Selvin Glass

Selvin Glass

5.0 (2)
2 employees

About this pro

I teach the medieval craft of stained (leaded) glass. These techniques are centuries old and are taught using no modern technology. In this way students can have hands on experiences and catch a glimpse of how a leaded glass studio would have created windows before our technology aided world was in fashion.

I enjoy the entire process of leaded glass.  The glass itself is so beautiful and the fact that my work harnesses any light available and throws color around a room or environment makes it even better.  I like working with architects, designers, religious institutions and home owners to create, conserve and restore beauty in styles that range from contemporary to medieval. I love the wow factor of completing a commission or restoring and ancient window and seeing the delight on my clients faces.  It never gets old or tiring.  I love what I do. And I love to share this with others as well.  

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Ardmore, PA 19003
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2 Reviews


  • q. phia sherry

    emily is engaging and informative. her creativity & ability to describe visual concepts sets her apart from many other artists.

  • Elise Arnold

    High quality vision and craftspersonship. It is so wonderful to work with some one whose standards are paramount. Her expertise comes from years of dedicated glass work, a natural eye for beauty, and a true interest in art and being the eternal student of many mediums and processes.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When working with new students I like to learn what their short term and long term goals with learning are.  In this way I can tailor the classes in a way that will meet their long term goals in a most efficient way. I also like to review their knowledge and comfort with the skills necessary to succeed in the art of leaded glass. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been a successful full time glass artist for over twenty three years. I also have taught leaded glass for many years both at the local art centers, private classes and college institutions.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

A simple five hour introduction to the art of leaded glass is $125.00.  In this class the methods of cutting glass and copper foiling and leading up a panel are demonstrated.  A new student typically can not fabricate a panel in this short time, but all methods are taught and shown in a hands on learning environment.  This class answers many "how'd they do that  questions".

A weekend intensive class costs $375.00 and in this class the same techniques are shown and the student is able to leave the class with a small panel of their own making.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching leaded glass in my studio over twenty years ago. My first lesson was taught by a client who wanted to give her husband a stained glass class for his birthday. I enjoy teaching and from that one class gift I kept on offering these classes.  Eventually I was asked to teach out of the studio in art centers and colleges.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a deverse backgound, ages 16 to 73.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently while walking through the city of Philadelphia with a friend she pointed out a stained glass window and that she liked it.  I said oh, thanks!  I made that window... we both had a little laugh... 

Besides that I went with my family to hear the Afro Cuban All Stars recently and it was an inspiring and happy event.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would want to make sure they understood the history of leaded glass and that they were able to teach the medieval techniques as well as the contemporary.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I think it is important to have realistic expectations.  One doesn't typically master a craft in just weeks rather it takes years. Students need to have an understanding of the time it takes to become proficient in a craft, especially one as demanding as leaded glass. Leaded glass is a craft that hasn't changed much in centuries and I think also it is important to realize that it isn't a fast craft, rather a slow and detail oriented medium that requires attention to small details. So the students need to have an understanding of some of the technicalities in order to be able to design works that can be made to completion successfully with the abilities of a beginner.

Lessons offered

Stained Glass Classes Craft Classes