About The Artist
Orange Grove Art Glass began as CopperWeb Designs, an artisan-owned home-based business. Louisville native Sandy May-Alyea relocated the business to Louisville, KY in 2000 when she returned from Western Canada where she had lived for many years. She has custom built many windows in the Louisville area. Now Sandy has relocated again, this time to Lake Wales, FL. Along with this relocation has come a change in name. (No, she doesn’t do web design, she designs and builds leaded-glass, fused glass, and stained-glass windows.)
Sandy’s studio is located at her Lake Wales home she shares with her husband, Art, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 birds. She is an avid gardener as well, and likes to create outdoor pieces to brighten the yard.
Sandy’s work has expanded to include fused glass pieces and 3-dimensional leaded glass pieces as well as traditional leaded glass panels. Some of these are pictured in the miscellaneous gallery. She has had a lifelong fascination with jewellery, and some of her jewellery is pictured there as well. Sandy also dabbles a bit in leather, fabric and clay. Clay pieces will soon be appearing in the miscellaneous gallery.
"I have always had the urge to make things. I remember rainy days as a little kid when there was nothing to do except glue together peach pits and sea shells, or make jewellery from pipe cleaners and bits of odd stuff. We had an area in the basement chock full of scraps of this and that. There were popsicle sticks, clay, paper, shells, glue, paints, melted crayons, fabric, string, coat hangers, odd bits of hardware, broken glass, seeds, wood, yarn, gourds … you name it!
I first learned about metal work in college while working on my B.A. in Multi Media, and I was hooked immediately! After college I spent many years traveling North America as a professional musician. My husband, Art, and I perform as a duo called “Kentucky Hurricane”, and he built me a portable jewelry bench that traveled with us. We lived in a travel trailer all those years on the road, and I worked on the picnic tables in all of the campgrounds along the way. Most of our travels were throughout Western Canada, and much of my inspiration came from local wildlife.
I started into glass on a whim. The colors have always drawn me, and I have a collection of colored glasses and bottles to prove it! I started small with three dimensional projects I could do in a small space. Now, most of my work in glass consists of commissioned custom designed windows. Fortunately now I have the space to really get creative, and we no longer do the touring we once did to perform.
Creating all week and playing music on the weekends, what could be better? I only hope you enjoy my work as much as I do during the making of it!”