Pokemon Trainers as People is a column in which Chalkey interviews well respected pokemon trainers in the community, but with one rule: they may talk about anything but the Pokemon VGC. Read about your favorite trainers as they talk about other aspects of their lives, and learn something new!
This week, we talked to Tiffany Stanley, known as Shiloh in the community, and her love of stain glass creations.
Chalkey Horenstein: How did you get started making stain glass?
Tiffany Stanley: I got started back in California when I went to this summer school – well, they called it summer school, but it was also more of a “take classes that are not very educational” sort of place. For example, there was a geometry class there where I mostly made geometric shapes out of twistie-ties. Anyway, they had a stain glass class there too. My mom kind of forced me into it because she liked hanging out at the place, then the class just sort of grew on me.
CH: So what made the stain glass class stick to you more than other classes?
TS: It’s kind of just what you’re good at. The object of the program was to learn new things – I also tried taking guitar classes and Japanese classes. Both of those things really confused me. Stain glass is just a really great kind of anger stress relief tool – there are lots of power tools and pointy objects. It’s also a nice feeling to do something artistic.
CH: I’m looking at the pictures you sent me now – they look great by the way- and I see a Cresselia in there. Have you done any other pokemon?
CH: So when you’re not making pokemon, what other designs do you like?
TS: I do a lot of floral stuff. I also take a lot of requests – I’ve made stuff that’s way better than what’s in the pictures, but I hardly ever hold onto my glass for very long because people usually want it. It just seems silly to hoard it all in my room.
CH: So you’re usually giving them away?
TS: If I really like something, I might keep it, but I usually make stuff because people ask me to. Other times, I’ll display something and people will tell me how much they like it – then I’m just like “Okay, you can have it!” If I hung onto every thing I’ve ever made, my house would be really cluttered with glass everywhere.
CH: What are some examples of requests you’ve had in the past?
TS: I had this one group of friends back in California one year, where I asked them all what they wanted me to make them for Christmas. Somebody said a cat, another person said a daisy, then another said a dragon, and there were two others I can’t remember.
CH: So would you ever want to create your own glass shop?
TS: That used to be my dream, but I’ve seen a lot of glass shops around for a really long time. I’m not really the risky business owner type.
CH: There are smaller programs online like Etsy, where you could put your stuff up online for sale. Have you ever thought about that?
TS: I’ve thought about it, but I’m not that great at the internet. It’s on my todo list!
CH: So how does the process usually work? How does it become what we see here in the pictures?
TS: You buy sheets of glass, usually bigger than a sheet of computer paper, then make pores with cutter thing – it looks like a small pizza cutter, then you break it with plyers. Then you boil it down, put foil around them, and sodder them together.
CH: Would you recommend this activity to other trainers?
TS: I recommend this to anybody who’s artistic and doesn’t mind a lot of paper cuts. That’s one of the things that I think deters people a lot. When you first start out, you end up getting a lot of glass stuck in your hand.
CH: What are some other things people should know if they want to pick this up as a hobby?
TS: It’s incredibly tedious, and it’s kind of hard to learn on your own. I had a nice program, but that doesn’t exist everywhere – and most places won’t teach you unless you’re eighteen or older. There are a lot of specialty shops, and they’ll be incredibly helpful (probably because they don’t get a lot of business).
TS: It’s a very long process, but the finished product is well worth the wait!