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Business Spotlight: The Glass Junction

Each week we feature a business from our hometown of Lilburn. This week, learn more about The Glass Junction.

Charles Pinson started working with stained glass after his wife took a class over 30 years ago. He enjoyed the craft so much that he took classes and got a job designing for someone else's company. After only five years Pinson decided that he would strike out on his own, and he's been in operation as a stained glass designer through his company . I recently sat down with Charles to talk about his business.

Patch: What is the best aspect of owning The Glass Junction?

Charles: Well you don't have so many arguments with the boss about the right way or the wrong way to do something. But on the other hand you don't have someone else to blame. So you need to take the responsibility yourself and that works out really well for me.

Patch: What is the most challenging aspect of owning a stained glass design business?

Charles: I have to remember that I need to have some down time. Sometimes work will bleed over into my weekends and into my evenings. There's nothing inherently wrong with that. I just have to make sure that I don't burn out.

Patch: What makes The Glass Junction unique?

Charles: I'm really detail oriented and I want things to turn out perfect. I take a little bit more time with the things that I do starting with the measurements and the details that go into building a panel. A panel will include hundreds of parts and most of them are typically fabricated to some degree by me. Also it's just fun to work with people and to see their enthusiasm for something decorative for their home, business or church, and to see them smile at the end of the process is just really great for me. One of the things I specialize in is on-site repairs. Because the medium I work in is glass unfortunately it gets broken sometimes. I'm able to disassemble and reassemble a panel and find matching glass that it is extremely difficult to see where a piece has been repaired.

Patch: What makes the Lilburn community special?

Charles: Lilburn seems to be really stable. We've lived in the Parkview district since 1986. I just really like the people and they seem to be a really friendly, fun group of people to be around.

The Glass Junction is open by appointment only. Feel free to contact Charles Pinson by calling 770-985-1439. Pinson has been working diligently on creating a website which is set to start by mid-April. The website address will be http://theglassjunction.com/

Kathy Slade March 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM
I love this! Didn't even know he was in Lilburn! Can't wait to meet Charles. Where is his shop? His work looks incredible.
Theresa Waldrop March 30, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Thank you, Kathy. Charles works out of his home. Click on the link on the company name in the article to see the directory listing. His phone number is 770-985-1439.
Alan Harp March 30, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Good to see this article on Charlie. Aside from being an incredible glass craftsman, he's one of the nicest men you'll ever meet.
Sandy Chapman March 30, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I am lucky enough to have some of Charlie's work and when he says he is detail oriented - believe it! My panels are beautiful works of art. Highly recommended. Sandy Chapman

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