she sandblasts individual glass pieces and works on a variety of custom stained glass orders. Her work can be seen at public buildings in Fernie and hangs in private homes as far away as Edmonton and Nelson.
Over the years, restoration of heritage buildings has become a feature of Rogers’ work. In Ottawa, she worked on a number of large scale projects including several church windows well over 100 years old. In the Kootenays, she was recruited to work on a badly damaged window at the historic St Eugene Mission.
The glass panels required painstaking hand-staining and painting to match the vintage colours before the window could be completely re-leaded. The window is another part of the St Eugene story that ties the property indelibly to Fernie – the building’s red bricks were fired in Fernie over 100 years ago.
In January 2018, Rogers will begin work on the restoration of a number of diamond-pattern windows at Fernie’s Christ Church, including one particularly challenging window over 10’ long.
Drop in to Stephanie’s Glass and Art Studio to chat with the artist and see her at work.