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The Art of Painting on Glass: Techniques and Designs for Stained Glass Hardcover – January 1, 1980


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962905305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684164656
  • ASIN: 0684164655
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Albinas Elskus first became acquainted with stained glass while studying at the Institute of Decorative Arts in his native Lithuania. After WWII, he studied architecture at the Technische Hochschule in Darmstadt Germany, and painting at the Ecole des Arts et Metiers in Freiburg.

After arriving in the US in 1949, he completed the four-year apprenticeship program of the Stained Glass Association of America in Chicago and New York. In 1953 he became a designer for George Durhan & Son in New York, where he studied with the renowned J. Gordon Guthrie. Guthrie was personally recruited from Scotland by Louis C. Tiffany and brought to America from Scotland.

In 1964-1981, Albinas became a co-owner and designer/painter for Durhan Studios, along with master craftsman Paul Coulaz.

In 1980, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman's Fellowship Grant. The same year, he published the Art of Painting on Glass, which was one of the very first books to reveal the secrets of glass painting.

To train the next generation of glass painters, Albinas conducted numerous workshops at schools throughout the USA, including Pilchuck Glass School (Washington state); Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Maine); Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Tennesse); and the SGAA (Massachusetts). He also taught drawing and painting at Fordham University and Parsons School of Design, both in New York City.

His work is highly collectible and has been exhibited at the Renwick Gallery (Washington, D.C.), the Vatican Museum (Rome), the American Crafts Museum (New York) and many other museums and galleries. Permanent collections include the Corning Museum of Glass (New York) and the Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral (England) as well as corporate and private collections all over the world.

He designed over 100 ecclesiastical commissions throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. In 2000, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Stained Glass Association of America.

In 2004 he and his wife Ann, moved to their summer cottage on the coast of Maine, where he passed away in February, 2007.

For additional information regarding the life and work of Albinas Elskus visit: www.albinaselskus.com

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This book is a more than an excellent tool in the revival of the lost art of Glass Painting. It informs us about the secrets closely guarded by artists and revealed only to family and trusted friends a few hundred years ago. It revived glass painting in the 1980 pubishing of this book, causing this arts resergence in the glass movement of our times.
This book should be given credit in a large part for the contribution in bringing the secrets of important techinques in this beautiful and storytelling art.
This book is full of great information and photo explanations,clearly and simply. A very important book for glass painters of all abilities.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2004
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This book describes in detail the materials and techniques used in traditional kiln-fired glass painting techniques. The second edition (which I acquired) has updated material source listings (i.e. where to buy the paints, tools, etc.) and includes URLs which would have been missing from the original. If you ever wanted to make stained glass paintings like you saw in church as a child, this will show you how.
Note that this is a book on kiln-fired glass paints, and as such is not targeted towards those who want to be able to paint glass with resources commonly available around the house. Those looking to do crafsty glass painting should look for a different book on the subject.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By glassmanandy on April 25, 2011
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This book is a classic on the subject and a very timely re-issue as I'm getting more serious about all types of glass painting and had this book recommended by my glass tutor. It's written in clear English by someone who has an immense knowledge and can communicate this to all levels of reader. It's an inspring book because you feel empowered to try things out after reading all the stages so simply presented. There are also some useful colour photos of work by the author. I recommend it to anyone who needs a helping hand from a past master of the art. Superb book. (It took two weeks to come from America)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on August 4, 2011
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I am delighted that this, previously, out of print book is available once more. I have recently completed a degree course in Architectural Glass (stained glass, etc.) and this is THE definitive text book on glass painting. This is not really a book for hobbyists and for those using coloured paints that are not fired, but a book for serious stained glass artists. I had a copy of a previous printing, but lent it to someone and didn't get it back, so to find it available again was great. This book contains a lot more than my previos edition, with sections on preparation of paints, basic techniques, use of silver stain and later additions on enamels and etching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mary elizabeth on April 16, 2012
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I've really enjoyed this book. I bought it before I ever took a course on painting on glass. It is so informative (every detail from beginning to end in glass painting), and is definitely an excellent reference book, for the novice as well as the master glass artist. Although this book was published some years back, it is still the best glass painters book out there. All professional top-of-the-line glass painters recommend it. I just wish I could have met the author and glass painter, Elskus Albinas himself.
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