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A Treasure Trove!

Greetings Friends and Fans of Douglas Phillips Stained Glass.

Just an update to say we haven't yet received funding necessary to work on the archive.  The project to restore and curate my father's life's work has seriously stalled.

If there is anyone out there passionate about stained glass, this is a treasure trove. I have boxes and  boxes of correspondence between my father and his clients that include sketches and glass samples; preliminary sketches up to finished watercolor and ink drawings. There are some glass panels. There is early work and drawings. There are journals!

Douglas B. Phillips, (1922-1995) has yet to be recognized for his historic contribution to stained glass design. In the early 1950's he introduced a new vision into stained glass design. His sweeping dynamic lines and ribbons of color revolutionized stained glass design and brought it into a contemporary context. Because of his innovated artistic skills, (he was a student of my grandfather, renowned American painter from the Cleveland School, Paul B. Travis) coupled with his mastery of color and symbolism, his windows became the gold standard. Word of his talents and techniques spread and because of Douglas Phillips, stained glass broke from the traditional static figures we are all so familiar with and developed into something expansive, exciting and modern.

Phillips' Window Sketch with Dove and Flames, 1991

Please help me in securing his place in the history of stained glass design.

Please contact me with your ideas, suggestions and illuminations!

Elisabeth Sunday


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Myfather's stained glass studio, called "Phillips Stained Glass" was founded in Cleveland in about 1952. It was an enchanting playground and I am fond of saying I grew up there. Beginning when I was only two, my father gave me a box of glass scraps and jewels to play with. I stood on a stool over a light table and and glued different colors and shapes of glass onto a larger sheet of blue or green glass working out a scene. Once I was finished, his glazer, a wonderful man by the name of Lou Buser, would wrap lead around it and solder a little hook at the top so it could be hung in the window. 
Douglas Phillips had an awesome talent. He was one of those artists who could have made his living painting perfect replicas of master works. He once told me painting in other people's styles was the best way to learn and discover your own vision. Indeed, there wasn't anything he couldn't rende…

Update on Douglas Phillips Retrospective


My father's archive arrived from Cleveland a couple of months ago. There are drawings from high school, college, commercial sketches and drawings, early stained glass panels, beautiful renderings in both pencil and charcoal, watercolors, nude drawings and paintings, portraits, letters, documents--
There are about 700 drawings, watercolors and sketches at the framers for conversation, matting and framing. And there are 14 glass panels. Where to begin!?
For anyone wishing to support this project and become a sponsor- please get in touch with me. 
Thank you!
Elisabeth Sunday

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