Today we’d like to introduce you to Debbie Bean.
Hi Debbie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I designed my first stained glass piece when I was ten years old and took my first stained glass class when I was 17. It’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. In 2014, I decided to take a class so I would have a place to make stained glass again and immediately transformed a small detached space we had at our old house into my studio and launched my business.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I think anyone that has tried to keep their business afloat over the past few years would be hard-pressed to say it has been a smooth road. Like many others, I had constant supply chain issues, shipping disruptions and customer service nightmares. I had to completely reorganize how my studio operated during the pandemic to ensure my assistant and I could work safely. Throughout my career, I have experienced issues similar to what we faced during the height of the pandemic but not to this degree. It taught me that I have to always remain flexible in how I approach things and that I can’t rely on what I have done in the past to sustain my business for the future.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a stained glass artist specializing in geometric-based designs. What sets me apart from others is that my studio is divided into three distinct practices in an effort to make my art accessible to the larger public.
I have a retail line of decorative objects that can be found on my website as well as stockists throughout the world that I am currently most known for. I have a growing business of commissioned residential and commercial projects that bring my distinct voice of colorful geometric elements into the spaces we dwell in. Lastly, I use galleries and public spaces to push the boundaries of the general public’s perception of stained glass; creating celestial imaginings and meditative spaces. This constant exploration focuses on the ways in which color theory and pattern-play can transform the built environment we inhabit.
I am currently most proud of the work I created for my commercial agent, Denvir Enterprises. They just opened a new showroom with Laun Design Firm in DTLA and it allows people to experience my larger pieces in a commercial space.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
There have been several serendipitous moments in my life for sure, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it luck. I think it stems more from an awareness of my surroundings and a willingness to be open to change in all its forms; good and bad. I will say that I was fortunate to have launched my business back in 2014 when Instagram was in its infancy and it was much easier for people to discover artists’ work. Since then, I have worked really hard to foster relationships with creatives, store owners, writers, designers and other artists to create a community around me where we support each other outside of the social media universe.
- Retail Line – Most items $50-$100
- Commissions – Start at $1,000.00
- Website: www.debbiebean.com
- Instagram: debbie.bean
- Facebook: debbiebeanstudio
- Twitter: TheDebbieBean
Denvir Enterprises showroom photo credit – Ye Rin Mok – @yerinmok Desolation Hotel photo credit – Studioette All other photos Debbie Bean