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Letter from the Editor
A Farewell to Masters
by Shawn Waggoner
Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner pays tribute to glass art pioneers Dan Fenton, Mel Greenland, and Boyce Lundstrom. All three were artist-innovators who developed better, faster ways to make art and were willing to share them with anyone who needed the information. They will be sorely missed by the glass community.
Pioneers in Glass - An Odyssey in Glass
Remembering Dan Fenton
by Shawn Waggoner
Photography by Patricia O’Doherty and Elizabeth Gaines
The world lost the legendary Dan Fenton—self-taught stained glass artist, photographer, and true original—on October 9, 2012. Fenton’s work in hot glass ranged from sandblast etching pickups for use in blown glass vessels to making his own murrine for fused work. Whether flat, etched, or hot glass, he challenged every technique to provide him with groundbreaking results.
SGAA News - A Grand Invitation from the Stained Glass Association of America
The Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) will be holding its 104th Annual Summer Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2013. “The Art of Restoration” will include presentations from artists Sylvia Laks and Dennis Harmon as well as a look at the history and techniques for the repair, restoration, and preservation of all types of stained glass windows.
Art Glass Studio Profile - Kathy Jordan, Driven by Challenge
by Shawn Waggoner
Photo of Kathy Jordan by Arthur Femenella
Kathy Jordan, stained glass artist, thrives on competition, a trait that allows her to compete successfully in the traditionally male-dominated field of large-scale architectural stained glass restoration. She is particularly talented in glass painting, as is evidenced by her beautiful, detailed stained glass portrait panels.
AGG News - American Glass Guild’s 2013 Conference
by Tony Glander
The American Glass Guild (AGG) will be holding its 2013 Conference in May 2013, with a list of speakers that offers something for everyone. Renowned artist and AGG Senior Advisor, Jean-Jacques Duval, will be the keynote speaker. Seminars and workshops will be presented by well-known artists including Mary Clerkin Higgins, J. Kenneth Leap, John Emery, and many others as well. The organization will also be presenting its second juried show for AGG members.
Skills and Techniques - Design Intervention
How I Get a Mosaic Sculpture Idea from My Head to the Workbench
Text and Photography by Leslie Perlis
Edited by Randy Wardell
Artist, author, and teacher, Leslie Perlis, shares techniques for creating flat or three-dimensional, freestanding glass mosaic figures that can be used to commemorate a person’s life. Ideas and concepts are captured in basic pencil tracings, which are photocopied in stages as details are added to the work. The freestanding mosaics provide an opportunity to include four different vignettes for each piece.
Architectural Glass - The House that Gaudí Built
Casa Batlló, an Enchantment in Barcelona
by Leslie Gibbs
Photography by Jon Gibbs
Stained glass and fusing artist, Leslie Gibbs, and husband Jon traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to visit the historic architectural gem, Casa Batlló. This magnificent residence was saved from demolition through the efforts of glass artist, Antoni Gaudí. This impressive residence is now filled with his beautiful, ingenious designs.
Glass Bead Evolution
by Angie Ramey
Photography by Vickie Hallmark, Kathryn Guler, and Lisa Atchison
The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) celebrated its 20th anniversary in July 2012 at The Gathering in Bellevue, Washington. Work showcased at The Gathering demonstrated the creativity, diversity, innovation, and technical craftsmanship of the organization’s members.
Combining Short- and Long-Term Marketing
by Mark Veit
There are several affordable ways to get a business noticed by potential customers. Exposure on the Internet through social media venues can create instant sales and interest in a business. The business card, however, offers a long-lasting reminder to potential clients and can result in sales over an extended period of time.
Weisser Glass Studio
by Colleen Bryan
Photography by Greg Staley
Nancy Weisser of Weisser Glass Studio has learned to balance two identities, that of an accomplished, respected artist and that of a successful retail entrepreneur. The artistic freedom that her retail store provides may be especially critical given her approach to art, since Weisser’s process is grounded in material and discovery.
Glasscaster with Marcie Davis
Erwin Eisch - A Life of Sharing Techniques, Inspiration, and a Little Mischief
by Marcie Davis
Photos Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass
For Erwin Eisch, the eldest of six children and son of master glass engraver Valentin Eisch, glass production was a family affair. Factory work, however, led to blown glass art as Erwin began to experiment with bits of glass. He became know for his mold-blown, sculpted, engraved, and painted glass heads and his work with Harvey Littleton.
Katharine Lamb Tait, 1895–1981
by Nivedita Chatterjee
Images Courtesy of Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass
Katharine Lamb Tait, whose grandfather and his brother established Lamb Studios, came from a family of talented and respected liturgical stained glass artists. Beginning in 1921, Katharine Tait joined Lamb Studios as a designer of stained glass windows and mosaics as well as other ecclesiastical art, including many important post-World War II commissions.
Hot Glass Studio Profile
by Colleen Bryan
Canadian hot glass artist, Sheila Labatt, creates her glass art in Canada, England, and China; is a Master of Philosophy researcher in glass at the Royal College of Art in London; and maintains a small studio in Italy. Much of her art, however, is influenced by her studies in Korea and China, and she continues to be drawn to China by economic, relational, and artistic considerations.
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.
Featuring the latest in books and products for the glass enthusiast
by Darlene Welch
Information on the latest in books and patterns plus new glass and tools for hot, warm, and cold glass artists and hobbyists. This is the perfect place to keep up with the innovations that will make working in glass easier and more enjoyable.