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.
Our Bylaws: Please click on this link to read our bylaws.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, Domenic Iriti, Kathy Jordan, Victoria Kearney, Barbara Krueger, Dick Millard, Roberto Rosa, Vic Rothman, Maria Serpentino.
American Glass Guild Directors
My mother, from South Carolina, and my father, from upstate New York, met when both were in the Air Force. I was born in California, but grew up in South and North Carolina. Except for two years in Endicott, New York, I have lived in eastern Tennessee for the last 35 years. I am a late-bloomer. I graduated from college with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering twelve years after high school. I had my two sons after I started working as an engineer. And I found that glass was what I wanted to do after I worked as an engineer for 20 years. I enjoyed working as an engineer and thought I would work as an engineer until I retired, but as industry left my part of the country and I faced another lay-off, I decided to open a stained glass shop. I am a small, one-person retailer and I enjoy every minute of it. I enjoy teaching, I enjoy learning, and I am still learning daily. I also do a few commissions and I especially like to do repairs.
Contact information: Rebecca Hartman-Baker, Kingsport Stained Glass
Mary Clerkin Higgins
Mary Clerkin Higgins has worked in stained glass since 1976. She owns and operates Clerkin Higgins Stained Glass in New York City. Her original designs can be found in private collections and ecclesiastical settings. Her work has been included in international exhibitions and featured in The New York Times, The New York Sun, Glass Art Magazine and other publications. Higgins recently designed a set of eleven new figural windows for the chapel at the Cloister of Sea Island, Georgia. She is currently working with the artist Rowan LeCompte (for whom her studio fabricated two large clerestory windows for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.) on the design, painting and fabrication of a large set of windows for a chapel in North Carolina.
Higgins is also a highly respected stained-glass conservator and has worked on Medieval and Renaissance glass for many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the St. Louis Art Museum, among others. She has conserved works by modern masters, including: Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Marc Chagall, Harry Clarke, John La Farge, Henri Matisse, William Morris, Robert Sowers, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Christopher Wilmarth, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Higgins has written and lectured on stained-glass history, design, and
conservation and contributed the chapter “Origins, Materials, and the
Glazier’s Art” to Virginia Raguin’s book, Stained Glass: From Its
Origins to the Present (Abrams 2003) and the preface “Mastering the
Light” to Strangest Genius – the Stained Glass of Harry Clarke
(Costigan & Cullen)(Irish History Press 2010).
She can be contacted at www.clerkinhigginsstainedglass.com.
Kathy has been working professionally in stained glass since 1987, owning and operating her studio, The Art of Glass, Inc., in Media, Pennsylvania. The primary focus and concentration of work at her studio is in the field of conservation & restoration. Kathy specializes in historic paint replication and the studio also fabricates new work for independent glass designers. She has devoted the past fifteen years to the study of vitreous glass painting and china painting and currently teaches workshops with Ken Leap at Wheaton Arts & cultural Center in Millville, NJ.
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
A native Californian, Barbara Krueger lives in Michigan and has been involved in several aspects of stained glass for over 25 years. A former elementary school teacher, she was on the art fair circuit selling her original stained glass pieces before returning to college to get an art degree. After 2 years in the art program of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI that included many art history classes, serendipitously she took a class that was an introduction to historic preservation, switched her major and finally in 1995 graduated with a MS in historic preservation. A 20+ year member of the Stained Glass Association of America, she was on the Board of Directors in several positions, chaired the 1992 Chicago conference, was co-editor of The SGAA Reference and Technical Manual and even had a short stint as the Executive Administrator. For 12 years she has been a Research Assistant (that means volunteer) with the Michigan Stained Glass Census organized under the auspices of Michigan State University Museum; there are now over 1200 buildings, mostly churches, that have registered their stained glass windows. http://www.michiganstainedglass.org/
For several years Barbara has been making condition reports for Michigan churches that are in need of impartial information about the condition of their stained glass windows. In addition, she has lectured at many statewide gatherings on “The Art and Architecture of Stained Glass” utilize her own photos from Europe as well as interesting situations from around the US and Michigan.
Barbara is now volunteering in the statewide program “New Dollars/New Partners for Sacred Places” sponsored by Partner for Sacred Places in Philadelphia and Michigan Historic Preservation Network.
She is also partnering with several people on a book about historic Detroit churches, which will be published by Wayne State University Press in the fall of 2012.
J. Kenneth Leap
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.
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.
Rona Moody is a stained glass designer, maker and teacher from Scotland who currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She studied Fine Art at Edinburgh University, where she specialized in the history of stained glass. As part of her studies, she produced some of the earliest research on 20th century Scottish stained glass artists. She then spent some time as an assistant to Lawrence Lee in his studio in Kent, before moving to the stained glass restoration department of Salisbury Cathedral. She spent many years working principally as a community arts worker while keeping up her interest in all aspects of stained glass. For the last ten years she has made her own windows for domestic and sacred buildings, written articles and pamphlets on stained glass, lectured and taught for many colleges and further education institutions. Her work has been published in the Journal of the British Society of Master Glass Painters Rona is a committee member of the Scottish Stained Glass Symposium, for which she is North American Representative.
Since graduating from the Boston Museum School in 1985, Nancy has worked professionally as a stained glass artist. For 15 years, she produced custom designed panels for residential and corporate interiors at the Daniel Maher Stained Glass Studio in Boston. In addition, she has restored some of the finest, historically significant windows in the United States such as those by Louis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge and Charles Connick.
She now works out of her studio in Brooklyn, New York creating one-of-a-kind, limited edition and commissioned works and participates annually in nationally juried exhibitions and shows. Although Nancy’s focus has been primarily cityscapes, her work encompasses a wide range of design capabilities. To view portfolio please visit www.nancy-nicholson.com.
ENSAAMA Paris, France: 1976 to 1979 at the National
of Arts and Crafts Applied to the Industry Training: Part
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... 984 moved to the
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 ...
Maria received her Bachelor of Science degree, with
distinction, from Babson College in 1978. She majored in Business
Management and Organizational Behavior. Maria grew up with a stained
glass studio in her house, as her father, Joseph, started Serpentino
Stained Glass in 1968 after managing the Whittemore Associates stained
glass studio for many years. In 1976, Joseph and Maria
purchased the Whittemore stained glass studio, keeping the Serpentino
name. In 1979, Serpentino Stained Glass was incorporated, and
Maria became its CEO. Today, Maria and her husband, Roberto Rosa,
are the owners of Serpentino Stained Glass, Inc. of Needham, MA.
Maria is a founder and current President of the American Glass Guild. She served as the Conference Committee Chairperson for the AGG’s conferences in Albany, Providence, Philadelphia and Buffalo.
The Serpentino Glass website is www.serpentinostainedglass.com.
Maria can be contacted at: Maria@SerpentinoStainedGlass.com.
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