A local artist brings a splash of color to Pearl Street with stained glass masterpieces that customers can learn to make themselves.
Artist and self-funded entrepreneur Meggy Wilm will host a 1 p.m. store opening Tuesday at her new storefront at 1500 Pearl St. in Boulder. She will be there to sell glass, give information and sign people up for classes.
Colorado Glass Works was founded by Wilm in 2017 in his living room in Denver. Once open, it will be the only stained glass store in Boulder, and one of very few in all of Colorado.
Wilm switched to stained glass after graduating from college with a pre-med degree. “It’s an artistic medium that I’ve always loved,” she says. “As a child, I walked past churches and was enchanted by the windows.”
Medicine was too rigid a discipline for her, she added. “I love the technical, yet open and creative craftsmanship of stained glass.”
“Most of my pieces are inspired by animals, the wild colors of the rainbow, nature, and a little touch of the beautiful Colorado wilderness near where I was once raised. in time,” she wrote on her website.
Wilm has a large following online, so she hopes this showcase will be something of a tourist destination for those who have seen her on social media.
Wilm’s business mentor, Colby DeGuevara, is the president of Prism Promotions where she works in marketing. DeGuevara encouraged Wilm to expand his business.
“All I did was hold a mirror, I told her to follow her passions,” he said.
Wilm will sell glass sheets and a small variety of supplies to the townspeople. It will also continue to sell products online, including rare and hard-to-find glass.
Colorado Glass Works will be offering in-person beginners stained glass classes on weekends with tools and materials provided. Participants will leave with their own piece of stained glass and the knowledge to do more at home.
“I want to help spread stained glass throughout Colorado because almost every store has closed due to retirement and people are having a hard time learning this art form without teachers,” Wilm said.
“I opened my shop so that the art form would not die.”
Once the store opens, Wilm will be the sole distributor of blown glass sheets from one of only two studios operating in the United States. Usually, blown glass comes from Europe, so being able to help design sheets like rainbow glass is really special, she said.
Wilm also opens up the creative space to studio sessions for those who already make stained glass. She hopes to foster a community environment for artists to connect.
Wilm will continue to create custom orders in the new space, and finished pieces will be for sale in the shop.
“She’s an inspiring young entrepreneur and she’s built an empire in the art form she loves,” DeGuevara said. “I hope a lot of young new artists can learn from her.”