About

GT Stained Glass is a glass art studio creating one-of-a-kind stained glass items designed for individual clients.  Whether small gifts or large windows, you can expect reasonable pricing for quality work with an emphasis on customer service.  Owner, Mickey McLauthlin brings decades of experience to her studio located at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave, Studio #210, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920.  Some of her work is exhibited at the Cottonwood on Tejon Gallery and at various juried art shows during the year, but the majority of Mickey’s work is by commission.  Please call or email for an appointment.  Offering free estimates and Military Discounts.

Artist

Mickey McLauthlinMickey began as a stained glass crafter in 1980.  With over 30 years of stained glass experience, she has morphed from “crafter” … enjoying repairs, restorations and Tiffany reproductions … to “artist”, creating Client Specific art glass pieces.  That is to say, she designs with and for each client an ORIGINAL piece of glass art – big or small – using a multiple of glass disciplines creating for them today … tomorrow’s heirloom.  Mickey’s motto is, “She is limited only by her clients imagination”.  Working in both lead and copper foil, she can incorporate painting, sandblasting, etching, fusing and mosaics in traditional cold glass work making truly unique pieces.

Enlisting in the Air Force out of high school; pursuing a college degree; continuing in the Air National Guard and working as a civilian paralegal; then traveling while raising two children with her husband, now of 35+ years, during his Air Force career, Mickey got hooked on glass after taking her first glass class in San Antonio.  The Glass Touch, GT Stained Glass, began as a part-time business while in Virginia in 1990 and went full time after Scott retired out of Peterson AFB in 2004.

Over the years and around the country, Mickey taught at various Art Centers, participated in juried shows, completed commissions for a longer list of clients, and worked at a local retail glass shop in Colorado Springs, all of which continued to hone her skills in glass crafting and design.

In 2007, Mickey, along with several other local glass artist in the Colorado Springs area, was instrumental in forming the GLASS ARTISTS OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION … GAPPR, a glass art organization for social and educational development of local glass artists.  Mickey served on the Steering Committee and has held several Board positions including:  Vice-President, Membership, Glass Show Coordinator, Programs Chair, and now President.

In 2009, Mickey opened her downtown studio at Cottonwood Center for the Arts where meeting clients for her growing business became more convenient.  The association with other artists in this setting has offered Mickey opportunities to grow and a sense of community that has served to inspire and energize her more than any time before.

Today, Mickey maintains both a home studio for large windows as well as the downtown Studio at Cottonwood … a collective of over 75 working artist studios with two main galleries in Colorado Springs.  She is currently serving as President for GAPPR and actively assisting in community art projects around the city to include working with local high school students, veterans and helping to paint wall murals around town for non-profit agencies.  Although she does do some work for gallery exhibits,  the majority of her work remains in doing commissions.

Cottonwood is open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday.  Gallery Openings are the last Friday of the month with artist studios open from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., which is a great time to stop by Mickey’s studio.  She can be found at Cottonwood much of the time, but it is best to call for a studio appointment to be sure Mickey is not hanging from a scissor lift off some building in town painting a mural.