Partners in Craft and Life: Margaret Almon and Wayne Stratz
We speak to the heart with our glass art from a one-bedroom-two-studio-rowhouse in Lansdale, PA.
Our clients say we create work that is joyful, spirited, and full of hope.
We incarnate gifts that brings beauty, color and meaning
for gifts which bear the imprint of our clients heart and distinctive relationship.
We enliven those who want to feed their spirit,
and bring that which is both useful and beautiful into their homes.
Music. Words. Spirituality. The Natural World. Jazz. Quilts.
All of these flow into and through our work.
People ask if we met in Art School.
We didn’t go to Art School.
We met in a community college library in eastern Pennsylvania.
Wayne digging biology and Margaret smitten with philosophy.
That was 1986, and we have been living our unfolding lives together ever since.
Margaret: I took the beautiful path of an MFA in Poetry, and then the useful
path of Library School. In a process of realizing that what I loved was relevant
to my life, I began making mosaics in 2005.
When my employer closed the library in 2010, I took the leap
and made art my work.
Wayne: I did not study art in school,
but I did doodle my way through a BS in Biology and a MS in Special Education.
While it was satisfying to be creative doodling during staff meetings and drawing cards for friends,
I began to desire to do something with my designs.
So I made a quilt and could have made more but I was called into the world of glass.
I believe something mystical happens when light travels through one of my pieces
and brings forth the hope and joy that I put into it.
Our studios are adjacent, and creativity is constantly exchanged through
the open doorway, as we collaborate favored words in glass on slate, house numbers
healing mandalas, improvised works while listening to jazz, and inspired by our
clients’ dreams, totems and hopes.
We have furnished our home with love and healing and craft,
and love how this has spilled over into our work, and our relationships
with clients, as they entrust us with their hunger for beauty.