In today’s fast paced world of mass production, discovering true artistic craftsmanship
is uplifting. Great respect is held for the skill of carpenters, craftsmen, and artisans of
days gone by who have left their mark for generations of admirers.
With a view to restoring the quality of workmanship so long admired, various works in
glass are created from a variety of dichoric and glass textures. Pieces are arranged to
create a work of art that bursts out of the ordinary and stands as a work of artistic
Designs are inspired by everyday life, nature, and spiritual experiences. Projects are
produced one at a time with
all the personal ideas, pride and attention necessary to produce a work of outstanding
As a creator in glass art, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the Giver
of my gifts and talents. I firmly believe that God has created me with these skills to give
glory to His Name. And that He holds me accountable and responsible for using these
gifts to provide for my family, and in a small way, leave a mark for generations to come.
Frank Thompson, a Stained Glass Artist, has been working in the craft since 1982. His Studio is located north of Lake Charles,
Louisiana and it is there where he works in the crafts of stained glass, woodworking, and blacksmithing. He has been featured in
several newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs for his art.
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.
His first church 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 Fatima Chapel, McNeese Catholic Student Center, OLQH Adoration Chapel, St. Patrick’s Hospital Chapel, Casa
Manana Restaurant, First United Methodist Church, and the Bishops residence, all in Lake Charles. Other projects include Our
Lady Star of the Sea in Cameron, St. Peters in Hackberry, St. Lawrence in Raymond, St. Joseph’s in Elton, Sacred Heart in Creole,
First Baptist in Sulphur, Houston River Baptist North of Sulphur, Our Lady of Lasalette in DeQuincy, St. Lawrence in Mowata
(North of Crowley), and the Adoration Chapel at St. Phillip Neri in Kinder.
His unique style of doors and entryways grace many residences in Lake Charles, LA and has his work throughout the nation
including Battle Ground WA, Orinda CA, Braintree MA, Boulder CO, Cocoa Beach FL, Farmington CT, Vancouver WA, and
Houston TX to name a few.
In 2005, Hurricane Rita destroyed his woodworking shop. In order to recover, the Thompson Family made stained glass crosses to
sell. On the eve of Thanksgiving that year, they were featured on KPLC as a story of hope for all of us who experienced the
devastation of the hurricane. Since then they have made and sold over 3500 crosses all over the nation. Frank attributes his
success to a simple faith in God, who loves and cares for us.
As a member of the Louisiana Crafts Guild, Frank creates each project one at a time and focuses on superior craftsmanship and
quality in each one. He is presently producing video segments on how he works in his craft. These will be part of a DVD Series
that will be introduced soon. Frank loves teaching and is willing to share his experience stained glass and door making with
His latest venture in the world of glass is Fused Glass Gallery Art. He has been featured as a guest artist in several venues and has
won the Memorial Award for one of his pieces at the 2011 Natchoches Art Guild Juried Competition.
He presently creates fused glass art mounted on polished aluminum and exhibits his work
in juried art shows throughout the nation.