Letter from the Editor
An Ambassador for Glass
by Shawn Waggoner
Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner shares a farewell to Marvin Lipofsky, renowned San Francisco Bay Area glass sculptor and teacher. Lipofsky, one of the pioneers of the American Studio Glass movement, traveled to glass workshops around the world as an ambassador of the glass arts.
Hot Glass Studio Profile
Murrine Maker David Patchen
Diving into Detail
by Colleen Bryan
David Patchen credits a tendency toward perfectionism for driving the quality and precision of his work. The artist’s vision is expressed in his portfolio through seven series of blown glass vessels and sculptures. His simple, elegant, organic forms provide a canvas for his evolving studies in working with murrine.
The National Liberty Museum 16th Annual Glass Auction and Gala
by The Staff of The National Liberty Museum
The National Liberty Museum is proud to announce that its annual auction and gala was the most successful ever. All proceeds from the gala will benefit the museum’s character education programs, which serve under-resourced schools by empowering young students to become effective, caring civic leaders.
The Exquisite Works of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka
Providing a Critical Scientific Time Capsule of Marine Creatures
by The Staff of The Corning Museum of Glass
The Corning Museum of Glass exhibition, Fragile Legacy: The Marine Invertebrate Models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the relationship between the works of famed 19th-century glass artists and naturalists. It features more than 70 exquisitely detailed marine models and the artists’ drawings.
Shae Patrick and Jessica Sellers
Bringing in a New Generation of Glass Crafters
by Colleen Bryan
The annual scholarships awarded by the Kay Bain Weiner Glass Art Educational Foundation to classes at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo made it possible for high school art student Shae Patrick to experience creating in glass. Teacher Jessica Sellers also received funds to help her art students discover glass.
A CGS Exhibition in Partnership with The Scottish Gallery
Photography by David Williams, Ester Segarra, and Jiri Koudelka
The Contemporary Glass Society acknowledged the 20th anniversary of Scotland’s North Lands Creative Glass by presenting an exhibition of member’s work exploring the theme Connections. Functional, decorative, and sculptural items were all considered, and entries were required to contain at least 50 percent glass to be created since October 2014.
Bringing a 19th and 20th Century Tradition into the 21st Century
by John C. Emery, Sr.
Photography by Bill Kilborn
The influence of Louis Comfort Tiffany inspired Preston Studios in the creation of the lamps for which they have become known. The studio’s latest series of stained glass lamps, however, is a new departure into feng shui designs to project positive impulses such as good luck, happiness, and long life.
Skills and Techniques
Traditional Glass Painting Made Easy
Achieving Dramatic Color with Silver Stains and Transparent Enamels
by Peter McGrain
The appearance of classically painted stained glass is accomplished with glass stainer colors. For more vibrant and transparent color fields in glass painting, silver stains and traditional enamels are applied as isolated matts in order to create color fields within a previously traced and matted design.
AGG and the Windy City Will Blow You Away
by Tony Glander
The American Glass Guild will be holding its annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, July 8–11, 2016, at the University of Chicago. From historic glass artists and kiln formed glass to modern marketing, talks will be presented by some of today’s best speakers in the glass industry.
Coatings By Sandberg 2015 Dichroic By Design Contest
by Dana S. Baldwin
Each year, Coatings By Sandberg (CBS) sponsors the Dichroic By Design contest, a glass art showcase for unique dichroic designs. The artists from around the world who submitted work in 2015 to CBS all showed an amazing degree of creativity and skill creating outstanding glass art.
Warm Glass Studio Profile
C. Matthew Szösz
How the Way We Make Objects Influences the Objects We Make
by Shawn Waggoner
Photography by Anna Mlasowsky
The work of C. Matthew Szösz explores what it means to be an artist through a fascinating look at traditional processes in craft disciplines and material-based artwork. He alters process to see if that changes the fundamental shapes of objects made in blown glass today.
Take Inventory of Your Business
by Mark Veit
As times goes by, important moneymaking opportunities often get overlooked as business owners keep their heads down and plow through the typical studio day of filling orders and creating inventory. Taking a step back to evaluate that business from a different angle will lead to more profitability and better organization.
Art Glass Studio Profile
Celebrating the Exchange Between Maker and Object
by Troy Moody
Photography by Annahita Hessami
British glass artist Annahita Hessami focused her formative years on absorbing as much as possible from the studio principals and craftspeople around her and was driven to take glass art to a new level. Today she fabricates the work of other artists in glass, including Beau Stanton and two renowned graffiti artists.
Zen and the Art of Glass Painting
Text and Photography by Bryant J. Stanton
During his career, Lithuanian glass painter Albinus Elskus designed over 100 original ecclesiastical commissions throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Stained Glass Association of America is still making his techniques available to glass artists by offering the sixth printing of his book, The Art of Painting on Glass.
A Colorful Family Legacy Began with the Sage Chapel Apse Mosaics
by Kate Klein
Photography Courtesy of Cornell University
The mosaic mural in the apse of Sage Chapel at Cornell University was created by Ella Condie Lamb. It was ten years in the making and was revealed at Cornell’s spring commencement in 1900. The mosaics in are the jewel of the chapel interior and closely reflect the ideals of the university.
by Darlene Welch
What’s New offers 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.
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