Ray Nicholas, President and Inventor of the Cutter's Mate, CirclePro and Strip Pro
Ray Nicholas is a Lake County, IL native who began glass working as a hobby while restoring antiques. Shortly thereafter, this self-taught artisan turned entrepreneur began to sell his stained glass windows. Seeking a better way to cut the glass, he experimented in making a new cutter. Realizing he was probably not the only one looking for a better tool, he began a year-long process of transforming his crude prototype into a marketable product. It was in 1996 that the Cutter's Mate was born. Ray said the most rewarding aspect of his invention (the Cutter's Mate) is "to see how much [it] has helped people who may have had to quit doing stained glass because of a handicap."
Amber Grace, Marketing Manager/VP
Amber Grace has recently joined Creator's Stained Glass to assist Ray in everything from advertising to accounting. She is a graduate of Trinity International University's School of Communication in Deerfield, IL. Her internship experience included a position in the graphic design department of an international stained glass distributor. She says, "The great thing about working for my dad is that I can give back to him part of what he has invested in me - namely time, and the college education I received to enable me to do this job."