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Pickel (Conrad) Studio
Vero Beach, Florida

Birth Year: 1906

Death Year: 1994



Opening Date:1947

Designers:

     Pickel, Conrad
     Pickel, Paul

Description: Conrad Pickel (Feb. 10, 1906- Oct. 14, 1994) of Pickel Studio (Milwaukee and Florida) is a stained glass artist/studio that has extensive work in Michigan. Born in Germany, Conrad began an apprenticeship with the Mayer firm in Munich in 1920 when he was 14. It is important to note that also in Munich was an office of the von Gerichten Studio of Columbus, Ohio. They opened the studio in 1914 because the American studio was receiving requests from customers for German workmanship in their stained glass. <sup>i</sup> <br /><br /> A 1928 passenger list on the SS Albert Baillie has Konrad Pickel, glass painter, sailing from Hamburg, Germany to New York on January 13, so he would have been 22 in a few short weeks. It has been known he first worked for a studio in Pittsburgh but until now the studio was unknown and, why Pittsburgh? As it turns out an uncle had settled in Pittsburgh, and research found Conrad's name in the 1928 Polk's Pittsburgh City Directory, with the same address as his uncle. The Directory also has Conrad working for the <em>Aurora Art Glass Company</em> which was eventually sold in 1949 to Hunt Stained Glass, but long after Conrad had left Pittsburgh. While working in Pittsburgh, Conrad probably met/became aware of other stained glass artists working there, especially Charles Connick and the Rudy Brothers who were there at the same time. Some records mention that at some point Pickel worked <em>for</em> Connick, and <em>for</em> the Judson Studio in California. <br /><br /> By 1930 the US Census shows Conrad living in Columbus, Ohio with his occupation listed as "ecclesiastical artist". Why Columbus? Back when Conrad lived/worked in Germany, he was most likely aware of von Gerichten Studio which as previously stated, had initiated a studio in Germany in 1914, so the stop in Pittsburgh was probably a preliminary stop prior to getting a job in Columbus. Once in Columbus, Conrad shared a room with Ernst Kotzian<sup>ii</sup>, who is listed as a glazier in the Columbus, Ohio 1924 directory, and later in the 1926 Columbus City Directory, as an ecclesiastical artist. <br /><br /> Also working at von Gerichten in Columbus was Edward Hiemer (1900-1969) who had worked for the firm in the German office, but came to the US in 1925. His father Georg Hiemer (1866-1955) continued working at von Gerichten in Munich, but came to Columbus to be with his son when the company went bankrupt in the 1930's. The three men (Pickel and the two Hiemer's) then formed their own stained glass company (Edward Hiemer & Company) to finish up some incomplete von Gerichten contracts.<sup>iii</sup> Also working at von Gerichten was glass painter/artist Karl Friedlmaier (1888-1957) who had come from Germany in 1923. Conrad Pickel eventually married his daughter, Joan Friedlmaier! <br /><br /> The Hiemer families and Conrad Pickel and his wife Joan (her father Karl Friedlmaier was by now working in Wisconsin) moved around, depending on where the business was...in Lowell, Mass for one, and by 1935 they moved to Paterson, NJ where their clients were primarily Catholic churches. Paterson was conveniently located between Boston and Washington in an area of high Catholic concentration. Despite the move to an area with more churches, times were tough due to the depression. For a brief time, they were affiliated with the George Payne stained glass firm and when Payne went bankrupt, Heimer and Company took over their facilities, and most of their employees. The Hiemer's and Pickel's had to share living space during the depression until they affiliated with Payne studio, and those early years in partnership left the founding members with a bond they passed down to subsequent generations. <br /><br /> Around 1937, Conrad decided to move to Milwaukee to join the Gavin Mirror and Art Glass firm where his father in law was working. By the early 1940's he was working for Conrad Schmitt Studio in greater Milwaukee, and Conrad is in a photo with the late Bernie Gruenke (eventual owner of CS Studio), his long-time friend Ernest Kotzian, and Al Timler.<sup>v</sup> <br /><br /> By 1947 Conrad started his own studio in greater Milwaukee and one of the employees was...Al Timler, his friend and co-worker from Conrad Schmitt Studio. Timler eventually went on to work for Holman's City Glass Studio in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has some signed windows at St. Lorenz Church in Frankenmuth, Michigan. <br /><br /> In 1956 Conrad started a studio in Florida. Why Florida? According to his son Paul who now owns and operates the studio, a potential job in Florida brought Conrad there in the middle 1950's, and after some consideration, he decided to move his family to Florida and have a studio there, and then he eventually closed the studio in greater Milwaukee. Through the years, Pickel Studio has been involved with over 40 Michigan churches, designing leaded windows for at least 11 churches, and faceted windows for at least 22.<sup>vi</sup> They also design mosaics, large and small, and niche fronts of faceted glass for columbarium's and cemeteries. According to the Pickel website, the studio has work in at least 40 states, as well as Canada. <br /><br /> In addition to his work in glass, Conrad Pickel was also a sculptor and painter. <em>a truly sincere and genuine artist, through and through</em>!!<sup>vii</sup> <br /><br /><br /> <strong><u>Misc. work by Conrad Pickel</u></strong> <br /><br /> St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, E. Lansing, MI;<br /> <a href="http://marvins-gardens.blogspot.com/2014/04/st-thomas-aquinas-catholic-church.html">http://marvins-gardens.blogspot.com/2014/04/st-thomas-aquinas-catholic-church.html</a> <br /> <a href="http://elcatholics.org/the-grande-window">http://elcatholics.org/the-grande-window</a> <br /> Michigan Windows of the Month, 2007 <br /><a href="http://www.michiganstainedglass.org/month/month.php?month=11&amp;year=2007">http://www.michiganstainedglass.org/month/month.php?month=11&amp;year=2007</a> <br /><br /> Faceted (4 walls) of a mausoleum in mid Illinois.<br /> <a href="https://achicagosojourn.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/resurrection-mausoleum/">https://achicagosojourn.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/resurrection-mausoleum/</a> <br /><br /> Our Savior Lutheran Church, Milwaukee (scroll down to see the links for the over 50 windows) <br /> <a href="http://www.oslcmilw.org/StainedGlassWindows/tabid/1104/AlbumID/3043-414/Default.aspx">http://www.oslcmilw.org/StainedGlassWindows/tabid/1104/AlbumID/3043-414/Default.aspx</a> <br /><br /> University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota <br /><a href="http://content.clic.edu/cdm/search/collection/stain-gls">http://content.clic.edu/cdm/search/collection/stain-gls</a> <br /><br /> Minneapolis, Minnesota...Thrivent Insurance. (1956) (click on image to make it larger) <br /> <a href="http://skywayoflove.blogspot.com/2010/06/thrivent-stained-glass-for-lutherans.html">http://skywayoflove.blogspot.com/2010/06/thrivent-stained-glass-for-lutherans.html</a> <br /><br /><br /> <strong><u>Sources:</u></strong> <br /><br /> Ancestry.com for U.S. Census<br /> Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh<br /> Gerry Hiemer via email<br /> Paul Pickel via email<br /> Judi (Hiemer) Van Wie via email<br /> SGAA Biographical Index<br /> <br /><br /><br /> <sup>i</sup>After previous locations in Alabama and Cincinnati, Ludwig von Gerichten settled in Columbus by 1895/1896 as listed in the Columbus City Directory. <br /> <sup>ii</sup>Ernst Kotzian - Born in Munich Germany 20 May 1908; Died 11 July 1965 in the Dorchester, Massachusetts; Arrival to the USA on SS New York 15 April 1929 (boarded in Hamburg); naturalized 18 Jun 1945 in Massachusetts; attended Boston University as mentioned in 1951 year book; married stained glass artist/painter Kathleen McDonald in 26 Dec 1948; Was in 1930 census rooming with Pickel in Columbus probably working at von Gerichten.<br /><a href="http://person.ancestry.com/tree/12698603/person/-201079788/facts">http://person.ancestry.com/tree/12698603/person/-201079788/facts</a> <br /> <sup>iii</sup>Web site for Hiemer Stained glass. <a href="http://www.hiemco.com/">http://www.hiemco.com/</a> (click on Company resume for history) <br /> <sup>iv</sup>Edward Hiemer and his wife Elsie <a href="http://mv.ancestry.com/viewer/c80f432e-61b7-43bc-8d24-7d37c47da4bb/46531975/6555836006">http://mv.ancestry.com/viewer/c80f432e-61b7-43bc-8d24-7d37c47da4bb/46531975/6555836006</a> <sup>v</sup><a href="https://www.facebook.com/257049024415505/photos/a.258398524280555.62242.257049024415505/753717351415334/?type=1&amp;theater>https://www.facebook.com/257049024415505/photos/a.258398524280555.62242.257049024415505/753717351415334/?type=1&amp;theater</a> <br /> <sup>vi</sup>Pickel Studio web site. <a href="http://www.pickelstudio.com/regionalmap.php">http://www.pickelstudio.com/regionalmap.php</a> <br /> <sup>vii</sup>June 2014 Florida newspaper article:<a href="http://thecoastalstar.ning.com/profiles/blogs/arts-pickel-s-art-defined-by-his-boundless-imagination-and-enthus">http://thecoastalstar.ning.com/profiles/blogs/arts-pickel-s-art-defined-by-his-boundless-imagination-and-enthus<br /> <br />

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I am the light of the world
Building Name and City: Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock
I am the bread of life
Building Name and City: Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock
I am the vine
Window Name: I am the vine
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George, the Soldier Saint
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The Last Supper
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Moses Striking the Rock
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New Lady of Westphalia
Building Name and City: St. Mary's Church, Westphalia
The Last Supper
Window Name: The Last Supper
Building Name and City: St. Mary's Church, Westphalia
Baptism
Window Name: Baptism
Resurrection
Window Name: Resurrection
Angel with a Horn
Window Name: Angel with a Horn
Building Name and City: St. George Orthodox Church, Flint
The Ascension
Window Name: The Ascension
Crucifixion
Window Name: Crucifixion
Suffer the Children to Come Unto Me
St. Matthew & St. Mark
Ten Commandments and Bible
The Resurrection
Window Name: The Resurrection
Good Friday
Window Name: Good Friday
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Baptism
Window Name: Baptism
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Easter
Window Name: Easter
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Pentecost
Window Name: Pentecost
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Holy Communion
Window Name: Holy Communion
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Christian Education
Window Name: Christian Education
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
The Great Commission
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Trinity
Window Name: Trinity
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Word of God
Window Name: Word of God
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Advent
Window Name: Advent
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Christmas and Epiphany
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Lent
Window Name: Lent
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Heaven
Window Name: Heaven
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Worship
Window Name: Worship
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The Church
Window Name: The Church
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Christ Triumphant
Window Name: Christ Triumphant
Building Name and City: Peace Lutheran Church, Saginaw
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Seasons overlaid with Christian Symbols