Peter Mollica was born
in Newton, Massachusetts in 1941.
From 1964 through 1975
he studied stained glass craft and design, beginning with a 4 year
apprenticeship to Christy Rufo in Somerville, Mass. Other studies included
travel to England, France, Germany and Denmark to see ancient and modern
European windows, and a design workshop with Ludwig Schaffrath.
In 1968 Peter and his
wife Judy moved to California and set up his studio making commissioned
and non-commissioned stained glass. Their daughter, Jennie, was born in San
Francisco in 1970.
With the help of writer
Norm Fogel and photograher Charles Frizzell he authored and published
STAINED GLASS PRIMER: a handbook of
stained glass technique in 1971. In 1972, they produced STAINED
GLASS PRIMER, VOL.2: advanced
techniques and annotated bibliography in 1977. In 1981 Peter
published a Japanese language edition of STAINED GLASS PRIMER.
1988 and 1993 brought
collaborations with three other glass artists. He fabricated two clerestory
windows designed by Rowan
LeCompte for the
Washington Cathedral, Washington, D.C.. He fabricated 64 laminated
glass panels designed by Ed
Carpenter for the Oakland Federal Building, Oakland, CA.. Since
Lewis has been doing the lead fabrication for all of Peter's