Hello my name is Maire Joy Barron and I am the owner and glass artist at Northern Rivers Stained Glass. I have a deep connection and passion for stained glass creativity.
Beginning as a child, my uncle Ross Barron started his stained glass business ‘A Touch Of Glass’ in Auckland New Zealand. I fell in love with stained glass in his shop, making my first pieces of glass art when I was 11yrs old.
I grew up living between New Zealand Aotearoa and Northern Rivers Australia and have been dabbling with various forms of glass art throughout my life. I took my first stained glass lead light class when I was 23 and made a lead light window for a rammed earth house I designed and built in Nimbin. Which also featured bottle walls, and other creative uses of glass throughout. More recently my glass art began to get a little more serious when I set up a studio at home, took another glass class and started rehousing forgotten, second hand, dusty glass collections and making commission pieces.
It was during this time that I really felt the missing presence of a glass retail shop in the region, when buying glass supplies, meant having to drive 3.5 hours to Brisbane. I was never taken to buying online, as I’m a very hands on person and I wanted to see the light through the coloured glass as part of my selection process.
I started having fleeting dreams of opening up a shop and becoming an artist, but my primary job of 22 years working with disadvantaged youth was so rewarding, it took me a few years, a burn out, and some soul searching to act on my dreams. As a way of overcoming unnecessary mentally constructed restrictions, I used to ask myself what would I do in my life if I wasn’t scared? Well this move – starting this shop and becoming a full time artist, at the age of 40, was one of them.
So here I am – 2019 opening a brand new stained glass supply shop, creating glass art and running workshops to service, inspire and grow glass artists in the Northern Rivers region, NSW.
This will be done in three ways:
- Selling stained glass art supplies including sheet glass, cutting tools, pattern books, design tools, copper foil and lead came etc.
- Selling stained glass art that I have made and making commission pieces.
- Running stained glass workshops to teach the art to upcoming inspiring glass artists and building the glass art community.
You can follow my glass art creations via instagram: https://www.instagram.com/northern_rivers_stained_glass/
or via my Facebook page: http://facebook.com/northernriversstainedglass