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Sept/Oct 2012 **PRINT**

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Features

Letter from the Editor

An Autumn to Remember

by Shawn Waggoner

Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner offers a glimpse into this issue’s studio profiles for hot glass artist, Jonathan Harris, and warm glass artist, Donna Sarafis and a reminder that the new Directory of Industry Supplies is ready. Dates are also listed for the upcoming Glass Expert Webinars™ from sister publication, Glass Patterns Quarterly, that provide glass enthusiasts with the chance to attend seminars by expert artist teachers via live audio and video. 

Hot Glass Studio Profile

Jonathan Harris Studio Glass Ltd. 

by Colleen Bryan 

Jonathan Harris Studio Glass uses ancient techniques, natural themes, and a passionate commitment to artisanship to create his glass art. Harris and his wife Alison are firmly contemporary, anchored by a spirit of innovation, a willingness to engage evolving technologies, and a practical orientation to current markets.

Marketing

Tier Pricing

Reaching Out to an Optimal Buying Audience

by Mark Veit

Photography by Sylvus Tarn

Once artists attract more people to their websites through such aids as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, it becomes essential to focus on ways to organize the target page that allows buyers to purchase items directly from the site in order to maximize sales. Developing a tiered pricing system gives buyers the best chance to find something in their own price range.

Educational Glass

International Flameworking Conference Continues to Inspire

by Tracy Wiggins, Salem Community College

Photography by Kristin Norton

Held each spring since 2001, the International Flameworking Conference (IFC) celebrates excellence in glass while hosting highly respected glass artists who offer insight, instruction, and inspiration. The 2012 conference featured Jay Musler, whose constantly evolving work now includes sculptures, bowls, panels, boats, and masks. He succeeded in offering encouraging words and live instruction to conference attendees.

ISGB News

Indelible: Memories Preserved in Glass

by Sarah Riggle

Photography by Jerry Anthony Photography

The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) held its 20th annual Gathering in July 2012 that included a special exhibit of the members’ work. For Indelible: A Collection of Personal narratives Expressed in Art Glass Beads, members translated their favorite sights and sounds from past Gatherings into wearable works of glass art.

Working Greener

Leigh Taylor Wyatt

by Colleen Bryan 

Photography by Onion Creek Studio

Glassblower Leigh Taylor Wyatt and her business partner Shara Funari have organized their Austin, Texas, company into two entities. One is their for-profit studio, East Side Glass, a venture into using a solar-powered furnace to support a budding glass community. The other is the nonprofit Community Glass House, an outreach to disadvantaged youth, cancer patients, battered women, and others who can use glass art to strengthen their own creative, healing powers.

The 2012–2013 Directory to Industry Supplies

The annual Directory to Industry Supplies from Glass Art offers the perfect way for artists, retailers, and suppliers to connect  and make the buying and selling process mutually beneficial. These comprehensive alphabetical listings provide addresses, phone and fax numbers, contact names, products and services available, and brief comments from each glass art supplier. Products and services are also listed alphabetically by state as an added convenience.

Warm Glass Studio Profile

Dancing Light Fused Glass Studio 

Impressionistic Glass Artist Finds Home in the Texas Pines

by Colleen Bryan

Photography Paul Rolle and Katie Smith

Fused glass artist, Donna Sarafis, adapts a watercolor style and sensibility honed from her years as a painter, quilter, and crafter to produce impressionistic glass landscapes, florals, and wild birds. Her use of colored frit on a glass background and a multilayered technique help to create saturated texture with superimposed cut-glass figures and added depth.

SAMA News

The Society of American Mosaic Artists 2012 Exhibition and Annual Summit 

by Gwynn Kaitis 

Photography by Tim Stassines

The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) is looking forward to the 2013 conference at the prestigious Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art in Tacoma, Washington. The annual summit provides educational events, mosaic art tours, networking opportunities, and presentations by some of the finest mosaic artists in the world. The keynote speaker will be Internationally renowned mosaic artist, Toyoharu Kii of Japan.

SGAA News

The SGAA 2012 Annual Summer Conference 

The 103rd Annual Summer Conference of the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) featured preconference classes on traditional glass painting, painting with enamels, and sandblast etching, plus an address from keynote speaker Kathy Bradford. In addition, the Suppliers’ Showcase allowed artists, craftspeople, and studio owners the chance to meet with representatives of some of the major stained glass suppliers.

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. 

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