Duly elected at the General Members meeting in Toledo, OH in June 2022, we are pleased to present the 2022-2023 Board of Directors for the Stained Glass Association of America.
Bryant J. Stanton
Stanton Studios, Waco, TX
https://stantonstudiostx.com/ (opens new window)
Bryant attended Texas Tech and Baylor University, pursuing a degree in three-dimensional studio art. In 1979, he and his wife, Suzanne, opened Stanton Glass Studio, LLC. The studio includes custom work in wood, glass, and metal, with their most recent projects in the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, The Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Congregation Beth Israel in Austin, and several Public Art Commissions, including a Firehouse in Odessa, TX, and The Waco Airport. Stanton Glass Studio is also heavily involved with historical restoration work in Texas and surrounding states. In addition to stained glass, Stanton Glass has a wood shop that makes doors, windows, sashes, and furniture. Bryant has been an Accredited Member since 2007 and has served on the SGAA and Foundation Boards. Chair of the Publications Committee and a member of the Marketing Committee. He has served as a Board Member for several years
Pittsburgh Stained Glass, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.pittsburghstainedglassstudios.com (opens new window)
While attending college, Ralph took a class in stained glass and in 1988 opened a retail studio. Later he became the General Manager for Stained Glass Resources and is now General Manager for Pittsburgh Stained Glass Studios. In his thirty-five 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 for numerous SGAA conferences.
In his thirty-five 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.
J. Piercey Studios, Orlando, FL
https://www.jpiercey.com/ (opens new window)
From science teacher to chemist to stained glass artist, Piercey’s journey has been a special one. His studio opened in 1981 and has been accredited since 1992. His studio has completed numerous religious, public (Art-in-Public-Spaces) commissions, some of which have been recognized by various publications, awards and honors. He had a new awakening when he studied under Ludwig Schaffrath and Johannes Schreiter. Inspired by the work of Schaffrath, Jim has begun developing techniques in stone and glass mosaic. He has served as a Board Member as Second Vice-President and is the current Recording Secretary. He has served as chair of the Membership Committee and currently serves as chair of the Bylaws Committee.
J&R Lamb Studios, Midland Park, NJ
https://lambstudios.com/ (opens new window)
J & R Lamb Studios is the oldest continually operated stained glass studio in America. Founded in 1857, J & R Lamb Studios has been led by two families for over five generations.
David Bleckman and his wife Kathryn Bleckman, continue the tradition of family ownership after the passing of David’s mother and artist, Donna Samick. David and Kathryn have been involved with the studio since 2000, and David has been working full-time at the studio as Chief Financial Officer, estimator, restoration craftsman, and artist since 2016. David also has his MBA in Finance and had a career in banking prior to supporting the family studio full time.
Theodore Ellison Designs, Oakland, CA
https://www.theodoreellison.com/ (opens new window)
Theodore Ellison studied art and apprenticed in a glass studio before starting his leaded glass and mosaic company in 1998. Honoring the artistic integrity of the Arts & Crafts tradition he’s created original glass, mosaic, and lighting designs for homes all over the country. His work is based on the firm belief that thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted artworks enhance the lives of those who encounter them.
His passion stems from a desire to create something truly unique for each individual project. With keen attention to detail, the company works collaboratively with homeowners, architects, and designers to deliver one-of-a-kind pieces. Every project honors the artistic integrity of classic styles, and most projects use glass made specifically for the studio.
His work has appeared in Fine Homebuilding, Style 1900, and Old House Journal. He’s written on the history of glass for American Bungalow and presented on the history of American mosaic at the National Arts & Crafts Conference, Historic Seattle, the Society of American Mosaic Artists, The Gamble House, and The Driehaus Museum. He is also a member and past President of Artistic License, a guild of professional revival artisans serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1982.
Denning Stained Glass, Platte City, MO
https://denningstainedglass.com/ (opens new window)
Denning Stained Glass was founded by Andrea Denning almost 20 years ago. “I signed up for my first class and loved it, sparking a passion (and career) in stained glass.” Andrea secured a business license shortly thereafter and opened a stained glass shop under her home garage creating beautiful works of art for homes, businesses and churches. She began offering classes to military families on post at Fort Leavenworth, KS which she cites as one of the most rewarding projects of her career. In November 2018, Andrea opened the doors of Denning Stained Glass at 200 Branch Street in Platte City, just north of Kansas City, MO. At this location she is able to offer services including; repair, restoration, custom windows, classes and supplies. She is thrilled to help people enjoy art and provides daily studio access to aspiring artists as well as a full line of stained glass supplies.
Monarch Studios, Kansas City, MO
https://www. monarchglassstudio.com/ (opens new window)
Born and raised in Kansas City, Tyler Kimball has gone to all lengths to bring great glass art to the Kansas City area as well as creating installation art and gift glass alike for places and people around the globe . He had worked in over 50 different studios through residencies, visiting artist stints, and contracted hire before building up Monarch Glass Studio. He has shown work in galleries and museums internationally and has public art installed around the country. His passion for working in glass has led him down many different avenues over the years and his favorite work is always just around the next turn.