For 120 years, the SGAA has actively worked for the betterment of the craft of stained glass and architectural art glass through various programs that are designed to benefit the members of the SGAA and the clients whom we serve. Our publications today include a quarterly magazine, Stained Glass, published continuously since 1906; the Sourcebook, a guide for industry professionals on accredited studios and articles promoting the use of stained glass work; and a variety of technical manuals and restoration guidelines.
Preserving and Innovating the Practices of the Profession.
The Stained Glass Association of American is a 125 year old professional organization whose primary mission is to protect and preserve the integrity of the stained glass industry. The Association functions as a 501(c)(6), which allows it to represent the trade of stained glass in regards to legislation and other matters that may affect the profession.
The core values of the Association include:
the promotion of professional standards
As the Nation's Professional Trade Association for Architectural Art Glass, the SGAA is the only body able to provide accreditation to qualified studios that maintain the highest possible integrity in craftsmanship and business practices. An accredited professional member has gone through a 4-year process of review and jury of their architectural scale work, new and restoration, (projects at least 250sqft) to show their competency and work quality. This includes both site visits to installations as well as to the studio itself. It includes being reviewed and juried for safety, work standards, and artistic ability.
Professional members are also juried and determined to be capable by a panel of peers, but the jury process is more geared toward mentorship and growth. Professional members are determined to be highly capable studios who are looking for professional recognition and growth. Many go on to be excellent Accredited members and strongly involved in our group.
Accredited members work together to maintain the nation's standards and guidelines for restoration - reviewing past and current work to see how it is holding to the tests of time and weather. They review new information as it becomes available and put it to the test.
What's amazing about glass as a material is that even after working with it for centuries, we still don't know its full potential, scientifically, technically, or artistically. This means that there's still room for discovery, for challenge, and for growth.
Architectural art glass has seen an increase in the variety of techniques used to achieve new work. It is bringing together craftspeople across a range of new disciplines and attracting new artists into the field. The SGAA strives not just to preserve the cumulative knowledge of our predecessors, but to pass it forward, inspiring the next generation of stained glass designers and makers.
Our general membership is open to absolutely anyone who shares our passion for stained glass.
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