When Tammy Miller became interim president of the Dover Art League in November, she could always hear piles of untouched stained glass in the art league's storage area talk to her. The glass would say, “Use us.”

When Tammy Miller became interim president of the Dover Art League in November, she could always hear piles of untouched stained glass in the art league's storage area talk to her. The glass would say, "Use us."

After months of this tireless request, Miller can finally put the Dover Art League's beautiful glass to good use with its four-week stained glass workshop for beginners, which will be held each Saturday, from Sept. 7 through Sept. 28. In addition to the workshops in September, additional classes will be held on a monthly basis. The workshop is limited to seven enrollees. In addition to the workshops in September, additional ones will be held on a monthly basis for beginners to advanced students.

Whether it's creating a sun catcher for a gift or to sell, the stained glass workshop will give attendees a new skill that leads to endless possibilities. During the workshop, participants will do everything from cutting their own glass creations to sautering the works.

Each session will last two hours and be instructed by veteran stained glass artist Paula Madsen, along with her husband, Alfred, a stained glass artist who'll serve as her helper.

"I'm excited to do this," said Madsen, 50, of Felton. "I want to bring people into the studio so they can take classes and see how much they can do with the glass. You could make sun catchers, fan lamps ─ there's no end. The craft is phenomenal."

How it works

For the first session, attendees will learn how to cut glass. They'll first draw a sketch on cardboard of a simple pattern they'd like to use for their glass creation, which could be something like a butterfly or flower. When illustrating this concept, they'll also divide the drawing into multiple sections. The finished product is typically comprised of multiple pieces of glass that are assembled together like a jigsaw puzzle, Alfred Madsen said. Participants will place their cardboard sketch over a piece of glass and then trace over it using a glass cutter to design the desired image. They'll cut that image out with pliers.

During the second session, attendees will learn to smooth out the edges of their stained glass with a grinder. For the third session, participants will apply copper foil to the perimeter of their glass pieces, which is a process called foiling. Foiling is important because it'll help to bond the individual pieces of glass together during the sautering phase, which happens in session four. And session four is dedicated to sautering.

'It's finally happening'

After Miller was elected president of the Dover Art League in April, following a brief stint as interim president, she began a search to find an instructor to teach a stained glass workshop because it was something that hadn't been done at the league for a long time, she said. As fate would have it, Miller recently ran into the Madsens at Big Thursday in Bowers Beach where Paula mentioned that she's been a stained glass artist for 30 years. That sealed the deal.

"We've been jumping up and down," Miller said. "I've been waiting, and it's finally happening."

IF YOU GO

WHAT Stained glass workshop

WHEN 10 a.m. to noon, each Saturday in September; after the September workshop, additional stained glass workshops will be held on a monthly basis for beginner to advanced students

WHERE Dover Art League, 21 West Loockerman St., Dover

COST $75

INFO Visit doverartleague.com or call 674-0402