Meet the Artist
Mary Oudeman began formal training in the glass arts when she was taken on as an apprentice with the Robert Smith Studio, in Chatsworth Ca. While there she worked on commission jobs, and perfected her craft. She was involved in all aspects of Stained Glass from design, to production, to installation.
Mary began college in 1982. Her course of study included figure drawing, painting, graphic as well as interior design, ceramics and jewelry design. Her concentration major of Art History sparked Mary's love of historic stained glass restoration. To date , Mary is one of only a handful of qualified stained glass restoration artists in California.
In 1984, Mary began accepting private commissions, restoration work and design consultations. She taught beginning and advanced stained glass classes at Learning Tree University in Canoga Park Ca., Pierce Community College Woodland Hills Ca., as well as giving private instruction.Mary has worked extensively for the entertainment industry. Projects included Paramount Studios: set pieces for Star Trek The Next Generation, Disney: Commissioned Disney characters for corporate gifts, HBO: "Tales from the Crypt" unique set pieces, as well as many Hollywood and Beverly Hills private residences. Her clients have included many celebrities and industry executives.
In 1990 Mary began to exhibit her work at The Renaissance Pleasure Faire in northern and southern California, where she has been named master artist on several occasions, and recognized with many awards, and media attention.
After the Northridge earthquake Mary and her Family relocated to northern California, and opened Oudeman Art Glass Studio. Since moving to northern California Mary has been very busy with private commissions as well as several commercial projects. As well as keeping a busy class schedule, Mary exhibits her work at several fine art events in California that have included:
The Renaissance Pleasure Faire ,
Blacks Point Novato Ca.& San Bernadino Ca.
The Great Dickens Christmas Faire,
The Cow Palace San Francisco Ca.
The Christmas Sawdust Festival,
Laguna Beach Ca.
2003 Guest Artist Summer Sawdust Festival,
Laguna Beach Ca.
Art Ala Carte,
Novato Art And Wine Festival,
Northern Calif. Renaissance Festival,
Glass Works 08 Local Color Gallery,
Bodega Bay Ca.
To date, Mary is still teaching, accepting commissions and exhibiting her work. The past few years, Mary has been doing restoration on Historic State Landmark Homes through out the Northern California Bay Area. Along with her husband Michael Oudeman of Oudeman Construction, Mary specializes in Victorian restorations. She is currently working on a book of her original glass designs as well as a book on Art for Children. Her local public work can be seen at Kelseyville Presbyterian Church, Kelseyville, Ca. also Brassfeild Estate Winery & vineyard, Clearlake Oaks Ca.