Frank Thompson is a full time glass artist with a working studio located
north of Lake Charles, LA. It is there where he works in 2D and 3D
mixed media using glass and metal. He currently shows and sells his
work at juried art shows throughout southeastern United States and art
galleries in Lake Charles and Lafayette, Louisiana. He has been
featured in several newspapers, magazines, radio, and television
programs for his art.
Frank is a self taught artist that has been working in glass since 1982.
His development of fused glass wall art is abstract in style and is
influenced by the vibrant colors and positive energy of nature with a
whimsical Caribbean theme. His technique begins with arraigning
colored glass mixed with dichroic then fired in a kiln. He then mounts
the fused glass piece 2 inches above metal that has been polished to
match the glass design. The result is a striking wall art piece that
reflects light and has “movement” and “energy when viewed at different
angles and intensities if light.
From 1995 - 2005 he taught his techniques of stained glass at the
Continuing Education Program at McNeese State University in both
Beginners and Intermediate stained glass.
His first significant stained glass project was creating the 14 Stations of
the Cross at St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Big Lake in 1993. Since
then his work is found in over 35 churches, hospitals, restaurants and
both public and private collections.
A graduate of St. Louis High School, Lake Charles in 1978, he began
working as a carpenter and soon became a home building contractor.
He began to work on historic restoration projects and started making
custom art glass doors and windows. Many of his doors are installed in
other states giving him national notoriety.