Huntingdon Valley Artist Creates Spiritual Art Out of Wine Bottle Corks

Walter Deuschle and wife Mary have an afternoon glass of wine in his Huntingdon Valley home studio earlier this month. (Image via

Spiritual art probably is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about wine corks, but one Montgomery County artist is changing that with the mesmerizing visages he is creating at his Huntingdon Valley studio, writes Dan Geringer for

Walter Deuschle, who spent decades working as a master chef, is slicing and shaving wine corks into hundreds of small pieces to create stunning images similar to stained glass windows.

Deuschle crafts his religious visions, which include images such as St. Peter watching over a praying woman, by painstakingly gluing together thousands of tiny wine cork pieces.

Deuschle starts his process by drawing a biblical scene on a four-by-seven-foot sheet of plywood. He then builds the background with natural corks and creates the religious figures using pastel-colored synthetic corks.

The artist says that his visions tend to come to him in the middle of the night.

“I have a lot of moments during the night when I see what I want to do. I know how to do it, but I don’t know how it will turn out,” said Deuschle.

Read more about the artist’s work at by clicking here.

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