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May/June 2015 **Digital**
Digital Version for download--Print Version and CD Version also available
Letter from the Editor
You Can Go Home Again . . . and Should
by Shawn Waggoner
Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner reminds readers of the great opportunities available to glass artists for expand their skills through the annual spring and summer trade shows. Those who aren’t able to attend in person can be involved in Glass Art’s Glass Expert Webinars™ throughout the year with no traveling required.
Pioneers in Glass
The Road Back from Pilchuck and Beyond
by Colleen Bryan
Photos by David Pauley, Wyke Valkeman, and Scott Benefield
Scott Benefield returned in Pilchuck Glass School in 2014 as the artist selected to design and create work for the school’s annual auction centerpieces. Since his days as a student there, he has shifted roles from maker to designer and traveled the world before establishing his main studio in Ireland.
Glass Weekend ’15 at WheatonArts
by Janet Peterson
The world’s leading artists, collectors, galleries, and museum curators will meet in June 2015 for Glass Weekend ’15, WheatonArts’ premier biennial gathering to celebrate contemporary glass art. The event is filled with museum and gallery exhibitions, lectures, hands-on glassmaking, museum tours, and artist demonstrations.
The 2015 GAS Emerging Artist Presentation
by The Staff of the Glass Art Society
Each year the Glass Art Society selects three emerging artists to present lectures at its annual conference and introduce their work to a large audience of established artists, educators, and collectors. The 2015 artists were sculptor Alli Hoag, laser light artist Justin Ginsberg, and glass hologram artist Jacci Delaney.
Greener by Design in Large Ways and Small
by Colleen Bryan
Ignite Studios has employed a number of architectural strategies that won the 2013 Design Excellence Honor Level SustainABILITY Leadership Award for FAIA Andrew Metter and the studio. Ignite invites neophytes to explore glassmaking alongside the professional artists who anchor the studio’s signature lines and custom work.
Hot Glass Studio Profile
The Enchantment of Excess
by Shawn Waggoner
Rakow Commission Photo Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass
Additional Photography by Matt Hollerbush
Flameworking artist Amber Cowan gives vintage recycled and found pressed glass new life by destroying it, then re-forming it into beautiful and evocatively retro sculptures. She was recently awarded the 29th Rakow Commission by The Corning Museum of Glass to allow her the freedom to explore her art without financial boundaries.
Reflections on the 2014 ISGB Gathering XXII
by Heather Behrendt
Bead Photos by Heather Behrendt
Group Photo by Doug Baldwin
The members of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) gathered in Houston, Texas, for its annual Gathering, a place to reconnect with friends, share design ideas, and find glass treasures at Saturday’s Bead Bazaar. The varied presentations also offered a chance to learn new techniques and improve flameworking skills.
SGAA 106th Annual Summer Conference
The Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) will hold its annual meeting in June 2015. One of the highlights of the conference will be touring the Savoy Studios plus stops at the Uroboros Glass and Bullseye Glass manufacturing facilities. Attendees are also anticipating hearing guest speaker, Narcissus Quagliata.
Warm Glass Studio Profile
Ted Sawyer’s Kiln Formed Glass
by Shawn Waggoner
Photography by Jerry Sayer, Courtesy of Bullseye Glass
Ted Sawyer’s kiln formed glass confronts the notion of beauty through sumptuous color paired with heavily distressed surfaces. Like a Polaroid picture from a bygone ere, his work conjures a mood and energy inherent in its color and form, telling a story with no words and few figures.
A Hands-On Workshop Experience at Bryn Athyn College
by The Staff of Bryn Athyn College
Bryn Athyn College welcomes world-renowned master glassmakers to host hands-on workshops in various mediums for the third consecutive summer. Participants will have access to Bryn Athyn’s historic landmarks, including Glencairn Museum, and the opportunity to work with glass painter J. Kenneth Leap, Vitri-Fusáille artist Peter McGrain, and mosaicist Carol Stirton-Broad.
The AGG at the Washington National Cathedral
Text and Photography by Tony Glander
The American Glass Guild (AGG) is looking forward to its upcoming June 2015 Conference at the Washington National Cathedral, where attendees will view masterworks by renowned stained glass artists. The conference will also include its annual juried show and presentations by Brenda Belfield and CZ Lawrence.
Finding Success in a World of Change
by Mark Veit
Glass artists who are finding the most success in promoting their businesses are those who have become part of the social media scene. Once a solid following is established, it is important to engage those followers in different ways, including monthly forums or chats.
Ancient Truth Investigator
Ancient Truth Investigator Artwork Photography by Rachel Radar
Her Majesty Artwork Photography by Daniel Fox
by Shawn Waggoner
Rachel Rader combines the nuances of performance art and kiln formed glass in a body of work that transports viewers into her fantastical universe of childhood dreams. As her concept for combining performance art with kiln formed glass evolves, Rader designs and creates new artifacts that support her narrative.
Sharing Glass Art through Public Venues
by Leslie Perlis
The Art Glass Association of Southern California (AGASC) is fortunate that its public library system considers art to be part of its programs. Through this venue, the group has been able to exhibit work by its members while the library creates displays of books that feature glass techniques and artwork.
Skills and Techniques
Creating a Sawtooth Bowl with Cast Foot
Design, Fabrication, and Text by Randy and Carole Wardell
Joy of Fusing’s Randy and Carole Wardell have developed casting molds that allow glass artists to create fused glass bowls and platters with a cast foot that has the look of a blown piece. Instructions are included for mold filling techniques, firing schedules, and tips for success.
Readers share their thoughts on profiles and articles featured in recent issues of Glass Art.
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 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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