We are an inclusive organization that actively seeks the participation of all people with an interest in stained, leaded and decorative glass and its preservation and restoration.

Our Mission is to support and provide speakers for public lectures and seminars, encourage spirited debates, initiate fact-based research, and work towards building an environment within the craft that both cultivates novices and facilitates experienced craftsmen and artists to attain a higher level of expertise.
Our plan is to create partnerships with existing non-profit organizations that cherish these same ideals. We encourage such organizations to contact us.

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Our Current Corporate Structure: The American Glass Guild Incorporated is a not-for-profit corporation registered in the State of New Jersey and has federal tax exempt status under the IRS code as a 501(c)3 organization.

Founding members: Arthur Femenella, Mary Clerkin-Higgins, Kathy Jordan, Victoria Kearney, Barbara Krueger, Dick Millard, Roberto Rosa, Vic Rothman, Maria Serpentino.
J. Kenneth Leap - President
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Born in Camden, NJ, J. Kenneth Leap painted and exhibited watercolors in his teens before entering the Rhode Island School of Design. A trip to Germany sparked his interest in glass painting, a medieval technique that would form the basis for his future professional work. Now, 22 years after opening his studio, The Painted Window, J. Kenneth Leap is primarily recognized for his achievements in the field of architectural stained glass. His public artworks include a skylight illustrating the history of NJ in the Annex of the NJ Statehouse, "The Atlantic Globe" for the lobby of Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ and major installations at the Veteran's Memorial Home in Vineland, NJ. In 1994 Leap was invited to relocate his studio, and become an artist-in-residence at the Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, in Millville, NJ. Leap has taught workshops and performed demos in traditional Glass Painting techniques at the Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, and at the Glass Art Society annual conference. For more information visit the website www.jkennethleap.com.

Tom Krepcio - Vice President
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Tom began working with stained glass in 1971, starting as a hobbyist at the age of 11. He has been a stained glass professional since 1980. In his work with a variety of stained glass studios, Tom has designed, fabricated or restored hundreds of stained glass panels. He has displayed his own work at prestigious venues such as the Smithsonian Craft Fair, demonstrated at the Glass Art Society Conference, and exhibited widely. In 1987, Krepcio won the Best of Show - Judges Award and Highest Technical Excellence at the SGAA "Open International Competition & Exhibition" at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. Tom is a pioneer in the use of computer technology for designing and fabricating stained glass, incorporating computer related technology starting in 1992. Since 2003, Tom has written a blog called Vitreosity, devoted solely to the topic of stained glass in all its manifestations.

Tom can be contacted through his website - http://www.krepcio.com

Bradford Anderson - Secretary
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Although his work is not directly related to the stained glass industry per se, Bradford considers himself to be in a very much-related field, as a church organist. As an organist of 30+ years he has had the privilege and enjoyment of experiencing the beauty of many stained glass windows from the vantage of organ consoles throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. Through the years of practice and service playing, Bradford’s enjoyment and interest in the art of stained glass grew until one day he found himself taking a stained glass class taught by Nick Parrendo. In that same class, Bradford had the wonderful privilege of meeting such glass artists as Kathy Jordan, Hallie Monroe, Dick Millard among others, who helped to solidify his love of the medium and the people that work in it.

Through the last few years subsequent classes allowed him further study with Kathy Jordan, Jim Whitney, Kenneth Leap and most recently Debora Coombs; all incredible artists and fantastic instructors. It was through his stained glass friends that Bradford learned of and eventually joined the AGG.

We now welcome him as a new Board Member and our new Secretary

 
Janet Lipstreu - Treasurer
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A native to Medina, Ohio, Janet received her BA Degree from Miami University in Anthropology with a minor degree in Environmental Science Education, as well as attended coursework at Mount Carroll Center for Historic Preservation Studies. Janet was a business owner and operator for over 15 years of a nationally franchised restaurant and an accident reconstruction consulting firm.

Janet was Executive Director for over eleven years, and member for over twenty-two years, of the Medina Community Design Committee, a nonprofit, historic preservation organization that offers input and assistance to the community regarding restoration, preservation, signage and design and educational programs. During her tenure, Janet: directed the move and restoration of a nationally registered historic house to become the offices and resource center for the organization; consulted with hundreds of clients on the restoration and preservation of historic buildings; co-authored an historic inventory of over 150 buildings in Medina as part of a state funded preservation study; instituted fundraising programs for the organization and created a lending library, various publications, video productions for public television and educational programs in local history. 

Janet met Jim Whitney, founder of Whitney Stained Glass Studio, while consulting on the same historic church in Medina. The opportunity arose for Janet to apprentice with this incredible mentor until Jim’s passing in 2005. She is currently General Operations Director for Whitney Stained Glass Studio and involved in all aspects of stained glass restoration and fabrication as well as business operation.

Janet has been the recipient of various awards of achievement and recognition from such organizations as: The Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums, Kiwanis, and Chamber of Commerce. She has received the Public Education & Awareness Award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society and the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award. She has been a member of numerous organizations including: Board Member and treasurer of the Medina Summit Land Conservancy, Commissioner of the Medina City Archives Commission, member of: the Cleveland Restoration Society, Downtown Ohio, the Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Association of Historical Societies & Museums, the American Association for State & Local History, the American Museum Association, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Janet is also a licensed massage therapist with an Associates Degree in Masseotherapy, with a focus of working on cancer and quadriplegic patients, as well as being a certified diver in Advanced Open Water Diving and Nitrox Diving.

Contact information:  janetlipstreu@aol.com

Whitney Stained Glass Studio, Inc.
2530 Superior Avenue East
Cleveland, Ohio  44114
jlipstreu@whitneystainedglass.com
www.whitneystainedglass.com
(216) 348-1616  (216) 348-1116 fax

Tony Glander
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Tony Glander started working in stained glass in 1989. It didn’t take long for him to become totally hooked on making beautiful art works in colored glass. In 1990 he purchased a stained glass studio, Glass Fantasies in Gaithersburg, MD. "I love every technique from cold glass to hot glass, from leading to slumping!" His focus is on commission work and educational programs taught by himself and many of the nation’s top instructors.

Wanting to further expand the quality of his work, Tony added silk screening to his many skills. "I never really cared for faces done in stained glass so one day I had a brainstorm – use a silk screened photo on the glass." He tried using a picture of his wife and the results were simply stunning. "After that piece, I was hooked on using screen printing anytime I could. Although I have created a lot of really nice pieces, my best works of art are my young children Maya and Lucas."

For more information about Tony and his work go to http://www.fitzpatrickglass.com/

 
Stephen Hartley
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Stephen Hartley leads the Historic Preservation and Restoration program at Savannah Technical College. He earned his B.A. in History from Coastal Carolina and his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has participated in the restoration of more than thirty historic sites, winning awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation for his work. Steve has taught at SCAD and Armstrong Atlantic State University. Three years ago, he began Preservation Week at Savannah Technical College and in 2011, he launched the Visiting Artisan Series, bringing world-class craftsmen to campus. He is internationally recognized for his work in the field and has served as a peer reviewer for the Association for Preservation Technology. Steve is also a member of the International College of Traditional Practitioners (ITCP), a branch of the Prince’s Trust for the Built Environment.

 

Hartley is academically active, having presented at the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) in Beirut Lebanon, International Trades Education Symposium (ITES) in Lincoln, England, as well as several conferences within the United Sates. He has also assisted in organizing major preservation conferences. In 2012 he was Workshop Chair for the Association for Preservation Technology’s International Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, where he led a post conference workshop on stained glass restoration, as well as chairing a paper session.

 

In 2013 Hartley won the Artisan Award from the American Institute of Architects, Savannah Chapter for his dedication to teaching and practicing historic preservation in Savannah and the low country.

 

His professional affiliations include:

National Trust for Historic Preservation

International Council for Monuments and Sites

Association for Preservation Technology

Preservation Trades Network

Timber Framer’s Guild of North America

Artist Blacksmith Association of North America   

US Green Building Council 

Nancy Nicholson
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Nancy Nicholson is an artist with twenty eight years of experience working in stained glass. She worked with Daniel Maher for 15 years before moving to Brooklyn where she now has her own studio.  Her work combines a fine art sensibility with broad technical experience and craftsmanship. Nancy’s signature work is an ongoing series of cityscape panels that explores the layering of light, color and dynamic forms of the urban environment.

In addition to her cityscapes, Nancy has designed both traditional and contemporary panels for numerous environments including private homes, corporate offices, restaurants and schools.

visit www.nancynicholson.com to see her work.

Since joining the Board in August 2011, Nancy has also served as the website chair and has overseen the creation of the new AGG website.

Scott Ouderkirk
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Scott Ouderkirk is an artist, author and craftsman who teaches and lives in Addison, NY. Scott works in stained glass and pen & ink. His stained glass work is done using traditional and contemporary methods. The traditional method, which was first used during Medieval times, involves drawing or painting on the glass and then kiln-firing it. Some images demand several firings which deepen the tonal values and depth. Contemporary methods used colored glass cut into shapes and surrounded by lead came or foil.

Scott takes pride in his work, family and whatever project he is currently involved in. He spends the spring riding and racing bicycles on the roads of the Southern Tier and then travels to the North Country of New York in the summer to cruise the St. Lawrence River and Thousand Islands.

Scott is a graduate of SUNY Oswego (BS in Technical/Vocational Ed), Syracuse University (MA in illustration) & University of Hartford (MFA in illustration). His books includeThe Amish Secret, Fallen Heroes, Sunday Drive, The Adirondack Run, Island Images, Barns and Wood, Waves and Wispy Smoke. In 2010 Scott was a presenter at the American Glass Guild's national conference in Detroit, MI and he will speak in June of 2011 at the Stained Glass Association of America's national conference in Syracuse, NY. He was published in WoodenBoat January 2004 and was asked to write and illustrate the feature article for the Antique Boat Museum’s The Gazette Annual 2004. 

Scott’s work is found in many private collections and the permanent collection of Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Visit his website: http://www.scottouderkirk.com/

Marie Foucault Phipps
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ENSAAMA Paris, France: 1976 to 1979 at the National Superior School of Arts and Crafts Applied to the Industry Training:  Part time at school for continuing education and placed at the Parisian Boutzen Studio by the school for practicing.Then at Mauret Studio, in-charged of the conservation of two 13th century lancets from the cathedral of Bourges.  Andrieux Studio in Paris etc... 1984 moved to the United States of America, Gilsoul and Partners, Greenland Studio.1989 on... Conservator in Private Practice and Consultant for the Corpus Medii Aevi (Inventory and charting of prior 17th C. stained glass collection for The Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Duomo of Pisa (Italy), etc...)  Conservation of the stained glass collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston MA ...

And a lot of other projects....

Open Vision:
1995 on... Jumping from the platform into the abyss of a new world moving to a cattle ranch in the middle of nowhere in Colorado and being the last one to enter a fabulous group of women glass artists and globe trotters from all over the world called "Women International Stained Glass Workshop".

My brushes, my grisailles, my diamond cutter and the light of a fabulous 
invention: Glass - an incredible trip through life.

Richard Prigg
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Rick Prigg has been working in stained glass for thirty years. He was trained at Beyer Stained Glass in Philadelphia and spent fifteen years learning the trade while helping build a still flourishing studio. After serving as the project manager there for many years he took the position of general manger at the Willet Studio’s Philidelphia division. At Willets he was responsible for all aspects of studio operations including pricing, technical support, staff scheduling and artistic direction. After twelve years he left Willet Hauser Architectural Glass and opened Sycamore Studio in Lansdowne Pennsylvania in order to have the opportunity to focus on pursuing his personal artistic vision. Rick is a graduate of the Pennsyvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia where he majored in Painting.

Patrice Schelkun
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Patrice Heinz Schelkun is an artist/designer and owner of Schelkun Studio Arts, LLC in Bucks County, PA.  Her background as a decorative painter and muralist, combined with an interest in church decoration and sacred art led to her most recent work in the medium of stained glass.  She has designed, painted and fabricated commissions for a number of churches and other architectural spaces in the Philadelphia area, Chicago, New York and Florida.  Her non-commissioned work has been exhibited in gallery shows and exhibitions, including the American Glass Guild's juried exhibitions.  She joined the Board of the AGG in 2013 after serving as Auction Chair at the 2013 Conference.  She continues in her role as Auction Chair.   
Senior Advisors:
Crosby Willet, Chair
Roy Coomber
Jack Cushen
Jean-Jacques Duval
Barbara Krueger
Charles Z. Lawrence
Sylvia Nicolas
Nick Parrendo
Robert Pinart
Patrick Reyntiens

Standing Committees

Executive
Ken Leap, President
Tom Krepcio, Vice President
Bradford Anderson, Secretary
Janet Lipstreu, Treasurer

Finance 
Janet Lipstreu, Chair
Rick Prigg

2014 Conference 
J. Kenneth Leap, Chair/Program Chair

Education
Scott Ouderkirk, Chair
Steve Hartley

Scholarship
Marie Foucault, Chair
Rebecca Hartman-Baker
Rick Prigg
Maria Serpentino


Bylaws 
Art Femenella, Chair


Membership

Don Burt, Chair
Bradford Anderson
Nancy Nicholson


Long Range Planning

Maria Serpentino, Chair
Mary Clerkin Higgins 
Art Femenella

Other Committees:

Marketing and Publicity
Tony Glander, Chair
Nancy Nicholson


Newsletter

Tom Krepcio, Editor


Website

Nancy Nicholson, Chair
Tom Krepcio


Bulletin Board 

Rebecca Hartman-Baker
Nancy Nicholson


Auction

Patrice Schelkun, Auction Chair
Bradford Anderson

Sponsorship
Kathy Jordan, Chair