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Nov/Dec 2018 **Digital**
Digital Version for download--Print Version and CD Version also available
Letter from the Editor
The Global Glass Community Lives Strong
by Shawn Waggoner
Editor Shawn Waggoner reminds readers that the current issue of Glass Art continues to inspire glass enthusiasts by celebrating the global community of glass artists. This issue includes hot glass artists Davide Penso and Kelly O’Dell, a look at the history of German montage, and the philanthropic efforts of the Armadillo Art Glass Initiative.
Hot Glass Studio Profile
Kelly O’Dell’s Homage to Threatened and Extinct Species
by Shawn Waggoner
Photography by Peter Kuhnlein
Using the fragility of glass to create ghost animals in homage to all that have been lost, Kelly O’Dell endeavors to inspire environmentally mindful changes in our daily routines. A tribute to endangered species, her hot glass sculptures embody a desire to keep from losing more animal varieties.
Davide Penso’s Conservation with Glass
The Secret Argument
by Shawn Waggoner
Photography by Andrea Pattaro, Frederica Cioccoloni, and The Pushba
From the island of Murano, Italy, Davide Penso attempts to capture the look of water in motion through his anemone beads and more recently his flowing and elegant Seaweed sculptures. The success of his work is reflected in numerous international group and solo exhibitions at prestigious venues such as the Corning Museum of Glass.
Armadillo Art Glass Initiative
Community Action through Glass Art
by Margaret Zinser Hunt
Photography by Sarah Sheafe, SGS Photography
Armadillo Glass Art Initiative, a glassblowing and fundraising effort in Austin, Texas, has successfully raised over $250,000 for Meals on Wheels Central Texas, over the past six years. Borosilicate artists donate their time and talents for the silent and live auctions of their work created during this live event.
Emerge 2018 Winners
Awarding Excellence in Kiln Formed Glass
by The Staff of Bullseye Glass Co.
Participants recently completed their participation in the 10th biennial juried competition sponsored by Bullseye Glass Co. The 43 finalists, who represented 12 countries, were evaluated on their creativity, craftsmanship, and design by a panel of three distinguished judges. The company also created a companion exhibit to celebrate the work of former Emerge finalists.
The 2018 Murano Glass Fashion Show
by Sara Sally LaGrand
Photography by Andrea Pattaro and Laura Donefer
On May 19, 2018, Murano, Italy, served as host to the Glass Art Society conference Glass Fashion Show. Boats went along the canals carrying models wearing costumes made of glass. Artist Laura Donefer and her husband served as coordinators for this unique glass art extravaganza.
Pioneers in Glass
In Search of German Montage
Past, Present, and Future
by Marcie Davis
Photo Courtesy of Museum für Glaskunst Lauscha
During a recent trip to Lauscha, Germany, Marcie Davis researched the history of montage. Jürgen Kob shared the work of his uncle, Albrecht Greiner-Mai, creator of some of the finest examples of the montage technique. Kurt Wallstab, early montage superstar, passed the technique on to Andre Gutgesell, who still creates these wonderful vessels.
The Glass Art Society
New Leadership, New Office, New Perspective
Photography by Jonah Raup and Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater
The Glass Art Society (GAS) has announced that the organization’s new interim executive director will be Brandi Clark, who has an extensive background in nonprofit arts administration. GAS also moved to its new location in Seattle, Washington, on September 4, 2018. The organization plans to continue growing its community of artists, educators, and collectors.
Continuously Develop Recurring Themes
by Milon Townsend
Milon Townsend shares how an awareness of a particular figure that often comes to him has helped the artist to develop various series of glass artwork. He encourages artists to keep their eyes and ears open for any ideas that keep returning and use them to advance their own art.
Contemporary Glass Society
The New Graduate Review 2018
by Sarah Brown, CGS Trustee
Photography by Natsumi Jones, David James Wood, and Marzena Ostromecka
The Contemporary Glass Society, which provides members with opportunities to exhibit their work, recently selected 18 graduates from the U.K. and Ireland to introduce their work in The New Graduate Review 2018. Natsumi Jones was awarded first place, David James Wood was selected as second place winner, and Marzena Ostromecka received third place recognition.
Skills and Techniques
Making Heat Work for You
by Bob Leatherbarrow
Heatwork is the combined effect of temperature and time on glass, the temperature of which is between the softening point and the process temperature. Bob Leatherbarrow shares reasons why low-and-slow firing schedules used for fusing glass art provide many benefits to the glass artist.
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.
Art Glass Studio Profile
Glass Painting in Architectural Glass
by Colleen Bryan
Photography by John Horner and Bruce Martin
Linda Lichtman applies a painterly aesthetic to handblown stained and flashed glass. The artist works with two-dimensional glass elaborated with etching, silver stains, enamels, paints, and sandblasting. For most of her career she has emphasized site-specific public art for civic buildings, hospitals, transportation stations, libraries, and schools.
AGG Rocks Cleveland
Text and Photography by Tony Glander
The American Glass Guild (AGG) Conference in Cleveland was packed with variety and activity. Included were numerous workshops. With an incredible historical selection of stained glass art throughout the city, Cleveland provided a stain glass lover’s dream. An air of education and sharing spread throughout the weekend.
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