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Jim Berberich’s “Stained Glass Painting: Focus on Enamels” Advanced Painting Class a Resounding Success for Stained Glass School

The Stained Glass School’s Fall 2013 workshop, “Stained Glass Painting: Focus on Enamels,” featured Jim Berberich presenting an advanced painting and enamels class to 10 students, which was the maximum allowed enrollment for this class. Response was so positive, a second class has been scheduled for April 22–25, 2014.

Students came from all over the United States and Mexico, coming from as far away as Alaska to attend this workshop. Students worked intentively for more than eight hours each day during the four-day class on a face of Christ that presented a number of different learning challenges. Each student’s unique background and techniques were allowed to shine forth in the finished portrait, and the final collection of faces presented a broad range of accomplished designs.

This is the fourth time classes have been held at the Stained Glass School facility; the School’s current plan is that future classes will be held on a quarterly basis beginning in April with a second Jim Berberich “Stained Glasss Painting: Focus on Enamels” session. Berberich will also be teaching an Advanced Portraiture class for the SGAA Stained Glass School in conjunction with the SGAA Annual Summer Conference that will be held in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, next June. (For more information about the SGAA Annual Summer Conference, see pages 256–263.)

The Stained Glass School is actively seeking qualified professionals interested in teaching workshops and classes at the location in Raytown, Missouri. Interested instructors should send description, outline of class, and materials list. Also include your curriculum vitae, a portfolio of work relevant to the class, and compensation requirements (i.e., teacher’s fee and expenses).

Future class dates and schedules are being set for Fall and Winter. 2014; Spring of 2015; and the 2015 Conference Classes in Portland, Oregon. Please consider donating your teaching fee for your first class to help get the school started! Please send all information via email to or to SGAA Headquarters, 9313 E. 63rd Street, Raytown, MO 64133.


John Hohenshelt Steps Down as President of Paragon Kilns

The Hohenshelt family, owners of Paragon Industries, L.P., recently announced that John S. Hohenshelt is stepping down as president of Paragon. The Hohenshelts will continue to own the company.

John S. Hohenshelt has run the company for 15 years. “Leaving Paragon is the second-hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life,” John said. “I’m leaving because I feel that it is time that I move on to greater challenges. It is difficult to leave, yet I am also very excited about the future.”

“I wasn’t surprised when John came to tell me that he wanted to leave,” said his father, John R. Hohenshelt, Sr. “When he came to work here full time, I had to persuade him to stay at least five years. It’s been 15 years since then, and because John is very intelligent and ambitious, I understand his need to leave us. John’s health is excellent, and he is leaving on the best of terms. My family will continue to own the company. I bought Paragon 31 years ago and want to keep the company for the long term.”

The Hohenshelt family has hired Todd Lokash as the new company president. When they approached him for an interview, he had just written his next career goal, which was to be with a family-owned, small-to-medium size, privately owned company. “I know the culture that comes in a family-owned business,” said Todd.

In his last position, Todd was director of manufacturing for a large engineering and construction firm in Texas. “I have been put in sticky situations throughout my career,” said Todd. He once moved a construction crane factory from Mexico to Texas. He found the new plant location by searching empty Texas fields from a small plane.

Todd is familiar with kilns. He worked for a foundry that made, among other things, 24′ diameter bushings for ship engines in 30-ton furnaces.

Todd is excited about meeting the Paragon distributors and customers as soon as possible. “It is important that I talk to them,” said Todd. “I want to understand their needs and listen to their thoughts on how we can better support their efforts. If there is a problem, tell me about it. If you don’t tell me, I’ll have a hard time figuring it out.”

What is Todd’s business philosophy? He follows Robert Greenleaf’s servant leadership, which, according to, “enriches the lives of individuals, builds more effective organizations of all kinds and, ultimately, creates a more just and caring world.”

Servant leadership is “service above self,” said Todd. “You’re still running the ship, but you are learning and teaching. I believe in letting people do what they do without interference. It’s not the executive who makes a company money. It’s the people in the company. People will do the right thing. I rely heavily on the expertise of the people who do the jobs. I try to learn as much as possible from them.”

“It is satisfying to have a role in the personal and professional successes of others. I don’t need personal credit for successes within an organization,” he explained.

John S. Hohenshelt will remain with Paragon for the next two to three months or until Todd feels that he is ready to run the company without John’s assistance.

Christmas Stamps Feature the Stained Glass of Leifur Breidfjord

The images presented on set of Christmas stamps from Iceland are taken from a stained glass window above the door of Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik. The artist, Leifur Breidfjord, made use of various religious symbols while creating this beautiful glass structure, which was consecrated by the bishop of Iceland on November 28, 1999.

The window is nine meters tall and two meters wide. In three units of the window, Leifur interprets the battle between good and evil. Other units show Christ’s Passion and the mythological bird Phoenix, symbolizing resurrection.

The top six units depict the circle, a symbol of eternity, a triangle inside the circle, the symbol of the holy trinity and a dove, symbolizing the Holy Spirit. The Christmas stamp’s symbols show three units of the church’s windows.



Two windows in the article “Clara Weaver Parrish: Tiffany’s Alabama Connection” by Janice Ford-Freeman, which appeared in the last issue of this magazine, were misidentified in the photo captions.

The Marriage Feast at Cana (page 163) is in the parish hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Selma, Alabama. It was designed by Clara Weaver Parrish and fabricated by the Castle-London Co. of New York City.

Resurrection Window (page 202) at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Uniontown, AL, was designed by Clara Weaver Parrish and fabricated by the Montague-Castle Co. of New York City. Photo courtesy of the Montgomery (Alabama) Museum of Fine Arts.


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