Storytelling has a strong connection to historic stained glass works, as in works of art in general. This work is based on a story of deep ocean diving. My challenge when designing and making this stained glass work was to create as many borders as possible to lead the viewers eye back to a place showing a diver in action. I hand painted the borders, and photographed the model to fit my concept. The image of the diver was silk-screened onto the glass, then the green water was airbrushed on the glass. All the paints are applied to the glass surface then kiln fired, a process that dates back to Medieval artisans.
30 1/4 x 40 1/2 inches. 2015. Hand painted and silk-screened (kiln fired) enamels on stained glass, set into a non-rust stainless steel frame with LED lights. Private collection.


Aesop’s fables come alive with glass master class at the Toledo Museum of Art

TOLEDO, Ohio – New York City artist Joseph Cavalieri will teach a one-week glass art master class at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) May 6-10. This fun class is based on historic Aesop’s fables.
Cavalieri will teach every step of the process, from the initial design, to a variety of processes to add imagery onto the glass surface, to soldering. Students will learn penning, painting, air-brushing and sandblasting techniques in class. Enamel paints are applied, then kiln fired onto the glass surface, then students will copper foil and solder the glass together to create the final work—a 12 in. x 12 in. stained glass panel.
Students don't need to be great painters, they have the option to trace found images in class. Cavalieri’s stained glass panels are displayed in a wall hung metal frame with internal LED lighting, and he will bring a sample of to class.

Posted 23 February 2019

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“Students always complain at the end of my workshops they would love to have 'just one more day,” Cavalieri said. “Here at the Glass Pavilion we are totally spoiled to have five full days, where we can take our time, get to know each other, experiment with techniques, and create a final stained glass panel and lots of samples.”
Cavalieri’s focus is hand-painted stained glass art using painting methods created by Medieval artists. Some of his work is serious while some is more 'pop' oriented. In his glass work he has been known to add blue hair to Alice in Wonderland and feature forgotten characters like Endora from the TV series Bewitched. He even has been known to kill off Simpsons characters in his work; two Simpsons writers in Los Angles own his work.
Though the technique is very historic, Cavalieri updates the stories illustrated in the work to relate to the past, present, and future. Past is the traditional stained glass vibrant illuminated colors, designs, and patterns.
Cavalieri runs CAVAglass, a stained glass design and production studio in New York City. He specializes in contemporary stained glass, often based on fables and books, as well as production of these works using techniques including hand painting, air brushing, and sand blasting stained glass.
Cavalieri’s class is the first in a series of master classes the Museum is hosting from May through August 2019. The glass master classes will run one week, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch provided. Each week-long class will cost $950 for Museum members and $1,000 for non-members.
To register for a master class in glass, visit toledomuseum.org/glass-master-classes
or call (419) 254-5080. Scholarship application information is available on the class registration page. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 1 while the deadline to register for a class is one month before it begins.
The Toledo Museum of Art is a nonprofit arts institution funded through individual donations, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and investments. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund programs at the Toledo Museum of Art through a sustainability grant program that encourages economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Glass Pavilion® and Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion® are registered service marks.
Admission to the Museum is free. The Museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; and is closed Monday and major holidays. Thursday evening hours are sponsored by Huntington Private Client Group. Friday evening hours are made possible by Fifth Third Bank.
The Museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street at Scottwood Avenue, just west of the downtown business district and one block off I-75 with exit designations posted. For general information, visitors can call 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, or visit toledomuseum.org.

2445 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43620, USA
+1 419-255-8000

"Two Nanny Goats" Based on the fable by Jean De La Fontaine written in the late 1600s. 
23 x 37 inches, 2003. Private collection. Hand painted enamel, stained glass, solder, LED lights.

Little Cakes”
The white rabbit and our blue haired Alice in a scene from the book: “The crowd hurls pebbles at Alice which turn into little cakes, she eats and shrinks.”  Little cakes are now Hostess Cup Cakes, and there is a tiny puppet version of our Alice. This stained glass panel is part of a series based on the illustrations of Lewis Carrol’s 1865 book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.’ Joseph updates the story by placing Alice in New York City in 2018, and giving Alice blue hair. Alice is under-whelmed and lost in consumer-land. 
15 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches, 2018. Hand painted and air brushed stained glass and solder, set in a metal frame with LED lighting. Private collection.

"Lap O’ Luxury" Joseph Cavalieri's collaboration with illustrator R. Crumb. This is panel is based on a cartoon magazine cover from the 1970s. 
19 x 27 x 2 inches, 2010. Private collection. Hand painted enamel, stained glass, flashed glass, solder, LED lights.

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