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Meet Lyn Hovey of Lyn Hovey Studio in Dorchester

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lyn Hovey.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Lyn. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I studied art at the Cleveland Institute of Art, just out of High School after two years I was accepted as a Stained Glass painting apprentice in the Douglas Phillips Stained Glass Studio in Cleveland Ohio in 1962, After a year there I was accepted as an apprentice with a specialty in stained glass painting at the Sandon Studio in Bratenahl Ohio a suburb of Cleveland, Two years later in 1965 I was hired as a junior stained glass painter in the Boston studio of Wilbur Herbert Burnham. I stayed there for 4 more years. In 1967, Mr. Joseph G. Reynolds ended his long time studio in Boston and brought his stained glass painter to the Burnham studio and he and I worked side by side and through the Burnham studio Mr. Reynolds completed several projects that were still in the pipeline. I therefore worked with 2 of Boston’s most famous stained glass artists before both of them retired.

During that period we would have union meetings at the Charles Connick Studio, another famous Boston Studio. Later after I established my own studio in Cambridge, Ma. in 1972, the men who were then running the Connick Studio decided to end their long and illustrious career and I purchased much of their incredible collection of imported mouth blown European stained glass. They also asked my studio to carry on and complete a number of projects that were still in their pipe line.

I left the Burnham Studio in 1968 and moved to Fort Kent Maine where I taught art at the University of Maine for a year. I returned to Winthrop Ma. And then to Cambridge Ma while developing my plans to open my studio in 1972. The studio grew and I leased more space over the 19 years we were in Cambridge. In 1989 we moved to the Seaport District of South Boston and built out a lovely space overlooking the Boston Harbor and remained there until 2002.

During this period our studio developed close ties to the Archdiocese of Boston where we helped them set up and then maintain their present collection of windows that have been removed over t6he years from buildings that they have sold or repurposed in a program called Reconfiguration. The Seaport district began significant development at the beginning of the 21st century and became less favorable, logistically and financially to ourselves and many other artists who had moved there. We then moved to Hyde Park Ma and joined another thriving artist community.

In 2003 I also founded a branch studio in Antigua Guatemala. My travels had taken me to Guatemala where I enjoyed both the very rich Mayan Culture and the very rich Colonial Spanish culture. With their great respect for learning and love of art and natural ability for hand work it became natural to consider the establishment of a branch studio in the highland city of Antigua. In 2012 we moved the Boston studio to our present location in the Codman Square neighborhood of Dorchester. For us it is important to continue our participation in and connection to the rich culture of Boston’ inner city neighborhoods.

Has it been a smooth road?
Running any business today is difficult. Running a fine art business such as ours is particularly challenging. We have the accounting, payroll and tax and legal concerns that any Massachusetts business has. Cash flow, investment and business capital loan is an area of concern for small independent businesses. We are in the construction industry since we remove and install and restore and protect stained glass windows, so we have the problems that construction companies have. We are an art form with a very long learning curve and therefore finding talented dedicated artists and artisans to put in the long time necessary to gain the ability to be an asset in our field is not easy.
We are a fine art business so it is necessary to balance the business marketplace side with the fine art, creative, and exploratory nature of the fine arts. Lastly much of our work is in the religious and spiritual side of human existence, again balancing that with, banking, insurance, finance requirements means forever having your legs in two boats going in different directions and at different speeds

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Lyn Hovey Studio story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a stained glass studio and therefor offer in house design and fabrication service for commissioned works of art and architecture. We design and create windows, walls of glass entry way sidelights, door lights, skylights, transoms and illumination through lamp shades and also custom LED lighting in stained glass, all of this for the home and apartment. For Hospitals, schools, businesses commercial buildings we offer again in house design and fabrication of architectural stained and leaded glass and art glass applications. For churches, temples and sacred spaces we offer again in house design after in depth discussions on how we may express their unique mission, vision and traditions.

We also offer a complete range of restoration, conservation and protection services for stained and leaded glass windows. In all the above categories. We work with and for the home owner, the architect, the interior designer, the engineer, the construction superintendent, the facilities manager, the board representative etc. Whoever is representing the project at hand. We are very proud of our work!

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
There will always be a place for and a need for art in our lives. One big change is the utilization of LED lighting to open new opportunities for lighting where natural lighting is not accessible

Contact Info:

  • Address: Lyn Hovey Studio Inc.
    57 Southern Ave.
    Dorchester, MA 02766
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  • Phone: 617 288 6900
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