Margaret Haven has over 30 years of experience as a professional artist, having received her training through workshops, private instruction and apprenticeships. She has designed and created stained glass windows, murals, paintings, and decorative finishes for designers, developers and individuals throughout the Midwest, D.C. and East Coast.
A native of Michigan, Margaret studied pottery in Ann Arbor, and then became enchanted by the fragile and elegant nature of stained glass. After learning the finer techniques of designing art glass, she opened her first studio, "WhistleStar" in Tawas, Michigan on the shores of Lake Huron, filling commissions and showing in art fairs. Throughout the years, her original architectural stained glass designs have resulted in dozens of beautiful windows, doors, dividers and transoms.
Margaret's interest in decorative finishes led her to apprentice with Vera Karelian of Annapolis, painting furniture, wall murals and faux finishes for the clients of interior designers. For four years she worked part-time as an artisan for Niermann Weeks, whose unique hand painted "Old World" furniture designs are displayed in the major design centers and sold worldwide. When her own commissioned work with designers and private customers demanded all of her time, Haven Studios became her full time career.
In addition to murals for private residences, Haven Studios contracted in 1995 to paint murals for fifteen schools in Anne Arundel County. Each school called for a unique theme with several murals, some 50 feet in length. Margaret drew her designs to scale, and with the help of her friend Eva Cassidy and other employees, painted images that were a delight to the students. To see a few photos of school murals, see the Eva Cassidy website.
Margaret’s 'Haven Windows' reflect a sense of nostalgia. "That series let me recreate so many memories of my childhood, and years with my kids”, she says. She sold many of these paintings and other works through the Main Street Gallery in Annapolis until her private commissions no longer allowed her time to keep up a gallery inventory. She continues to paint windows to other people’s memories.
In 2003 she bought a home in Ridgely, Maryland on the Eastern Shore and built a studio. She now restricts her work to studio commissions in stained glass, paintings, and detachable murals. She makes jewelry which is sold locally at The Smith House, and her new interest in paverpol has taken her into garden statues and bureau pieces for jewelry display.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Central Michigan University
Master of Science: West Virginia University