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Jan/Feb 2012 **DIGITAL**


Letter from the Editor

Freedom, Love, and Reflection (and a Little Persistence) 

by Shawn Waggoner

Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner gives readers an overview of what awaits them in the January/February 2012 issue of Glass Art, which includes profiles for renowned colorist Robert Pinart and lampworking artist, Lewis Wilson, plus suggestions for helping to advertise and grow the business side of glass art. 

Art Glass Studio Profile

Renewing Himself . . . Always

Designer and Colorist Robert Pinart 

by Shawn Waggoner 

Photography by James Oursler, Barbara Krueger, Lazlo Regos, Ken Cobb, and Mark Lebowitz.

Robert Pinart, who began his creative adventure in glass in his native France, crossed the ocean after World War II and settled in the greater New York/New Jersey area. What followed was his collaboration in the design of many architectural stained glass masterpieces with Bill Cummings of Cummings Studio, who remembers Pinart as the best colorist he has ever known.


The Premier Rewards Challenge—Discovering What Customers Want Most

by Maria Moran

Ed Hoy’s International recently sponsored a keynote address by Mark Stinson, who works with clients to identify and support customer strategies, and challenged attendees to complete a survey to help profile their customers’ interests. Kevin Tappin, owner of Stained Glass Stuff, recently took the challenge and shares his findings on how he is working to provide his customers with what they need most from his store.


Blog Your Way to Sales

by Mark Veit

Mark Veit shares ways that he and his partners at AAE Glass have found to make the best use of social media marketing and blogs to promote their glass business, introduce new products, provide information through links to their website on their blog, and cross-reference their company on the blogs of partnering companies.

AGA News

Art Glass in Art Class, Year IV—Better than Ever!

by Steve Shupper 

Edited by Randy Wardell

The Art Glass Association (AGA) held its fourth annual Art Glass in Art Class campaign, where art class teachers were encouraged to promote the glass arts in their public school art classes. Teachers were introduced to the correct tools and provided resources for information and assistance once the show was over. One teacher also shared how simple glass pendants created and sold by her students helped her art program raise much-needed funds for her local art program.


Promoting Excellence in Mosaic Art—SAMA’s Mission to Advance Education in the Mosaic Art Form 

by Gwyn Kaitis

Photography Courtesy of SAMA

The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) is helping people learn to “speak” the unique language of mosaic by others the meaning of the Italian terms that refer to the various processes involved in the creation of a piece of mosaic art. The group also works hard to introduce the various types of mosaic art to those who are newly initiated to the art form.

Hot Glass Studio Profile

Lewis Wilson 

by Colleen Bryan 

Lewis Wilson, a flameworker whose long beard and top hat are his constant companions, has discovered new depth in his glass art since his marriage to Barbara Svetlick. Both glass artists are enjoying their new collaboration in life as well as in their art, as well as continuing to explore their individual glasswork.


30 Rocks!—Celebrating the Best of AGASC 

by Marti Blair

The American Glass Association of Southern California (AGASC) celebrated 30 years as a nonprofit organization that is devoted to educating the public about the glass arts with a fabulous exhibit of members’ work. Winners were announced for several awards, including Best Cold Category, Best Blown Glass, Best of Show, and the People’s Choice Award.

Glasscaster with Marcie Davis

John Zinner—Translating Mind Musings into Glass

by Marcie Davis

Marcie Davis interviews German artist, John Zinner, as he shares his background as a glass artist in Lauscha, Germany, before, during, and after the days of the German Democratic Republic. He also covers the development of his signature red devil glass sculptures, as well as his skeletons, big insects, and large animals.

Independent Artist

Artist-Produced Educational Videos—Partnering to Reduce Costs 

by Milon Townsend 

Featuring the Glass Art of Rocio Bearer

Photography by Ayca Moticska

Milon Townsend shares suggestions for getting companies and manufacturers interested in taking advantage of opportunities to partner with artists who are creating educational videos by supplying glass and tools in exchange for video credits. This approach can greatly reduce the cost of producing the video for the artist.


The Gathering 2011 

by Darlene Welch

A view of The 2011 Gathering of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) is offered through the impressions of first-time attendee, Darlene Welch, who shares highlights of the conference that was held in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dichroic By Design

2011 Contest Winners

This gallery features the winners of the annual Dichroic By Design presented by dichroic glass manufacturer, Coatings By Sandberg. This outstanding year for the entry of these dichroic creations resulted in the selection of one first-place winner plus ties for both second- and third-place winners.

GAS News

Top Awards for 2012 from the Glass Art Society 

The Glass Art Society (GAS) announced the presentation of its latest annual awards. The organization’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, which goes to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the glass arts worldwide, goes to Joel Philip Myers and Bertil Vallien. John Steinert of Steinert Industries was the recipient of the 2012 Honorary Lifetime Membership Award.

Architectural Glass

Paul Housberg—Establishing a Place in Contemporary Architectural Art Glass

by Ashley Prescott

Photo of Housberg by Sadie Housberg

Architectural glass art is being transformed by renowned stained and leaded glass artist, Paul Housberg, who has taken modern glassworking techniques and adapted them to large-scale installations. The artist is known for his innovative use of glass in architecture and has steadily gained worldwide recognition.

Historical Perspectives

Celebrating the American Studio Glass Movement with The Corning Museum of Glass

by The Staff of The Corning Museum of Glass

Photography Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass, Provided Courtesy of Fritz Dreisbach

Glass Art from the Collection of The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass movement by presenting two exhibitions that feature the work of the movement’s pioneers, Harvey K. Littleton and Dominick Labino. The experimentation and glasswork of both men is responsible for creating a great impact on glass technology, education, and art.

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. 

Show Talk

Booth Design and Merchandising—Finding the Right Amount and Placement for Lighting 

by Bruce Baker 

Bruce Baker shares the importance of finding the correct amount and type of lighting for use in trade show booths, which can mean the difference in presenting products to their best advantage. Following rules for electrical safety when installing booth lighting is also of the essence.

Working Green 

Glass Countertops from ThinkGlass—Bringing Eco-chic Beauty to the Kitchen 

by Shelly Johnson 

Photography Courtesy of ThinkGlass

ThinkGlass, an acclaimed glass design and manufacturing studio headquartered just outside of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, follows green manufacturing practices and uses the latest technology and sustainable practices to create a wide array of custom glass countertops. These creations contain 25 percent pre-consumer recycled content, are made from 100 percent recyclable glass, and never contain any adhesive or sealant that might contain potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to help protect the environment.

Skills and Techniques

Creating Color Bars for Fusing and Casting Glass

Design, Fabrication, and Text by Leslie Rowe-Israelson

Photos of the Spirit Tree by Bill Pitcher

Leslie Rowe-Israelson presents a tutorial for creating color bars that can be used in the creation of fused or cast glass scenes and other designs. Layers of color are stripped away to find desired colors used to create these paintings of light in glass.

Readers’ Forum

Glass Art readers share their impressions of the articles included in the magazine. This issue features a thank-you from Edith Reyntiens for the inclusion of the profile featuring the glass art of Patrick Reyntiens in the November/December 2011 issue of Glass Art.

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