This site is the end result of pursuing a passion for expressing my creativity while bringing joy to others as well. I have always wanted to be an artist of sorts. Being raised in the late 40’s and 50’s, that type of career training was not available or even discussed in our public schools. My conservative lower middle class family upbringing guided me towards more practical career paths.
My professional career has spanned 45 years. From radio/radar repair in the U. S. Air Force, to civilian jobs of accounting, banking and finally health insurance, moving through various jobs in actuarial, accounting and for the final 20 years in information systems. All of which were a far cry from my childhood dreams of being creative through some form of art.
Several years prior to my retirement, I had taken a few classes at a local stained glass shop (Rainbow Vision Stained Glass) and found that I really enjoyed it. It brought together my natural desire for creativity, some drawing aptitude, my acquired skill of soldering, my love of jigsaw puzzles and my never-ending attention to detail. It was as if throughout my entire life I was amassing the skills needed to do stained glass!
Initially, I did not have much time to devote to this hobby since I was still working full-time, maintaining the house, putting kids through college and volunteering at several local organizations. My wife ‘kick-started’ me one year by giving me a basic stain glass tool kit for Christmas and the rest is history.
After a kitchen remodel in our house, I had saved some of the cabinets and remodeled a room beneath our ranch home garage into a ‘studio’. My wife calls it my ‘Man Cave’. So be it, but it allows me to have a separate workspace where I can design and construct my various stained glass craft items. (See studio pictures below.)
I soon discovered that friends, acquaintances and relatives seemed to like what I had made and I hope you do too. And so in an attempt to avoid continually throwing money into an endless hobby money pit, I decided to start an official part-time business – Fickes Glass Act.
I have created this website and hope to improve it to display and sell my creations. Please feel free to contact me (Fickesglassact@gmail.com) and give me your feedback, negative or positive. I assure you I will take all criticism under advisement in an attempt to improve this site for your ease and viewing pleasure.
Thanks for surfing your way to my site and please return often!
Updated views of my Studio May 2013 going counter clockwise around the room. Please click on the thumbnail pictures to open another page for a larger view!