This class will combine hands-on woodworking and fine detailed leaded art glass to build a reproduction of a Greene & Greene wall sconce found in the R. R. Blacker house in Pasadena, California. Starting on Saturday, Doug will discuss the historical significance of the G & G style, joinery, detailing, how to install the electrical components, the best choice for finishing and how to inlay the fine ebony details that help to enhance the wonderful glass panels. By Tuesday the sconce will be near completion and ready for the leaded glass work to begin. John will begin the week with an in-depth exploration of the techniques used to create leaded art glass, with an emphasis on the American School of Leaded Art Glass, whose beginnings trace back to John La Farge in Boston, circa 1870, and lead into the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Students will create a complete set of reproduction panels for the sconce, using the same techniques the Green brothers employed 111 years ago, using authentic reproduction luster glass.
John will also include an introduction to proper tools and their use, glass selection, and the artful use of colored-opaque and iridescent glass, glass cutting, copper foil construction, soldering a copper foil panel, and the design and production of original designs. Throughout the week, there will be lots of hands-on practice that will help everyone learn the fundamental techniques necessary to create highly detailed and unique work that will enable students to pursue adding leaded art glass to their future projects.