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The 2010 American Glass Guild Conference

July 23-25, 2010, Greektown Hotel, Detroit, Michigan

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2010 AGG Conference Program

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Make room on your calendar to attend the American Glass Guild’s fifth annual meeting, to be held July 23-25, 2010, in Detroit, Michigan.  The following is a brief description of the courses, workshops and conference sessions. 

Pre-Conference Workshops - July 22, 2010

Silver-Stain Workshop
Thursday July 22nd, 2010, morning, Greektown Hotel
J. Kenneth Leap, Instructor
This will be a four-hour silver-stain workshop, demonstrating and discussing the myriad uses of silver stain. Attendees will paint hands-on and take away a set of fired and unfired samples of the various stains.

Traditional Painting Workshop
Thursday July 22nd, 2010, afternoon, Greektown Hotel
Nick Parrendo, Instructor
Last year’s Joseph Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Nick Parrendo will give a four-hour traditional painting workshop. He will discuss iconography and demonstrate a variety of trace and matte techniques; this is a hands-on seminar with constructive criticism provided to attendees work.

Photo Transfer Techniques Workshop
Thursday July 22nd, 2010, 3 ½  hours AM, 3 hours PM,
Greektown Hotel AM, Michigan Hot Glass Workshop PM
Tom Krepcio and Dan Maher, Instructors
6 ½ hour workshop manipulating and transferring photographs and digital designs onto glass via sandblasting, and screenprinting. Various techniques will be discussed and tried. Each attendee will have a take-away project.

Open Drawing Class
Thursday July 22nd, Evening, Greektown Hotel
Organized by Ken Leap
On Thursday evening we will have our first Open Drawing Class, organized by Ken Leap with the assistance of various instructors. Attendees will be participants and models; still life setups will be available. The three-hour class is FREE and the AGG encourages participation by all. Please indicate on your registration form if you plan to take this class. Attendees must bring their own drawing materials.

Conference Opening Session and Walking Tour
Friday, July 23, 2010

On Friday, there will be a series of talks and a walking tour of local installations including work by Tiffany Studios, John La Farge, Samuel Hodge, and Paris and Wiley, culminating at the magnificent Detroit Institute of Arts, which has a very important stained-glass collection. The tour will be preceded by a variety of brief talks by conservators and historians, among them Jim Tottis, Mary Clerkin Higgins, and Art Femenella. Lunch is included at the Cathedral of St. Paul, also a stop on the tour.  

Conference Sessions - Saturday/Sunday, July 24-25, 2010

We have a wonderful group of presenters this year. Here are some highlights –

Sarah Brown on Ervin Bossyanyi
We are honored to have Sarah Brown discussing the work of Ervin Bossanyi, a post WWII stained-glass artist from Hungary with an important, but largely overlooked, body of work.  Brown is Course Director of the MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University of York, England. She has published extensively on ecclesiastical architecture and is Chairman of the British Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi and Director of York Glaziers Trust.

Rona Moody on Scottish Stained Glass
Rona Moody will present 100 years of Scottish stained glass. Scotland may be a small country, but it has made a profound contribution to the history of stained glass.

Gail Bardhan of the Corning Museum of Glass
Gail Bardhan, the Reference and Research Librarian of the Rakow Research Library of the Corning Museum of Glass will discuss the collections and services offered by the library. Many of these services can be accessed over the web. Rakow is the world's foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. Its mission is to acquire everything published on the subject of glass, in every format and in every language.

We’ll hear about two memorable road trips:

David Wilde and Hallie Monroe will discuss windows visited on their recent journey through the French countryside.

Rebecca Hartman-Baker and Judy Killian will present highlights from their adventure visiting studios and looking at stained glass across the northeast of the US in the summer of 2009.

Herb Babcock will introduce us to modern stained-glass installations in metro-Detroit.

Karen Mulder (Shifting the Sands of Time: Educating Art History About Stained Glass): emphasizes how using the lenses of several disciplines to see glass history in its fullest context benefits our field. Art and architectural historian Karen Mulder invites responses from all corners of the field--professionals, scholars, and observers..

Kathy Jordan will discuss conservation of the 19th century English windows from All Saints Episcopal Church in Barbados, focusing on the difficulty of removing deposits of dissolved coral blocks from the windows and conserving the extensive paint damage.

Jon Rarick of Reusche & Co will provide an overview of vitreous paints and be available to answer technical questions on the use of his products.

Scott Ouderkirk will talk about the unanticipated benefits a promotional piece of stained glass he created for his brother’s bar in Syracuse, NY, ended up providing.

Panel Discussion on Stained Glass Design 
Moderated by Tom Krepcio, the panel will focus on the impact of Photoshop in contemporary stained glass design, with panelists J. Kenneth Leap and Judith Schaechter.
Short YouTube video of Judith Schaechter's Presentation

Panel Discussion on Conservation
Moderated by Arthur Femenella, with Drew Andersen, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Sarah Brown of the York Glaziers Trust, discussing issues confronting conservators, architects and stewards of stained glass .

Stained Glass Bus Tour - Monday July 26, 2010
Sites in the Greater Detroit area include -
Sacred Heart Major Seminary, with windows by Margaret Cavanaugh
Congregation Shaary Zedek, with windows by Robert Pinart,
Akiva Hebrew Day School, with windows by Vera Sattler,
Temple Beth El, with work by Artist/Sculptor: W. Gordon Hipp
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church,
with work by  Andy Young, Karen Sepanski, Ron Rae w/Jeff Warmuth
Temple Shir Shalom, with windows by Mordechai Rosenstein w/ Mark Liebowitz
Congregation Beth Ahm, with windows by Yigael Meyer of Israel (ca 1984)

5th Annual Members Exhibit

Members Slide Show