Val Bogdan

I have always been intrigued with Stained Glass and wondered how it was done. When my husband and I moved into a house with leaded glass windows I decided to pursue my dream and take some classes. I immediately fell in love with the process of copperfoil which allows the artist to create very intricate designs. For four years I had a lot of fun making panels and lamps for the house. Then we moved to the Northwoods where, while building our new house, I started making glass panels to fit the kitchen cabinets, the sidelights and all kinds of nooks and crannies.

During that time I was told by a number of people that I should start my own business. So I did. That was in 1993. I was very happy doing commissions but started to get inquisitive about all the other things you can do with glass. When I finished the sidelights for the Catholic Church in Mercer, I treated myself to a kiln and to some classes in that field. I fell in love all over again with the same media, but became aware of all it’s other properties. At one of the numerous hot glass classes I was introduced to Dichroic glass, which because of the various metal powders coating it, reflects and transmits a rainbow of phenomenal colors. That led me to jewelry making and opened up another pathway to explore.

I am very proud to have served as president of the Manito Art League, served on the Board of the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association and am a founding member of the Artists Palette.

I feel as though I’m living a dream, able to do the work I love while surrounded by the Northwoods!

Val Bogdan Gallery