"I first worked with Sharon Bladholm on a project for my home, and was so impressed by her vision and professionalism that I recommended her for a large project at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. I was exhibits director there, and we hired Sharon to make several pieces for an exhibition on wetlands. Sharon's inventive designs, her commitment to the goals of a project, and her meticulous follow-through make her a pleasure to work with."

- Jill Ridell, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

"SharonBladholm of Opal Glass Studio has collaborated with our design firm on a number of projects including Bistro Margot and Sage Grille. Her work artist execution and design are excellent and her professionalism made working with her studio a positive experience."

- Vicki Tesmer, Tres Jolie Art Inc.

"We're doing a project on Emanuel Congregation at 5959 N. Sheridan to make a large opening and install a new window wall overlooking the lake. The new design incorporates some historic art glass elements that were salvaged from an older congregation. Emanuel had already retained someone to restore the salvaged art glass panels and they were assigned to us as a subcontractor. The restoration is being done by an artist named Sharon Bladholm and yesterday we visited her studio in Chicago.

Sharon showed us several windows being disassembled and reconstructed for another church project in addition to the work she's already completed for Emanuel Congregation. We also looked at some original designs hanging in the studio that were very impressive. The work we saw was very professional and Sharon has an extensive knowledge of art glass design and repair as well as a large stock of glass panes and materials. The studio is a large work space that is set up to make repairs or lay out and assemble panels in large sections, but she's also done piecework and onsite repair work from ladders or scaffolding.

The project for Emanuel was not a large, but the pricing seemed very reasonable and the work looks great. I would recommend Sharon as a potential bidder and/or consultant when you have historic art glass work or glass design on any upcoming project, and I think she could be a valuable resource for you."

-Mike Wilson, Trimac Restoration, Inc.

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