Buffalo is known for its food, its architecture, and its Cheerio scent. But did you know that the Nickel City is also a hub for the vibrant craft of glasswork? Buffalo has one of the best historical collections of stained glass in the U.S. And not only that – Buffalo hosts the trade association for this art form.
The Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) relocated to Buffalo in 2018.
A press release said, “It was a perfect choice – Buffalo is just one of three cities worldwide that has stained glass from renowned artists Louis Comfort Tiffany and John LaFarge in the same building. Buffalo lives up to its reputation as the City of Good Neighbors and shares with the SGAA a love for its people and pride in its history. There is no place the SGAA would rather be. That’s why the association is inviting its neighbors to celebrate.
“You can participate in the incredible world of stained glass this November. ‘Facet & Form: Glass Tradition Reimagined’ will welcome SGAA’s neighbors to experience this remarkable art form up close and in person. This event features stained glass demonstrations and activities, as well as lectures that will change the way you think about stained glass.”
Hosted with the Center for Glass and Light at Trinity Church, attendees will help create pieces, and watch up close as multiple kilns will be operating in the Trinity sanctuary. All attendees are invited to watch molten glass flow, twist, coil and wind as it becomes part of larger designs. Attendees can even make their own miniature stained glass window.
“Facet & Form: Glass Tradition Reimagined” is at Trinity Church, located at 371 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. The event runs from 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 4.
Founded in 1903, the Stained Glass Association of America set out to protect the art of architectural stained glass and American glass artisans. The SGAA remains the only accrediting body for architectural stained glass in the U.S. Members are stained glass artists of every level, from aficionados to professionals.