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Thistle Glass designs return to Farmers Market

Friday, July 5th, 2013 | Posted by

Michelle Copeland

Cloverdale glass artist Michelle Copeland and her Thistle Glass designs are returning to the Cloverdale Farmers Market this week for the rest of the season.

Copeland, a mostly self-taught artist, has been practicing Glass Art since 1991. Her designs include Stained Glass, Lampworking, Fusion and Slumping, Hand-Painting, Sandblasting and Blown Glass.

She creates mixed media art glass in all price ranges.

Most people will pick up a piece of glass and not see it as anything else. Copeland, on the other hand, will pick it up and immediately begin to imagine creative ways to enhance and showcase its beauty.

“Artists will say they are inspired by nature, love and other things. I am inspired by those things as well, however, my main inspiration comes from the dreams I have and from the glass itself.”

Copeland’s actual design process can take hours, weeks, or, in some cases, even years because “research, development and extensive testing are necessary to insure heirloom quality art glass that I can guarantee.”

Thistle Glass is known for exquisite, yet surprisingly affordable, artistry in home décor, jewelry, stained glass and more.  Many pieces can be found in the $20-40 range.

Her first design more than 20 years ago was a stained glass door insert for her own home. To date, her most complex and expensive installation, stained glass custom windows, was valued at more than $3k.

Stained Mini Glass Windows

True to her Scottish roots – even married in a Scottish castle – Copeland drew upon her heritage to name her company. The thistle is the flower/symbol of Scotland and an ancient Celtic symbol of nobility of character, as well as of birth.

“As people get to know my glass, I am in hopes that Thistle Glass will become synonymous with Heritage, Heirloom Quality and Value. To own a piece of Thistle Glass will be to own something coveted and highly esteemed.”

Along with new jewelry items, Copeland will be introducing her new line of Stained Glass Mini Windows at this week’s Market.

In addition to her new glass designs, she has added new lighting to her Thistle Glass booth for evening shoppers. “If you thought our lights were good last season, just wait til you see them this year.”

Thistle Glass accepts credit cards, as well, which Copeland says will be good news for many of her returning customers.

“Now that I look at it, it’s as if my glass has had a complete makeover since 2012,” she says.

The Cloverdale Farmers Market, in conjunction with the popular Friday Night Live summer concert series, starts at 5:30 p.m. every Friday evening through Aug. 30 on N. Cloverdale Blvd. between 1st & 2nd Streets.

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