The art of crafting with stained glass is a time honored tradition that produces art as varied as sun catchers, jewelry or decorative panels.
Open to all Community Association members, the Stained Glass Club, located in the Arts and Crafts building on 970 Cherry Hill Road, is open September through May. Hours of operation for the store are weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. General membership meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month, starting at 10 a.m. Annual dues are $10.
The Stained Glass Club was started in 1991 by Phyllis Colleren with 15 members. Since its inception, it has had nine presidents. Currently, there are 138 members.
The purpose of the club is to enhance the enjoyment of developing stained glass skills, meet new friends, and socialize. Anyone interested is encouraged to come into the studio, browse and talk with members.
“If you want to learn how to do stained glass, this is the place to come,” said Sue Wilson, the current club president. “The instructors love to teach and are very encouraging. No matter how much you know there is always something new to learn.”
An introductory class is offered for $50 which includes equipment use, cutting, grinding, foiling and glass soldering. Classes are also offered in how to use the kilns, small panels and sandblasting. New classes are offered on a regular basis. There is no charge for classes with the exception of those classes that require the purchase of materials.
For more information on the club call Sue Wilson at (813) 633-3053 or the studio at (813) 642-2088.