An Artist or Designer; Craft Supplier or Manufacturer; or Studio who has been an SGAA Professional Member for at least two years and meets the criteria established by the membership committee.
“To maintain the highest possible standards for excellence in craftsmanship, integrity and business practices”
from the official bylaws of the Stained Glass Association of America
From the forming of the first craft guilds in the middle ages, those who practice in a given field have banded together, both for the good of their profession and for the good of their patrons.
There are three (3) classes of Accredited Professional Membership:
ARTIST/DESIGNER: Applicant will be a professional who designs and/or paints glass for leaded, stained, and/or decorative art glass.
CRAFT SUPPLIER/MANUFACTURER: Applicant will be an owner, partner, principal, or appointee of a firm that actively distributes and/or manufactures materials and/or products used in leaded, stained, and/or decorative art glass craft.
STUDIO: Applicant will be an owner, partner, principal, or appointee of a business which designs, fabricates, repairs and/or restores leaded, stained, and/or decorative art glass.The Professional Member Applicant will be an individual or company which fabricates, repairs, restores, retails, manufactures, and/or distributes products/supplies for the leaded, stained, and/or decorative art glass craft.
To be eligible for membership at this level:
Have been in business for a minimum of four (4) years.
Have been an SGAA Member at the Professional Level for at least (2) years.
Meet the IRS definition of professional: 70% of their income must be derived from their work in leaded, stained, and/or decorative art glass.
Meet specific criteria established by the Membership Committee and provide supportive documentation of compliance.
Have a general reputation for integrity, financial responsibility, business practices, and quality of craftsmanship that has been appraised to be such as to reflect credit upon the Association.
$500 Annually. (if accepted you may be required to submit a $300 for a studio walk-through and site visit to installations at least four years of age or older.)
The membership term is June 1 through May 31 of each calendar year.
Access the full application, including benefits and maintenance requirements here: Accredited Professional Membership PDF Application
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