Several months ago Suevel Studios was approached by parents of Ogden Avenue School in La Grange, IL. to see if there was a possibility that Suevel Studios could create a stained glass window that would not only represent the graduating class of 2015, but also pay tribute to a child from that class who had passed away during the school year.
In collaboration with the art teacher from the school, who was doing a unit with the children on fused glass, each child was able to make a 4 x 4 tile that represented them individually. The father of the child who had died made his son's tile. Suevel Studios then took the tiles and after trying several layouts, created a stained glass window which would eventually hang in one of the main entrances of the school.
We had done this type of project once before with a wonderful glass artist from New Orleans, Patricia Muller, who had created fused tiles in honor of each of the children and teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school in 2012. The fused tiles that Patti made were assembled into a large stained glass window at Suevel Studios and later the panel was on display at the Washington National Cathedral during an inter-faith worship service in honor of gun violence victims and their families.
After weeks of discussion, glass cutting, and building the window, Ogden Avenue School received the window just in time for the graduation ceremony in May, 2015.
Thank you Ogden Avenue School for the honor of making your Graduation Celebration Window!