Who Am I: My name is Nelson Alward (Nelly). I live in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. I’m married to Monica (Nellyglass business manager) and we have two great children, Ryan and Sarah.
I started doing stained glass as a hobby when Monica enrolled me into a 10 hour lesson for Christmas of 2002. I made a goldfinch sun catcher and was hooked, for life.
A happy retirement from the education field in 2016 meant I could focus full-time on my craft and that’s when I officially opened Nellyglass Studio.
What I Like: I like a variety of glass work from suncatchers to lamps, from large windows panels to tiny 3D village houses… always learning and eager to try something new.
My Work and This Web Site: I do commissioned work from home and art for sale through CraftologySJ on Prince William Street. Most of my work is here somewhere on this website. Some pieces that are for sale at home have the price indicated on the menu (in Full Site View). If it says “Sold”, you will find the current (2017) price on the story page that I would charge to make that piece on commission. If you don’t see any price, that means the work was privately commissioned as a “one-of-a-kind” work of art. However, I can replicate most pieces that you see here or I can work with you on a custom design just for you.
About you: If you are interested in stained glass for yourself or others and see something on my website that interests you, or have an idea of your own, please inquire through “Contact” on the main menu. If you are not exactly sure what you want, I will dialogue with you to learn your tastes, color preferences, size and budget as well as the what, when & how of the process including shipping.
Cost: My prices are based on the following:
- The number of pieces of glass in a work
- The size of the individual glass pieces
- The complexity of construction (ex: 3-d is more complex than flat and deep cruves require extra care in cutting, grinding and foiling)
- The use of specialty glass (more expensive than regular glass)
- Packaging and Shipping extra
I love working with and engaging the client in the journey of producing art and sharing the memories we make of it along the way. If it’s something I’ve never done before (and if it turns out successfully), I’d like to take a photo or two and post it here on my site.
You can start a dialogue with me even just to ask a question for your own curiosity, by sending me a message in the “Contact” section of the menu.
Welcome to Nellyglass Studio. Look around, be inspired and I hope to hear from you.