SUN PHOTO/PAT COPELAND
Carol Surko and Anne Ricci grout their stones.
By Pat Copeland
sun staff writer
Glenn LeFevres students like his class in making
stained glass, garden stepping stones so much that they
keep coming back.
"The idea was to teach them once and then theyd
go do it on their own," LeFevre said with a laugh.
Thats not how it worked out. They keep coming back."
Students make the stepping stones in a two-day workshop
held on a Monday and Wednesday and each workshop involves
a different design.
"I buy 16-inch round stepping stones and cut
and grind all the pieces except for two or three,"
LeFevre explained. "Then I teach the students how
to cut and grind the glass. They glue the glass to the
stone with a special adhesive and the second day, they
"I cut the most of the glass pieces ahead of time
because with 10 students and 50 pieces in a design, that
could be 500 pieces of glass. I also pick the design for
the class, but if they want to do something different,
I charge $10 more."
Designs include animals, birds, flowers, a mermaid, and
butterflies, each made in brightly colored stained glass.
LeFevre said when he retired to Florida after a career
as a buyer for Montgomery Ward in New York and Chicago,
he began with oil painting and moved onto pottery before
discovering stained glass.
"I went to a demonstration and started working in
stained glass. I put my pieces in a consignment shop and
the owner said I should try making stepping stones. He
showed me the ones he was buying and they were terrible.
I started making them for the shop and they took off."
LeFevre said Community Center Administrative Assistant
Sandee Pruett saw him selling the stones at the farmers
market and asked him to teach a class. That was four years
ago and he still makes and sells the stones for $55 each
at the farmers market in downtown Bradenton on Saturdays.
Anybody can do this," he maintained. Its
a craft, not an art. If they want to do it at home, I
provide a list of equipment and materials and where to
buy them. For a couple hundred dollars, you can have everything
you need. Its a fairly clean hobby."
The next two-day workshop is being held March 12 from
1 to 3:30 p.m. and March 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The
design is the double dolphin. The fee for the workshop
is $55 for members and $60 for non-members.
The class size is limited and the deadline to sign up
is March 7. Calls Sandee at 778-1908 to register. The
class is being held in the St. Bernard Church activity
center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, while the new
Community Center is under construction.