Charlie commented about that early basement studio, “Julee actually had a reasonably large space to work in once we moved her into what had been just a storage/work room, which took place quite soon after she took up stained glass. She built a large worktable for herself, and she was able to complete some very large commissions in that space. Obviously, large pieces had to be designed and built in sections—some of them fairly large themselves. The biggest challenge often was just getting them up the stairs.”
When Julee was between commissions, she continued to create art in and out of her studio. Julee became involved in a stained glass project at Becky’s elementary school. Becky remembered, “My mom was the cool mom! She worked with my art teacher, Karen Ellis, at Randolph Elementary to bring stained glass art to the children there. The kids created pictures and mom figured out how to incorporate those designs into stained glass images. She brought scrap pieces of colored glass to school. The design was laid out on the floor in the gym. The students would pick up the pieces of glass, and, with mom’s nudging, we’d put the pieces in place to create these great mosaics.” Becky’s classmate, Kiera Fritzen, contacted her following Julee’s death. “I will never forget making stained glass windows with your mom in grade school. Each kid put in a piece and every piece was important—it was one of the highlights of school for me.”
This was an on-going project for Julee while Becky attended Randolph in the 1980s. “I took the kids’ work and tried to be as accurate as I could in reproducing it,” she said in an interview. The windows are still on display above four doors at the school. A roadrunner (the school mascot), tiger, monkey, pink snake, and unicorn are among the images created by the children and brought to life by Julee through stained glass.