At 4:30am December 25th, 2020, internationally recognized stained glass conservator and scholar Mary Clerkin Higgins passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Mary Clerkin Higgins was an award-winning artist and conservator who has worked in stained glass since 1976. She has written about, lectured internationally, and restored stained glass from the 12th century to the present for numerous museums and institutions around the country, while also creating new works of art at herstudio in Brooklyn, NY. Windows that she has built and worked on are in Cathedrals, Museums, and Universities around the world. Among the institutions that have turned to Mary for her stained glass conservation expertise are Harvard University, The Nasher Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the United Nations and many others.
Mary lived life intensely, passionately, and generously, dedicated to stained glass and to those she loved. The entire community is lucky to have her works of art and her writings to turn to in her memory. Here, we share the last piece she wrote for Stained Glass, our quarterly magazine, where she writes about the conservation of three of J&R Lamb’s Stanford Memorial Church windows on the campus of Stanford University.
2020 has been a highly unusual year, to say the least, and the leadership of the SGAA wanted to dedicate this space to make clear that if you are passionate about stained glass, then there is a place for you among us.
There is a renewed focus on diversity and inclusion all around the country and that is a good thing. There is no organization so perfect that it does not need to purposefully, constantly challenge how it might be building bridges between leadership and everyone who we hope is a part of our organization.
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of the Stained Glass Quarterly - Vol 115 No 1.
Teaching creativity one cut of glass at a time : The Stained Glass Project in Philadelphia is changing lives
Be Safe - it applies to Everyone.
When the Bay Area shelter-in-place order was announced in mid-March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; Nzilani Glass Conservation immediately started thinking about how to safely continue employing their core staff while keeping people safe in the Bay Area and Beyond.
A letter from Youghiogheny to all Art Glass Industry:
Our industry is long overdue for an announcement of excitement and positivity, so we are pleased to be the bearer of good news. Youghiogheny, together with Oceanside Glasstile, is announcing the acquisition and launch of Uro by Yough, a resurrection of the Uroboros line of both traditional art glass and 96 compatible fusible glass. The machines and all of the equipment have arrived at our Connellsville factory, and we are just about ready to start production.
We are already more accustomed than most to wearing masks as PPE in our day-to-day work but now that it's just a part of daily life, it's more important than ever that we have options of how to take care of ourselves.
Excerpt from Stained Glass Spring 2016 - Vol. 111, No. 1
By Amie Jane LeavittLike many stained glass artisans Tom Holdman started his career in his parents’ garage. He has excelled in glass on the wisdom his father shared with him growing up.