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Glass Art

March/April 2017

Volume 32

Number 2

Letter from the Editor
Make 2017 Your Year to Flourish
by Shawn Waggoner
Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner reminds readers of the many ways Glass Art helps glass enthusiasts learn and grow. Besides the informative pages of the magazine, there are interviews with renowned artists on the popular Talking Out Your Glass podcasts and Glass Expert Webinars™ for seminars with no traveling required.

Pioneers in Glass
Judith Schaechter’s Life Ecstatic
Championing Stained Glass into the World of Fine Art
by Shawn Waggoner
Photography by Dom Episcopo
Judith Schaechter’s work gives voice to those who experience pain, grief, despair, and hopelessness, resonating with viewers and leaving a profound and lasting impression. In addition to using stained glass to express content typically associated with fine art, she revolutionized her craft through an inventive approach to materials.

Art Glass Studio Profile
Nancy Gong
Developing a Contemporary Artistic Voice
by Colleen Bryan
Photography by Tim Wilkes, Christopher Maggio, and Don Cochran
New York artist Nancy Gong is eagerly searching out commissions that stretch her boundaries in the design, size, and scope of projects, the environments where they are installed, and the techniques employed to make them. Her portfolio reveals her ability to discover design elements within the glass itself.

AGG News
AGG Goes to Rochester
by Tony Glander
Photography by Alphonse Mucha, Sam Halstead, and Tony Glander
The 2017 American Glass Guild (AGG) brings together leaders, practitioners, and wonderful people in Rochester, New York. Two days prior to the May 19–21 conference, AGG will be offering a wide assortment of impressive workshops. The main conference includes presentations on the work of Alphonse Mucha and others.

Skills and Techniques
Traditional Glass Painting Made Easy
Working with Transparent Enamels
by Peter McGrain
Transparent enamels are a fairly recent innovation. Like the rest of the paints we use, they come in powdered form and are prepared for use by mixing with a liquid, usually water. It’s important to remember that they contain lead, which gives them their clarity, and must be used with caution.

SGAA News
The 2017 SGAA Stained Glass School Comes to Raleigh
The Stained Glass School of the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) will be presenting a wonderful variety of professional classes in Durham, North Carolina, during the days preceding the SGAA 2017 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Classes will be conducted by renowned artists Steven Cowan, Jim M. Berberich, and Ralph Mills.

Educational Glass
J. Kenneth Leap
Taking Stained Glass to Younger Learners
by Colleen Bryan
J. Kenneth Leap has long been interested in education related to stained glass. His seven years as education chair for the American Glass Guild (AGG) have helped him realize his goal to develop lesson plans with glass for elementary and high school students, making them available to educators on the AGG website.

Architectural Glass
Dana Boussard’s Wind and Wheat
Uniting Holy Spirit Catholic Parish
by Shawn Waggoner
Photography by Roberta Grobel Intrater, Dana Boussard, and Ariana Boussard-Reifel
In June 2016, the final pieces of Dana Boussard’s And you are the Branches were installed in Holy Spirit Catholic Parish in Great Falls, Montana. A decade of her work with project fabricator Dennis Lippert resulted in 40 panels of stained glass comprised of more than 16,000 pieces.

What’s New
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.

Warm Glass Studio Profile
Richard Parrish
Western Landscape in Fused Glass
by Colleen Bryan
Photography by Rab Cummings, Jessie Moore, and Richard Parrish
Richard Parrish grew up in the American Intermountain West with big skies, endless prairies, and big buttes on the horizon. Despite years away developing an urban avatar, this landscape calls him back, infuses the artist’s kiln work, and is the source of his artistic inspiration.

Historical Glass
Higgins Glass Studio
Preserving a Legacy
by Colleen Bryan
Functional fused glass helped Michael and Frances Higgins support themselves with their art and hands. Their successors, mother-and-son team Louise and Jonathan Wimmers, learned their craft from the Higginses and seek to balance the preservation of a legacy with the imperative to compete in an ever changing world of studio glass.

Marketing
Are You Aware of Current Trends?
by Mark Veit
Keeping up with current trends in fashion, home decorating, jewelry fashion, and similar areas can help glass artists determine the best direction in which to take their designs. The computer is a good place to begin researching what is currently appealing to the public who make up their potential customer base.

Independent Artist
Jeffrey Stenbom
A Veteran’s Journey Home through Glass Art
by Colleen Bryan
Photography by Will Crocker and Gary Hodges
Kiln formed glass artist and U.S. veteran Jeffrey Stenbom has discovered that glass art gives him the ability to profoundly touch as well as express the experience of others, especially other warriors and their families. He sees the role that art has in healing and changing people’s lives.

GAS News
The 2016 Glass Art Society Lifetime Achievement and Membership Awards
by Erika Enomoto
Photography by John Dean and Wayne Strattman
The Glass Art Society (GAS) has announced the 2016 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, Joyce J. Scott, a mixed media sculptor who constructs sophisticated bead sculptures incorporating glass, clay, fabric, and found objects. Receiving the Lifetime Membership Award is Wayne Strattman, neon artist and developer of innovative lighting techniques for sculptures.

CGS News
CGS Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary in 2017
by Pam Reekie
Over the past 20 years, there have been many memorable events, including three exhibitions and an international conference in Bristol, England. Events are being planned to occur throughout the year to celebrate what has grown from a small group of enthusiastic glass artists to an organization heading toward 1,000 members.
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