Profitable Glass Quarterly Winter 2010
Letter from the Editor
Art Glass in Art Class? I Love It!
The KBW Foundation, through its “Teach the Teacher” programs and the Art Glass Association, through its involvement in art education conferences across the United States, are introducing public school art teachers to the glass arts. They, in turn, will encourage their own students to become interested in this fascinating medium.
by Maureen James
Glasscraft Emerging Artist Awards
Profitable Glass Quarterly joins The Flow and Glass Patterns Quarterly in introducing the 2010 winner of the Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award, Jennifer Umphress, a flameworking artist who emulates the movement of sea life in a simple, contemporary form.
Hot Glass Studio Profile
Preston Singletary’s gift is found in his unique ability to communicate traditional forms and cultured references from the Tlingit of Southeast Alaska through his manipulation of glass. He considers his work to be a marriage of those two artistic philosophies.
by Rachel Bryan-Auker
Art Glass Studio Profile
Coyote Glass Design
Coyote Glass Design owners, Melissa Paxton and Joe Price, execute their art in collaboration with their clients, which increases customer satisfaction while anchoring a niche for their handmade, custom functional art.
by Colleen Bryan
Stained Glass Stuff
Kevin Tappin, a second-generation owner of Stained Glass Stuff in Ottawa, Ontario, finds his passion for glass retail and takes steps to transform the business into his own as he charts its future. He is always looking for new ways to keep his customers interested in creating in glass and constantly monitors the success that these methods achieve in expanding his business.
by Colleen Bryan
Glasscaster with Marcie Davis
Robert Mickelsen—Sharing a History of Inventive Glass Forms
The work of hot glass artist, Robert Mickelsen, has evolved throughout his career as he has discovered new techniques and imagery. He has always been challenged to find ways to accomplish things in glass that others said couldn’t be done.
by Marcie Davis
Glass Fish and Mermaids in the Woods of Bavaria—The Glass Art of Hermann Ritterswürden
The pictures in glass that are created by Hermann Ritterswürden are strikingly different than much of the work found in his native Bavaria. Many of his pieces are reminiscent of puppets and include pieces of flotsam and jetsam that he has found on the shores and mud flats of the German North Sea coast.
East Meets West—Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
When East met West in the courts and trade centers of the thirteenth century, a fruitful international exchange was born that lasted throughout several centuries. Channels of influence were established that ran back and forth between the two cultures.
by The Staff of The Corning Museum of Glass
Winning Public Art Competitions—Demystifying the Process
When seeking to be accepted into a juried public art competition, it’s important to know the basic expectations of those juries. Such aspects as meeting the required deadlines and presenting work in the format required by the governing body of the competition are essential to being accepted into the competition.
by Cathy Claycomb
‘Dye’namic Options for Transferring Color Digital Images
‘Dye’namic Infusion is a new process that allows digital images to be transferred to a specially coated substrate glass. The possibilities for personalizing glass projects becomes endless and offer glass artists and retailers the opportunity to provide clients and customers with a clear reason to return again and again.
by Maria Moran
Artist-Produced Educational Videos—Choosing Your Topics
When artists are contemplating the production of an educational video, one of the most important aspects of the planning process is to carefully consider what will be included. The strengths of each particular artist should be a main driving force behind what goes into the video.
by Milon Townsend
It’s Time to Get Your Group On
The innovative Web service, www.Meetup.com, provides a great way for glass artists to find a group of people in their area who share the same interests. It also provides a chance for them to start a new group that will be exactly what they are looking for to meet their social or artistic needs.
by Steve Shupper
The Brychtová Forum Before, During, and After—One Artist’s Personal Account
Czech artist, Jaroslava Brychtová, was invited to come to Seattle, Washington, to share her glass art with the attendees of a forum held by the Glass Art Society in conjunction with the Pratt Fine Arts Center. Participants had the opportunity to discuss the sustainability of glass as well as the role of women in glass and to take part in the filming of a documentary recorded by the Museum of Glass.
by Amanda Ondrick
Art in Austin
The upcoming 2011 Society of American Mosaic Artists and the Mosaic Arts International juried exhibition will include a wide variety of workshops and seminars suitable for artists of all skill levels. It will also give attendees a chance to tour some of the mosaic treasures located in the hosting city of Austin, Texas.
by Susannah Dryden
The 2010 Gathering—It’s a Wrap
Participants who attended the 2010 Gathering of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers were treated to pre- and post-show classes, a vendor area, an open torch, the bead bazaar, and many interesting presenters and demos. A day trip to the Corning Museum of Glass and the Bead Shop Tour also proved to be highlights of the conference.
by Genevieve Martineau
Smart Marketing—A Strategic Approach
When it comes to attracting and keeping clients, creating a good marketing plan is the most important thing that any retailer can do. Sizing up the competition in the areas of clientele, pricing, products, advertising, promotions, and branding is an essential part of that plan.
by Claire Sykes
2010 Detroit Conference
The American Glass Guild held its fifth annual conference in Detroit, Michigan, and provided glass artists and teachers, historians, and serious hobbyists the chance to meet and exchange ideas. It also treated them to serious studies of historical glass, technical information, and techniques for improving business.
by Lonnie Lyketsos
SGAA Annual Summer Conference—Making History in Kansas City
The Stained Glass Association of America had an enthusiastic welcome for its new headquarters location in Raytown, Missouri. This land includes the future site of a world-class teaching facility.
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