17 Rockingham St. Bellows Falls, Vt.
You may have seen Dellamano Glassware around at the Chester Fall Festival or other arts festivals in the area. Cathy Tretler, owner of Dellamano Glassware, has been painting for over 20 years. When she started, she just wanted “to paint and make things,” and she painted on slate, wood, and glass. Tretler decided to work with glass because she loved the way the painting looked on the see-through material, and “if you make a mistake, you can try again,” she explains.
Dellamano Glassware has been in business since about 2007 and has been on the rise. Tretler is also a paraprofessional at Central Elementary School, so she works painting around her schedule at school and at home. She finds that painting is good therapy and really helps her to decompress.
Recently, Tretler has taken on more wholesale orders for local businesses as well as stores in Burlington and Plattsburgh, N.Y. Her method is to paint a particular pattern over a couple of days on three to four cases of various glass items. Then she will take a break and start another pattern. Her patterns can be found on a variety of glassware including: wine glasses, soap and lotion dispensers, bowls, decanters, salt and pepper shakers, bottle stoppers, vases, and more.
But if you really want to see Tretler’s new and unique creations, you should visit her booths at craft fairs. There she showcases lighted bottles, lanterns, and “more one-of-a-kind” products.
Her signature patterns that really helped Dellamano Glassware take off are the birch and dragon fly patterns, but she’s also taking on new and more complicated patterns such as sunflowers and pussy willows.
Dellamano Glassware is open “by chance or by appointment.” Tretler also participates in the Vermont Crafts Council Open Studio weekends in May and October, or you can call 802-376-3264 for an appointment. Tretler is also active on Facebook, sharing projects she’s working on and fairs or events where she’ll be selling her glassware. Check out her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Dellamano-Glassware-193110190724015.