2016 workshops

workshop(front)This year, I am offering week-long design and glasspainting workshops in June; 3-hour Saturday Afternoon Intensives; and a 10 week series of evening classes beginning March 10th. All at my studio in Vermont. Here’s the schedule. Application deadlines for American Glass Guild and Stained Glass Associate of America scholarships are Feb 28th and April 13th respectively.

 

In Praise of Morton

Impeccably cut glass tiles. All precisely the same size. Clean, perpendicular edges. No shelling, flares or ragged grozing. Much is handmade antique glass, including Lamberts, Blenko and some ancient English Hartley Wood streakies. Some is almost 1/4″ thick, yet the craftsmanship is exemplary and, believe it or not, cut by complete beginners – mostly without using a grinder. All thanks to the wonderful Morton glass cutting system.

I have been teaching Stained Glass Tiling at Williams College in Massachusetts every day  throughout January. Here’s the glasscutting in progress, plus some of the geometric constructions done during the first week of the course.

Students had to use a straight-edge and compass only (no rulers, protractors or computer printouts) to draw precise, accurate polygons that would nest together to form a tiling without gaps. Along the way, they figured out how to set stops and cutting bars on their Morton surface and cut multiple identical copies of the same shape.

Today, students finished copperfoiling and soldering, and started to frame their panels. Every tiles was painted and fired. More  pictures soon!

Even better, if you’re nearby, do come and see their work for real, on display in the science building at Williams College. We will be holding a reception from 1pm – 2.30pm this coming Thursday, Jan 28th, on the third floor corridor between the Physics building and the Chemistry building, above the Eco Cafe. Enter through the cafe from the Science Quad and look for signs.

 

..more geometry

This is the center top panel, the Nativity star.

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Geometry: beautiful and fiddly

Stained glass tracery at the top of my window for Trinity Episcopal, Branford CT. Assembling the painted glass into a matrix of lead channels. Soon to be installed, the window will be dedicated on November 30th.

Last of the roses…

…to be glazed (leaded-up) and the last of the six figurative panels too. Such an enormous amount of work and so rewarding to see the window finally coming together.

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Notice the five panels on the easel beyond. I love the way they look at night, showing the pattern of the leads.

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Still working… into the night!

Holy Family

Here’s the Holy Family panel coming together…

IMG_2636…and a few more photos of work-in-progress

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Flipping the first panel…

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Yes! I’ve just finished soldering the first side of the first panel for Trinity Episcopal. Here it is face down on the bench, flipped over ready to solder the back. I always love seeing the reverse of a panel, all shiny and neat, and to glimpse the finished window for the first time. It’s a whole new viewpoint!

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…and it’s surprisingly rigid for a half-soldered window..

glazing3Marching onward! Eight more panels to glaze, putty, and install before winter