MAKING BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS
Peggy Erickson has a wonderful job and you can tell she loves it. “No day is ever the same,” says Erickson. “I have the opportunity to meet new people, see great houses and work on interesting projects.”
Her studio creates beautiful leaded and beveled windows that customers enjoy for a lifetime. Erickson established her studio 23 years ago and has gathered together artisans in all facets of decorative glass. Besides leaded, beveled and stained glass, they also create panels in the multi-dimensional beauty of sandblasting or etched glass.
Erickson says that she has been very fortunate to have such talented artisans and fabricators working with her. “I decided to gather together the finest artists and crafts people in every aspect of decorative glass and have them be associates of my studio….I am very fortunate to have some incredibly talented people working with me and together we make beautiful panels and have a great time doing it…I know we do excellent work,” Erickson tells us, “but we also conduct business the way it should be conducted. We return phone calls promptly, show up on time for appointments and treat every new commission with care and detail so that our best work shows.”
Erickson says that she finds challenges in the new building going on around the Santa Clarita Valley. “All the new homes have such great architectural windows. People buy these homes and after they get into them, they realize they have privacy and sunlight issues. You don’t need to cover the windows for sun problems. We suggest enhancing them with different textures of transparent glass to diffuse the sun, but allow the light inside. We can solve the privacy issue in the same manner.”
Her studio was commissioned by St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. The project was completed in late 1996 in the family life center addition to the hospital. “We sandblasted religious figures and images of angel babies onto the entry doors to the chapel. We also sandcarved a 13-foot cross in the glass above the altar,” she said. “We like the challenges of all the odd-shaped windows that the architects incorporate into the newer homes. These wonderful windows let in a lot of light, but sometimes the light is damaging to furniture and carpeting. People end up covering the windows and cut down the light for which they bought the house in the first place. We can solve these problems…”
Erickson’s work can be seen throughout the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys and she invites you to visit her studio and see her portfolio. She can be reached at (661) 296-2666 for free estimates or to have a brochure sent to you. Erickson’s studio also does repairs of all kinds and occasionally she conducts private classes.