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The Enlightenment: The Lamb Studios Stained Glass Newsletter

Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2016

CRAFTSMAN PROFILE: Elie Wehbe

Another installment of our Craftsman Profile column, this month featuring Lamb Studios own Stained Glass Craftsman Elie Wehbe.




Elie first became interested in stained glass back in 1985 in his hometown in northern Lebanon. Stained glass would be an addition to his already considerable artistic repertoire; he had by this time worked for several years with a local sculptor, where he learned stone and wood carvings as well as castings and clay work. He took on stained glass as a hobby, which he learned through articles in magazines and figuring it out on his own.
He continued his exploration of glass when he went to France to work with Trappist Monks. He went to the monastery to help with the wine making, but also met the owner of a stained glass studio, a man named Shadmir. Elie had an informal training at Shadmir’s studio – he would stop by and volunteer to help out when he was not working for the monks.

He also had the good fortune to observe a couple of Italian mosaic makers that were working at the monastery. It didn’t take long for Elie to start creating his own mosaics, learning through observation and discussions with the Italians. He was becoming a jack of all trades; in addition to all his artistic endeavors, he had also been formally trained back in Lebanon to be an electrician.

Armed with this diverse and artistic background, Elie moved to the United States, where he initially worked as an electrician. In 2007, he was still doing stained glass as a hobby which lead to some work for a church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. For the project, Elie needed supplies; an internet search lead him to J&R Lamb Studios, when they were located in Wyckoff. He ended up scoring an interview instead of the materials, and he started working for the studio two weeks later. It’s a date that he will always remember, as his daughter was born during the same week.

Completed Project: New Protective Coverings

The existing protective coverings for the three large windows at Marshallton United Methodist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania, consisted of Lexan, which was starting to cloud over, installed into aluminum channel. The aluminum had a painted brown finish and was installed on top of the white window frames in such a way that did not follow the shape of the stained glass windows and cut through the three upper kites. The old coverings were replaced with new ¼” clear laminated safety glass, cut to the size and shape of the stained glass. The new protective coverings were also vented with 1” louver vents with insect screens installed into the laminated glass.

In the News

From the Web: Provo City Center Temple Stained Glass Time Lapse. Have you have ever wondered how much work goes into the glazing of a stained glass window? You can watch two stained glass windows being constructed for Provo City Center Temple in less than two and a half minutes, thanks to this time lapse video:
http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/from-the-web-provo-city-center-temple-stained-glass-time/article_cce8368b-49ca-518a-8246-6d4491752d67.html

Ely, England: Two rare medieval angel stained glass panels were purchased by Ely’s Stained Glass Museum. Remarkably, the windows were originally made in England during the 15th Century! Each window portrays a group of three angels, with golden wings, golden hair, and white halos. The windows were purchased by the museum from London’s Bonhams Auction House with help from Arts Council England, Victoria Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, and the Art Fund.

Limerick, Ireland: Most churches know that funding a stained glass restoration project can be difficult. Murrow Church in Limerick has come up with an interesting fund raiser: the parish is holding a concert which will feature the Murroe Church Choir and the Children’s Choir. Proceeds will go to the repairs of five stained glass windows which are in need of immediate attention. This is the first phase of the stained glass restoration at the church.

Syracuse, New York: Stained glass artist Robert Oddy is supporting the new Central New York Orchestra, ‘Symphoria’, by raffling off a piece of his stained glass art. Oddy was previously a computer programmer and professor, but now is a full time stained glass artist.
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