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Features

Letter from the Editor

The Origins of Inspiration

by Shawn Waggoner

Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner gives readers an insight into the inspiration behind the work of glass artists Sylvia Laks, Chuck Lopez, Anne Nye, and Kay Bain Weiner that are revealed in the July/August 2013 issue of Glass Art. She also shares some inspiration from Narcissus Quagliata.

Art Glass Studio Profile

Sylvia Laks-Costa Rica’s Best Hope for Redefining Stained Glass as Art

by Shawn Waggoner

Photography by Julio Sequeira Mora

Sylvia Laks, an extremely versatile artist, takes on all kinds of commissions covering every theme possible, from ornamental work created in stained glass to elaborate, fully painted portraits. The appeal of her art is not in the process but rather in the way in which she renders the flesh of her subjects.

Warm Glass Studio Profile

Anne Nye’s Watercolor Moments and Botanical Beauties

by Shawn Waggoner

Photography by JD Gerber

Anne Nye has perfected her painterly glass techniques using layers of finely crushed frit to shade and contour her subjects. From crisp, graphic-style pieces to luminous, watercolor-like landscapes, each creation reflects her love of color, depth, texture, and beauty.

Retailer Profile

Stained Glass Garden-A Study in Remote Collaboration

by Colleen Bryan

When Joan McLean inherited an oceanfront view seven hours from her stained glass store, she recruited a vibrant younger employee to manage the store. McLean now works with Julie Orchard through remote technology and monthly visits to the business as Orchard continues to update the store and find more ways to connect with the community.

SGAA News

Opening Certification-Classes from SGAA

The Stained Glass School (SGS) of the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) held its first classes for certification at the new school facility in Raytown, Missouri, in April 2013. Students attending the classes were able to gain a professional level of understanding for the art of creating in glass and the methods used in fabrication.

Working Greener

EnergyXchange-A Model for Change

by Shawn Waggoner

Photography by Chad Leatherwood

EnergyXchange has been cited regionally, nationally, and internationally as an example of a successful small landfill gas project. The success of the program has generated excitement in the renewable energy and art communities, who are beginning to use methane gas extracted from landfills to operate torches and furnaces.

ISGB News

Experiencing Renaissance-The Gathering 2013

by Susan Sheehan, President of ISGB

Photography by David Orr Photography, Penny Dickinson, and Ali VanderGrift

The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) presents The Gathering each year as a way to create an educational and networking experience for lampworked beadmakers. The organization and many of its local chapters provide scholarships to help emerging bead artists attend this inspirational meeting.

Architectural Glass

Lead Ban Inspires Fused Commission-The Madison Chapel Windows by Earthstar Glass

by Shawn Waggoner

Photos by Walt Schumacher Photography

Karen Reed, owner of Earthstar Glass, recently completed a commission for a hospital chapel in which the use of lead was not allowed due to its ban from healthcare facilities. Reed was able to create beautiful windows made from fused glass that perfectly fulfilled the desires of the donors and contained no lead.

AGG News

American Glass Guild 2013 Conference

by Tony Glander and Mary Clerkin Higgins

Photos by J. Kenneth Leap and Kathy Jordan

The American Glass Guild (AGG) held its 2013 Conference May 16–18, 2013, in Bryn Anthym near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Highlights included the presentation of the Joseph Barnes Award to Jack Cushen and the American Glass Guild Lifetime Achievement Award to Crosby Willet.

Marketing

From Baseline to Head of the Line-The Importance of Search Engine Rankings

by Mark Veit

Photography by David Orr

Glass businesses work hard to keep their websites updated and seen by as many glass art lovers as possible in order to experience increased orders and traffic. Determining a current baseline to discover what is working the most effectively will tell exactly where a website ranks within a particular niche and help business owners make better-educated marketing decisions

Pioneers in Glass

Kay Bain Weiner-Giving Back to Glass

by Shawn Waggoner

Kay Bain Weiner, known in the industry as the First Lady of Glass, has combined her proven business acumen with her love of glass to develop the KBW Foundation, an organization with the goal of promoting glass art in schools. As the glass industry recovers from an economic landslide, Weiner feels that there can be a return to prosperity by embracing simpler times and basic glass instruction.

Hot Glass Studio Profile

Chuck Lopez, The Accidental Glassblower

by Shawn Waggoner

When Chuck Lopez answered an ad in the paper for a furnace charger, he was introduced to the world of glass art. Over the years, Lopez has developed work that is at once subtle and expressive. He uses simple, gestural forms that work in concert with patterns, colors, and textures to create a dynamic relationship between the combined elements.

Readers’ Forum

Readers share their thoughts on profiles and articles featured in recent issues of Glass Art.

What’s New-Featuring the latest in books and products for the glass enthusiast

by Darlene Welch

What’s New offers Information on the latest in books and patterns plus new glass and tools to hot, warm, and cold glass artists and hobbyists. This is the perfect place to keep up with the innovations that will make working in glass easier and more enjoyable.

SAMA News

American Mosaic Summit 2013-The World’s Largest Gathering of Mosaic Artists

by Gwyn Kaitis

Photography by Tim Stassines

The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) held its 2013 American Mosaic Summit, believed to be the largest and most successful to date, in Tacoma, Washington. Over 500 conference attendees participated in workshops and listened to presentations by some of the world’s best mosaic artists while renewing old friendships and making new ones.

Skills and Techniques

Traditional Glass Painting Made Easy-Gearing Up Your Studio Essentials for Glass Painting

by Peter McGrain

Master glass painter, Peter McGrain, discusses the basic studio equipment and starter supplies needed to begin working with glass painting. Techniques for using light boxes, mixing paints on a glass palette, selecting the right palette knife, and working with kilns for firing glass paints are included.

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