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Conversations with Diane Meyer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diane Meyer.

Hi Diane, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
In February of 1988, my family of 4 moved from Hollywood, Fla. To Rifle, Colorado. No jobs lined up just set out looking for a great place to raise our kids 2 and 5 at that time. We think we landed in a great place! We found jobs and I continued with my “hobby” of stained glass, making windows, lamps, and suncatchers. I found a store in Glenwood Springs that sold my inventory and gave me 1/2. In the meantime, I did craft fairs and found more stores to carry my product.

In December of 1988, we found a house to buy. Most of the oil companies had left the area and all the workers followed so it left a great many houses empty. When we moved in I had a whole lot more space to work in compared to the apartment we had. I worked days at a pizza hut 35 miles from home and nights creating pieces of glass puzzles, putting them together, and sharpening my craft to do better and bigger things.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Some of the struggles were people telling me No, they didn’t want to sell my product but I would just keep going until I got a yes. In 1991 I started teaching the craft I love to students at Colorado Mountain College. That was a highlight to share what you love with others. My business was born so I named it A Stained Glass Addict.

People were not very friendly with the word Addict at that time. Now it’s everywhere. Then I started making Church windows and more Architectural work for homes and businesses. That made me more experienced. Other businesses were not willing to share the trade so I figured it out and kept going.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My classes at Colorado Mountain College were always full back in the early years. As it turned out I had the most popular class in the College and got high marks for being a great teacher. Why? Because I care that others enjoy my craft and go on to make the world a beautiful place. I want them to succeed. I’m still teaching those College Classes and I still love it. My best goal in my older years was to get a job building a window for a church. 6′ wide by 14′ tall.

Now I’m just almost 5 ft. tall, was 70 years old and these people did not know me or my business. They did go check out the church windows I made for the Rifle church and picked me to do the job. It took me about 5 months to complete was done sooner than I thought. They were very pleased as was I. It feels great to make a living doing what I love and to succeed in the obstacles of course. My motto from the beginning is as old as I am, “Where there is a will there is a way”

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I remember liking Art and recess. I was extremely shy, but that hasn’t changed much.

Pricing:

  • $175.00 per square ft.

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