Savannah Technical College Historic Preservation to offer Stained Glass Weekend Workshops in March/April 2024

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Savannah Technical College’s Center for Traditional Craft will offer a stained-glass weekend workshops featuring copper foil and lead came. The Copper Foil workshop is March 2-3, 2024,  and the Lead Came workshop will be April 6-7, 2024. The workshops will be led by Preservation Artisan Terry Koller.

Participants will learn to use tools to select, prepare and cut stained glass. The March workshop teaches the technique of using thin copper foil to wrap the colorful glass pieces. The April workshop will focus on fitting glass pieces into channeled strips of lead. Both workshops will teach participants how to fuse pieces together. Tools and materials will be provided.

Cost for each two-day workshop is $175 per person. All skill levels are encouraged to attend. Participants must attend both days and will make a stained-glass piece to take home. Workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at STC’s Historic Preservation lab (5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, 31405). Register by the Thursday before the workshop (February 29 and April 4)

Koller has a rich educational and training background in preservation. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Design from Triangle Technical College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, completed coursework in Civil Engineering at Point Park University, also in Pittsburgh, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He completed a two-month program in Sienna, Italy with Villanova University and Rosemont College focusing on Renaissance Art and Architecture, Art Restoration, the modern Italian Art Industry, and the Italian Language. Koller has worked in Construction, Craft, and the Field of Historic Preservation for over 30 years. Koller has been employed by the Coastal Heritage Society for 20 years managing the operation and care of six museums in the Savannah area.

As the only public hands-on Historic Preservation program in Georgia and one of seven in the U.S., Savannah Technical College has led the way in preservation education, specializing in training not typically held by construction workers. The program has gained international recognition and has contributed to a number of community-based preservation projects in the surrounding communities. Traditional Building Magazine named Savannah Tech’s Historic Preservation program one of the nation’s Up and Coming programs. For more information about Historic Preservation, contact STC Industrial Technology Advisor at 912.443.5859 or[email protected].

The College is offering 8-week courses for its Mini-Mester that begins March 1, 2024. Apply today to start training for a career in preservation.