Theodore C. Feaster (b. 1955)
Stained glass artist Theodore C. Feaster, or “Ted,” was born in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, which he still calls home today. Ted attended Doolittle Elementary School and Wendell Phillips High School where he excelled at many subjects, particularly math, history and art. He graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a BA in Political Science and Urban Studies. After college, Theodore married a former grade school classmate, Donna Marie Hudson, and together they have four children. In August 1992, Theodore and Donna purchased an 1887 red brick townhouse. During the course of rehabbing their home a stained glass window broke. Theodore researched repair work and found out quickly that stained glass repair was quite expensive. Instead, he enrolled in a class on stained glass repair and discovered his passion and craftsmanship under the direction of Pete Wade. Today, Ted is busy designing and producing stained glass pictures for homes and businesses. Theodore creates rarely seen depictions of African and African American themes in stained glass.
My mission is to create artwork in this unique medium to bring forth the African American experience that takes an introspective look at the world through stained glass, with a particular focus on rarely seen African and African American cultural depictions. This medium has given me an opportunity to observe the world through colored glasses. During my journey as an artist I have found out more about others and myself. I did not embark on this with the idea of becoming an artist. I took it on as a hobby and instead found a new passion. I enjoy taking various ideas and inspirations to create unique interpretations of life. I can produce just about any theme you dream of, and that is by far the best part.