“Peninsula Pulse” Cover Inspires Contemporary Panel

Jim DuFrane of G&J Glassworks in Sturgeon Bay recently created a painted stain glass panel inspired by a photo by Peninsula Pulse contributor Roy Lukes.

“I was in discussions with clients that have a log home. They wanted something outdoorsy but not ‘rustic’ or ‘country’ – something with a contemporary feel,” shares DuFrane. “As I was thinking of a good design theme that would fit the bill I came across the cover of the December issue of the Peninsula Pulse with the beautiful [White Spruce tree] cone photo by Roy Lukes and it was perfect. The composition was ideal and it fit the theme perfectly. I showed the clients the photo and discussed how it would be done and they loved it.”

The window is done in the age-old style of painted stained glass similar to that which is found in old churches around the world. Vitreous paints are applied to the glass surface and then fired in a kiln to fuse the paint into the surface of the glass. The stained glass provides the color and the paint or “stainers colors” provide the shading, shadowing, and various effects. The colors will not fade or come off of the glass ever.

It just proves you never know where the next inspiration will come from.

For more information about Jim DuFrane and G&J Glassworks call 920.818.0493 or visit