About Margie's Art Glass Studio
The building that Margie's shop occupies was built in 1904 and started life as a variety store in Downtown Minot. Many of the historical elements of the original design and architecture remain. Most of our regular clients find the creaky floors, lofted ceilings, and unique floor plan a charming and inspiring space to get their creative juices flowing. With the addition of the Black Iguana Coffee shop, Margie's is much more than an art studio – it is truly a gathering place for the community!
I have lived in several towns and three different states. Growing up in a small town on Long Island, New York, in the 60's will always define who I am; I will always be that girl from Long Island. Just 4 miles from the big water of the Great South Bay and the abundance that that brings to a young girls' life. The freedom and amazment of the seashore, the beauty of nature and the sound of the surf are all seared into my minds eye.
My husband and I moved to Minot fresh out of Air Force training school and we have lived here all our adult lives. I have had the opportunity to travel to almost every state in the nation and have gone to my mom's home turf many times in Germany (along with surrounding countries), but North Dakota is my home.
Both my paternal and maternal sides of my family have roots in glass. So, I guess you can say it is in my blood (and sometimes my fingers). Life quickly moved along and I found myself creating in many ways- from parties and holidays to children and school. I love learninig so it was natural for me to seek out classes to learn different things, from woodworking to gardening. I love working with my hands.
In 2000, I came upon someone who no longer was interested in stained glass and I bought her studio equipment. I began my stained glass education at a Bismarck State College course. In 2004, I opened my studio space and began my travels around the country seeking out more education in glass. I have had a wonderful oppertunity to meet and work with a plethora of glass artist, and to try my hand a many different techniques.
I consider working with glass an honor, to be able to put a smile on someone's face with something that I have made with my own hands is quite humbling.
I continue to learn and grow here at my Minot Studio.
Ashley spends her summers working for Margie's.
She is a full time English teacher at Bishop Ryan High School.
Danielle has worked at Margie's since Dec 2020.
She is the graphic designer of
Danielle Rene Designs
Amanda started at Margie's July 2021.
She is a freelance graphic designer.
Say is Margie's eldest child. Say has been a fire performer for 10 + years, and is also known as Syrup the Clown of Spectacular productions.
They enjoy connecting with customers and the inspiration that comes from being around creation, trial and error, learning, and play.
Nat has experience with ceramics from college. She is also a fire performer at Spectacular Productions. She brings a spark of energy to everything she does.