Bill Jaeger – stained glass
Moving to the Big Island has inspired Bill beyond his wildest dreams. He first learned stained glass almost 30 years ago, but never had the time to fully develop his skills until moving here. Bill says, "The wonders of nature, the beautiful weather and the environment of the Big Island have stimulated me to create. Beautiful and well crafted stained glass panels in a multitude of sizes are the result." All are original designs made of hand-cut glass using the copper foil method, several of which utilize thick, highly beveled clear glass. He also credits his wife Kathleen, an artist and retired Art Teacher & a Registered Art Therapist, in helping foster his talents.
Bill's Aloha Shirt series in stained glass, which feature flora & fauna of Hawaii, have been very popular. Another series features Vintage Automobiles such as a Woody Wagon, Volkswagen Bug, 1957 Chevy, and Vintage Mustangs. The panels place the car in a typical Hawaiian setting. He has also created stained glass panels of some notable local landmarks on the Big Island such as St. Peter's Church and the Waipio Valley overlook. Bill has many other Hawaiian inspired glass panels of various sizes and has a very unique series of night lights and sun catchers featuring Honu and Hawaiian tropical flowers & fish.
Bill also has created many Garden Accent and Stepping Stones. The stones are original designs made of hand cut stained glass which is embedded into either Diamondcrete™ or concrete. All of these Art pieces feature images that have been inspired by living on the Big Island.
Bill has been coming to the Big Island since 1996 and moved here in 2004 after retiring from various management positions for 28 years with the Colgate-Palmolive company. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University and a MBA from the University of Kansas.
He has had work accepted in several juried shows on the Big Island and has received several awards, most recently at the Helen Cassidy Memorial Juried Art Show in Waimea. Bill's work is available regularly at the Kailua Village Artist Galleries in Kona and the Firehouse Gallery in Waimea.
Bill says, "I hope you enjoy my stained glass pieces and find that they remind you of what a very special place Hawaii is. I welcome the opportunity to create your special memory just for you."