Letter from the Editor
An Autumn to Remember
by Shawn Waggoner
Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner offers a glimpse into this issue’s studio profiles for hot glass artist, Jonathan Harris, and warm glass artist, Donna Sarafis and a reminder that the new Directory of Industry Supplies is ready. Dates are also listed for the upcoming Glass Expert Webinars™ from sister publication, Glass Patterns Quarterly, that provide glass enthusiasts with the chance to attend seminars by expert artist teachers via live audio and video.
Hot Glass Studio Profile
Jonathan Harris Studio Glass Ltd.
by Colleen Bryan
Jonathan Harris Studio Glass uses ancient techniques, natural themes, and a passionate commitment to artisanship to create his glass art. Harris and his wife Alison are firmly contemporary, anchored by a spirit of innovation, a willingness to engage evolving technologies, and a practical orientation to current markets.
Reaching Out to an Optimal Buying Audience
by Mark Veit
Photography by Sylvus Tarn
Once artists attract more people to their websites through such aids as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, it becomes essential to focus on ways to organize the target page that allows buyers to purchase items directly from the site in order to maximize sales. Developing a tiered pricing system gives buyers the best chance to find something in their own price range.
International Flameworking Conference Continues to Inspire
by Tracy Wiggins, Salem Community College
Photography by Kristin Norton
Held each spring since 2001, the International Flameworking Conference (IFC) celebrates excellence in glass while hosting highly respected glass artists who offer insight, instruction, and inspiration. The 2012 conference featured Jay Musler, whose constantly evolving work now includes sculptures, bowls, panels, boats, and masks. He succeeded in offering encouraging words and live instruction to conference attendees.
Indelible: Memories Preserved in Glass
by Sarah Riggle
Photography by Jerry Anthony Photography
The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) held its 20th annual Gathering in July 2012 that included a special exhibit of the members’ work. For Indelible: A Collection of Personal narratives Expressed in Art Glass Beads, members translated their favorite sights and sounds from past Gatherings into wearable works of glass art.
Leigh Taylor Wyatt
by Colleen Bryan
Photography by Onion Creek Studio
Glassblower Leigh Taylor Wyatt and her business partner Shara Funari have organized their Austin, Texas, company into two entities. One is their for-profit studio, East Side Glass, a venture into using a solar-powered furnace to support a budding glass community. The other is the nonprofit Community Glass House, an outreach to disadvantaged youth, cancer patients, battered women, and others who can use glass art to strengthen their own creative, healing powers.
The 2012–2013 Directory to Industry Supplies
The annual Directory to Industry Supplies from Glass Art offers the perfect way for artists, retailers, and suppliers to connect and make the buying and selling process mutually beneficial. These comprehensive alphabetical listings provide addresses, phone and fax numbers, contact names, products and services available, and brief comments from each glass art supplier. Products and services are also listed alphabetically by state as an added convenience.
Warm Glass Studio Profile
Dancing Light Fused Glass Studio
Impressionistic Glass Artist Finds Home in the Texas Pines
by Colleen Bryan
Photography Paul Rolle and Katie Smith
Fused glass artist, Donna Sarafis, adapts a watercolor style and sensibility honed from her years as a painter, quilter, and crafter to produce impressionistic glass landscapes, florals, and wild birds. Her use of colored frit on a glass background and a multilayered technique help to create saturated texture with superimposed cut-glass figures and added depth.
The Society of American Mosaic Artists 2012 Exhibition and Annual Summit
by Gwynn Kaitis
Photography by Tim Stassines
The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) is looking forward to the 2013 conference at the prestigious Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art in Tacoma, Washington. The annual summit provides educational events, mosaic art tours, networking opportunities, and presentations by some of the finest mosaic artists in the world. The keynote speaker will be Internationally renowned mosaic artist, Toyoharu Kii of Japan.
The SGAA 2012 Annual Summer Conference
The 103rd Annual Summer Conference of the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) featured preconference classes on traditional glass painting, painting with enamels, and sandblast etching, plus an address from keynote speaker Kathy Bradford. In addition, the Suppliers’ Showcase allowed artists, craftspeople, and studio owners the chance to meet with representatives of some of the major stained glass suppliers.
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.