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Glass Art Magazine - November / December 2016


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Glass Art November/December 2016 Volume 31 Number 6 Letter from the Editor The Passing of Klaus Moje: Outlier, Innovator, Kiln Working Pioneer by Shawn Waggoner Glass Art editor Shawn Waggoner shares a tribute to Klaus Moje, whose development and mastery of kiln forming processes resulted in his reputation as one of the most innovative artists and sought after instructors in the world. The artist’s legacy lives on in the many beautiful kiln formed objects he created. Pioneers in Glass Dante Marioni Honoring Glassblowing Tradition through Intensely Individual Forms by Shawn Waggoner Photography by Russell Johnson Dante Marioni took the glass world by storm at the age of 19 with his exacting and intuitive command of both Venetian design and technique. Adding to his body of classical forms, the artist has continued to develop his signature work including his series of Whoppers and Etruscan Vases. CGS News The CGS Glass Review and New Graduate Review 2016 by Pam Reekie Photography by Dave Williams and Corbino A. The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) recently announced the winners of its 2016 Glass Prize and the Graduates to be included in the New Graduate Review, which features the winners plus additional artists. All British students graduating from an accredited course in 2016 were eligible to enter. Winning Glass Paul Stankard Celebrating a Lifetime of Inspiring Others Paul Stankard, internationally respected glass artist, received the President’s Medal from Muskingum University in recognition for his exemplary actions on behalf of others. Stankard, known for interpreting native flowers in small-scale glass sculptures, has distinguished himself throughout his career for inspiring students to search for their individual creative spirits. Hot Glass Studio Profile Ben Sharp by Shawn Waggoner Photography by Kevin Brett and Stephen Vest Ben Sharp began his glass journey as a scientific glassblower. A year later he began to envision a body of sculptural work that would reference the mysteries of flying. Through his series Finding Flight, the artist has sought to create glass sculptures that capture the motion and feeling of flight. ISGB News The 2017 Gathering by Jeri Warhaftig In 2017 for the first time, the International Society of Glass Beadmakers annual meeting, The Gathering, will coincide with portions of the Glass Craft & Bead Expo. Although the entities will remain two separate events, the new partnership offers ISGB attendees the chance to sample events offered by the Expo. Warm Glass Studio Profile Silvia Levenson Exploring the Dark Recesses of Human Relationships by Colleen Bryan Photography by Marco Del Comune, Paulo Sacchi, and Nalatia Saurin Silvia Levenson examines the personal impact of violence from both political forces and intimate partners as humans strive to create the illusion of safety, security, and beauty amidst impending treachery and threat. The artist explores the use of glass as a narrative medium to express and evoke complicated emotional context. GAS News The 2016 GAS Conference Glass Fashion Show An Adrenaline Rush in Corning by Sara Sally LaGrand Photography by Heather Baigelman The GAS Conference Glass Fashion Show is the brainchild of glass artist Laura Donefer. Now in its 12th incarnation, the 2016 show featured over 100 costumes fashioned from glass created by many participants from the United States and Canada, but also from Italy, Turkey, Argentina, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, and Portugal. Marketing Create More Value for Your Glass Art by Mark Veit Pricing glass art is a tricky objective and includes many variables. There are a few ways that artists can justify higher pricing by clearly communicating with buyers. One important way that gets passed over by many sellers is to have a well-developed “about us” page as part of their websites. Retailer Profile Kittrell/Riffkind A New Life through Separation by Colleen Bryan Photos Courtesy of Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass For nearly 26 years, Kittrell/Riffkind operated a signature art glass gallery and studio from adjacent spaces. A recent decision to split the two entities to provide a more ideal environment for each part with the studio and gallery in their own locations has proven to be a boon for both businesses. Readers’ Forum Readers share their thoughts on profiles and articles featured in recent issues of Glass Art. Skills and Techniques Kiln Formed Powder Wafers A Quick and Easy Approach for Dynamic Design Design, Fabrication, and Text by Bob Leatherbarrow Design elements called wafers are made by heating thin layers of powder just to the onset of fusing directly on a kiln shelf. Warm glass artist, Bob Leatherbarrow, demonstrates using wafer techniques to create a horse design and offers additional tips for developing various textures in wafers. Architectural Glass Sylvia Laks Infusing Commissioned Work with Her Signature Aesthetic by Shawn Waggoner Photography by Elvis Bravo Martinez Costa Rican architectural glass artist Sylvia Laks always keeps in mind the needs of the client and the architecture of the space for which she is creating. She weaves what is desired into a matrix of her unique and emotional style, creating compelling art for public spaces that rivals her autonomous commissions. SAMA News Mosaic School Reflecting on a Special Program and Special Students by Shawn Newton Photography by the Atelier Team The Atelier del Mosaico de Puerto Rico accepted the challenge to organize a mosaic workshop for “Room 108” at Antilles High School. This special group of students, who deal with autistic conditions, soon learned to use proper proportions, cut glass and tile tesserae, and create beautiful collaborative works of art. AGG News Caution—Construction Zone Why Join the American Glass Guild? by Tony Glander Photography by Noel Grigallunus and Rick Prigg The American Glass Guild (AGG) has attracted hardworking stained glass enthusiasts who selflessly volunteer their time and talents to help its members grow. The AGG holds a firm belief that education is important, and each year the conference continues to provide scholarships plus opportunities for members to display work in a juried exhibition. 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.
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