About Us


 
Store_front.jpg  J Ring History
   
The idea that grew into J. Ring Glass Studio began several years ago in 1972, when Joe
    Ring left his home in St. Paul, Minn
esota to work as an apprentice for the New York City
    firm of Leo Popper & Sons, one of the last of the old schools of stained glass studios to
    offer a regimented hands-on training program in stained glass window construction. By
    the
time Joe came back to Minnesota to start his own studio in 1975, he knew that his
    love of glass would become a lifelong passion.

    He was joined in 1977 by Susan Thrash, who became his partner, and together they
    built a
successful commission studio in decorative art glass. Among their specialties
    were residential, church and restaurant stained glass, etched glass, both hand and
    machine beveling, glass bending (specifically for antique lamp restoration), traditional

    stained glass painting, mirror resilvering, and all types of window restoration. The
    studio
also sold supplies and taught classes.

   By the l
ate 1990’s, the sales of supplies had grown beyond the original projections, which led the two owners to believe that the Upper Midwest was in need of an expanded source of supplies for glass artists and crafters, with a resource center offering professional instruction in all areas of glass craft and design. So they closed down the fabrication and custom glass work shop, and focused on developing a new educational and supply facility. The new location at 2408 Territorial Road was purchased and completely renovated to provide 14,000 square feet of warehouse, display and education areas.

    Today the focus of J. Ring Glass Studio has evolved around kiln-worked glass. Both Joe and Susan view hot glass as a dynamic, versatile medium, and it is especially gratifying that now they are able to devote time developing their own styles of kiln-worked glass. You can see examples of their work from time to time in the Gallery Section of this web site. Or you can stop by the studio and see for yourself.

J Ring Philosopy
At J. Ring Glass Studio we believe that creativity begins with a solid understanding of technique. It is our objective to offer classes with the very best instruction available so that students will be introduced to new and traditional methods of glass working at the professional level. Our educational program is backed by over 30 years of experience.

We view art glass as a vibrant, exciting medium, and we feel that glass workers and artists should have a lar
ge selection of quality products and tools  to choose from. With that in mind, we have filled our 14,000 square foot warehouse with a vast array of beautiful and useful objects, and are continually adding new items as the industry advances.

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  Joe Ring and Susan Thrash.

 

                                      Susan Thrash performing restoration work on painted
                                      gold leaf and etched mirror for the old Forum Cafeteria,
                                      Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1982.