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May/June 2013 **Print**


Letter from the Editor

Working Happy

by Shawn Waggoner

Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner remembers the legacy left by Ed Hoy, a leader in the glass industry for over forty years, who consistently offered his customers new and innovative products, education, and marketing ideas. She also reminds glass artists to take advantage of summer conferences as a way to learn new techniques and keep up with the latest in glass art. 

Hot Glass Studio Profile

Barbara Becker Simon-Searching for the Next Great Wearable Design 

by Shawn Waggoner 

Photo of Text Bead Necklace by Larry Sanders

Barbara Becker Simon’s glass beads, metal hollow core vessels, and BRONZclay jewelry have established her reputation as a multitalented artist. In her continuing search for new ways to meet the challenge of keeping the creative process inventive and fresh, she has discovered creating Text Beads from Precious Metal Clay. Her latest glass adventure uses sandblasting techniques to add text and Photoshop images..


A Walk on the Cyber Side-Delivering Content in the New Millennium 

by Margie Shanahan, ISGB Director of Education

Photos by Jerry Anthony Photography

ISGB is learning to deliver content in a new way through its expanded online educational opportunities for its members. Tutorials from The Glass Bead from 2008 through 2010 are now available. The organization’s instructors’ seminars are also now available through a Webinar to demonstrate beginning beadmaking techniques.

Art Glass Studio Profile

Narcissus Quagliata’s New Book-Archetypes and Visions in Light and Glass 

by Shawn Waggoner 

Narcissus Quagliata recently released a new book, Archetypes and Visions in Light and Glass, that represents the best from his last forty years of work. Quagliata’s work addresses, first and foremost, his interest in the figure. He has also spent much of his creative career creating grand domes for public buildings in Rome, Italy, and Taiwan.

Warm Glass Studio Profile

Breaking All the Rules-The Revolution of Tanya Veit

by Leslie Gibbs

Warm glass artist, Tanya Veit, is known for her innovative techniques when creating jewelry in dichroic glass and for sharing her passion for glass in high-energy classes presented throughout the country. This self-taught artist also operates AAE Glass with husband John and his brother, Mark, where they offer supplies for glass artist and hold classes in their new, expanded teaching facility.


The Stained Glass School-Stained Glass 101 and Beyond

The Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) plans to hold classes on a regular basis at its Raytown, Missouri, location. These classes will focus on basic and introductory instruction, which will be followed by intermediate and master classes in conjunction with SGAA’s annual summer conference.

Independent Artist

Designing and Marketing Entrances-Meeting the Demands of the Residential Glass Marketplace 

by John C. Emery, Sr. 

Photography by Bill Kilborn

John C. Emery, Sr. of Preston Studios shares the company’s recent experience participating in the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida, performing custom entries and interior glass art. The look of wrought iron detailing for the entryways was accomplished by combining Action Bevels plus painting and firing by Stanley Klopfenstine. 

Readers’ Forum

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

AGG News

American Glass Guild-Conference Workshops 2013

by Tony Glander

The American Glass Guild (AGG) will be holding its 2013 Conference May 16–18, 2013, which will be filled with leaders in the stained glass field presenting talks on today’s important topics. There will also be pre-conference, hands-on workshops offered by nationally and internationally known instructors.


A Series of Firsts at the American Mosaic Summit

by Gwyn Kaitis 

Photography y Toyoharu Kii

The Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) held its annual American Mosaic Summit conference in April 2013. The summit’s keynote speaker, Toyoharu Kii, exhibited his work for the first time in the United States and introduced a brand new dimension of Mosaic Arts International (MAI) to SAMA’s annual juried exhibition.

Glass Talk

Stained Glass Stuff-How a Studio Recovered After a Fire

Stained Glass Stuff, a glass art studio and retail business in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, shares the problems that the company experienced during the aftermath of a fire. Owner Kevin Tapin reminds business owners of important considerations when reviewing insurance for business disaster coverage.

Educational Glass

Enlightenment in Italy-Getting the Most from an Arts Residency

by Joseph Cavalieri 

Joseph Cavalieri shares his encounters during the new residency at Lo Studio dei Nipoti in Monasterace, Italy. The artist was able to get the most from the six weeks devoted to the experience by first discovering the direction where he wanted his work to go, then investigating to find the right residency to help him make that possible.

Sculptural Glass Studio Profile

Jed Malitz V2 Studio and Commissions

by Colleen Bryan

A computer worker without knowledge of glass techniques, possibilities, or limitations, Jed Malitz set himself on a long learning curve to develop his glass art sculptures. He has, however, initiated the patent process he calls Spatial Figuratism™. Glass panels with abstract shapes cut from the inside of each one are assembled and aligned vertically at precise intervals in relation to one another.


Building a Solid Business Infrastructure

by Mark Veit 

Tweaking work habits and organizational skills, even just a bit, can lead to building a strong base for small glass art businesses. Time is one of the most valuable assets available to small business owners, and keeping a clean and organized studio space allows artists to take advantage of opportunities to grow.

Pioneers in Glass

Nicolas Parrendo’s Labor of Love

by Shawn Waggoner

Nicolas Parrendo, artist and owner of Hunt Stained Glass Studios in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has spent his career in service to the studio and the multitudes of churches and synagogues for which he has designed and fabricated or restored stained glass windows. He delights in presenting slide shows and lectures for various organizations and schools to share his passion for stained glass.

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.

Skills and Techniques

Traditional Glass Painting Made Easy-An Introduction 

by Peter McGrain

Peter McGrain shares an introduction to traditional stained glass painting and the general principles behind the techniques required. McGrain also offers a history of the beginnings of stained glass painting, which began in medieval times, plus information on basic techniques for tracing and matting and selecting the right paints.

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