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Bovard Stained Glass, Fairfield Iowa

Duration: 06:19
Program: Living in Iowa #614
Broadcast Date: Feb. 2, 1996

At a time when most people could not read stained glass windows were sometimes referred to as "Biblia pauperum", or the bible of the poor. The pictorial art found in stain glass windows was the literature of the poor and way of learning and keeping the scripture.


Today, even though most people know how to read, there is still demand for those who can create stain glass.


One of the biggest studios in the U.S. is in Fairfield, Iowa where windows have been created and refurbished for business and churches from Texas to Alaska and all the way from New York to Hawaii.


It's a craft that is at least a thousand years old and one that has changed very little over the centuries.

Ron Bovard lets us tour his studio where we'll find out what high tech changes have come to this ancient craft and what makes the work his studio is doing different.

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Post Date: April 27, 2011