Master Apprenticeship Program Returns to Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

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Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, Inc. today announced the long-awaited return of its Master Apprenticeship Program in the field of Stained Glass. After an absence of more than 10 years, the apprenticeship program has returned to teach participants all the aspects of the craft and art of stained glass.

Given the 115-year history of the studio and the lineage of its artisans, an apprenticeship certification from Willet Hauser Architectural Glass is a significant and valuable achievement to anyone making a career in the study of stained glass.

Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, Inc. announced today the return of the Studio’s esteemed Master Apprenticeship Program in the field of Stained Glass. This historic program, which fell by the wayside over the last 10 to 15 years, has been restructured and will offer apprentices the opportunity to learn all aspects of the craft and art of stained glass.

As Studio President and CEO John Phillips, Jr. explained, “It is important to give career-oriented stained glass enthusiasts a direction and proper education in stained glass. Given the 115-year history of the studio and the lineage of its artisans, an apprenticeship certification from Willet Hauser Architectural Glass is a significant and valuable achievement to anyone making a career in the study of stained glass.”

The Apprenticeship Program spans three years and features three major areas of study – Studio Work, Field Work, and Artistic Work. The program begins with a base apprenticeship during the first year and a half, where individuals are introduced to each aspect of the trade.

Apprentices will complete a designated set of hours developing skills in stained glass fabrication, drawing, draft work, glass painting, restoration and on-site installation and preservation. Once an apprentice successfully completes the first half of the program he or she will then choose the direction they would like to focus the remainder of their studies as an Apprentice, selecting a major in either Studio Work (creation, fabrication and restoration), Field Work (preservation, on site restoration and installation of new art) or Artistic Work (design, pattering and painting). The remainder of the program will then be tailored toward his or her chosen field of study.

In addition to studio work, apprentices will be required to complete outside coursework in areas such as Drawing, Computer Arts, History and Glass Studies. These courses will be completed online and/or held at a community college, or completed through the participation of studio affiliated programs and workshops. Additionally, apprentices will be expected to take part in monthly in-house classes instructed by Willet Hauser Architectural Glass journeymen and upper management.

Hours will be documented and each phase of the program must be passed successfully in order to move forward. Once completed, a committee of journeymen and upper management will review each phase of the apprentices’ work and determine whether or not the program has been completed successfully and fully. Upon successful completion, the individual will be given journeyman status. As a certified journeyman, they will be able to perform the tasks of the trade within the field of stained glass, and to supervise apprentices. A Certificate of Completion of the Willet Hauser Apprentice program will serve any stained glass professional’s career well.

Entry into the Apprenticeship Program begins with applying for a position within the Studio. When the end of the probation period of 60 days has been completed, if the individual shows an interest, desire and ability to the craft, they will be invited into the Master Apprenticeship Program. To apply, resumes should be emailed to the Studio’s Human Resource Department at hr(at)willethauser(dot)com.

About Willet Hauser Architectural Glass:

Originally founded in 1898 under the name of The Willet Stained Glass and Decorating Co., the nation’s leading stained glass window company known today as Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, Inc., continues to design and restore beautiful stained glass window creations. Combining both timeless traditions and modern techniques to their craft, Willet Hauser’s works of art have been commissioned by prominent associations and organizations throughout the United States, including the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco and even West Point Military Academy. For more information, please visit http://www.willethauser.com/or call 800-533-3960.

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