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Next Intermediate Class Starting!

Just a quick heads up!

The intermediate 8 week class starts Wednesday, the 1st of February. The cost of this class is $295 and includes your tool kit.

On your first night of class you will receive a punch card that has 24 squares for 24 hours of instructional time.  Each time you come in for class you will punch a square for every hour you are here working.  This gives you a little more flexibility for your schedule in case you have to miss a week or only want to stay for one or two hours.

The intermediate class is more individualized in that you will work with us to pick a project of your choosing and we will offer instruction on the individual things you need to know for your specific project.  At the same time – even if its something you don’t necessarily need to know for your project- you can listen in when we are instructing someone else on a specific technique. The bulk of your time will be spent honing your skills in pattern development, glass cutting and soldering. Abstract Class

And don’t worry if you can’t start the first Wednesday of February.  The beauty of this class is you can start whenever it works for your schedule.

We’ll explain more details of how the intermediate class works when you are here for your first class advanced classes.

Just call or email us if you want to start in February.  Hope to see you soon!


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May Classes still have openings!

Looking for something fun to do next month?  All our classes still have openings.  Daytime, Evening and Weekend.  Check out the calendar for dates and times.  Come join the fun – come back to glass!

Drop Mold Vase - Artist: Sharon Dolezal Advanced Fusing Class

Drop Mold Vase –
Artist: Sharon Dolezal
Advanced Fusing Class

Copper Foil Panel Artist: Suzanne Comella Advanced Stained Glass

Copper Foil Panel
Artist: Suzanne Comella
Advanced Stained Glass

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Sunburst Tabletop
Artist: Markay Suevel
Instructor: Advanced Mosaic


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February Classes!

There’s still time to sign up and room for you in all of our February classes:        IMG_2576

Stained Glass on Tuesday mornings or Wednesday evenings.

Fusing on Thursday mornings or Thursday evenings.  And check out the description below of our Advanced Fusing Class!

We have two specialty workshops this month: Glass cutting skills on February 6th and Soldering skills on February 27th.  Call for more information – or click on the class on the calendar page.

Suzanne Making Murrini 4

We have our next Beadmaking class on the schedule for February 13th and 20th.  Both days are from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM with a 45 minute lunch break.  Cost for the two day class is $150.00 plus materials.  We keep this class small so that students get personal one-on-one attention from our instructor Suzanne Comella.  Call or email us today to sign up!

Making Murrine with Suzanne 9

Making Murrine with Suzanne

More information on all of our classes can be found by clicking on the class on the calendar page or by going to the individual pages of the particular glass art you want to learn.  Just click on the tab at the top of the Home page if you are on a desktop computer, or look for the pull down menu if you are on your phone.  Of course we’re always happy to answer your questions when you call the studio!  224-735-2376


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Ogden Ave. School Receives Window

Ogden Ave. School Receives Window

Ogden Ave. School Receives Window! Several months ago Suevel Studios was approached by parents of Ogden Ave. School in La Grange, IL. to see if there was a possibility that Suevel Studios could create a stained glass window that would not only represent the kids, but also tribute a child that had passed away during the past year.

After some consideration and careful planning Suevel Studios proposed that the kids make fused glass tiles that we would take and make a stained glass window. We did this with a wonderful woman from New Orleans, Patricia Muller, who had created fused tiles for Sandy Hook and turned the project into a large stained glass window, which was shown at the Washington National Cathedral.

After the tiles were made Suevel Studios spent time trying out several layouts. The main focus with the tiles was trying to place the tile of the child that had passed on in a prominent place of honor and what better place, but front and center.

Every tile was meticulously placed and soldered in position to create the pattern we chose. After weeks of discussion, glass cutting, fusing glass and building the window, Ogden Ave. School Receives the Window and now stands in a prominent place so everyone can enjoy the loveliness of the window every day.

Thank you Ogden Ave. School for the honor of making your tribute window!

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Lane Tech South Face

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Today was a very productive day at Lane Tech Clock Tower despite it being 90 plus degrees in the clock tower. Today’s job was cleaning out the south face on the clock tower of all the broken glass and bad cement. Tomorrow we will be cutting out the new glass pieces in the studio and getting ready for the install on Wednesday and Thursday. We are really enjoying being a part of history at Lane tech.

 

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Chicago Wave

After some hard work, a lot of measurements and a little ingenuity George’s “Chicago Wave” is done and mounted in the client’s home.  For those of you that know the Chicago shoreline look at the way the colors of the greens that were used capture the true essence of beach and Lake Michigan.  Its a simple design and yet a very artistic tryptic, a wonderful example of using glass as wall art and not in the traditional way as a stained glass window.   Nice job George, job well done on the “Chicago Wave”.

More Zettler

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Some people have asked me who is F.X. Zettler? Franz Xaver Zettler was born August 21, 1841 in Munich Germany and died March 27, 1916 in Munich. He was a designer and stained glass painter in Bavaria and many of his stained glass pieces can be found in the US.  Here is a quick Youtube clip for you, I would suggest turning the music off or down.  


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Repair and Restoration

Repair and restoration is one of many things that we do at Suevel Studios and I have to say it is one of my favorite parts of  doing stained glass.  Don’t take me wrong, new work and commissioned work is fun, but the challenge of repair and restoration of old windows, or for that matter newer windows, challenges the mind at another level and I love a challenge. Part of the challenge is to make the repair hard to see with the naked eye or almost invisible.  To help complicate things throw in the age of the glass and that you can seemingly never find a perfect match, then add in all the rest. Like how the original artist built the window, any other repairs that were done by someone else, matching the lead, solder, cement, the list goes on and on.  In this repair we had to match two pieces of glass. I know they are only pictures, but not too shabby of job, even if I do say so myself.

 

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Beecher Mausoleum

So you saw the Beecher Mausoleum building that we are working on in an earlier post. Here is what we have to work with regarding the Beecher Mausoleum stained glass windows. Currently all the existing stained glass windows have been broken and/or shot out through the years and this is all that is left of more than about 20 windows. Our first step is to do rubbings and take a whole boat load of notes of what we have and then we will be doing a lot of research to get the project moving.  Suevel Studios is working with a nonprofit, Beecher Mausoleum, to remake and restore the old stained glass windows; so, the process is going to take a while, but all for a good cause.  This mausoleum holds one of President Abraham Lincoln’s body guards.

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Lane Tech Clock Tower

Lane Tech

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We started to do our preliminary work at Lane Tech Clock Tower today.  Even though the glass is all one color it is set in place like stained glass. Today’s job was to create a log of the glass that is broken and missing, tape everything in place so when we remove the glass we can use it as a template for the new glass. After that we placed more tape on the glass, added a number and a letter ID and followed up with photos to create an archive of the windows.

The interesting part will be cutting the glass that is almost ¼” thick, but that won’t be done for several weeks yet because Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company, located in Kokomo, Indiana, is making the glass sheets for us and it will take about 4 weeks for it to arrive.

As things progress at Lane Tech Clock Tower we will keep you updated.