Gaytee-Palmer Stained Glass is a family owned and operated business. We were founded in 1918 by Thomas J. Gaytee, an accomplished stained glass artist and liturgical designer from New York. Gaytee has only known three prior owners; founder Thomas J. Gaytee, Lee N. R. Miller, John Salisbury and now, Al Palmer. Prior to merging their business with Gaytee Stained Glass, they were the owners of Palmer Stained Glass…both in Minneapolis. They worked closely with John Salisbury at Gaytee for ten years before merging the two companies in 2010.
The projects we have completed range from churches, historical buildings, repair and restoration for furniture care businesses, to the custom design of new window projects for private residents and designers. Throughout the decades, we have continually kept pace with the latest developments in the glass industry, while maintaining the highest level of service to our customers.
Meet our team of artisans below or stop by anytime to tour our studio. We can accommodate groups of twelve or less at one time. Call us to schedule a tour! We love it when people want to learn more about the process and craftsmanship that goes into stained glass.
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Al Palmer is the owner of Gaytee-Palmer Stained Glass Studio and has been in the stained glass business since 1974. Al started as an apprentice in the stained glass business after high school and after a few winters working in the stained glass business part-time, he realized he loved this work. He made the decision to make the stained glass business his career and after working his way through the ranks, became a sales person and eventually started his own company.
After being in the business for over 30 years, another opportunity knocked and Al was given the opportunity to purchase the oldest and largest stained glass studio in the Twin Cities area, Gaytee Stained Glass. Al merged Palmer Stained Glass with Gaytee Stained Glass and now has an all-encompassing stained glass business and is thrilled.
Kellie has been in the stained glass business since 1995, she is a co-owner with her husband Al Palmer and is the Business Administrator for Gaytee Palmer. Kellie and her husband, Al Palmer, merged Palmer Stained Glass and Gaytee Stained Glass in 2010 and now have an all-encompassing stained glass studio in the heart of the Art District in NE Minneapolis Minnesota.
Kellie loves so many aspects of the business; but when a project is completed and delivered to the client there is a sense of satisfaction and joy that is hard to describe. Stained glass transforms a space unlike any other art form. Whether the project is residential or commercial, or a restoration of old windows or fabricating new windows, there is always something about stained glass that people enjoy and can connect with.
David Fode is the Senior Artist at Gaytee Palmer Stained Glass. David is an accomplished artist and graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois, with an emphasis in drawing and illustration.
David has been a stained glass artist since 1998; his talents are most often used in the design and painting of stained glass windows. David says, “I am inspired by what I am working on today could be around 100 years from now.”
David’s work is in churches, synagogues and public spaces all around the world. He has restored windows by many world renowned artists: LaFarge, Tiffany, Heaton, Butler & Bell, Mayer of Munich, Zettler, Emil Frei, Munich Studio and Connick.
Kimberly Saima is in charge of the design and repair for our residential department. Kim graduated with a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Kim received the High Honor Achievement and Dean’s List in Glass and Painting.
Kim has worked in the stained glass business since 1987 and has a broad understanding of the business. Kim has been with Gaytee Palmer since 1998 and is a talented stained glass artisan and designer. She loves that her work is new everyday and along with it, brings new challenges.
Jake has always had a passion for art; he comes from a family of craftsmen and artisans. In 1995, Jake was awarded the prestigious high school student Gold Key Award and Scholarship from MCAD in Minneapolis.
Jake started as an apprentice at Gaytee Stained Glass Studio in 1995 and is now our shop foreman. For the past 20 years, Jake has prided himself in the history of stained glass and the techniques that have been used for generations in the restoration and fabrication of stained glass windows.
Jake loves the creativity of putting glass and light together and the feeling it brings to a space. Jake is dedicated to training future stained glass artisans and feels that stained glass is an art form we need to preserve.