Adams to reopen studio on Sunday

Published 8:33 am Saturday, December 17, 2011

Charles Adams is not one to let the grass grow under his feet.

Even if he has to rake the ashes aside to set his feet in the starting blocks.

In a way, that’s what Adams has done.

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His glass art studio was destroyed by fire on the last day of November bringing down the “roadside” business that had stood for nearly 60 years.

On Sunday, Adams will be back in business on the same spot that his dad, Sam Adams, put up a roadside stand in 1953.

“We all wanted to build back. Me, my wife, Mary, the children and grandchildren,” Adams said. “The plans for the new ‘Adams studio’ are milling around in my head. We’ll get started on that project after the New Year. But right now, I have work that needs to be done.”

This week, Adams had two portable buildings set up on the property as future work and office space.

But for him, the future is now.

“I had a lot of Christmas orders and I know these orders were going to be special gifts and I want to fill as many of them as possible,” Adams said. “So, we’re set up and getting started. I don’t want to disappoint people.”

Adams will open his temporary studio from 1 until 4 p.m. Sunday and he will have a selection of small angels, beveled crosses and stars.

“These are small pieces that people had requested and I can get them done rather quickly,” he said. “I’ll have several EBJ angels ready on Sunday for those who placed orders.”

Adams said he has tried to contact those who had placed orders and will fill as many as possible before Christmas.

However, he lost all of his paperwork in the fire and is unable to contact everyone.

“I’ll be working next week and, hopefully, be able to get a lot of work done.

In the fire, Adams lost four sets of church windows that he was creating and those will be priority items on his work list.

Adams began working with kiln-fired glass in 1960 and with stained glass in 1978.

Many of his earlier collection pieces were lost in the fire.

He had moved many of those earlier pieces from his house to the studio for Open House Thanksgiving weekend.

“I set up a display of my earlier work at Open House and it was all lost,” he said. “Those earlier pieces and my patterns can’t be replaced. But, I guess, the greatest losses are the records of all the church windows in every church that I have ever done and all of the old glass that I’d been hoarding for 30 years.”

Adams said with those records, he could match any church windows that he has done. And he had enough old replacement glass that he could repair any window, lamp or other glass item that he had created over the years.

But, with all that said, Adams said all is not lost.

“What we learned from all of this is how many friends we have and how good and caring people are during tough times,” he said. “We just want to thank everyone for the being there when we needed them. It will be a Merry Christmas after all.”