The history of Stained Glass Images is one of cycles beginning with Gene Mayo enjoying working with stained glass as a hobby. In 1978, this was followed by teaching evening classes at the San Carlos Recreation Center and deciding to enter the field as a full-time profession. Retiring from his position in the San Francisco corporate world, Gene opened his full-line retail store on Laurel Street in San Carlos. He also taught classes, worked on custom designs for residential and commercial clients, and began his experience publishing books and patterns for the stained glass industry, as well as developing “The Copper Foil Dispenser” which has been sold to major distributors throughout the world.
Starting with Terra Parma, who became well known as one of the top artists in her field, the company expanded over time, offering designs by several other artists for a total of 65 design and full-size pattern books for glass art enthusiasts.
As the publishing portion of Stained Glass Images grew, the need for space beyond the retail store became necessary and SGI moved to larger quarters on Tanklage Road in San Carlos. Here, Gene was able to manage the publishing company while conducting classes for beginning and advanced students, selling a full line of art glass, tools and supplies, and providing custom commission work for residential and commercial properties. One of his favorite successes is the collaboration with artist, Ed Jacobson and good friend and master craftsman, Travis Ball, creating the 21 California Mission windows and 8 Feast Day panels for Our Lady of the Pillar Church in Half Moon Bay.
of December, 2008, Gene has “retired” from the publishing
commercial ventures he enjoyed for 30 years and is now
working at a
more comfortable pace in a home studio environment. The
proven to be a perfect place to work on commissions for
whose needs may range from simple glass panels for their
doors to elegant sidelights featuring sparkling bevels, or
scenes brought to life with the magic of art glass. He has
repaired many treasured but broken lamps and antique
studio has an excellent selection of glass samples and
to assist clients or, if a super-custom
design is desired, Terra Parma is available to make that a
reality. You are invited to “window shop” by reviewing
site to see some of the SGI designs. Gene also has
fusing, sandblasting and custom panel framing.
continues to teach classes at all skill levels - call for
studio is located at 6730 Gleneagle Ave SW, Port Orchard,
Hours are by appointment only - 360-443-2367.
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