Sunday, July 13, 2014

Group Photo 2014 AGG Conference

Photos of the 2014 AGG Conference are now uploaded on the
AGGmember Flickr account
More to come...

Group Photo - 2014 American Glass Guild Conference - Bryn Athyn College, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Directions for Workshop Attendees

Bryn Athyn as seen from Glencairn Tower

All conference workshops EXCEPT glass blowing will take place in the Doering Science Center on the Bryn Athyn Campus. Doering can be recognized by its white glass panels. Enter from the courtyard behind the library or from the small parking lot off College Drive. A directory in the lobby will identify the room assignments. 

Glass blowing will take place on the terrace behind the Glencairn Museum. Follow Cathedral Road up hill past the Cathedral. Glencairn Museum and the tent with the glass furnace will be easy to spot. Please be on time for your workshop.

  • Glass Painting with Williams & Byrne (Room 220)
  • Conservation Workshop with Tom Kupper & Dan Beal (Room 319)
  • Image Transfer on Kiln Cast Glass with Troy Moody (Room 222)
FRIDAY JUNE 27, 8 AM - 12 PM
  • Glass Blowing with Jason Klein (Glencairn Terrace)
  • Glass Painting with Williams & Byrne (Room 220)
  • Design with Narcissus Quagliata (Room 119)
  • Acid Etching with Tom Krepcio (Room 319)
  • Mosaic with Carol Stirton-Broad (Room 222)
Not all teachers have supplied material lists. All tools and materials needed for the workshop will be supplied but please refer to these general guidelines:
  • No open-toed shoes in the studios
  • Notebook, pen & Digital Camera
  • Safety Glasses if appropriate
  • Any personal tools related to the nature of the workshop

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Medieval Stained Glass Studies at the 2014 American Guild Conference

The 2014 American Glass Guild Conference, running from June 26-30, 2014, presents a unique opportunity to make a study of medieval stained glass, featuring a number of rare events that would be of interest to those who are involved with Medieval Studies.

On Thursday Afternoon, H. Tom Kupper MA, Team Leader, Lincoln Cathedral Glazing Department and Dan Beal of Lincoln Cathedral will conduct a workshop -
Workshop - Conservation Of Medieval Stained Glass
Tom Kupper & Dan Beal
Thursday, June 26, 2014
1:00pm – 5:00pm, Doering Center, Bryn Athyn College

 In a dedicated 4 hour session, Tom Kupper & Dan Beal of Lincoln Cathedral will demonstrate methods and approaches for conserving and preserving medieval stained glass. Using medieval stained glass from the renowned Pitcairn collection at Glencairn museum, they will discuss issues such as mechanical and chemical cleaning methods, glass analysis, environmental monitoring and the development of the right protective glazing systems. Dan will discuss and demonstrate painting techniques related to restoration practice. There will be explanation of support materials such as full scale polycarbonate transparencies, facsimile glass, examples of historic and modern metal work and environmental and chemical glass analysis documentation. Part of the session is potentially hands on, so that the delegates can have first hand experience with some of the techniques previously shown and discussed. Tom will also showcase digital recording techniques. Join us for this extremely rare opportunity.
Tom Kupper and Dan Beal of Lincoln Cathedral
On Saturday morning, Sarah Brown, the Director of York Glaziers Trust, will be presenting a lecture on John Thornton, designer of the Great East Window at York Minster. Sarah Brown and Tom Kupper will also be among those appearing on a panel devoted to maintaining heritage sites.
Here is a promotional video for York Minster, showing the York Glaziers Trust at work.

On Saturday afternoon, there will be a series of talks and tours at Glencairn Museum, which holds the Raymond Pitcairn Collection of Medieval Art, and is one of the finest private collections of Medieval Art in the world. The Pitcairn Collection contains over 200 examples of medieval stained glass, including rare stained glass panels from the Abbey of St. Denis.

Michael Cothren, of Swarthmore College, and a specialist in the glazing programs of the Abbey of Saint-Denis, will be speaking throughout the day in the gallery where the St. Denis panels reside.

Flight into Egypt, originally in the abbey of St. Denis
from the Raymond Pitcairn Collection of Medieval Art
Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Radiance & Reflection:
The Raymond Pitcairn Collection of Medieval Art
The definitive book on the Raymond Pitcairn Collection is Radiance & Reflection: Medieval Art from the Raymond Pitcairn Collection, published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983. The book is now available as a free download through MetPublications.

Virginia Chieffo Raguin, Professor of Art History at the College of the Holy Cross, who has written or contributed to 16 books on stained glass and art history, will be present at the conference to sign copies of her most recent book, Stained Glass: Radiant Art, published by Getty Publication in 2013. Professor Raguin is a longtime supporter of the mission ofthe American Glass Guild and is also a frequent participant in past conferences.

Stained Glass: Radiant Art
by Virginia Chieffo Raguin

I you are interested in the study of Medieval Stained Glass, then 2014 is an especially good year  to attend the American Glass Guild Conference.
You can download an 8.5"x11" flyer announcing the Medieval Stained Glass Studies at the 2014 American Glass Guild Conference. Click here (8mb pdf file).
Flyer for Medieval Stained Glass at the 2014 AGG Conference (8mb pdf file)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Two Workshops Full

Two workshops, The Glass Painting Workshop with Williams & Bryne, and the Design Workshop with Narcissus Quagliata, are both full now. All the other workshops currently have spaces available.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Landmarks in Lights @ American Glass Guild Conference


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Following an informal welcome dinner, the three renowned and architecturally distinct structures in the Bryn Athyn Historic District, all in exquisite settings, will be illuminated during a memorable event that offers AGG conference attendees free access to explore the sites.
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Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Cairnwood Estate, and Glencairn Museum were designated National Historic Landmarks in October 2008. Together, these buildings comprise the Bryn Athyn Historic District and will be featured during “Landmarks in Lights: A Celebration of Faith” from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The AGG conference participants are  invited to enjoy the venues’ expansive grounds all to the strains of recorded classical music.
Tour Glencairn’s first floor and watch a 15-minute orientation video, and a free cell phone audio tour; rides to the Tower fee TBD.
The Cathedral’s stunning stained glass windows will be lit, and there will be live a cappella and recorded classical music filling the air, with tour guides available to answer questions. The bookstore/gift shop will be open, and the award-winning gardens available for exploration.
Cairnwood Estate’s architectural details will be accented by lighting, and the newly restored Garden House will be open.  All 3 floors for the mansion, including access to the tower, will be open for self-guided tours. 
Given the age and construction of the buildings, some areas are not  wheelchair accessible. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an  adult.  For more information and directions, visit or call 215-947-2004.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Schedule - 2014 AGG Conference, Bryn Athyn, PA

Program subject to change, for more details check the 'detailed schedule" page on this blog

Thursday, June 26, 2014
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Doering Center
   Williams & Byrne
   Glass Painting
   Doering Center, Room 220
   Tom Kupper, Lincoln Cathedral
   Glencairn Museum
   Troy Moody
   Image Transfer on Kiln-Cast Glass
   Doering Center, Room 319

Friday, June 27, 2014
8:00am – 12:00pm
Doering Center
   Jason Klein
   Glassblowing Workshop
   Glencairn Museum
   Narcissus Quagliata
   Design Workshop
   Doering Center, Room 114
   Tom Krepcio
   Seminar: Computers in the Stained Glass Studio
   Doering Center, Room 119

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Brickman Center
  Nancy Gong
  The Growth of Smalti Mosaics in the US
   Troy Moody
   Stained Glass Sensibilities in Terrazzo Public Art
   Caroline Dunleavy
   Louis Comfort Tiffany through a Spiritual Lens
   Anne Therese Kelly
   Evolution and Process:  Song of Creation & “The Canticle of the Sun”
   Cynthia Courage
   From the Heart: In the Aftermath of Katrina
   Mel Howse
   Shifting Surfaces
   Art Femenella
   DAR Lay Light Restoration Project
   Panel: Conservation Standards: If Not Now, When?
       Art Femenella, Moderator
       Steve Hartley
       Tom Kupper
       Mary Clerkin Higgins

American Glass Now
Juried Show Reception & Awards
Glencairn Museum
6:00 pm

Narccisus Quagliata
Keynote Speaker
Glencairn Museum
7:30 pm

Saturday, June 28, 2014
8:00am – 12:00pm
Brickman Center
   Martha Gyllenhaal
   Bryn Athyn Craft
   Michael Cothern
   Raymond Pitcairn Collection of Medieval Stained Glass
   Brianne Kozlowski
   Stained Glass Techniques of Bryn Athyn Cathedral
   J. Kenneth Leap
   Glass Making in Bryn Athyn
   Sarah Brown
   Looking for John Thornton: The Conservation of the Great East Window at York Minster
   PANEL: Heritage Sites related to Stained Glass
       Sarah Brown
       Brianne Kozlowski
       Martha Gyllenhaal
       Tom Küpper

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Glencairn Museum
   Jason Klein
   Michael Cothern
   Glencairn Medieval Stained Glass
   Tom Küpper
   Conservation Issues
   Glencairn Museum Tours
Brickman Center
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Awards Ceremony & Live Auction
Brickman Center
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Sunday, June 29, 2014
8:00am – 12:00pm
Doering Center
   Mary Clerkin Higgins
   Conservation Gluing
   Ellen Mandelbaum
   A Brush With Freedom
   Lamination in Art Glass
   Nancy Gong
   Smalti Mosaic
   J.Kenneth Leap
   Airbrush Painting
   Scott Ouderkirk
   Decal Transfer on Glass

8:00am – 12:00pm
Doering Center

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Brickman Center
   Judith Schaechter
   PANEL: State of the Art
       Judith Schaechter
       Mel Howse
       Anna Booth
   Jordan Wright & Ryan Fleet
   On Video Production
   Tom Krepcio
   Digital Files
   Jennifer Simon
   Art Residencies
   Robin Middleman
   Grants and Public Art
   Anthony Glander
   2015 AGG Conference Preview

Monday, June 30, 2014
8:00am – 4:00pm
Bus tour, Princeton NJ