Whether or not you recognize the name, you’ve most likely seen Holdman Studios artwork before.
If you’ve ever appreciated the intricate stained glass art in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint temples, visited Thanksgiving Point, or seen the massive “Roots of Knowledge” stained glass installation at Utah Valley University, you’ve witnessed the handiwork of Holdman Studios’ team of artists.
Since 1991, Holdman Studios has been creating art glass for commissioned projects all around the world. These projects have ranged from commercial buildings to private residences and religious installations to public art projects.
Under the direction of owner and creator Tom Holdman, every commissioned glass window begins from a blank state to ensure that clients get a beautiful, unique, and custom work of art. This artwork has been showcased in many national and international magazines and newspapers, including the Ensign, USA Today, The Guardian, and The New York Times.
Holdman Studios glass hangs in all 50 states and countless countries worldwide.
And now you can learn from these world-renowned glass experts and bring their art into your home.
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Bring the peace of the temple to your home with ‘Windows of Heaven’
It’s human nature to fill your home with art that motivates, inspires and brings you joy. Here in Utah, that means many homes are adorned with pictures and small-scale replicas of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
With temples currently closed to public access, many church members miss the peace that comes from regularly visiting these sacred buildings. Holdman Studios’ new “Windows of Heaven” collection helps you remember that peace by bringing beautiful, temple-inspired art into your home.
Influenced by different Church of Jesus Christ temples’ stained glass windows, each “Window of Heaven” is handmade by artists and reflects design motifs that are unique to that location.
The current collection features stained glass windows from 16 different temples, including five here in Utah. From Paris to Rome and Salt Lake to Payson, each window features a completely unique design that makes it easy to identify. (Chances are you’ll have no trouble recognizing the Laie, Hawaii, window or Nauvoo, Illinois.)
Think you can guess which temple matches each window? To see the full selection, click here.
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Sign up for Holdman Studios art classes
Apart from merely admiring the art, learning how to create it can help you express yourself in ways you never dreamed possible. In fact, a life-long stutter is what motivated Tom Holdman to follow his artistic path.
“I have always had a slow tongue, a stutter, so I needed to look for other ways to speak with people,” Holdman told the Deseret News in 2017. “I found that through art I could express myself.”
If you need a creative outlet, or if you’re looking for the perfect date night activity, birthday surprise, or Valentine’s Day gift, Holdman Studios offers several different options for one-of-a-kind art classes. These include:
- Blown glass classes. Learn how to handle glass like never before as you design and pull your own creation at 2100 degrees. Create glass flowers, bird feeders, candy bowls, paperweights, and more. Classes are based on the number of objects being made, not the number of participants, so family and friends are welcome to watch or take pictures and videos. To schedule an appointment, click here.
- Stained glass classes. Cut, grind, and solder your own masterpiece in this 5-6 week course that teaches you all the basics of stained glass. All materials and supplies are provided, but the course requires a minimum of six students—so get your friends and family on board! To sign up for the next available session, click here.
- Kid classes. Let your children experience the wonders of art glass through fun hour-long classes. Choose from fused glass art, sandblasting, or glass mosaics. For more information, click here.
- Holdman Studios tours. Visit Holdman Studios for a guided tour of our facility where you’ll see and hear about their hot shop and learn all about the process of building stained glass. You may even get a behind-the-scenes peek at upcoming projects. To learn more about the guided tour, click here.
- Team building and group activities. Everything is more fun with a group. Bring your co-workers, family, or friends in for a glass blowing, cutting, or breaking demonstration. Or choose from four different hands-on experiences that teach you how to etch, blow, fuse, or create stained glass. (You can even have a meal catered from Thanksgiving Point to make it a real party.) To learn more, click here.