Artists and Teachers
Lucie Boucher is a teacher in our Glass Academy and is our Kiln Goddess. Lucie also works in our Studio doing repairs and restorations and creates custom pieces of stained glass. Along with her husband, Bernie Huebner, they own Stone Ridge Glass. You can view her work from that studio at www.stoneridgeglass.com.
Pam Wilcox is our resident Flameworking expert and instructor. She gets the torches fired up and teaches people to make beads! We turn to her for advice on all things that involve melting glass in a flame. She also runs Open Flame Friday Nights, the All Glass Workshop and teaches Friends Night Out as well as private classes. Pam works with stained glass, fused glass and most recently blown glass using a furnace.
Pam is a full-time special education teacher. She is also a softball umpire and player, a competitive shotgun shooter and a woodworker!
We have a saying around here.. “Don’t stand still or Brenda might Mosaic you”. It was a lucky day for us when Brenda decided to do Mosaics. She started around 2007 and there was no stopping her. She is absolutely passionate about mosaics and it shows in her completed work.
She has won the SGE Just for Fun Contest four times. She placed first with a Bust in 2010, second in 2009 with a belly cast, third in 2011 with a Little Village and second in 2014 with Goddess Ball 2.
She inspires her students and is a great part of our teaching team.
Faith discovered stained glass through taking a local adult education course in 2012 and took to it immediately. "It felt like my hands were always just waiting for those tools, that I was always meant to pursue this art." Several years later, she is creating and selling her stained and fused glass creations online and in local galleries. She is thrilled for the opportunity to work and teach at Stained Glass Express, sharing her love and passion for the craft with others.
Faith is a teacher, healer, artist and activist living in Winthrop, Maine.
Melissa teaches fused glass and stained glass classes at Stained Glass Express. Her glass journey started in 1994 when a friend wanted to take a stained glass class through adult ed and suggested she take it with her. From there, she was hooked! Several years ago, she began learning glass fusing in the beginner class at Stained Glass Express. Melissa is grateful for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people through her classes and to share her love of glass art with them.
Stephanie Frost has been a stained glass studio artist for almost 30 years. She has commission work in several local restaurants and churches. Stephanie has worked with several local contractors making custom cabinet insets and windows for private homes. She has taught students in her private studio for over 15 years. Her expertise is with the copper foil method, soldering techniques and design.
Bruce is one of the instructors for our Beginner/Intermediate Stained Glass, All Glass Workshop and Lead Came classes. Bruce has been working with glass since 1997. While initially trained in stained glass and stained glass window restoration, he has also received training in glass painting, fusing, casting and pate de verre. That said, Bruce says he much prefers fusing and incorporates his other skills in his work to give them depth. As a professional biologist, it is not surprising that the focus of his subject matter has primarily been the depiction of all aspects of the natural world.
Bruce's work can be seen at the Art Alliance Gallery in Belfast, Maine where he has been a member for the past six years. In a sense, he has come full circle as his first stained glass class was at Stained Glass Express!
Bruce's glass studies include Stained Glass Window Restoration, Glass Painting, Fused Glass Landscape, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass and a variety of other fusing classes.
Deb is an avid glass crafter - starting with stained glass in 1988, then falling in love with glass bead torching (flameworking) in 2000. Recently she's been experimenting with boro (hard) glass, using an extra hot "Big Girl Torch."
With her BFA in graphic design, Deb taught graphics and Adobe software for 15 years, including 2 years to the University of Southern Maine art majors. She is also a NeuroMuscular Massage Therapist, so when your back gets achy from hours of crafting, she has a few useful tips to get you back in the game.
Deb loves sharing the wonders of molten glass with newcomers, and hopes you will join her in this remarkable, well equipped torch studio. Give this rewarding hobby a chance to become your favorite, too!
Wanda has been working with glass since 1980. Her stained glass journey started out by gathering with co-workers one night per week, making stained glass Christmas ornaments. From there, Wanda continued to doing stained glass as a hobby and starting in 1988 when Stained Glass Express opened, she began making pieces to sell in the store.
Wanda's interests in glass art are stained glass panel lamps, mosaics and some glass fusing. Today, she teaches private group classes, various workshops and some of the Friends Night Out classes here at Stained Glass Express. For over 10 years, Wanda has been the Stained Glass instructor for Lawrence Adult Education in Fairfield, Maine.
Red is one of the instructors for our Beginner/Intermediate Stained Glass classes. He has tried and enjoyed many art forms and crafts over the years but has come to favor the craft of Stained Glass. Red's skills and hobbies are vast and diverse - they include bricklaying, cabinet making, clock making, cold glass repurposing, concrete casting, gardening, jewelry making, lamp making, oil painting, Marquetry, glass tile mosaics, stone mosaics and woodworking.
Red is employed by Gagne and Son in Belgrade, Maine. His duties have ranged from Masonry Salesman to Purchasing Agent to his present job as Safety Director.
Red says he loves to share the knowledge he's gained over time, believes the only stupid question is the one that is never asked and if he's uncertain of the answer to a question, will be sure to find one.
Darcy took her first stained glass class in 2011. She and her husband were finishing a remodeling project in their home when her neighbor stopped over to see the progress. Her neighbor said, “Stained glass would look great in this window. Would you like to take a class?” One of the remodeled rooms included a sewing room. The sewing room quickly became a glass room.
Darcy loves working with glass, and enjoys every part of the process from planning a project to the finished work.
"I'm very excited! I love mosaics! I love glass!" Mosaicist Jane Burke is an artist who is known for her beautiful wall murals which she's been creating for over 20 years, along with paint and sculpture. Jane's work has been featured in many magazines and books.
"It's my passion to encourage your inner (and outer!) artist. We'll have FUN!"
Visit janeburkemurals.com to view Jane's work.
Clint is a professional glassblowing artist with over 20 years of experience. He teaches all of our Glassblowing classes in our torch studio.
Ed Hastings is one of our Flameworking instructors. He teaches our beginner Flameworking classes.
Murielle DiBiase is our Tiffany-style stained glass lampshade instructor. Her lifelong interest in stained glass came to fruition when she received a gift from her husband for her first class in 1993. He left for a 3 week fishing trip out west. When he returned, Murielle had signed on for a second class and bought every basic tool and supplies she needed to create her first Tiffany style lampshade! She had quickly realized that the process for any sized project is the same; pick a pattern, select your glass, cut, grind, foil and solder! Under the tutelage of her first instructor, Murielle went from suncatchers and nightlights straight to building her 349 piece clematis flower lampshade, and hasn't stopped since. Murielle feels privileged to be a part of the Glass Express artisans and share what she has learned over the years. She appreciates having the opportunity to learn more "tricks of the trade" from every student who joins the class. She believes that everyone has something to learn and something to teach from everyone they meet.
Murielle has worked in the field of early care and education for over 30 years and continues to be a lifelong learner in every aspect of her life.