Letter from the Editor The Best of the Best by Shawn Waggoner Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner offers a glimpse into this issue’s studio profiles for stained glass artist, CZ Lawrence, warm glass artist, Leslie Perlis, and hot glass artist, Beth Lipman. She also shares comments from enthusiastic participants of the new Glass Expert Webinars™ sponsored by Glass and Glass Patterns Quarterly designed to bring workshops by experienced teachers right to attendees with no traveling required.
Art Glass Studio Profile CZ Lawrence - A Thin Line Between Humor and Pathos by Shawn Waggoner Photography Courtesy of the National Cathedral Charles Ziegler Lawrence has worked during the past fifty-six years in many of the major East Coast studios United States and served for almost twenty years as the premiere designer for Willet Studios. He is also responsible for creating five of the stunning windows that are part of the glass art at the Washington National Cathedral.
AGG News Connections - The American Glass Guild’s 2012 Conference by Shawn Waggoner Photography by Scott Ouderkirk, Kathy Jordan, Indre McGraw, and Sylvia Nicolas
The 2012 American Glass Guild (AGG) conference, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, presented a world-class program of preconference workshops, a series of talks covering the history of the development of art glass, and an abundance of opportunities to enjoy glass art. the Juried Members Exhibit also provided a rare and unique chance to view AGG members’ work all in one location.
Retailer Profile - Grand Central Stained Glass & Graphics by Colleen Bryan Photography by Nokko Devereux Customers who frequent Eloyne and Bradley Erickson’s retail glass store are greeted by a working studio. Inventory items line the perimeter, but the eye goes to custom-built workbenches, where someone is always working. The Ericksons believe that this focal point fosters a subliminal notion that the visitor, too, can be a maker.
SAMA News - Society of American Mosaics Artists Well Represented in New Mosaic Book by Gwyn Kaitis Photography by Tim Stassines A chance encounter at SOFA Chicago 2010 culminated in the inclusion of thirty-six members of the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) in Mosaic Art Today, a new book by Jeffrey B. Snyder. Knowing that the SAMA membership is comprised of many of the best mosaic artists working in the medium today, a call went out to artists who were encouraged by SAMA to submit work for this project.
Warm Glass Studio Profile Leslie Perlis - Celebrating 40 Years in Glass by Shawn Waggoner Photography by Leslie Perlis and Bonnie Owen Leslie Perlis celebrates her 40th anniversary of her glass studio. From stained glass and fusing to mosaics and public art, this diversity has kept Perlis’ studio viable in economic hard times and has afforded her great breadth of experience with both personal and public work.
Marketing Exploring the Benefits of Search Engine Optimization by Mark Veit Featuring Fused Glass Jewelry by Tanya Veit It’s essential for every business to keep an eye toward some basic search engine optimization (SEO) principles when it comes to maintaining a successful website. Including keywords at the beginning of descriptions, writing them in a way that is readable and make sense, and continuously offering new information will help to keep customers coming back to your website.
Philanthropic Glass United We Help - Providing a Haven for Families of Hospitalized Children by Maria Moran Ed Hoy’s International recently had the opportunity to combine industry talents to help support the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world built in Chicago, Illinois. With the assistance of Spectrum, Bullseye, and Uroboros glass companies, glass art panels were created for the lobby of the new building to encompass the theme of the entire building. The purpose was to bring a little peace and hope to the families who stay there while their children are being treated for serious illnesses.
Hot Glass Studio Profile Interesting Parallels - Beth Lipman’s Still Lifes in Glass by Shawn Waggoner Photography by Robb QuinnBeth Lipman makes work at her rural home studio in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, in a building that used to house the largest producer of chicks in the county and now serves as an incubator for ideas and art. She creates still lifes that are three-dimensional drawings that begin with a general idea and amasses components for work that evolves over time through the addition and subtraction of objects.
GAS News - Envisioning the Future in Boston by Pamela Koss, GAS Executive Director Photography by Russell Johnson and Bill Truslow The 2012 Glass Art Society (GAS) Conference was a huge success, bringing artists from around the world to celebrate a moment in history that launched the American Studio movement. The group is already looking ahead to its 2013 conference, which will center around the celebration of the innovations and future possibilities for the medium of art made with glass.
Working Greener Studio Xaquixe - Exemplifying the “Enviroglassart” Concept by Shawn Waggoner Photography by Studio Xaquixe Years of labor and innovation have led Christian Thornton to develop his “Enviroglassat” concept—the combination of the necessary components that constitute a sustainable art glass center. The operation of his Studio Xaquixe in Oaxaca, Mexico, embraces the formulation of waste glass, recuperation of heat, application of alternative energies, and innovation of business models that adhere to the principles of social and environmental responsibility.
ISGB News - ISGB Begins a New Venture by Annemarie Herrlich The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) regional directors decided to create an opportunity for its members to take a step into the jury process and venture into new territory. The new Venture exhibit allows each region to name its own theme and identify three judges to set criteria for feedback to the participants. A virtual show was also created online, which allows for more artists to participate.
Showcase - Magic Medals Race In for the Olympics by The Staff of the Contemporary Glass Society Medals were the focal point of an Olympic-inspired exhibition that tested the creativity and technical skill of artists working with glass. The Medallions exhibition, officially part of the Cultural Olympiad and the Festival of Glass, attracted more than 80 artists who created their own unique imaginings of the Olympic medal. The result was a stunning wall of glass medals that showcased the fascinating range of techniques and the inventiveness of the artists.
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