The Stained Glass Art of Bruce Porter

by Theodore Ellison

Traditional building guild Artistic License is hosting my illustrated talk, ‘The Stained Glass Art of Bruce Porter’, on Wednesday, March 1st @ 7pm at The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA.

Bruce Porter (1865-1953) is perhaps most well-known for the windows at the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco and the formal gardens he designed at Filoli. A true Renaissance man, he was at the center of Bay Area cultural life at the turn of the twentieth century. This talk will cover the artistry and timeline of Bruce Porter’s first career as a stained glass artist. Found in churches, private homes and exclusive clubs around California, this is a comprehensive look at Porter’s glasswork and will present the context and artistic influences that inspired his unique approach to the craft.

Artistic License is a group of skilled professional artisans dedicated to historic architectural restoration and newly interpreted period design. Working in the tradition of historic artisan guilds, Artistic License members provide a wide range of services and products from architectural design and building restoration to period furnishings and fine finishes.