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Letter from the Editor
Keep On Keepin’ On in 2013
by Shawn Waggoner
Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner looks ahead to the rejuvenation available to artists and glass enthusiasts who will be attending the Glass Craft & Bead Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, in April 2013. She also reminds readers about the new Glass Expert Webinars™ from sister publication, Glass Patterns Quarterly, that provide a way to attend workshops without ever leaving home.
Pioneers in Glass
Boyce Lundstrom “Never Refuse to Re-Fuse”
The Passing of Boyce Lundstrom (April 21, 1944–December 2, 2012)
by Shawn Waggoner
Photo of Boyce Lundstrom by Ruth Brockmann
Boyce Lundstrom, one of three partners who founded Bullseye Glass Co., pursued his goal of making glass fusing accessible to the common person throughout his career as a glass artist. He offered instruction on glass fusing techniques at Camp Colton, his educational getaway, completed three books on new experimental processes, and introduced his technique for kiln fired Raku glass.
Coatings By Sandberg 2012 Dichroic By Design Contest
Coatings By Sandberg (CBS) completed its 7th annual Dichroic By Design glass contest for 2012, which showcased unique dichroic glass artwork. The pieces were submitted by artists from around the globe and showed exceptional creativity and skill.
The Cosmic Space
A New Permanent Installation at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft
by Pia Strandbygaard Bittner
Photography by Gert Skoerlund Andersen and Hans Ringsmacher After Norwegian glass artist, Tróndur Patursson, spent 106 days on a bamboo raft from China to the United States, he translated this “cosmic” feeling into glass art. The New Carlsberg Foundation officially opened The Cosmic Space at Glasmusset Ebeltoft in Denmark. This spatial installation is made of mirrored floors and ceiling with walls built from stained glass.
Art Glass Studio Profile
The World’s Largest Vitri-Fusáille® Installation
New Work by Peter McGrain
by Shawn Waggoner
Glass artist, Peter McGrain, recently completed a landmark commissioned masterwork at the Jewish Home of Rochester, New York. This shining example of integrated public art is made of bright and colorful glass murals created using McGrain’s Vitri-Fusáille technique, which combines ancient stained and painted glass techniques with modern fusing.
Mosaic Arts international at the Tacoma Museum of Glass
by Gwyn Kaitis
The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) is holding its annual juried show Mosaic Art International (MAI) through May 5, 2013. The show features the work of forty-six artists from seven countries. Viewers will be offered an opportunity to appreciate the nuances and compelling nature of the materials and textures used to create each work.
Let There Be Light
Celebrating the Creative Process of Rowan LeCompte
by The Staff of Global Visions & Associates, Inc.
Photography by Peter Swanson
Peter LeCompte made his first stained glass window for the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., when he was only fourteen. Sixty-five years later, LeCompte collaborated with Dieter Goldkuhle to complete his final commission for the cathedral, the West rose window, in honor of the church’s centennial celebration.
American Glass Guild’s 2013 Conference
by Tony Glander
Photography Courtesy of the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
The American Glass Guild (AGG) will be holding its 2013 Conference May 16–18, 2013. AGG Senior Advisor Jean Jacques Duval will be the keynote speaker, and Jonathan Cooke will speak as well. Cooke will also teach a four-hour workshop in multiple layering of glass paint, an essential skill for effective glass painting. In addition, Jennifer Perry Thalheimer, curator of the Morse Museum of American Art, will give unique insights into the depth of the museum’s collection.
Stained Glass Station
by Colleen Bryan
Rebecca Hite, who operates Stained Glass Station in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, has seen the balance of her business change over the past nine years. She brings a mid-American retailer’s perspective, a degree in art, and an analytical mind to the challenges facing those involved in the glass art industry today.
Stained Glass School Inc. Preconference Classes
Stained Glass School (SGS) workshops will be presented in conjunction with the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA). These professional level classes are designed to perfect current skill levels and will cover techniques for painting with opaque enamels, laminating, and airbrush painting.
Hot Glass Studio Profile
Surviving and Thriving in Difficult Times
by Colleen Bryan
Photography by Pat Gerlach
Through cyclical expansions and contractions, glassblower and entrepreneur, Berni North, seeks the sweet spot between creativity and profit. In addition to the creation of her artwork, she operates Hawks View Gallery and Café, where diners can enjoy delicious food that is 90 percent organically grown on the premises while watching glassblowers as they create beautiful glass art.
Oatka Glass School
by Sue Murdoch and Shiloh Taylor
Photography by Amanda Taylor
Oatka Glass School is the brainchild of husband and wife team Lance and Amanda Taylor who share a passion for hands-on creative processes and teaching their craft with a growing local arts community. The school caters to a broad range of skill levels and interests, with workshops for everything from glassblowing, beadmaking, and metal enameling to beginner through advanced instruction in kiln forming.
Skills and Techniques
Enameling Glass Beads with Cynthia Toops and Dan Adams
by Shawn Waggoner
Photos by Doug Yaple and Robert Liu
Cynthia Toops and Dan Adams marry glass and polymer clay beads in wearable art that is both unusual and elegant. They demonstrate their techniques for creating small square and rectangular enameled plaques. The jewelry pieces are created by layering enamel powders on glass, scratching through them to create the design, then firing in the kiln.
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.
Readers share their thoughts on profiles and articles featured in recent issues of Glass Art.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
by Mark Veit
Time is often named as the biggest barrier to success in a glass art business. Learning how to select the right clients, working with boutiques owners to improve displays in their stores, and taking the time to evaluate how your own business can become more efficient will help to build the momentum needed to take your business to the next level.
Celebrating Thirty Years of the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts
by Janet Peterson
Recognizing the needs of emerging contemporary artists working in glass, a group of glass artists, curators, and educators collaborated with the leadership at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center to establish a special place for contemporary glass. The Creative Glass Center of America (CGCA) Fellowship Program continues to provide studio facilities and technical resources to emerging glass artists, many of whom have moved on to successful careers.