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Sept/Oct 2011 **PRINT**



Letter from the Editor

Countering a Sluggish Economy . . . One Artist at a Time 

by Shawn Waggoner

Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner gives readers an overview of what awaits them in the September/October 2011 issue of Glass Art, which includes the annual Directory to Industry Supplies. This resource provides artists with an easy way to find new sources for supplies and offers suppliers an efficient way to connect with potential customers. 

Hot Glass Studio Profile

Colorado Flameworkers Dave Jordan and James Spehler—The Nature of Collaboration 

by Shawn Waggoner 

Photography by Shawn Waggoner and Carol Robinson

James Spehler, a self-taught artist, mastered the creation of realistic, solid-glass wildlife sculptures. Dave Jordan turns those sculptures into goblets and vases in a collaboration that has led to beautiful and sought-after glass art.

Etched Glass Studio Profile

Charles Gabriel—Contemporary Etched Glass, Canadian Style 

by Ruth Dobbins 

Charles Gabriel, having mastered etched glass shading, is currently throwing himself into glass carving techniques. He skillfully marries geometric shapes with organic subject matter or design, as can be seen in his large phoenix, dragon, and dolphin panels.

Retailer Profile

The Glass Workbench 

by Colleen Bryan

Jean Dryden, her mother Joanne Bishop, and sister Julie Bishop Day partner to operate The Glass Workbench. Conducting this family business from a tourist area in the Internet age presents some unique challenges that are met by adapting to the demands of changing seasons and trying new ways to reach customers, including Groupon and Buy It Local programs. 

2011–2012 Directory of Industry Supplies

by The Staff of Glass Art

The 2011–2012 Directory of Industry Supplies from Glass Art provides artists with an extensive and convenient resource for finding new sources for supplies and offers suppliers a way to connect with new prospects and customers. Directory users can find suppliers by name, location, and products carried or search by products for a list of where to find them.

GAS News

Glass Art Society’s 41st Annual Conference

Creative Crossroads: A Journey to the Center of Glass Art 

by Shawn Waggoner 

Photography by Rozarii Lynch

The Glass Art Society celebrated its 41st Annual Conference, Creative Crossroads, in Seattle, Washington, that was packed with pre- and post-conference tours, events, and workshops. The main conference provided inspiration from many presenters including Scott Benefield, Derrick Cartwright, Dante Marioni, Karen Wilenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen, Cappy Thompson, and Ginny Ruffner.


The Mosaic Art Salon—Intense Bidding Competition for Small-Scale Mosaic Work 

by Gwyn Kaitis

Photography Courtesy of SAMA

The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) held its silent auction, the Mosaic Art Salon, during its 2011 annual conference in Austin, Texas. The event offered an unparalleled experience for people to see a large number of mosaics in a range of materials and styles in one place and included outstanding work by Carol Shelkin, Kim Wozniak, Lynn Adamo, Jacqui Ridley, and Zeng Fang.

Show Talk

Booth Design and Merchandising—The Importance of Portability and Adaptability 

by Bruce Baker 

Bruce Baker reminds us that trade show booths, by their very nature, must be well planned and portable. To make them efficient and effective, they must be built while keeping in mind the weight and size constraints for transport, any show requirements, and potential obstacles that are sometimes encountered during set up.


Becoming a Teacher in Beadmaking 

by Hayley Tsang

Haley Tsang provides tips for finding studios where artists can teach their skills to others. Opportunities can be uncovered by speaking with studio owners and providing a well-written description of the class, but a main source of help and connection can be found among the professional members of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).

Independent Artist

Artist-Produced Educational Videos—Figuring Profit Margins 

by Milon Townsend 

Featuring the glass art of Robert W. Kinchloe

Photography by Susan Lomuto of Daily Art Muse

One of the most important parts of any video project is to determine ahead of time what it will take to realize a profit from the sale of the video. Milon Townsend shares suggestions for determining discounts for wholesale quantities and deciding whether to simplify the process when customers reorder or require smaller numbers of multiple titles.

What’s New

Presenting the latest in books and products for the glass art enthusiast 

by Darlene Welch

Information on the latest in new glass types and colors, supplies and tools, kilns, books and patterns, and anything else that glass artists and enthusiasts need for working in hot, warm, and cold glass can be found in the What’s New section of Glass Art. 

Casting XXVII 

Casting Panels—Using a Frit-Filled Refractory Mold to Create a Dimensional Image 

by Milon Townsend

This 27th installment from Milon Townsend for casting panels demonstrates casting a figure into the panel without any background imagery showing through. This gives greater strength to the image and provides a warm, rich glow from within.

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