VERNON TOWNSHIP — Her lifetime desire to learn stained glass came true for Wilmington-area resident Mary Eason.
“That’s the day I found that I could create art, and I love it,” Eason said.
She and her husband Mike owned and operated Econ-O-Transport for 25 years, and they wanted to slow down and simplify life a bit.
Mr. Eason now is running Eazon LLC, offering storage and auto repair, and is also very involved with Mary’s new venture, Glass Roots Studio.
The grand opening of Glass Roots Studio will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18. There will be refreshments and a piece of garden art will be given away.
The studio is located at 1223 Old State Road, about a half mile from the Spillway Lodge.
Mary learned stained glass in classes at the South Street Gallery in downtown Wilmington. She started experimenting with fusing glass, which she calls her true love.
“Glass fusing allows you to be much more creative and hand craft unique works of art,” said Eason.
Fused glass, she said, is where glass has been fired in a kiln, sometimes multiple times, to produce handcrafted dishware and works of art.
The items on display, and available for purchase, include wall and window hangings, dishware, wine racks, coasters, soap dishes, spoon rests, key chains, jewelry and seasonals such as garden art and holiday ornaments.
“We also fire bottles to create things such as wind chimes, cheese trays and works of art. We enjoy recycling which is good for the environment,” she added.
Most of the glass pieces are functional, but some are just meant to be looked at and enjoyed.
She does commission work.
“If you have a custom piece in mind, please call us with the details and we will get back with you as soon as possible,” she said.
Business hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and closed Sundays and Mondays.
The phone number is 937-725-1983.