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Karen soldering

Ross and Karen

Ross and an egret

osaki, karen and ross

Picture courtesy of:

j u l i e g r i f f i n d e s i g n
publisher of the Delta Explorer

A few words about Karen and Ross and their lives
as stained glass artists:

After taking a few years break from being a hobbyist, Karen Franscioni was drawn back to Stained Glass by a chance meeting with an old friend who owned a florist shop in Oakley, California. Encouraged by successfully selling her stained glass panels on consignment, she decided to open her own shop closer to her home in Birds Landing. She bought an old building in the "China Town" district on historic Main St. in Isleton. In the beginning Karen carried mostly gift items along with some stained glass supplies.

It is also the "Winds of Summer" in the nearby Montezuma Hills where Karen moved to be with her future husband, Ross Peters.
The commissions increased and later her husband retired from the structural steel industry and came to work with her at the Isleton studio. They attracted the attention of many people in the area who wanted to learn the art and craft of creating stained glass windows.
The gift line of the shop started taking a back seat to the stained glass commission work and also to the increasing inventory of glass and supplies for many hobbyists of glass, both in and out of the area.

Ross says about his life with stained glass:
"I was a union ironworker (Local 416 Los Angeles) for 37 years. I retired in December of 1996 and began working with Karen to help her out with the Christmas rush at Summer Wind. I quickly became involved in the beauty and thrill of stained glass. Uroboros, Bulls Eye, Youghiogheny, Lamberts..... They took my eye through mountains, tunnels, and space that today still never seem to stop. These glasses suggest form, and it became urgent to allow their creativity. Six years later, people tell me I am a stained glass artist! Whatever is seen in my work includes the process of making the creations that the glass calls for!"

Is there a class that you would like to see us offer, or a product that you would like us to carry? If so, just let us know. We are always open to new ideas and suggestions.

You can reach us by phone at 916-777-6906 or 888-748-7489,
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Saki at christmas

Ross' workbench

Summer Wind sign

Ross and Karen have moved into a new home and have torn down their old mobile home

Ross disassembling the old roof panels

Our new home seen through unfinished landscaping!

Karen gathering wood from the demolished mobile home

Ross, that roof better
not collapse while
you're up there!


Cynthia, Ross' daughter

Here's Ross' first creation for the living room windows...
a tribute to Marc Chagall.

Cynthia, Ross' sister, and Murphy consider how beautifully the Chagall window changes with the time of day.
Ross guides a tempermental roto-tiller through his vegetable garden thinking of peppers, squash, and tomotoes.

Jackie and her friend Ross

Matt and Heidi

Heidi and Matt Fransciioni of

Matt's Music: Stage & School
formerly Divine Appointment Guitars

in Paso Robles. Matt is Karen's brother

Mea talks to Ross

living room stained glass

The second and third stained glass
windows for the high windows of
the Peters' living room.


Ross and Karen choosing glass

Ross and Karen posing for reporter
and digital photographer
Joel Rosenbaum of the Vacaville Reporter...
many thanks to Joel!
You can see his work at:

Rich and Jan

Our neighbors Rich and Jan Rogala
of Silver Hawk Ranch
Lil & Clay

Two of our favorite
people, Lil & Clay
of the River’s Edge Café.
phone: 916-777-5723

We call the River’s Edge Café our 4 star restaurant
in our 2 star town!

A motorcyclist's favorite

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