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An installation is a work of art that is installed in someone’s home or place of business, as opposed to a freestanding piece. With an art installation, you can replace something plain and humdrum with a beautiful, and often personal, work of art that will last forever. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.


For installations over an existing window, stained glass is created by glueing hand-cut pieces of glass onto tempered window glass and then placing it directly over the window. The new stained glass piece is held into place by glazier’s points (small metal points used to install windows) or by framing it out with small moulding. 


For an opaque mosaic installation, such as the Heron fireplace surround, I create the mosaic by gluing hand-cut pieces of glass onto 1/4" cement backer board (Hardibacker) and then either screwing or gluing the mosaic over the existing surface. 


Installations can be shipped anywhere, as long as I have the proper dimensions. See for example the 3 separate pieces for the Heron fireplace surround, which were then assembled into one seamless whole.

Heron Fireplace

Words cannot adequately express how much I love the fireplace surround that Nora custom designed and installed in my home. Featuring birds and plants of the northern California coast, the mosaic is enchantingly beautiful and skillfully rendered. We collaborated on every step, from the concept to the final design. Nora provided me with options to choose from, and when I couldn't decide on something, I trusted her as an artist to come up with a balanced and harmonious final product. I am so lucky to have this built-in work of art to look at every day! 

Melia F.


ColorfulBirds Fireplace Surround

Thank you for the most beautiful fireplace surround in the Universe! I keep walking into my living room looking at it from different angles and my ️️️heart just smiles.

I shall treasure this piece as long as I live.

 Karen S., Santa Clara, CA

Oregon Flora & Fauna

We had long admired Nora's glass and tile mosaics. When building our Oregon coastal cabin we wanted some windows depicting the local flora and fauna. Nora patiently worked with us on the compositions and then beautifully rendered them in glass.  It always brings a smile to see them, watching how they change in different light, from inside and outside, during the day and even at night. They are part of the fabric of our place and a real source of joy.  Thank you, Nora.


Becky and James Austin