Meet the artist: Margie Bolton

Current Hometown: Minot

Where can we see your work?

At Margie’s Art Glass Studio

Do you have work for sale?

Yes, of course!

In what media do you work?

All forms of glass. Stained glass; Mosaic glass; fused or hot glass.

How would you describe your style?

Contemporary with a splash of traditional. I like to try new things and with glass you can do that. New procedures and techniques are always popping up.

Who would you say have been influences on your work?

Many instructors and teachers from all over the country. Two of my favorites are Boyed Lundstrom and Richard La Londe. Both have worked in fused glass. Laura Rendlen, a mosaic artist from Kansas City, Missouri, and many others.

Are there particular themes you like to explore in your work?

Nature is my favorite, sunflowers, fish and chickens, but I enjoy being quirky too.

What do you most enjoy about the creative process?

The ability to get lost in your work and not think about anything else.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have lived in several towns and three different states growing up in the small town on Long Island, New York in the ’60s will always define who I am, I will always be that girl from Long Island. Just four miles from the big water of the Great South Bay and all the abundance that that brings to a young girls’ life was amazing. The freedom of the seashore, the beauty of nature and the sound of the surf are all seared into my mind’s eye.

My husband and I moved to Minot fresh out of high school and we have lived here our whole adult lives. I have had the opportunity to travel to almost every state in the nation and have gone to my mom’s home turf many times in Germany along with other surrounding countries, but North Dakota is home. Both my maternal and paternal sides of my family have roots in glass. So, I guess it is in my blood (and sometimes my fingers). Life quickly moved along and I found myself creating in many ways from parties to holidays; then children and school. I love learning, so it was natural for me to seek out classes to learn different things, from woodworking to gardening. I love working with my hands.

In 2000, I came upon someone who no longer was interested in Stained Glass and I bought her studio equipment. I began my stained-glass education in Bismarck through the college. In 2004, I opened my studio space and began my travels around the country seeking out more education in glass. I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet and work with a plethora of glass artists, and to try my hand at many different techniques. At this point in my career, I would love to begin to take more time just to explore in more depth some of the different methods I have learned.

I consider working with glass as an honor, to be able to put a smile on someone’s face with something that I have made with my own hands is quite humbling.

I continue to learn and grow here at my studio in Minot.