Accredited Professional Membership is a testament to the proven skill, professionalism, knowledge, and dedication demonstrated by the craftspeople, studios, and suppliers accepted for membership into this juried category of art glass experts. The Stained Glass Association of America is the only accrediting body that recognizes practitioners working at the highest level of this craft.
The SGAA Accreditation seal spotlights the years of hard work these esteemed members have poured into becoming the absolute best at what they do. Accredited members carry a sense of duty as standard-bearers of a craft they’ll pass on to others as it was passed on to them. It’s an honor for us to spotlight these exceptional leaders within our community, and an honor for them to be recognized for their work.
There are three classes of accredited professional membership:
ARTIST/DESIGNER: Professionals who design and/or paint glass for leaded, stained, and/or decorative art glass.
CRAFT SUPPLIER/MANUFACTURER: A company that actively distributes and/or manufactures materials and/or products used in leaded, stained, and/or decorative art glass craft.
STUDIO: A company that designs, fabricates, repairs and/or restores leaded, stained, and/or decorative art glass.
Subscription to the Stained Glass Quarterly
The right to display the Association’s Seal of Accreditation
The opportunity to participate in all marketing programs of the Association, including the Call for Bid
Priority listing in the “find a studio” section of stainedglass.org
Listing (alphabetically) in The Sourcebook Directory
A membership certificate
A written report of General Membership Meetings
An invitation to attend General Membership Meetings and Conferences
The opportunity to place a full-page or more advertisement in The Sourcebook
The opportunity to serve on any committee
The opportunity to serve as chairman of any committee
The opportunity to be nominated to all elective offices
The right to cast two (2) votes on all elections and business matters brought before the voting membership
Access to all relevant trade information
Eligibility To be eligible for membership at this level, applicants must:
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.
Complete a detailed application process that includes references, portfolio review, and site visits.