June 6 - 12, 2022

Creating with Came and Copper Foil: Advanced Leaded Glass with Ted Ellison

$1350

Description

This class will start with a tour of the oldest art glass producer in the United States, Kokomo Opalescent Glass, founded in 1888. Students will purchase glass for their projects from the factory that supplied glass for windows designed by Tiffany Studios, Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene. Ted will teach students advanced techniques through the creation of two projects: a leaded panel in the Prairie School style and a copper foil panel in the organic style. The leaded project is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries and their uniquely American style of stained glass. The organic copper foil project is inspired by the aesthetics of Greene & Greene, where foil and solder are used to form branches, leaves and flowers. Students will select from three designs for each project, based on their skill level.

Class members will take away an understanding of design and fabrication necessary to build their own windows, through detailed demonstrations of essential techniques. Hand tools, strip cutting, glass selection and finishing techniques will be explored. If you’ve ever wanted to learn advanced leaded glass techniques, this class if for you! This workshop is for students with some leaded glass experience.

Aug 16-18, 2021

Introduction to Leaded Glass

$650

Description

In this 3-day introductory course, Ted Ellison will teach you the foundational skills to fabricate your own leaded glass projects. You will learn how to cut glass by hand and how to shape it to your pattern with techniques used in a professional workshop. You will create and solder a geometric design that incorporates the three methods of leaded glass construction: copper foil, lead and zinc came. You will gain an understanding of the tools and processes necessary to produce leaded glass projects on your own. A complete syllabus that covers the processes presented in the class is included so students can spend class time watching and learning.

October 22-24, 2021

Design and Advanced Techniques for Leaded Glass

$650

Description

In this 3-day course, Ted Ellison will break down his process for creative work and demonstrate how he brings dimension to leaded glass through his decorative soldering techniques. You will create an organic design that incorporates three dimensional effects, branch-like soldering, and two-tone patination. Through demonstration of how he develops ideas into designs, students will gain an understanding of how to use organic elements within the design to eliminate connecting lines, and how to create expressive work with uncommon techniques. Classes are taught in a working studio and aspects of professional practice will be incorporated into the class.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 @ 7:00PM

From Hand to Hearth: Glass Mosaic from the Prairie School

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Artistic License Lecture Series at The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA

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Saturday, January 15, 2022 - 5:00pm MT

From Hand to Heart: The Untold Story of American Glass Mosaic Fireplaces

$15

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We are proud to announce that celebrated stained glass artisan Theodore Ellison will be our keynote speaker presenting his talk: From Hand to Heart: The Untold Story of American Glass Mosaic Fireplaces. The Chicago firm Giannini & Hilgart is among those whose works of art stand among the highest achievements of this ancient art form yet they remain nearly forgotten in homes across the country. This lecture is a rare chance to view exquisitely photographed interiors and newly discovered installations from around the country.

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Thursday, March 18th, 2021

From Hand To Hearth: The Untold Story of American Mosaic Fireplaces

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The SGAA presents Ted Ellison in “From Hand to Hearth: The Untold Story of American Glass Mosaic Fireplaces”

Craftsman and designer Ted Ellison brings a historical perspective to the introduction of mosaic to the buildings of progressive American architects around the turn of the twentieth century. The Chicago firm Giannini & Hilgart is among those whose works of art stand among the highest achievements of this ancient art form, yet they remain nearly forgotten in homes across the country. After a brief introduction, the lecture will run approximately 55 minutes with 20 minutes of Q&A to follow.

Saturday, February 6, 2021, 2:00pm EST

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Society of American Mosaic Artists 2021 Presentation Series: Architects Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright placed a mosaic fireplace at the heart of a pivotal work of modern domestic architecture. Ted Ellison has researched these installations over the past 15 years and has compiled an illustrated presentation that shows the broad range of impressive craftsmanship within these forgotten masterpieces. He presents the story of their creation and the surprising methods employed in their fabrication. Mosaic artists will be inspired to elevate their craft through creative experimentation while gaining a better understanding of this part of our history. lncludes Q&A.

Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

From Hand To Hearth: The Untold Story of American Mosaic Fireplaces

$10 members | $20 non-members

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SIDNEY D. GAMBLE LECTURE Presented in Partnership with the Driehaus Museum: Ted Ellison brings a historical perspective to the introduction of mosaic to the buildings of progressive American architects around the turn of the twentieth century. The Chicago firm Giannini & Hilgart is among those whose works of art stand among the highest achievements of this ancient art form, yet they remain nearly forgotten in homes across the country. In collaboration with the celebrated architects of their day, Giannini & Hilgart approached the language of mosaic with fresh experiments in material and decorative design, exemplified by their significant installation at the Samuel M. Nickerson house, now Chicago’s Driehaus Museum.

Saturday, April 13, 10 AM – 12 PM

American Fireplace Mosaics Lecture

$25 Members / $35 General Public

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This illustrated talk by artisan Theodore Ellison from Oakland, California traces the introduction of mosaic in the buildings of progressive American architects at the turn of the 20th century. Their collaboration with craftspeople created a new language for using mosaic in the home and provided a unique canvas for experimental approaches to decorative design.

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Sunday, February 17th, 2019

From Hand To Hearth: The Untold Story of American Mosaic Fireplaces

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The art of glass mosaic design in the Arts & Crafts fireplace – especially in Prairie School homes – will be shown in this visual presentation. You’ll see color, beauty, and craftsmanship in the form of handcrafted fireplaces that shows how glass mosaics became important within the Arts & Crafts movement.

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Progressive American Mosaic Fireplaces

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Join us as we host stained glass and mosaic artist Theodore Ellison and his talk “Progressive American Mosaic Fireplaces.” The presentation will be a heartfelt appreciation, by a practitioner of the art form, of a neglected area of American decorative arts.

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 7pm

The Stained Glass Art of Bruce Porter

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This talk, by Oakland based glass artist Theodore Ellison, will cover the artistry and timeline of Bruce Porter’s first career as a stained-glass artist. Found in churches, private homes, and exclusive clubs around California, this is a comprehensive look at Porter’s glasswork and will present the context and artistic influences that inspired his unique approach to the craft.

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Saturday September 17, 2016 4pm

The Stained Glass Art of Bruce Porter

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Bruce Porter (1865–1953) is perhaps best known for the stained-glass windows at the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco and the formal gardens he designed at Filoli. A true Renaissance man, Porter was at the center of Bay Area cultural life at the turn of the 20th century. Theodore Ellison has done extensive research into the Porter’s Stained Glass work across California and will travel to Coronado to share what he’s learned.

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

The Stained Glass Artistry of Bruce Porter with Ted Ellison

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Please join us for a communal dinner followed by a special presentation by Ted Ellison. Ellison will talk on the glass work of Bruce Porter — the artist, writer, and designer behind our beautiful stained glass windows. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by talk in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. RSVP required for dinner: office@sfswedenborgian.org

Saturday, February 27th, 2016 @ 3pm

Beyond The Garden : The Stained Glass Art of Bruce Porter An Illustrated lecture by Theodore Ellison

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This lecture will cover the artistry and timeline of Bruce Porter’s first career as a stained glass artist. Found in churches, private homes and exclusive clubs around California, I’ve assembled the first-ever comprehensive look at Porter’s glasswork and will present the context and artistic influences that inspired his unique approach to the craft.

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