Heidi - Mosaic/Jewlery/Fabric Artist
Brian - Stained Glass Artist/Waxworks
Influenced by the patterns and colors in nature, Heidi strives to bring that lifelike fluidity into her art. She also finds inspiration in diverse sources such as Byzantine Church artwork, Middle Eastern & Indian designs, along with Celtic- and Norse-style knot work.
Initially, a writer, Heidi has taken her visual approach to concoct stories and applied it to creations in tile, stained glass, Smalti, stone and found objects. Her work is both functional and decorative, as shown by the variety of pieces: wall art, jewelry, tables, candle holders and in the future, larger accent pieces for both inside and outside installations. She also works on various forms of stitchwork: cross-stitch, crocheting and fabric art.
She joined her husband Brian at Einini Glassworks in Fall of 2011.
Inspired by the church windows of St Thomas More Parish as a child in Munster, Indiana, Brian's love of light and color started young. In his college years, Brian worked at a local framing shop, helping customers pick custom mats and frames for their artwork. This eventually led to a career as a print production designer for several agencies in Chicago, allowing him to apply his love of light & color to a variety of formats and projects.
During a period of unemployment, Brian took classes at a local glass shop and found he had an aptitude and appreciation for stained glass creations. After expanding his skill set, his primary focus now is on original design suncatchers and votive candleholders as well as Tiffany reproduction and inspired lampshades.
Einini Glassworks was launched from a closet-sized basement workroom during the late summer of 2010 but was renamed Einini Craftworks in 2019 with the addition of jewelry, fiber, and hand-poured candles to the product lineup.