Make It Or Break It; Stained Glass For Beginners, 2nd Edition

The innovative stained glass textbook by award winning stained glass artist Phillip McKee, who was also injured as a firefighter at the Pentagon fighting the fires spawned by the terrorist attacks on 9-11. Easy to follow lessons guide you through all the stages of making stained glass art. Includes links to free videos, patterns and trial design software. More

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About Phillip McKee

Phillip Curtis McKee, III, took up stained glass to relax himself from the stressful work of a Firefighter/EMT with the Arlington County Fire Department, VA. His skill grew rapidly until he had won two nation-wide competitions. His work was featured in newspaper articles, on TV, and even on the cover of a national publication. But as with everyone in America, the events of 9-11 changed his life forever. Phillip was among the first to respond to the Pentagon and worked for three straight days at the crash site. During the rescue work, he sustained serious injuries in the line of duty, was placed on disability and subsequently retired. After 9-11 stained glass provided him with a way to bring beauty back into a world stained with hatred. Dissatisfied with the quality of beginner’s stained glass books on the market, and determined to bring the joy of stained glass into the lives of others, Phillip wrote this book. Today he creates stained glass art, writes, and manages web sites despite now having to walk with the aide of a cane. Phillip taught Glass Arts at the Art Studios at Fairlington located in Arlington, VA, and operates a full service studio in Fairfax, VA, where he lives with his spouse, Officer Nopadon McKee, MTPD, and their dog, Cloe. He is always happy to answer student questions via e-mail at or on his website.

Phillip did his undergraduate studies at Yale University and his graduate studies at Harvard University. He also held a research fellowship at Princeton University. Before becoming a Firefighter/EMT, Phillip was a nationally recognized expert on Internet Fraud, served on a White House Panel on Aging, testified before the FTC, FDA, SEC & DOJ, and was the Asst. Director of the National Fraud Information Center, Washington, DC. For almost 10 years he served on the Board of Directors and was Vice-President of the Yale Club of Washington.

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