Art of Glass
Thursday, October 3, 2013
LYNDEBOROUGH – Corey Cheever always liked to draw.
He later took his hobby in a different direction. He said, “Around 1984. Stained Glass Plus in Hillsboro was offering some classes. My girlfriend at the time wanted to go. I took another class and got hooked as another venue” for my drawing.
That studio no longer exists.
“I still dabble in construction,” he said during a recent open-house tour of town farms and studios during Lyndeborough Community Days. “I have equipment for mowing beside roads, which are used in several towns.”
At 59, he’s not yet ready to retire. Cheever has joined New Hampshire Made and his work is available at Accents in Style in Wilton, but his pieces are mainly commissions and custom work.
“I don’t use patterns,” he said, preferring to draw each piece unless a customer has a specific design.
Cheever’s current large project is a custom piece, an open-work design of twining blue morning glories. His only guide is a small picture of the flowers.
“It will hang in a foyer, on a landing in a high stairwell with about four inches of the window on each side. (The customer) wanted to use the window so there are open spaces in the picture,” he said.
Gold leaves are mixed in among the sky blue flowers. Some of the opaque side pieces are made of old glass from a former church.
Cheever moved to Lyndeborough “when I was about 5,” he said. Before that he lived in Milford near the former Twin Tows. He moved to Purgatory Falls Road in 1996 and built his nearby home. His studio was formerly a horse barn.
He calls his hobby Barb Wire Designs because “I needed a name and I live out here in the country.”
He doesn’t sign his work with his name, instead using a piece of barbed wire. “I couldn’t find any to buy so I create my own,” he said, referring to his work as “getting weird in glass.”
It is a very time consuming occupation. “I probably spend five hours making a design for a large piece,” he said. “Once you draw it, you have to look for mechanical problems.”
Cheever pointed to an intricate design he called “Sunrise.”
“That wasn’t there at first,” he said, pointing to a line in the center, “but the expanse of glass was too big and it broke.”
He had to incorporate another line into the design.
“You have to look for those things. The bigger (the piece), the more you have to pay attention to the weight,” Cheever explained.
The physical work of creating a picture is also time consuming. He indicated his morning glory panel.
“I have close to a week (on this), 40 to 50 hours so far, and probably another 30 hours to go. It depends on what you’re making. The more intricate the design, the longer it takes,” he said. “I try to work mixed media in, copper, brass.”
Cheever stocks his own glass in the basic colors, he said, “mainly browns, greens and blues, but there are thousands of colors and textures.”
Creating pictures in glass has been a learning project.
“I had to learn to make molds and do hand painting. One thing leads to another.”
While most pieces are one-of-a-kind, he said, “Sometimes I make two. The second one is always better than the first.”
And sometimes he keeps a piece because he likes it.
“I did a remodeling job up at MacDowell Colony, and decided to make a piece for the main hall.” He pointed to the sunrise. “I can’t bring myself to part with it.”
Learn more about Cheever and his art at barbwirestudio.com or call him at 654-2887.