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« View Full Designer List Megan McElf McElf GlassWorks

255 Pratt Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
Ph: 716-563-2444 mcelf@mcelfglassworks.com Company Website

Design Philosophy/Mission

McElf GlassWorks is a full service glass art studio specializing in custom stained glass and glass sculpture. Glass is a fascinating, unique material that withstands the tests of time. The journey of designing and watching your own heirloom come to life is an experience you and your family will never forget.

The artist, McElf, is a third generation glass artist; she has been designing and creating glass projects all her life. There is nothing she loves more than a challenge, an experiment, and building something you will always treasure.

Education/Certification

McElf is a third generation glass artist who has studied creativity via glass in some form or another for her entire life. She received her BA in 2008, concentrating her studies in studio art glass methods and glass history. In addition, she has also studied extensively at Pilchuck Glass School, the Corning Museum of Glass, and Vitrum Glass Studio. 

It was at Pilchuck Glass School that "McElf" stuck - hot shop floors are loud places and when 2300 degree glass is at stake, you don’t want to end up withthe wrong Megan!  She was soon more well known as McElf (the first part of her maiden name McElfresh) than as Megan.

While studying, McElf was extremely lucky to be accepted as a studio assistant at Vitrum Glass Studio, an establishment which enjoys a world–wide reputation as one of the finest privately-owned kilnformed glass studios and instructional centers in the United States. She continued to work there until she moved to Buffalo in 2011.

She now owns and operates her own full service glass studio in Buffalo New York.

Notable Projects

 Aug – Nov 2015 Ray of Light Mosaic Masten Park; Buffalo, NY  | 140 square feet of glass was used to cover two 4ft. wide by ~14ft. tall columns at an entrance to Masten Park in Buffalo, NY.  The project was a memorial to victims of domestic violence and hopes to serve as a "Ray of Light" to both the victims, the families, and their communities.  The design is based off of angel, butterfly & bird wings and slightly wraps the face of the columns.

 Feb – July 2012 Madison Square Triptych Philadelphia, PA | Three curved stained glass panels with kilnformed and sculptural elements designed and constructed for elevated bow window in living room of historic Philadelphia row home.  Piece consisted of 3 panels measuring approximately 10sq.ft. all together.  Curvature of windows measures just over 4ft. in radius.

 May – Oct 2011 Entrance Kneewalls for Artful Dimensions Gallery Fredericksburg, VA | Four Cast Glass Dalle de Verre Structural Kneewalls for the Main Entrance of Artful Dimensions Gallery.

  Feb 07 – Mar 09 Dean Gordon’s “Hound” or Dr. Dog Panel  Newport News, VA | Powder imagery and copper foil stained glass panel combine to celebrate Dean Gordon’s love of dogs based on imagery found in Franz Marc’s "Hound Before the World". 

 Sept – Nov 2008 Horras Memorial Window Fredericksburg, VA | A 3-D panel celebrating the life of a Fredericksburg Police Officer based on a commemorative family tattoo.  Constructed of handcrafted glass wafers and powder elements, framed in sandblasted flashed glass placed in copper foil with decorative soldering.

 Jan 06 – June 07 The Reimer Window Newport News, VA | An interior window for a private residence constructed using a combination of copper foil and lead techniques and incorporating kilnformed powder imagery elements throughout.

 

Areas of Expertise

Leaded and Copper Foil Stained Glass

Kilnforming and Kilncasting

Coldworking

Dalle de Verre

Interior & Exterior Mosaics

Other Notables:

November 2011

 Successful Kickstarter Campaign: “Glass Seascapes in Time for Valentine’s Day”

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mcelf/glass-seascapes-in-time-for-valentines-day

Designed and launched a successful campaign to raise funds for the development and release of a new product line for my personal glass art studio; project was over funded and culminated Spring 2012


March 2010 - October 2011

 Artful Dimensions Gallery, Founder: New Sculpture Gallery in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

http://www.artfuldimensionsgallery.com

With group of local sculptors, renovated/restored long abandoned warehouse in historic downtown Fredericksburg, VA into a thriving gallery with private studio spaces devoted exclusively to 3D art promotion and education.