Today, she creates stained glass art in a variety of forms. She has a studio at home, but Lake Lifestyles interviewed Lori at Art Milieu, in the sunny corner area where she hangs out – and hangs her work.

With kids grown and gone, the Iowa farm only a memory in the rearview window, and the beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks here to feed creative juices, it’s no wonder that a person like Lori Wilson looked to art to fill her time.

Today, she creates stained glass art in a variety of forms. She has a studio at home, but Lake Lifestyles interviewed Lori at Art Milieu, in the sunny corner area where she hangs out – and hangs her work.

Q How did you get into stained glass art?

A I began making stepping stones for my garden in Iowa with glass sections to identify the plants. Then I wondered what else I could do with glass and it went from there. My mind seems to go from one thing to the next — pretty soon it turns into something else. Window art was first.

Q Do you use a special technique or style?

A Most of my work involves the Tiffany technique, using copper foil and soldering. People don’t understand the work and time involved. Each piece is hand cut, hand ground and then has to be put together, but I love doing it. I still have my first piece. It was a three-piece heart. I look at the solder on it and other pieces along the way, and it reminds me how far I’ve progressed.

Q Besides window pieces, do you do other things?

A Nearly everything I do is on display at Lake Milieu. You can see the window pieces as you drive into the parking lot, but in my gallery space I also have jewelry from fused glass that’s turned molten in a kiln. I also make glass boxes, candleholders, and things like that with the Tiffany technique.

Q Is Lake Milieu the only place a person can see your work?

A I’m real excited about this space. I don’t think people know where to go to find art here. They need to know where it’s at here at the Lake. I also do custom work. I have a website and a page on Facebook – that’s the world these days. People find me and we work out what they want.

Q Tell me about your custom work.

A I like doing custom pieces a lot. If you can picture it we can put it in glass. I’ve done quite a few light boxes with glass – one I made for my husband hangs in our bar at home. His nickname is Shorty, so that says Shorty’s At The Lake. I’ve sent pieces to Oregon, Washington, Minneapolis … all over.

Find Lori Wilson and her stained glass work at Lake Milieu, 4805 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach. Or go to Glass Affects on Facebook and www.GlassAffects.com. Pick up Lake Lifestyles, a local bi-monthly magazine, for more fun features on the people and places of the tri-county region centered on Lake of the Ozarks.