Marie Foucault-Phipps & Ellen Mandelbaum

From Iceland to India in 31 Years; The Women’s International Glass Workshop.

Founded in 1989, The Women’s International Glass Workshop is a group of exceptional artists and friends. It began at a time when students went to study with the German Masters In German studios. The original group got together as part of an exhibit called "36 Women Glass Artists From 12 Countries".  Wanting to keep in touch, they decided to visit each other‘s home country, enjoy each other’s company, make art, and travel together. The group has recently received recognition by the Rakow Library of The Coming Museum of Glass.The group has visited Iceland, Wales, Austria, Japan, Ireland, The U.S., New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, and India. On the 20th anniversary special exhibits took place at Liverpool, Chartres and Swansea, Wales. 

Ellen Mandelbaum discovered glass and fell in love with it after receiving an MFA in painting. She is internationally recognized for her innovative stained glass commissions, particularly for glass painting.  She is a Stained Glass Association of America Accredited Artist-Designer, a senior advisor of the AGG, and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education from the Stained Glass Association of America, Her art has been featured in several one-person exhibitions including the Queens College Art Center and Gallery35 in Manhattan.  

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