Letter from the Editor

Fighting Fire with Information

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  Organizers of American Craft Week, October 2–11, will mount a new campaign in 2015 to celebrate craft—the jobs it creates, the vibrant communities it builds, and the beautiful places it enriches. As the global market and advanced technology has forced stronger than ever competition for the consumer’s dollar, artists must stay informed of their markets and create new and exciting work that competes with current trends. The glass industry offers multiple events for networking, education, sales, and promotions this spring and summer.

  Trade show season kicks off with the Glass Craft & Bead Expo, held at the South Point Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 8–12. The 44th Annual Glass Art Society (GAS) Conference, held June 5–7 in San Jose, California, addresses the topic Interface: Glass, Art, and Technology. The Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) offers its 106th Annual Summer Conference, June 10–12, in Portland, Oregon. Next, the American Glass Guild (AGG) will be holding its 10th anniversary conference in Washington, D.C., June 18–21. RAGSfest, an annual gathering of art glass retailers, offers education, inspiration, and recreation June 24–30 in San Antonio, Texas, at Stained Glass Workbench. The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) will convene for its conference, Forging Connections: Celebrating Community, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 15–19.

  If attending a show to learn new skills or improve upon existing ones is not possible for you, Glass Art magazine continues its ongoing series of Glass Expert Webinars™, including two in March on making dichroic jewelry by Tanya Veit, followed by a Webinar on cutting glass by renowned lampshade designer and fabricator Joe Porcelli. Find more details at www.glassartmagazine.com. No travel required!

  This issue of Glass Art features the work of hot glass artist Rick Strini, who relies upon fusing, slumping, and blowing as well as LEDs to create his series of glass lighting. Mel Munsen’s fused and slumped kilnwork showcases sophisticated, intricate murrine and fused cane, ground and polished to remarkably thin, transparent planes. Stained glass artist Daniel Maher incorporates his handblown roundels, photo imaging, prisms, and found objects to create memorable work in stained glass panels. Diversity in design and technique allowed each of these artists to offer more of what his market demands—something truly unique.

Helping glass artists create a prolific market for their work,                                                 

Shawn Waggoner

Editor

                             

Daniel Maher, the Gregg Project, installed in an Idaho residence.

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Deadlines for Advertising 

May/June 2015 
Ad Closing       March 20, 2015 
Ad Materials    Marchr 30, 2015 
Issue Mails      Aprilr 24, 2015

July/August 2015
Ad Closing       May 20, 2015 
Ad Materials    May 30, 2015
Issue Mails      June 20, 2015