A Bit About Me

Welcome and thank you so much for your interest in my stained glass! I’m Sharon, the one-woman show behind Sharon Whelton Glass.

I have always lived in the Deep South — Atlanta, Mobile, New Orleans and now Birmingham. This part of the country may not have the greatest reputation, and many times I’ve considered moving north or west or anywhere but here. But if those of us who desire to see change move away, that change will never come.

As a child, I was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a progressive hereditary neuromuscular disease that affects approximately 2.8 million people worldwide. I struggle daily with fatigue, muscle weakness, lack of balance and nerve pain. But for every minute that I spend in the studio, I am grateful that my hands are, for the time being, still able to create beautiful things!

In one form or another, art has been a therapeutic outlet for as long as I can recall. Having always admired the beauty of glass, I took my first stained glass class in March of 2019 and fell in love with the process instantly. Stained glass is the perfect intersection of color, light and shape.

Thank you for following my journey with stained glass. It’s not just for cathedrals and it doesn’t have to be solemn. Stained glass can be fun and accessible.

Photos by Aly Hansen.