Profitable Glass Quarterly Fall 2009
Letter from the Editor
The current economic downtrend has glass art business owners putting on their thinking caps and coming up with new ways to do things that work even better than the familiar methods they’ve relied on for so many years.
by Maureen James
Hot Glass Studio Profile
La Curva Estudios
Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre categorize their work as original studio art pieces, installation artwork that they pursue once or twice a year, and public art, all of which is rendered in a distinctly Mexican color palette.
by Susan Hood
Art Glass Studio Profile
Williams & Byrne
David Williams and Stephen Byrne specialize in designing painted and silver-stained glass art for select commissions around the United Kingdom and Europe, most of which is original work for private homes.
by Colleen Bryan
Wentz Stained Glass Studio
Bonnie Wentz’s retail glass art business serves tourists, college students, and members of the local community with well-chosen glass, tools, and supplies plus classes and workshops, many of which are geared toward her walk-in tourist clientele.
by Colleen Bryan
Buyers Market of American Craft
In this thirty-year-old biannual trade show for craft artists and retailers founded by the Rosen Group, glass artists have their own section where veterans share with newcomers the latest innovations in glass techniques and technical advances.
by Jean Thompson
Glasscaster with Marcie Davis
Roger Parramore—Embracing the Japanese Aesthetic
Flameworking artist, Roger Parramore, shares how his glass art has been influenced by the time he has spent teaching in Japan and how he, in turn, has learned many lessons from his students.
Teaching for the Working Artist—Planning for Success
In order to be successful as a teacher, independent artists must know themselves and consider the many aspects of offering classes to others including what they want their students to achieve and what skill level they are most comfortable teaching.
by Milon Townsend
Your Slides and the Jury—The Booth Shot
A professional-quality booth shot that shows properly displayed artwork and avoids showing too much product, dangling cords, and overcrowded displays is an essential element for entering juried glass art shows.
by Bruce Baker
When the economic struggles of Waterford Crystal and its sister brands Wedgewood and Royal Dalton sent the company into receivership, its sale to WWRD Holdings Limited meant the loss of centuries-old traditions and employment for this ancient Irish city.
by Colleen Bryan
Internet Savvy Savant
The Art Glass Association is working hard to develop its own website in order to increase awareness of glass art everywhere and to help its members harness the power of the Internet by setting up partnerships with professional website specialists.
by Steve Shupper
Change Is Good!
Ed Hoy’s International has developed ‘Dye’namic Infusion, a product that allows glass artists to use any drawing, picture, or photo to dye glass tiles, thus personalizing them for their projects.
by Maria Moran
GAS Conference 2009
The Glass Art Society just finished an inspiring time for its members at the 2009 Conference, which was held in Corning, New York, the home of a wealth of glass art resources.
by Adam Villarreal
Preparing Your Mosaic Work for Exhibition
Mosaic artists can greatly increase their chances of being accepted into an exhibition by carefully following the rules for entry and display, providing excellent photos of their work, taking the time to write a meaningful artist statement, and shipping their artwork in a professional manner.
by Karen Ami
Marketing in a Difficult Economy
When business times are tough, glass artists can find new ways to keep the doors open and still do what they enjoy the most by being open to change and looking for ways to redirect their creative energy.
by John Emery
American Glass Guild 2009 Scholarships
The American Glass Guild announced the winners of its 2009 Jim Whitney Scholarships, which are named for a glass artist who was a strong supporter of AGG and who approached his life, craft, and art with great passion and integrity.
by Barbara Krueger
Inside the Convergence Exhibit
ISGB members have partnered with jewelry designers from Bead & Button magazine to create exhibit-quality jewelry with the mission to show how handmade glass beads can be incorporated into works of wearable art.
by Sarah Riggle
Flexibility Attracts New Customers
Members of the Retailers of Art Glass and Supplies are discovering that it takes many factors to ensure successful retailing, including maintaining quality contact with clientele through phone calls and e-mail messages and coming up with creative pricing to match the current economic times.
by Denny Berkery
Oklahoma City 2009 Centennial Conference
The Stained Glass Association of America celebrated a fabulous and rewarding conference, with studios working through cross-country committees to focus on how they can help in the area of disaster restoration.
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