2019 has been a successful year for the VWC Stained Glass group. We’ve had 20 students take classes this year, many of them taking multiple classes to advance their skill level. Many of the beautiful stained glass creations made by our students have appeared in this newsletter throughout the year. Congratulations to all who have completed classes. We look forward to all of you continuing to take classes in 2020 and welcome any members who want to try their hand at stained glass.
Special thanks for the success of the classes goes to Ed Eich, our lead instructor. Ed has provided great leadership and creative direction for the Stained Glass group for a number of years. Thank you, Ed, for the time and effort you put in every week to teach us the techniques, tips, and pitfalls associated with glass. Ed has also recruited 2 outstanding assistant instructors for the group – Gary Wright and Karin Williams. Gary brings attention to the precision needed in cutting, foiling, and soldering glass. He has developed and shared a number of techniques that result in a more professional-looking finished glass piece. Karin is our expert in making glass boxes – a difficult skill to master. She has shared her ideas, techniques and creativity with all types of stained glass work with us all. Both Gary and Karin are excellent coaches and are welcome additions to our instructor roster.
Our instructor team has also completed a number of stained glass repairs – from parrots to lampshades to window panels. In each case, the customers were thrilled with the results which brought in large donations to the club. Their excellent repair work can be seen in the glass panel that was donated for our Christmas party raffle – you can’t tell where the repair was made! Nice job!
Last, but certainly not least, a big THANK YOU goes to Bob Behrens for building new cabinets for our glass inventory, to Doug Parks for setting up the accounting to allow us to inventory and sell glass, to Anne Bell for helping us set up our inventory and purchase process in the VWC computer system, and to Steve Yovan for his coaching in how to manage the sales process. The teamwork displayed by club members every day is what makes The VWC such a success.
From the Stained Glass group to all members of the VWC, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Hanukkah season and a healthy, happy and successful 2020!