Posted on Aug 1, 2012
Meeghan Triggs is the daughter of a glassmaker. Her father owns Youghiogheny Opalescent Glass Company in Connellsville, and she has incorporated the locally stained glass into her art for the last five years. Most recently, she has secured industrial window frames from a warehouse under demolition in Lawrenceville, and, with the help of a local welder, has begun constructing colorful tables.
‘This is the first line of pieces that I’ve ever done that centers on upcycling,’ Triggs says. ‘It was really important to me that I keep the focus local. And by also incorporating the original warehouse glass, which is textured and ribbed, the tables fit perfectly into the landscape of Lawrenceville.’
The artist fills commissions across Western Pennsylvania as well as other parts of the country (the table pictured here is on its way to Alabama). She also fuses glass, as both an art form and a method to reduce waste. ‘There’s very little waste in the kiln,’ Triggs says. ‘You can fire and re-fire the glass. And it’s a little like painting with glass.’