Lore Evans studied art in college and taught herself to make stained glass as a hobby, crafting a few small pieces as gifts for friends. People who saw them asked for her phone number: Could she design decorative windows and doors?
Sure- she could—and, soon enough, Evans had set up a gallery and studio in a converted barn, where she began working with homeowners, interior designers, architects and contractors. “Now, I’ve been doing stained glass for 25 years,” says the owner Glass Gallery in Chadds Ford.
Personal decorating style: Eclectic, absolutely. I have two contemporary white leather couches that are side by side, and a big antique sideboard with claw feet.
Favorite space in her home: My reading room has a Mission-style buffet and a very comfortable chair that looks out on five windows, three of which have stained-glass mosaics I did myself. I often bring stained-glass pieces into my house to
enjoy before they go to a gallery to be sold.
Most inspiring stained glass: The Tiffany window I saw in a church in Newport, R.I. The angel wings are heavenly.
Largest project so far: I just finished a project for the du Pont family, an entrance to their library: two double doors, two sidelights and a nine-foot, arched transom that has the family crest on it.
Most fulfilling designs: There are several. One is a skylight with waves and fish that’s in a kitchen in St. Michaels, Md. In Manhattan, I worked with roundels from the 13th century and put them into an antique glass background to create a window for a home library. I’m now working on an extremely contemporary piece for a Shore house in New Jersey, with jewels bubbling up from the fish.
When she knows she got it right: My greatest compliment is when someone says my glass looks like it’s always been there.