David Rasmussen -  Good day, please introduce yourself and tell us abit about yourself that you can
without saying too much on a personal level? (I heard that you’d like to be known throughout the
interview as Wilson so we’ll stick to that… though question, and don’t take it wrong, but
that wasn’t inspired by a love of the series Dennis the Menace was it?)

Wilson - I’m a mid-forties woman, professionally educated, the youngest of three children
raised by  middle-class catholic parents with very sound morals and beliefs.  I’m the sole parent
of a young teen boy whose ambition has always been, and continues to be, a cop; something I
wholeheartedly support.  My 79 year old mother has recently reached the point of no longer
being able to live independently and has come, with our open arms, to live with us.  She has
seen all of my erotic glass works, although most times I have to explain a piece to her before
she gets what’s going on!  She loves my work and calls it “naughty but nice”.

My nickname ‘Wilson’ was inspired by a series but not the one you mention.  It was “Tool Time”
and the character Wilson (played by Earl Hindman).  My neighbours dubbed me Wilson
because when I stand at the fence to chat, I look like Hindman did, i.e. only visible from the
nose up.  It’s a tall fence!

David Rasmussen-  Well since you probably are not comfortable with telling us about your pre
Designer/Artist days then cut to the quick please and tell us how you found yourself where you are
now (working glass into erotic pieces of art)?

Wilson -  I did my first oil painting at the age of two with my father’s left over paints.  I’ve
dabbled in different mediums over the years as the impulse hit me and time allowed.  I had
been away from stained glass for many years and just took up the hobby again a couple years
back when I found myself with sufficient space to set up a proper work shop.  It was early June,
last summer, when I questioned why I was bothering making all these glass pieces when people
no longer appreciate hand-crafted stained glass and can buy mass produced cheap imitations
at places like Walmart.  Over the next few days the idea came to me and developed:  I’d do
something different with glass, something rebellious that you’d never find in a Walmart,
something sensuous, erotic, naughty…  And “Wilson” was born.

David Rasmussen-  For the layman out there (me) explain erotic glass art. Exactly what kind of work
do you do and how does it express itself to the viewer on a visual standpoint?

Wilson -  That which is ‘erotic’ is in the eye of the beholder so I will decline attempting to
explain that subjective term.  My own work ranges between sexually explicit and just
suggestive enough to have a sexual connotation.  Themes are varied between bdsm, alt
lifestyle and vanilla love.  I try to inject a little mystery into my pieces and to capture a calm
sensuality that will disarm the inhibitions of the viewer in a non-threatening, non-aggressive
manner.  How each piece expresses itself to a viewer ultimately depends on their own mind set
and life experiences.  My elderly mother will look at a piece like “Eve” and see something
gentle and elegant and the fact that “Eve” has a chain wrapped around her shoulders does not
even register in her mind’s eye because she’s such an innocent old doll!   On the other side
of the coin, I will inadvertently offend some people.  I had one blogger suggest my piece entitled
“THE Hold” would be more aptly named “The Assault”.  Obviously she’s not the type of woman
who would ever feel that impulse to grab hold of her lover’s head and grind it against her sweet
spot so there’s little wonder she perceived no sensuality in the piece.

David Rasmussen-  Inspiration. Where do you draw inspiration for your work? Also would you say that
there are influences or experiences of a personal nature which drive your art? If so can you tell us
about some of them (and how they inspire you)?

Wilson -  My inspiration comes from my imagination fueled by a passionate, uninhibited, playful
nature.  I wouldn’t want anyone to believe that I create pieces only in accordance with my own
sexual experiences, but by the same token you could say that I couldn’t separate my personal
nature from my designs if I tried.  If an image in my head is sexual and sensuous to me, I am apt
to try and capture it on paper and explore the concept as a potential glass piece…

David Rasmussen-  Would you say your inspiration on a sexual level leans to any particular
orientation (theme best described as straight, gay/lesbian, etc) or do you feel you have enough
inspiration to touch upon any number of orientations and persuasions as the drive and spark
lead you?

Wilson -  My inspiration, my imagination, my artistic drive, have no sexual boundaries for
gender or orientation.  I would never, however, depict things that I oppose including violence,
exploitation and degradation.  There’s always the possibility that a piece will be subjectively
interpreted as such, but that is never my artistic intent.

David Rasmussen-  The creation process. How does a piece go from inspiration
to finished product? Also how many hours of labor go into a single piece of work in total? I take it
working with glass must me a time consuming and lengthy process (at least according to what I’ve
seen on PBS on the subject of non-erotic glass art).

Wilson -  As all of my pieces are original creations, one of the greatest challenges is getting the
desired image out of my head and onto paper!  A quick summary of the process:  Once I’ve got
the template drawing I want, I overlay plastic, trace and cut out the pattern, transfer it onto the
chosen glass, cut, grind, foil wrap each glass piece, solder the piece front and back.  I rub all
seams with steel wool, clean the piece and apply any desired finishing compound.  There are
additional steps involved depending on whether it’s a standing or hanging piece.  Yes, it is a
very laborious process.  The actual hours involved are dependent on size and complexity of the
piece. If I could guestimate time for a piece such as “Heightening the Senses” I’d say 20
consolidated labour hours.  Double that if you’re a beginner.  But glass is such a beautiful art
medium and the whole process of designing and creating a piece so relaxing, that the hours
spent are never regrettable ones.

David Rasmussen-   The leap from glass art to erotic glass art. How did you make the leap, what
inspired you to incorporate erotic themes into your glass art?

Wilson -  I was inspired by a nude that I’d designed for my father about 18 years ago.  He was a
lifelong hobby artist and had suffered a couple of small strokes that affected his fine motor
control so he took up stained glass which was a more forgiving medium than oil/water
colours/pen and ink, etc…  For some unknown reason he asked me to design a nude glass
pattern for him rather than doing it himself.  So I designed the pattern and he then rendered it
in glass with the result being a pensive and beautiful piece.  I am now in possession of that
piece and day after day leading up to my change in artistic direction, I would look at that piece
and there was just something about it that kept pulling at me…

David Rasmussen-  Have you ever thrown out any pieces mid process for one reason or another?
(You’re inspiration changed, the piece just didn’t seem to come out as planned, something went
wrong, somebody changed their mind on an order perhaps?) If so did you ever feel regret about
having to start over on a piece that you threw out?

Wilson -  I’ve never thrown out a piece mid process but I’ve had numerous END process
rejects.  I’ve had pieces that upon completion quite frankly I just didn’t like for one reason or
another.  Far more frustrating is when I complete a piece I do like and then discover a flaw in
the glass.  Occasionally there is a weakness in the glass that won’t show itself until heat is
applied, until the piece is soldered, and the glass develops a crack.  Of course you never see it
or hear it when it’s happening; it’s only when you’re done soldering and hold the piece up to
the light and then say “Oh f&(#, there’s a crack!”.  I won’t sell a piece that’s flawed in any
manner and taking apart a soldered piece is more unpleasant than going to the dentist, so I just
pile such things in a reject heap with the thought that maybe, someday, if I’m feeling
particularly masochistic, I’ll try to salvage some of the glass.  Yes, I regret it, but accidents
happen and you just pour yourself a glass of wine and shake it off.

David Rasmussen -  To what level have your artwork achieved at present? Would you classify
yourself as a private artist (who creates for clients and for self), or someone more public (whose work
has appeared in art exhibits and public viewings), or a mix of both? And if, say, our
readers would be interested in purchasing your work how would they go about it?

Wilson -   I’m a mix of both.  My naughty glass has recently been shown at an Ottawa art gallery
and sells privately and through the internet.  My vanilla glass is being sold locally at an upscale
gift shop.  Regrettably, I live in a small conservative community where the only place you could
purchase something like a vibrator or a hash pipe is in the ‘back room’ of the one local pawn
shop.  And…I’m not even sure he’s carrying vibrators any more!  I am hoping to find an erotica
outlet prepared to retail my pieces but in the meantime interested purchasers should contact
me via email (

David Rasmussen-  I hear you presently do this as a sidebar, working on your spare time. Do you
ever see this (in the present economy as it is) as something more than a relaxing sidebar, something
you would or could do on a more active and full time pursuit?

Wilson -  Are you kidding?  I’d love to do nothing else than create erotic glass art.  What a
fantastic way to spend ones time!  I’d like to get into erotic glass mosaic works as well.  Present
reality is not cooperating with me but I’ll hold onto the dream.  I know some people say when
your hobby becomes your job, it’s no longer enjoyable, but I don’t adhere to that school of
thought, particularly when your hobby involves erotica!

David Rasmussen-  Some fans of your work (my Editor for one) calls your work
“different”, in your own opinion how does your work step away from the work of others in the same
medium (and how does your work innovate the medium in ways few if any have explored yet in terms
of glass art)?

Wilson -   Most glass artists do the birds and flowers thing, beautiful creations for sure, but no
naughty factor.  And from what I’ve gleaned thus far, even the ‘erotic’ glass artists (excepting
some doing beautiful homoerotic works) are playing it pretty safe.  I’ve thrown safe out the
window with more sexually graphic designs.  Of course that means I’m catering to a limited
market.  I mean, really, how many people have the nerve to hang a stained glass bondage piece
in their window?  It’s with such considerations in mind that I found another way to differentiate
myself; by creating the ‘standing’ glass piece that can be placed more discreetly on a dresser
or wherever, and can be used as more than just a sun-catcher, such as a base for candles,
flowers, jewelry, your hand cuffs, etc…

David Rasmussen-  Glass Art 101. How did you learn the craft of glass art?
Also if you were recommending the skill to others what would you recommend they do to learn the art
(or find out if glass art truly is an art form that best suits their particular skill or talent)?

Wilson -   My father taught me the craft just as he taught me how to work in other art
mediums.  For those interested in testing their interest in glass, I’d recommend they do what I
do whenever I want to know something – google it!  If a person knows someone that works with
glass, perhaps they’d be willing to give a few lessons?  Community colleges sometimes offer
workshops in stained glass and of course your local stained glass supply retailer will likely offer
instruction or should know where you can get it.

David Rasmussen -  When it comes to erotica on a personal level, if you may, can you tell us what
you are interested in in erotica/ Also if you have any particular favorites to recommend to our readers
to check out on their own time?

Wilson -  That’s such an open-ended question.  Would it suffice to say my tastes are eclectic?  
Of course, a particular favourite website, is your own!

David Rasmussen- If I may ask how is the present economy as it stands for those plying the glass art
trade? Also on a personal level do you have any advice for those looking to ply a trade in the art as to
how to handle business in these down economic times?

Wilson -  Good economy, bad economy, there’s never much happening in the glass art trade
(refer to answer pertaining to ‘Walmart’ glass…).  What does one do?  Anything and
everything; craft shows, flee markets, internet sales or auction sites, create your own website,
approach retailers that might be interested in stained glass art and anything else you can think
of.  You need to be good at what you do so make sure you’ve sufficiently developed your skill by
making lots of sun-catchers (wanted or not) for friends and family!

David Rasmussen- You have a website? Can you tell us about it and what we
can expect from the site when we first go and visit? Anything of
interest you’d like to point out?

Wilson -  My site is http://theycallmewilson.webs.com.  My home page provides a small amount
of bio info as well contact details.  The site is otherwise divided into thematic tabs such as
“Chain Gang Girls”, “The Nipple Collection”, etc… I also have a “Vanilla” tab displaying non-
erotic works.  While I would do a Vanilla Pussy or a Fairy upon request, I’m not otherwise
interested in producing more traditional glass works.  I really just included that section of my
website to bring a little more depth to the person behind the nickname ‘Wilson’.

David Rasmussen - Any final words for our readers?

Wilson -   How about… every home should have a Wilson?! ;)

Thank you. Take care and good day.
Interview with Erotic
designer/artist Wilson
Interview by David Rasmussen © April 2009
Bare Back Magazine
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Canadian artist/designer Wilson creates stain glass master pieces with sensuous and erotic appeal.
Her work ranges between sexually explicit and just suggestive enough to have a sexual connotation.  
Wilson says that she has no sexual boundaries for gender or orientation in her creations.
inspiration she says comes from her imagination and passion to create uninhibited art.

Read more about Wilson's in an indepth interview with David Rasmussen...