NORTH CANTON The beauty of stained glass is undisputable for many people. The colors of the stained glass on church windows, lamps and frames are works of art. The owners of Studio Arts & Glass, Wendy and Robert Joliet, have been creating such beauty in custom stained glass items and selling stained glass items in their shop for close to 40 years.
They also have been teaching others the techniques to create their own stained glass artworks by offering introduction, beginning and more advanced stained glass classes. The class on Jan. 27 had a dozen people working hard to learn the skills they need to work magic on their own stained glass art.
Students were participating in the first of four classes in the beginning level. They’ll work Saturday mornings for the next four weeks learning to plan and layout a pattern, learning about the new tools they purchased with the class, learning to cut the glass and finally putting together the glass according to their pattern.
Wendy said Studio Arts & Glass is really three businesses under one roof and the stained glass class is part of their educational offerings.
"We have a production area where we make custom designed stained glass, then we have a gift shop filled with jewelry, blown glass and stained glass items made by north American artists and then we have the education side of the business where we offer a variety of classes throughout the year," Wendy said.
She and her husband, Robert, started the company in a shop on 30th Street in Canton. It moved to the current location on Strauss Avenue in North Canton 15 years ago. Wendy said all of the stained glass items are made by the shop except for the many antique stained glass items they have for sale. They have been offering stained glass classes for more than 37 years.
"We usually get 10 to 12 people per class. The instructor today is Tracy McDonald and her assistant is Katie Essig. This is the first day of this round of classes and the students will be learning how to layout and cutout a pattern and some beginning glass cutting techniques," Wendy said.
The couple have the perfect backgrounds to run a successful business. Wendy graduated Kent State with a business degree. Robert holds a BFA from Kent State University, where he studied painting and art glass. A multi-talented artist in both classic traditional and contemporary designs, some of his commissions include: Goodyear, Biery Cheese, Uniroyal Goodrich, & T.L.T. Babcock and Brookside Country Club.
The retail shop is packed full of handcrafted jewelry, lamps, ornaments, blown glass items, paperweights and much more. The company also offers tours of the facility.
For more information about classes, the retail shop or custom or restoration projects, visit the website at www.studioartsandglass.com, call 330-494-9779 or stop by the shop at 7495 Strauss Ave. NW in North Canton.