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The Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia is the only place in the US that we have been able to locate that actively engages in glass production. Father Methodius has been making stained glass there for over 50 years and can be contacted as follows:
2625 Highway 212 Southwest
Conyers, GA 30094
In Europe, the International Convention Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation (www.izkk.de) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research, which hosts the Glass Science in Art and Conservation (GLASSAC) Conference, is located in Wuerzburg, Germany at the Bronnbach Monastery. Similarly, the site of the National Glass Centre (www.nationalglasscentre.com) in Sunderland, England, is located not far from St. Peter's Church, a historic site where glass making was established in a monastic community in 674AD. It is unknown whether or not glassmaking by monks continues in these places. Contacting these organizations directly is recommended.
For further information, you may also wish to contact The Glass Art Society as follows:
Glass Art Society
6512 23rd Ave NW, Suite 329
Seattle Washington 98117 USA
Phone: (206) 382-1305
Fax: (206) 382-2630
Lastly, for an off-beat approach to satisfying your query, you may wish to consult "A Taste of Heaven: A Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nuns," by Madeline Scherb, a survey of the products you alluded to that are currently being made by Catholic religious orders in America, Belgium, France, and Germany. It is entirely possible that individual monasteries may be able to put you in touch with the craft persons within their orders that you seek.