Workshop: The ABC's of Releading a Leaded Window

Instructor: Ralph Mills


Class time: Session 14

Session 14: Friday, September 29th, 8:00AM - 5:00PM (with 1 hour lunch break)



$300 USD


Material fee:

$30 USD



Trinity: Library - transportation provided


Class level:



Class Description:

So, you’ve been doing this thing called stained glass for some time now and you’re pretty darn good at it. Then along comes “So-in-so” and asks you to re-lead their 100-year-old window. “Ahhhhhhhhh…… sure I can do it” you say. After all, how hard can it be? Truth be told, it’s not that hard if you know how to do it. It is however, a whole different animal compared to new work.

Not to worry. Join stained glass veteran Ralph Mills and learn the ABC’s of releading a simple stained glass window. Topics include documentation, rubbings, disassembly, cleaning, glass repair, glazing, putty, finishing and many more “secrets” of restoration. Get started on your restoration journey with this opportunity to be a part of releading a window with an expert.


Ralph Mills

While attending college, Ralph Mills took a class in stained glass and in 1988 opened a retail studio. Later he became General Manager for Stained Glass Resources and is now General Manager for Pittsburgh Stained Glass Studios. In his 30-year involvement with the craft, he has participated in the restoration of countless historic windows, including Tiffany, Rudy Brothers, Willet, Connick, Meyer, and Lamb. In joining the board he wished to continue his work in establishing and gaining professional acceptance of sound restoration technology and philosophy, to continue to promote ethical business practices within the profession, and to provide educational opportunities to practitioners as well as studio owners. Ralph strongly believes in the SGAA and looks forward to becoming more involved. Ralph has lectured and taught classes at SGAA conferences and served as the chair of the restoration committee.

In his thirty-year involvement in the art and craft of stained glass, Ralph has been in the position to direct and participate in the conservation, preservation, restoration, and protection of countless historic stained glass windows from all areas of the country east of the Mississippi river. He is the production manager at Pittsburgh Stained Glass and is currently chairman of the restoration committee of the Stained Glass Association of America.