About Us

Family Owned since 1975

How we started
We are a family business founded by Glen and Joanne Bishop in 1975. They decided to open a little glass shop on Main Street in St. Charles because Glen had just learned (self-taught) how to make sun catchers and could not find a local source of supplies for his new found hobby. Today, daughter Julie Bishop Day teaches classes and creates custom art glass pieces along with David Hibbeler who has been with us since 1981. Daughter Jean Dryden now runs the business which has grown to include the retail hobby store and a gift store featuring glass gifts and also a wholesale and publishing business.
First sign and building for The Glass Workbench
The Glass Workbench started out at 510 South Main in 1975. Glen made the sign with glass inserts for the lampshade.