Chair

Bill Bird

Bill's Stained Glass

Bill has been with the AGA for many years. For various years Bill was the Excutive Director for the Art Glass Association.
 

 

Connie Sanchez

Glass Warehouse

 

Following 13 years of teaching high school, Connie Sanchez began working for a retail glass store in the Denver metro area in 1982.  After managing the store for a few years, she purchased it and became completely involved in stained glass.  She began attending glass conferences with Portcon in the early eighties and continued attending conferences every year right through the present Glass Craft Expos.  Her goals include constantly learning new ideas, techniques, and genres within the glass industry in order to pass this information and skills to customers and students.  The joy of her passion with glass is partly to see others learn and progress. The retail store Glass Warehouse provides the opportunity to fulfill these goals along with the help and support of her husband, while, hopefully, making a living.  She recently joined the Art Glass Association board of directors in the hopes of helping to develop new students and retain current students to grow the industry.

Glenn Brown

Austin Thin Films

In 1987 Glenn was chosen to head the optical coating laboratory at Lightwave Research in Austin, Texas  now known as High End Systems.  With a background in bronze sculpture and chemical patina’s he was able to learn the optical coating process quickly via on-site training, private tutorials, etc…The lab provided dichroic filters for robotic entertainment lighting  and spotlights  for night clubs, road shows and tours.  In 1992 Glenn founded Austin Thin Films, Inc. in order to supply the glass art industry with the DichroMagic coating that could handle the high temperatures of fusing, lampworking, and glassblowing.  Austin Thin Films, Inc. will celebrate their 20th year in June 2012.  Glenn has been blowing glass and fusing in his own studio since the start of the company. 
AGA 2010 Chairman Steve Shupper

Past Chair

Steve Shupper

Glass Accessories International

Steve’s family introduced the Toyo Supercutter® to the Stained Glass World in 1976, revolutionizing glass cutting with a self-oiling, long lasting glass cutter. The Supercutter® made glass cutting enjoyable and helped evolve glass art from a profession to a hobby as well. Having been around the glass industry for most of his life, Steve joined the family business full time in 2008 and works in the marketing and sales division. Shortly after joining the company he took an active role in the Art Glass Association which his company, Glass Accessories International, has been a long time supporter.