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Jan/Feb 2013 **DIGITAL**

Digital Version for download--Print Version and CD Version also available

Letter from the Editor

A Farewell to Masters

by Shawn Waggoner

Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner pays tribute to glass art pioneers Dan Fenton, Mel Greenland, and Boyce Lundstrom. All three were artist-innovators who developed better, faster ways to make art and were willing to share them with anyone who needed the information. They will be sorely missed by the glass community.

Pioneers in Glass - An Odyssey in Glass

Remembering Dan Fenton

by Shawn Waggoner

Photography by Patricia O’Doherty and Elizabeth Gaines

The world lost the legendary Dan Fenton—self-taught stained glass artist, photographer, and true original—on October 9, 2012. Fenton’s work in hot glass ranged from sandblast etching pickups for use in blown glass vessels to making his own murrine for fused work. Whether flat, etched, or hot glass, he challenged every technique to provide him with groundbreaking results.

SGAA News - A Grand Invitation from the Stained Glass Association of America

The Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) will be holding its 104th Annual Summer Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2013. “The Art of Restoration” will include presentations from artists Sylvia Laks and Dennis Harmon as well as a look at the history and techniques for the repair, restoration, and preservation of all types of stained glass windows.

Art Glass Studio Profile - Kathy Jordan, Driven by Challenge

by Shawn Waggoner

Photo of Kathy Jordan by Arthur Femenella

Kathy Jordan, stained glass artist, thrives on competition, a trait that allows her to compete successfully in the traditionally male-dominated field of large-scale architectural stained glass restoration. She is particularly talented in glass painting, as is evidenced by her beautiful, detailed stained glass portrait panels.

AGG News - American Glass Guild’s 2013 Conference

by Tony Glander

The American Glass Guild (AGG) will be holding its 2013 Conference in May 2013, with a list of speakers that offers something for everyone. Renowned artist and AGG Senior Advisor, Jean-Jacques Duval, will be the keynote speaker. Seminars and workshops will be presented by well-known artists including Mary Clerkin Higgins, J. Kenneth Leap, John Emery, and many others as well. The organization will also be presenting its second juried show for AGG members.

Skills and Techniques - Design Intervention

How I Get a Mosaic Sculpture Idea from My Head to the Workbench

Text and Photography by Leslie Perlis

Edited by Randy Wardell

Artist, author, and teacher, Leslie Perlis, shares techniques for creating flat or three-dimensional, freestanding glass mosaic figures that can be used to commemorate a person’s life. Ideas and concepts are captured in basic pencil tracings, which are photocopied in stages as details are added to the work. The freestanding mosaics provide an opportunity to include four different vignettes for each piece.

Architectural Glass - The House that Gaudí Built

Casa Batlló, an Enchantment in Barcelona

by Leslie Gibbs

Photography by Jon Gibbs

Stained glass and fusing artist, Leslie Gibbs, and husband Jon traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to visit the historic architectural gem, Casa Batlló. This magnificent residence was saved from demolition through the efforts of glass artist, Antoni Gaudí. This impressive residence is now filled with his beautiful, ingenious designs.

ISGB News - Glass Bead Evolution

by Angie Ramey

Photography by Vickie Hallmark, Kathryn Guler, and Lisa Atchison

The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) celebrated its 20th anniversary in July 2012 at The Gathering in Bellevue, Washington. Work showcased at The Gathering demonstrated the creativity, diversity, innovation, and technical craftsmanship of the organization’s members.

Marketing - Combining Short- and Long-Term Marketing

by Mark Veit

There are several affordable ways to get a business noticed by potential customers. Exposure on the Internet through social media venues can create instant sales and interest in a business. The business card, however, offers a long-lasting reminder to potential clients and can result in sales over an extended period of time.

Retailer Profile - Weisser Glass Studio

by Colleen Bryan

Photography by Greg Staley

Nancy Weisser of Weisser Glass Studio has learned to balance two identities, that of an accomplished, respected artist and that of a successful retail entrepreneur. The artistic freedom that her retail store provides may be especially critical given her approach to art, since Weisser’s process is grounded in material and discovery.

Glasscaster with Marcie Davis

Erwin Eisch - A Life of Sharing Techniques, Inspiration, and a Little Mischief

by Marcie Davis

Photos Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass

For Erwin Eisch, the eldest of six children and son of master glass engraver Valentin Eisch, glass production was a family affair. Factory work, however, led to blown glass art as Erwin began to experiment with bits of glass. He became know for his mold-blown, sculpted, engraved, and painted glass heads and his work with Harvey Littleton.

Historical Perspectives - Katharine Lamb Tait, 1895–1981

by Nivedita Chatterjee

Images Courtesy of Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass

Katharine Lamb Tait, whose grandfather and his brother established Lamb Studios, came from a family of talented and respected liturgical stained glass artists. Beginning in 1921, Katharine Tait joined Lamb Studios as a designer of stained glass windows and mosaics as well as other ecclesiastical art, including many important post-World War II commissions.

Hot Glass Studio Profile - Sheila Labatt

by Colleen Bryan

Canadian hot glass artist, Sheila Labatt, creates her glass art in Canada, England, and China; is a Master of Philosophy researcher in glass at the Royal College of Art in London; and maintains a small studio in Italy. Much of her art, however, is influenced by her studies in Korea and China, and she continues to be drawn to China by economic, relational, and artistic considerations.

Showcase - Magic Medals Race In for the Olympics

by The Staff of the Contemporary Glass Society

Medals were the focal point of an Olympic-inspired exhibition that tested the creativity and technical skill of artists working with glass. The Medallions exhibition, officially part of the Cultural Olympiad and the Festival of Glass, attracted more than 80 artists who created their own unique imaginings of the Olympic medal. The result was a stunning wall of glass medals that showcased the fascinating range of techniques and the inventiveness of the artists.

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

by Darlene Welch

Information on the latest in books and patterns plus new glass and tools for 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.

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