POTTSTOWN PA – Local glass artist and poet Randal S. Doaty will hold an open house Sunday (Dec. 8, 2013) from 2-7 p.m. at the Hill School’s Center for the Arts, 860 Beech St., to display his Glass Tears creations and poetry, and sell custom Glass Tears Christmas tree ornaments. All proceeds from the ornaments will be donated to The (Pottstown) Mercury newspaper’s Operation Holidays fund to benefit local families.
An emerald Glass Tear of hope, by local artist and Hill School security director Randal Doaty
Doaty will hand-craft the special ornaments with his flame-working torch to be sold only during the open house; they will not be available at his Glass Tears online store. The open house is on the route of Pottstown’s Historic Candlelight Tour, in which the Hill School is again a participant.
Doaty is currently the director of security at the Hill School. He is also known throughout the community as a real estate business man and former chief of police.
His Glass Tears concept was born when Doaty noticed a scrap of glass sparkling in the sunlight in a bucket at the Taylor Backes glass studio in Boyertown. Weeks later, Doaty commissioned his long-time friend and fellow glass artist Will Dexter to create a similar free-standing glass teardrop as a sympathy gift for a friend.
The original glass teardrop Dexter created was beautiful, Doaty said, “but it had no voice.” He decided to pen the very first poem he had ever written, titled “Glass Tears.” The union of glass art and poetry became a winning combination. Others who saw the unique sympathy gift began to order them, and his Glass Tears business was born. To date, Doaty had written more than 400 Glass Tears poems and has also published his first book of poetry.
Although originally intended as an expression of sympathy, Glass Tears gifts today are used for a wide range of occasions. “Tears are the punctuation marks in life’s most powerful moments,” Doaty said. His glass art and poetry now convey messages of courage, hope, faith, joy, sorrow, friendship, thanks, and more. The keepsakes have been sold around the world.
Ornaments Doaty will create Sunday are his special occasion tears, represented by their uniquely colored glass. He offers an emerald tear of hope, a blue Christmas teardrop for grief support, a purple tear of courage, a pink breast cancer battle tear, an ivory tear of love or faith, and several others. A black onyx “Biker’s Tear” has become popular with motorcycle enthusiasts, he added.
The ornaments and their decorative hangers will sell for $15 each, or two for $25.
Photo from artist Randal Doaty