When I came up with the idea of my recycled glass soap dishes, I did a thorough internet search and didn’t see anyone else making them. Eventually I did see them being made by other people. Whether or not they saw mine, I have no idea. It is, after all, possible that two people have a similar idea. I am sure I am not the only one to think… hmmm what else can I do with all these wine bottles? I also had the idea to make Christmas wreath ornaments out of them. I made a few, but was never able to get the process down to where it would be cost effective to sell them. I haven’t completely given up on the idea yet, but just recently I saw someone else making them. So I totally understand that someone else can have the same idea.
I also know that a lot of beginner stained glass and fused glass hobbyists search the internet for ideas and inspiration. It is part of the learning process. The internet is a great source of inspiration and there are a lot of tutorials available. I am flattered when someone likes my designs enough to be inspired by them and make them their own. But when someone takes more than inspiration and copies a design and posts it on the internet, it would be nice if they would at least give credit where credit is due. Below is a piece that I designed and posted on my blog in May of 2010. Two months later an identical design using different colored glass was posted on another blog.
Part of the reason I write this blog is to share what I am learning and working on. I appreciate all the people who have shared their knowledge with me and helped me along the way. So if you see something you like here that you copy for yourself and post it on the internet, please just include a line that says something like, “This is a design by Margot visit her blog at www.glassartbymargot.com/Blog”