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Meet Delcia Litt of Mountain Top Stained Glass in Erie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Delcia Litt.

Delcia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was always one to use as many colors in the crayon box to complete my pictures. It was an obsession of rather in depth detail. You can still see that tendency in my one of a kind stained glass and stone mosaics. I tend to loose myself in a therapeutic way when I am in a creative zone. The kind of zone where you hardly come up for air and would rather not be disturbed.

Instead of studying as a child, I loved the visual and performing arts. I was a day dreamer and doodler. My parents didn’t quite see my potential as an artist, so I conformed to the normal course of studies but continued to fill the sketch books.

Many years later in the mid 80s my mother asked me what kind of art class would I like for my birthday. Stained glass came into my life. I continued to pursue this hobby but worked full time and I put myself through University: working full time, taking out student loans, and going to night school.

Although being a career women in a corporate job at that time, I pursued photography and making stained glass windows and lamps. In the beginning I struggled with every cut of glass and having to be precision perfect, as many of you know from personal experience too. But I soon became skilled and immersed in the therapy the art form provided. I could use my excessive energy and scattered thoughts to focus on my projects, they brought me joy and they were something I was good at.

When I married I had the opportunity to turn another spare bedroom into a makeshift studio. More importantly, I was offered time to create art. I got involved with a community art center and began teaching art and excitingly selling my work. I reached out to galleries and suddenly my hobby turned into a home-based art business.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a very rocky road, filled with flash flooding and literally years of total dry spells. Lacking financial backing was a setback. The computer wasn’t very useful yet, and there wasn’t any social media then. It was mostly who you knew or luck.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Mountain Top Stained Glass – what should we know?
I still run my business out of my home. The basement was converted into a large working and teaching studio. I offer studio time for a fee to help students progress. I am my own CEO, CFA, president, marketer, web designer, artistic director, creator, fabricator, and salesman. I work hard wearing all these hats but do not know any other way.

I still find time to make traditional stained glass windows, mostly flowers, birds, and landscapes. Windows are extremely time-consuming, and I feel it’s also a dying art form.

I would love to find others that have time to learn and the money to invest to continue the art form. With that being said, mosaics are my specialty now. My stained glass background has allowed me to be set apart from the pack of traditional and contemporary mosaic artwork. I mostly use colored mirror, iridescent glass and stay true to my unique style. I often use hand cut stone and Italian Smalti and like to mimic the traditional masters too. I make time for taking workshops to learn from my peers.

I teach at pARTiculars Art Gallery in Lafayette, Colorado. My smaller gift shop items are featured for sale at that gallery. Working outside my home studio and engaging with the public is really rewarding, but to get any real artwork done, I have to focus by cranking my music and disappear into my studio.

I plan to apply to East Boulder County Artists Association and be part of the open door studio tours in the near future. The best feedback is from meeting your collectors directly. I compete in juried art festivals and art shows on occasion but that is a tough gypsies life style.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Perseverance is a characteristic that has allowed me to continue to compete in the art arena. Life is always changing, the challenge is to change and adapt. I did not grow up with the internet but learned how to create a website and use social media, although the tasks were difficult and time consuming.

In hind site, I wished I took a more aggressive stand on seeking help from the experts in the industry. What we learn from others successes and failures help us develop better business skills and become better people. I found it hard to ask for help. I had to keep relearning a new trick but that is how we grow as individuals.

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Paula Gillen

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