Letter from the Editor
Summer of Glass Love
by Shawn Waggoner
Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner reminds readers of the wide variety of conferences available during the summer months that provide the opportunity to appreciate, learn about, and love hot, warm, and cold glass. She also introduces three groundbreaking glass artists—Karen LaMonte, Judith Schaechter, and Loris Nygaard—who are featured in the July/August 2012 issue of Glass Art.
Judith Schaechter—“The Battle of Carnival and Lent”
by Shawn Waggoner
As part of Eastern State Penitentiary’s 2012 artist installation program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, stained glass artist, Judith Schaechter, created 17 stained glass windows inspired by the prison’s dark history. The Battle of Carnival and Lent addresses the psychological border territory between spiritual aspiration and human suffering, which is evocative of theology but secular in purpose.
Skills & Techniques
Painting on Stained Glass
Design, Fabrication, and Text by Judith Schaechter
Judith Schaechter demonstrates techniques for creating a human face and patterned clothing by sandblasting the surface of glass, using razor point markers to draw the face, and using painting and etching techniques plus kiln firings for detailing the face and the remainder of the figure.
Experimentation Is Not Just for Art
by Mark Veit
Many business owners use various forms of social media to gain exposure for their products. Experimenting with various ways to reach the public and seeking the opinions of others on how effective they think these new ideas will be can lead to successful social media initiatives for increasing sales.
WheatonArts Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement
Photography courtesy of Museum of American Glass at WheatonArts
The Museum of American Glass at WheatonArts is participating in the nationwide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the American Studio Glass movement. Three exhibitions have been planned to enhance visitors’ appreciation of contemporary glass.
Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award
Introducing the 2011 GEAA Winner Zachary Jorgenson
Glasscraft and The Flow have joined Glass Art and its other sister publication, Glass Patterns Quarterly, in recognizing up-and-coming flameworking artists who have demonstrated outstanding skill, technique, and artistic innovation. The 2011 winner is Zachary Jorgenson, who works in various marble styles, using murrine, threading, and other techniques to create individual work as well as collaborative pieces with wife Chelsea Bent.
Pilchuck School—Ensuring the Future of Glass, One Student at a Time
by Shawn Waggoner
Photography courtesy of Pilchuck Glass School
Pilchuck Glass School faces unique challenges when it comes to seeking ways to help the environment due to its use of extensive hot glass equipment required by students, including torches, glory holes, and furnaces. The school is using those challenges to inspire new ways of working with glass to reduce its carbon footprint.
Art Glass—A New Pastime in China
by Julie Bedford
Photography by Guan Donghai
Delphi Glass has recognized the growth of the middle class in China with its accompanying advent of leisure time and has taken steps to make art glass supplies more available to Chinese glass artists and hobbyists. The company’s mission is to support the growth of glass art and to introduce fusing and flameworking to the country.
Art Glass Studio Profile
by Colleen Bryan
Photography by Audra’s Photography and Boomer Jerrit
Loris Nygaard, a self-taught glass artist, works with quarter-inch pieces of glass that are time consuming and difficult to grind as she creates her signature lamps. She also uses glass gems and a filigree technique with swirling wire to add detail and unique design elements.
Warm Glass Studio Profile
Karen LaMonte—The Beauty of Absence
by Delynn Ellis
Photography by Russell Johnson, Martin Polak, Steven Polaner, and Gabriel Urbanek
Karen LaMonte has been called one of the most significant artists working in glass today. Her cast glass sculptures, many of them flowing gowns, are regarded as haunting and mysterious and are filled with detailed clarity.
Exploring the Minimal Cost for Operating an Annealing Kiln
by John S. Hohenshelt, President of Paragon Industries, L.P.
Photography by Sandi Howard
Many people are concerned about the need for doors of bead annealing kilns to be open when glass rods are placed inside. John S. Hohenshelt demonstrates through mathematical calculations that these costs are minimal.
Etched Glass Studio Profile
E-Scape Art Glass by James A. Veenstra
by Colleen Bryan
Photography by James A. Veenstra
James A. Veenstra uses his intimate knowledge of life in the wild to create his remarkable depictions of nature. He particularly enjoys combining shading and carving techniques to develop more depth and dimension in his etched glass panels.
Edgar Miller—Stained Glass in Chicago’s Old Town
Text and Photography by Larry Zgoda
Edgar Miller was in all likelihood the most distinguished and diversified of the artists who lived and worked in a community of artists in Chicago, Illinois, known as the Old Town Artists’ Colony. His diversity is evidenced in the wide variety of media in which he worked, including printmaking, murals, woodcarving, batik, and stained glass.
Mosaic Arts Summit 2012
by Gwynn Kaitis
Photography by Tim Stassines
The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) held its 11th Annual SAMA Conference, which proved to be one of the most successful in the organization’s history. Attendees enjoyed over 30 different preconference workshops, and presentations by leading artists including Ilana Shafir, Rachel Sager, Laurie Mika, and Jennie Houston provided inspiration to SAMA members.
Join the SGAA on Facebook
The Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) has organized a Facebook team who are working to increase sharing opportunities among stained glass artists using the many assets available through Facebook. This new venue will give members the ability to share information, give each other support, and increase their client base.
Presenting the latest in books and products for the glass art enthusiast
by Darlene Welch
Information on the latest in new glass types and colors, supplies and tools, kilns, books and patterns, and anything else that glass artists and enthusiasts need for working in hot, warm, and cold glass can be found in the What’s New section of Glass Art.
The Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts Fostering Emerging Israeli Glass Artists
by Eleanor Cicerchi
Photography courtesy of Katerina Verguelis
Interest in the glass arts is taking hold in modern Israel, thanks in large measure to the work of The Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts (AIDA). AIDA’s mission is to foster the development of contemporary decorative artists from Israel, including glass artists, by connecting them to galleries, collectors, institutions, and other artists internationally.
Glass Art readers share their impressions of the articles included in the magazine. This issue features a thank-you from glass artist, Susan Silver Brown, whose work was featured in the Glasscaster with Marcie Davie article in the May/June 2012 issue of Glass Art.