Letter from the Editor

A New Year Offers Expanded Choices

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   In 2017, Glass Art continues its celebration of warm, cold, and hot glass in print, through our blossoming Webinar schedule, and via Glass Art’s growing podcast, Talking Out Your Glass, which has attracted close to 7,000 downloads in its first nine months. This multiplatform presentation of glass related information reflects an ongoing dedication to reaching our subscription base through the best means possible. The most accessible and time efficient method of receiving glass information is now in your hands.

   The January/February 2017 issue of Glass Art begins with warm glass coverage of Canadian kiln worker Bob Leatherbarrow. The artist translates his focus on texture to kiln formed glass through the use of glass powders, resulting in fused compositions that combine irresistible tactile surfaces with unforgettable color.

   There’s no doubt that warm glass artist Michael Janis is having a red-letter year. In September 2016, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities presented the Washington Glass School (WGS) co-director with the 31st Annual DC Mayor’s Arts Award. It came fresh on the heels of Janis’ inaugural solo exhibition at Maurine Littleton Gallery in Washington, D.C. Echoes of Leaves and Shadows featured 17 new frit drawings and sculptures by Janis that were subsequently exhibited at SOFA Chicago.

   This issue’s cold glass coverage includes Hallie Monroe’s review of the First Transatlantic Stained Glass Symposium and Calley O’Neill’s creation of public murals that reflect art considerations, sustainability studies, and ecological concerns.

   One of the most creative and beloved American artists, Ginny Ruffner, has a distinguished career in hot glass that spans more than three decades. In the 1980s, Ruffner redefined flameworked glass, previously known as the process of tchotchkes and trinkets, as a sculptural medium for fine art. Hot glass coverage continues with a review of Ken Schneidereit’s journey to create complex murrine pictorials of Italian landmarks.

   Glass Art welcomes aspiring students to 2017 with a comprehensive Glass Expert Webinar™ schedule. Fulfill your New Year’s resolution and learn something new without ever leaving home. Webinars include mold making, flameworking dichroic, fusing with frit, copper foil and lead came techniques, sandblasting, and flameworking floral beads, to name just a few. Visit www.glassartmagazine.com to see the complete list of exciting choices for glass education.


Wishing readers, listeners, and students a year of fulfilling artistic and business goals,

Shawn Waggoner



Ginny Ruffner, Pointillistic Floral Painting. Photo by Mike Seidl. 


Deadlines for Advertising 

March/April 2017
Ad Closing       December 20, 2016 
Ad Materials    January 30, 2017
Issue Mails      February 24, 2017

May/June 2017
Ad Closing      February 20, 2017 
Ad Materials    March 30, 2017
Issue Mails      April 26, 2017