The Glass Guild of Guelph began when a group of Stain Glass Artists met over coffee to discuss how to promote their art. Our level of experience ranged from beginners to teachers of 14 years plus, but we all had a common bond…our love of stained glass, and glass art. The inaugural meeting was held on December 6, 2000 with 7 members in attendance. The founding members of the Glass Guild of Guelph are Katrin Wolters, Rita Sterne, Leanne Piper, Susan McGinnis, Angela Marshall, Susan Dickieson and Karen Bellamy.
The Glass Guild of Guelph is "an organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of glass art". Our goals are to provide education for all interested people, artists and non artists alike; to provide coaching and support for people at all different levels of ability; to share ideas and resources; to share fellowship while working on glass projects; and to provide a voice in the community to help promote visual art such as glass. As time has progressed, the Glass Guild of Guelph has begun to focus on assisting charitable causes (Annual Gala for Guelph/Wellington Women In Crisis in 2006 and the AIDS Committee of Guelph/Masai Centre Red Ribbon Gala in 2007).
The guild meets once a month from September to June, currently in a room at Knox Church Guelph. We have two shelves of resource materials and pattern books for our members to use for inspiration and ideas. We publish a newsletter for members three times yearly, in which ideas for projects, helpful hints, shared resources such as web sites & books are discussed etc. The Guild is a member of the Guelph Arts Council.
Since its inception, the guild has hosted a number of slide shows by prominent Glass Artists and arranged field trips to studios and galleries for its members from Corning, NY to Kokomo, IN. The most visible indication of a vibrant Guild may be our beautiful "glass quilt" in celebration of Guelph’s 175th anniversary that hangs in the Old Quebec St. Mall in downtown Guelph.
New members are ALWAYS welcome, whatever their experience or interest. Our guild members are all ages, all backgrounds, both genders and all interests - from kiln work, to copper foil, from leadwork, to glassblowing. For additional information please click here.