Stained Glass has a rich history which dates back to ancient Rome. The process of glass cutting and assembly with lead came has changed very little over hundreds of years but its use was confined mainly to religious themes. At the turn of the century, Tiffany introduced the copper foil method which caused an explosion of interest in stained glass and made it accessible to the masses. Over the past two months, I’ve worked with several students to explore these two very different techniques. There are several hours devoted to the small projects in the photographs below but the students can take pride in their new skills and the long glazier tradition they now share.
John demonstrates grinding techniques. Linda shows us her completed piece.