Letter from the Editor

A Fall Farewell to David Alcala

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  On September 6, 2014, the world lost one of the good ones. David Alcala was a generous, kind, talented, and creative soul who touched all those he met with his gracious and positive personality. Born in Stockton, California, in 1951, Alcala served in the U.S. Army and later pursued his artistic side in Hawaii. A resident of Pacific Grove for the past 14 years, Alcala and wife Claudia established their Sand To Glass Design Studio there. Beginning in 2011, David traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as one of the top instructors and innovators in the glass industry. He was respected and honored by many for his selfless contributions.

  Alcala, who worked for many years as a master sand artist, turned the kiln forming world on its edge with his vertical approach to designing with layers of frit. His “Sand Tapestry” technique involves standing two pieces of glass upright with a small space between them. The space is filled with layers of colored frit to create incredible imagery. Says long-time friend and fellow kiln forming pioneer, Gil Reynolds: “This was a breakthrough approach. What he proposed to me was a new glass binder that would hold frit together in sheets that could be cut with scissors. The binder had to be strong, flexible, and burn away clear. Together we tried multiple chemical compositions until we came up with just the right formula, and Flexi-Glass was born.” Alcala periodically spent time at Reynolds’ studio where the two devoted many hours to testing, experimenting, and just playing with glass. “We had some wonderful times. He was a joy to be around, and he will be missed.”

  Alcala is survived by his wife Claudia, sons Mark and Sean, sister Laura Alcala-Murray, stepchildren, 12 grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and a world of glass artists and friends.

  Alcala was doing what he loved, teaching, when he passed away. Says Claudia: “I have received kind words from many people whose lives he touched. Thank you so much. He would think he was not deserving of all the attention. David truly loved teaching and inspiring others by sharing his ideas and his passion for art.”

Keeping Alcala’s legacy alive by staying creative,                                                           

Shawn Waggoner

Editor

                                                       David Alcala

Donations for the David Alcala Memorial Fund are being accepted to help Alcala’s family at www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Donate.action?auctionId=222539796

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