Chicago School of Glass Art

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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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Hours For Summer

Please note that starting this Month we are switching to summer hours. On Wednesday and Thursday’s we will only be open until 8pm. 

Also, for the week of June 6th through June 13th we will only open 10am to 4pm each day because our staff will be attending the SGAA conference in Portland.  

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Taking The Mystery Out of Murrine

Today in our Advanced Glass Fusing Class we took glass fusing to a new level by Taking The Mystery Out of Murrine. Our guest instructor, Suzanne Comella, taught how to make Murrine using only a Hot Head torch using System 96 glass and COE 90 glass.  Yep, a Hot Head Torch.  Suzanne reviewed making stringer and a few other things and finished off the class by taking the big mystery out of making Murrine. Thanks Suzanne for your time and wonderful talent!

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Just a Reminder Regarding Studio Hours

Just a reminder to all our students, clients and customers – the Studio Hours have changed: We are now By Appointment Only on Fridays.  This allows us to visit job sites and clients more easily.  But we are happy to serve our retail customers as well so if you can only come in on a Friday please don’t hesitate to call and make an appointment to shop.  In general we will be trying to schedule that for AM hours, but we can work around your schedule if necessary.

Also, wanted to give a heads up that we will closed from Friday, May 15 – Monday, May 18th so that we may attend our youngest sons’ graduations – Justin’s on Saturday, May 16th at U of I, and the Ryan’s on May 17th at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL.  Congratulations to both of you, we’re so proud of you guys!!



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Ogden Avenue School

One of the projects that is being designed right now is for Ogden Avenue School.  The fun thing with this window is that the kids made all these fused pieces that will be placed in the window. Today Markay, Denise and Joshua cleaned up the fused projects and are now inspecting them in the picture. There is one fused tile that is obviously different from all the others and that is for a child of the class that has passed away.  We would like to make sure it stands out from the rest not just in design, but placement.  From there we will assemble then into a window with a few additions. Once its completed we will install the window on the main floor of the school in a transom. Keep watching as things progress with the Ogden Avenue School project.


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