Doug Sheridan started working as an artist creating one-of-a-kind copper items for the home after receiving a BA from SW Missouri State University. In the mid ‘80s, he moved to Charlottesville. Soon afterwards he was commissioned by Monticello to design a copper candle lantern to light the walks during evening programs at Thomas Jefferson’s historic home. One hundred of his lanterns are still in use there today. He also designed electric lanterns for the Historic Lawn of UVA.
Fate brought him to Staunton and put him in a studio next door to a glass blower. Soon, Doug began creating designs with copper and glass. Under the business name Designs In Copper, he marketed his garden stakes, gazing globes, sun catchers, and bird feeders across the US. To accommodate the growing business, Doug’s company renovated and moved into the Klotz Building, a historic brick warehouse in downtown Staunton, in 1999. Sunspots Studios, a retail gallery for their products, opened in 2000. A hot glass studio was added in 2001. Doug began blowing glass soon after, and now is a talented glass blower. His creative and functional art glass designs fill the Sunspots gallery.