Charles Tuttle Stained Glass

Charlie TuttleAbout Me

I began working in stained glass in 2001.

I am a 1982 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, with a BS in Geology and a minor in Art.

As a student of Geology, I studied Crystallography – the study of the atomic structure of minerals and crystal systems. There in the microscope, I discovered the vibrant color and extraordinary symmetry of nature, which is inspiration to and echoed in the artistry of my stained glass work.

As an art student, I gravitated toward tactile arts, such as sculpture and jewelry fabrication, but I also included a healthy dose of the visual arts, such as photography, painting and art history. Studying the works of the masters provides a strong foundation for developing what I hope to be future classic designs. The hands-on experience working in the three dimensional arts has given me the confidence to explore and experience a wide variety of media, which brings me to my current media of choice, stained glass.

Over the years I have worked as a carpenter, machinist, and sheet metal fabricator -- working in these fields provides a unique understanding of the properties of woods and metals, both significant structural components of stained glass window fabrication and restoration. As a former helicopter mechanic and engineer, I understand how to integrate disparate systems to function as a single structure, as is the case with stained glass windows, which are constructed of glass, metal, and wood, and capable of enduring a lifetime.

A wise man told me that “education is something no one can take from you.” He also said that “what you learn has relevance in areas that do not relate.” And he would jokingly add “I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.” The longer I journey through this life, the more his words resonate. …and he hasn’t been wrong yet. This site is dedicated to my Dad, who instilled in my brother, sisters, and me, that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to doing.

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