The workshop will be held in Winkelman’s garage to avail students access to his extensive equipment, and will be limited to seven students. The first day will cover the basics of cutting and design to prepare everyone to start on their window Saturday morning.
All materials are provided for a small window (12” x 12”), but options for a larger window are available for an additional materials fee. Students will provide 2” nails, a 2” paint brush, and their own safety equipment such as safety glasses, and rubber gloves.
Winkelman began making stained glass windows as a necessity when restoring his 1913 craftsman bungalow in Seattle. At the time he could not afford to have the eleven missing leaded windows replaced. So, he took a stained glass making class and began making the windows himself. Soon, friends and neighbors began asking him to make windows for them. Winkelman says: “that was 20 years ago, and the rest is history.” Winkelman credits his experience working with wood led to the construction of frames, and his university art degree helps the design process.
Since then, he has embraced the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th century drawing inspiration by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and architects Rennie Mackintosh, and brothers Charles and Henry Greene. Winkelman’s recent exhibit in the Hoffman Gallery revealed his diverse artistic palette with the inclusion of Art Nouveau windows and pieces that do not fall in either camp.
Winkelman makes custom windows and sells his work in his on-line shop. Although retired, he says his “hobby’ takes up more of his time as years go by.