Above: Neil Neil Orange Peel at his home studio on Cape Cod in Cotuit Massachusetts in front of his vast glass collection!
Welcome to Neil Neil Orange Peel Designs! Neil teaches stained glass art & creates one-of-a-kind modern stained glass art & gifts for homes, businesses, weddings, anniversaries, & all occasions. Each design is made of hand-cut glass & is designed by Neil Neil Orange Peel in his glass workshop located in Cotuit on Cape Cod, Massachusetts pictured below. Custom work is welcomed. Wholesale options are available.
Many people have asked, "Where did you come up with the business name, Neil Neil Orange Peel?" When I was a child, my father called me "Neil Neil Orange Peel" and when I was younger, I hated it - but as I grew older and raised a son of my own - I realized it was a term of endearment and I embraced the name. When I was looking for a business name, I thought "Neil Neil Orange Peel" would be the perfect name for my stained glass business.
I started my stained glass journey when I was nineteen years old. I was a teenager who love playing video games and needed to find a passion, not in front of a television screen. I tried various trades and nothing really stuck with me. One day, I went to a stained glass store in Northampton, Massachusetts, and was drawn to all the colorful glass. I was immediately intrigued by all the different types of glass. I purchased some glass and tools and started making my first project. After completing my first stained glass piece, I was hooked. I opened an antique store that also featured my stained glass work in Westfield Mass and began doing various custom projects and selling my art on eBay.
In 2002, I moved to the Boston area and started a career in advertising and also had a part-time job at Jim Anderson Stained Glass in the South End. I moved to San Francisco in 2007 where my advertising career flourished, and stained glass took a back seat for a while due to the lack of space in my apartment, although I took stained glass when I could to continue to grow my knowledge working with stained glass. In 2012, I bought a home in Berkeley, California and there was enough room to start my stained glass business up again. I designed and constructed several projects for homes in the Bay Area, including my own home in Berkeley.
In 2017, I decided to quit my career in advertising after 16 years and moved back home to Massachusetts. I purchased a home in Cotuit, Mass, and started planning a full return to my stained glass business. In 2018, I taught my very first class at the Cotuit Center for the Arts and I fell in love with teaching stained glass. Teaching my passion to students and seeing them fall in love with the art form is extremely rewarding and exhilarating. I decided to convert my three-car garage into a glass studio and teach out of my home studio.
As we head into 2023, I am hitting a milestone of being a stained glass artist for 30 years! My work has been featured in Cape Cod Home Magazine, Princeton University Art Museum, Boston College, & several galleries and boutiques across the country. Neil's internationally popular stained glass agave plants have been featured on Buzzfeed, Pioneer Woman, Yahoo Life, & Delish. I have sold art through online retailers such as UncommonGoods, White Flower Farm, and my Etsy shop has been a bestseller for multiple years.
I am embarking on my fifth year of teaching and have taught close to 350 students and counting. Several of my students have gone on to start their own businesses & define their own creative paths working with stained glass. The following businesses are former/current students of mine:
Cape Cod Glass Worx, Riled Glassworks, Glass Over Teakettle, Grind & Shine Glass, OysterDesignStudioCC, Prickly Pear Stained Glass, LoveLight Glass Designs, Suncatcher Heaven,
Art Monkey Studio & GC Glass Creations. Proud of my students for starting their own businesses, staying original & following their passion for stained glass! I'm a proud teacher! If you would like to learn the art of stained glass, head over to my classes page, book your spot and possible change your life with this artform:)
Looking forward to having fun with you creating amazing glass art!