The SGAA Offices received this incredible video courtesy of member Daniel Oppliger to share with our community. The approximately 15 minute video shows the entire process of creating a window from concept to construction and packing for transport at Jacoby Art Glass based in St Louis.
We will premiere the video LIVE on YouTube on November 17, 2021 at 4pm Eastern Standard Time. Join us to watch and we can comment and chat about what we're seeing in the comment section. "See" you at the Movies!
LINK FOR THE YOUTUBE VIDEO PREMIERE
We recently saw a post highlighting the work of Kessler Studios for the Peri State College Library in Peru, Nebraska and the images seemed so familiar... and that's because they were! We featured that commission as the cover art on the Summer 2008 SGQ.
Here follows an excerpt from the article and a few images from the article. For more SGQ stories and back issues, check out our store here.
“Orchestrations of Colour” is devoted to the life and work of the Glaswegian stained glass artist-craftsman, Douglas Hamilton (1895-1959), who trained with the Stephen Adam Studio, studied at the Glasgow School of Art and served in the Great War. He later moved on to Guthrie & Wells until setting up his own studio in 1938. From then until his death in 1959 he produced stained glass for the 90 or more churches listed in the gazetteer. He rarely signed his windows so there are undoubtedly others, yet to be identified.
A group of historians who are scholars in Jewish Art have come together to gather information. They have a stained glass sub-group through the International Survey of Jewish Monuments. They are asking for help to put together a list of stained glass windows existing in Synagogues. It is data collection at this point - trying to figure out where windows exist in Jewish buildings and some basic information about them. It turns out American synagogues are under-represented in stained glass art history.
2020 IN REVIEW & LOOKING AHEAD
The work of the SGAA in 2020 was a vastly different kind of creative than what we had planned. Still, in many ways, we are fortunate that we were already in a sort of “challenge and rebuild” mode here at the office and with our dedicated, long-time Board and Committee members. Digging into the organization’s foundation and embracing change has been the routine here since January 2018. So while we certainly have felt disappointed at times not to be on the path we envisioned, we’re still proud of all we accomplished.
Download our entire membership report read about both the highlights of 2020 as well as what we're looking forward to in 2021.
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.
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