Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ARTICLE: Innovation through Art

If Design’s No Longer the Killer Differentiator, What Is?

  • By John Maeda President of Rhode Island School of Design

"What people are looking for now is a way to reconnect with their values: to ground how they can, will, and should live in the world.
The innovation now needs to occur elsewhere. Outside the design. Into, quite frankly, the world of art."

EXHIBITION by AGG Member: Larry Zogda

Visit the Facebook Page of the Hesperidian Gallery, Chicago for information about "Light Play":

Since 1974, the Larry Zgoda has produced unique, original compositions in the forms of windows, doors, screens, clerestories, skylights and walls of glass used in architectural environments. He has also assembled a repertoire of autonomous art objects using stained glass.

Refined workmanship, a focused use of color and a pioneering exploration of the refractive qualities of the materials coalesce with studied, sublime designs to distinguish Larry Zgoda’s original compositions.

“I’ve always been interested in the essential crystalline qualities of glass. The material itself suggests certain geometries that lean toward the straight line. But sometimes I lean the other way, toward the curve.”

Zgoda’s work is known for its geometric elegance, but he does not limit himself to a single design strategy or style. “I tend to explore an idea for a while and move on to another, always evolving a collection of design possibilities.”

Although Zgoda describes stained glass as an essentially simple craft, “the endless combinations of light and refraction, translucency and transparency and texture and color present a wealth of design possibilities. The exploration of these various qualities and one’s fluency with a design vocabulary determines the quality of the art”.

“One of the things that makes stained glass interesting is its long historical tradition and the fact that I have been a part of a renaissance in the craft for the last thirty years plus. There is tremendous opportunity to take what we know from the past and move it into the future, inventing new ways of using glass and light to create beautiful architecture and beautiful environments. The continuum of past to present to future is especially fascinating.”

Friday, September 21, 2012

WORKSHOP: Ellen Mandelbaum

AGG Member Ellen MAndelbaum will be teach a class called "Expressive Stained Glass...Ways to Further Your Creativity." This is one of the first classes to be given in the new facility sponsored by the Stained Glass Association of America. You can find more information at

Thursday, September 20, 2012

WEBINAR: Accounting for Artists

Webinar: Life on the Ledger: How to Make your Art Add Up Accounting for Artists with Richard Streitfeld, CPA, CFE, Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 PM $15
HOSTED BY Rhode Island School of Design - you don't have to be an Alumni or student to attend
Rich Streitfeld is a CPA with a passion for networking, activism and entrepreneurship. A partner wit...

Verrier: Aachen Cathedral

From: Verrier: Aachen Cathedral: A recent tour took me to Aachen where I visited the cathedral (Dom).  This is the most important church for the Carolingian Empire as this i...

PODCAST: Developing Your Artist Statement

From the College Art Association website:

Your artist statement represents a vital line of communication between you and the rest of the world. Jackie Battenfield offers tips to help you write a concise and insightful statement about your work.
Jackie Battenfield is a painter, printmaker, and the author of The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love (Philadelphia: Da Capo, 2009). She teaches professional practices in the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York and for the Creative Capital Foundation.

 Original context here:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Good hand lettering

Watch the video on Vimeo:

From the website description:

I´ve been thinking for a lot of time on doing a personal project where I could get out of the computer for a little bit, and have pleasure doing something handmade. Getting back to the basics.

Inspired by Bob Dylan´s Subterranean Homesick Blues video, where he flips cards with the lyrics as the song plays, I decided to recreate those cards with handmade type. I ended up doing all the lyrics, and not just some of the words, as Dylan did.

There are 66 cards done in one month during my spare time using only pencil, black tint pens and brushes. The challenge was not to use the computer, no retouching was allowed. Getting a letter wrong meant starting the page over.

I had a lot of fun doing this project, researching, practicing and getting deeper on typography.

There are some intentional misspellings and puns on the original song video, so I tried to keep that in a certain way.

You can watch the original movie here

Get in touch with some of my work visiting

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Civic Space, Sacred Space, and the Cathedral of Christ the Light

How might a cathedral, conceived in the 21st century, within a rapidly changing Pacific Rim setting, possess the cultural integrity and the power to inspire that define the great European cathedrals? How might a new cathedral speak to contemporary culture while honoring two millennia of Christian tradition? And more specifically, how might this new cathedral provide a meaningful setting for both spiritual renewal and civic discourse in its immediate community, the city of Oakland?

The Profitable Artist E-Course

The Profitable Artist E-Course:

New York Foundation for the Arts and Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts launch a new online course to help artists learn to manage their careers as entrepreneurs.
Are you an artist who, having mastered your craft, now finds that your career has hit a wall? Do you have a specific project or goal that you want to accomplish but lack the resources?
Artists from all disciplines facing these challenges will learn everything they need to know about how to plan and organize their careers through the new online course entitled "The Profitable Artist."
The course, from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, is based on the book The Profitable Artist, which was published last year by Artspire, an online community that supports artists and is a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). The new course is taught by NYFA's team of professionals and focuses on the essential topics related to entrepreneurship in the arts, and debuts in October of 2012. Expert presenters will lead students through important subjects like:
  • Strategic Planning in the Arts
  • Financial Management and Budgeting
  • Legal Issues for Artists
  • Marketing in the Arts
  • Fundraising for Artists
By the end of this course, artists will have built an action plan for their career or project, and will have developed the skills needed to execute it.
"NYFA has initiated a number of programs to help artists learn how to be business people and entrepreneurs, so that they can concentrate on what is most important -- their work," said Michael Royce of NYFA."This new course is another avenue designed to help artists, regardless of background, career level and art from, achieve this critical goal."
Space is limited, so for registration and more information, please visit:
For questions about the curriculum or course specifics, please

Monday, September 17, 2012

Corning: What do you know about Gemmaux ?

The recent discovery of a Gemmaux panel by Picasso which was to be auctioned this year
has spurred a renewed interest in the process.

We have a bibliography on the topic, but little printed information on the actual technique.
However, we do not know of anyone doing this work after the 1990s.  One of the primary studios was run by Roger Malherbe-Navarre, who is deceased, I think.  Jean-Paul Sala-Malherbe [probably a relative] demonstrated some of the technique at a current exhibition in France ("Tableaux de verre, verres de lumière", at the Halle du Verre, in Claret (Languedoc-Roussillon), but that is all that I have immediately found.

There are a few you tube videos, but they are in French.

If anyone can add to our information about printed information on technique, or a list of artists currently working with gemmaux, we would be very grateful.  And, of course, if anyone wants a copy of the bibliography (currently being updated), please contact me directly.

Gail P. Bardhan
Reference & Research Librarian
Rakow Library
Corning Museum of Glass
5 Museum Way
Corning NY 14830
Telephone 607-438-5315

Oscar & Lucinda from Looking at Glass

I love receiving updates from the Blog Looking at Glass. There is always an amazing image like the one about that sucks me right in. This entry is about the movie Oscar & Lucinda but really you need to read the original post here:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Software could reconstruct medieval mosaics

Project to conserve Coventry’s 5,000 stained-glass fragments—some believed to be the work of a master

The pieces were stored next to the cathedral’s boiler
Experimental software developed to reassemble Cold War documents may soon shed light on the mysteries surrounding around 5,000 medieval stained-glass fragments from Coventry Cathedral, as well as on the work of John Thornton, one of England’s greatest stained-glass artists. The British arm of the World Monuments Fund is funding a project to prevent the glass from deteriorating.

Care and Conservation of Historic Windows Workshop: Oct. 3-4, 2012

Care and Conservation of Historic Windows Workshop: Oct. 3-4, 2012This two-day intensive workshop offered by the Association of Preservation Technology takes place at Savannah Technical College in Georgia. In addition to hands-on work, participants will perform a conditional assessment on the windows of a local historic church. Registrations accepted for Workshop, or Workshop Plus Annual Conference.
Read more about the workshop and the Conference.

Fall 2012: Stained Glass Tours & Workshops at Glencairn Museum

Glencairn Museum. Bryn Athyn PA
September 29, 2012 – TOUR/DEMO: Stained Glass in the Icon Style
Using the unique collection of the Glencairn Museum this tour will explore the relationship between Byzantine Icons and sacred images depicted in stained glass windows. Are icons, as devotional objects, relegated to panel painting only or do stained glass panels, when painted in the Byzantine icon style, also function in that role? We will discuss the meaning of iconography and iconoclasm and discover how sacred images have incited emotions across time. A demonstration of glass painting techniques will round out the day.

Tour/Demo: Behind the scenes tour and painting demo with J. Kenneth Leap
FEE: $35pp 
DATE: Sept 29, 1-4PM
Maximum Size: 10
Register at Glencairn 
Contact Doreen Carey at  267-502-2981 or 

November 10 & 17, 2012 – WORKSHOP: Stained Glass in the Icon Style

This class will introduce traditional techniques of glass painting used by stained glass artisans in the medieval and renaissance period. Participants will produce a small panel during the workshop. Students will learn to mix and apply glass based pigments. Proper brush techniques will be covered in detail. All materials provided. No experience necessary.

Students will make a panel like this

FEE: $225 
Class length: 2 Days
DATES: November 10 & 17, 2012
Daily schedule: Saturday 12:00 – 4:30 PM
Maximum Class Size: 10
Register at Glencairn 
Contact Doreen Carey at  267-502-2981 or 


J. Kenneth Leap has been painting on glass for 25 years. He currently holds a position of President of the American Glass Guild. He is the Stained Glass Artist in Residence at  Glencairn Museum. He is an associate artist at the Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center in MillvilleNJ where he maintains a studio and offers additional classes. He teaches at Bryn Athyn College. For more information please visit


Glencairn, located in Bryn AthynPA was the home of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn, built in the Romanesque style between 1928 and 1939. Glencairn now serves as a museum of the history of religion. The museum houses an extraordinary collection of French medieval stained glass panels on par with the finest examples in the Cloisters or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For more information about Glencairn visit

Glass Painter Margie Cohen

Just a brief note to let everyone know ...

My website has been recently updated...
take a look at the new work in the Painted Glass Gallery

There are two wonderful shows this fall you may want to come see.

I will be exhibiting at:

Peter's Valley Fine Craft Show
Saturday and Sunday, September 29th and 30th
For more info and a discount coupon visit:

The Morristown Craft Market
Friday - Sunday, October 19, 20, and 21, 2012
at the Morristown National Guard Armory

Please mark your calendar, stop by and say hello.

Margie Cohen
Designs in Glass
445 Pensyl Creek Road
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
home: 570-992-6393

Exhibit: Ellen Mandelbaum


New Stained Glass Art by Ellen Mandelbaum
is being featured in
'The Cauldron' Exhibit
New Century Artists Gallery
530 W. 25th Street- Suite 406
New York, NY 10001
Tuesday, Sept. 11 - Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

Please join us at the Opening Reception
Saturday, Sept. 15, 3:00-6:00pm
Ellen Mandelbaum Glass Art

Clara Driscoll & the Tiffany Girls

Tiffany Studios Designers
Under Louis Comfort Tiffany’s patriarchal leadership, teams of skilled designers and craftspeople helped transform his broad vision into beautiful objects that captivated an era. This fact of art production at Tiffany Studios has recently attracted enormous public interest thanks to one Tiffany manager and designer—a talented woman by the name of Clara Driscoll (1861–1944).
Read more here:

Members attending the AGG Conference in St. Augustine, May 2013 can join a bus excursion to the Morse Museum.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

New Video from our friends at Williams & Byrne

The Master & the Beast – a new Documentary about Kiln-Fired Stained Glass Painting
Two full-length demonstrations of the ‘single-firing’ method

The ‘single-firing’ method: you’ll save time and money. And your glass will also look much better …

‘What will I learn?’ In this documentary, you’ll learn about undercoating, tracing, strengthening and shaping, shading, flooding, highlights and softened highlights, painting on the back of your glass, plus – using oil and propylene glycol. All in just one firing – this looks much better, and it also saves you time and money

‘All that in just one firing?’ Yes – including all your shading, which is amazing

‘What exactly will I see?’ You will see two full-length demonstrations from start to finish
Details HERE:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Don't have an online portfolio of your work yet?

Crevado Portfolios
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A good quote from the site:

Can people steal my images?

Crevado comes built-in with all the technical barriers that exist to protect your images, but all this still won't guarantee your images won't be abused. It's always important to remember that once your work is visible then there are ways to "steal it". This is true for online representations as well as real life i.e. a screenshot of a computer webpage, photograph of a monitor or photograph of artwork hanging on a wall!
If you are worried about people stealing then the perfect answer is to not upload them at all, or better still don't even create it in the first place. This way nothing will get stolen, but doing this won't sell your work either, especially if your work can't be viewed online. You may as well bury your head in the sand while you're at it!

Online Classes

Check out  and from the National Glass Association , the glass industry's single-source online training program contains world-class courseware created by leading experts throughout the glass industry. Online audio & video training and live webcasts are available. View a free sample class from either website.

About the NGA
Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the architectural glass, and window and door industries. Based outside Washington, DC, and representing nearly 2,200 member companies and locations, NGA offers education and training. NGA publishes the industry's leading trade magazines: Glass Magazine® and Window & Door®; and e-newsletters: e-glass weekly™, WDweekly™, and For Technicians Only e-bulletin™. NGA also hosts the industry's premier annual trade event: GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo®. The Window & Door Dealers Alliance, an organization for independent window and door dealers, is an initiative of the NGA. For more information on NGA, visit

TATE Britian: Pre-Raphaelites opens to the public

Combining rebellion, beauty, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur, thePre-Raphaelites constitute Britain’s first modern art movement. This exhibition brings together over 150 works in different media, including painting, sculpture, photography and the applied arts, revealing the Pre-Raphaelites to be advanced in their approach to every genre. Led by Dante Gabriel RossettiWilliam Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) rebelled against the art establishment of the mid-nineteenth century, taking inspiration from early Renaissance painting.
The exhibition establishes the PRB as an early example of the avant-garde: painters who self-consciously overturned orthodoxy and established a new benchmark for modern painting and design. It will include many famous Pre-Raphaelite works, and will also re-introduce some rarely seen masterpieces including Ford Madox Brown’s polemical Work 1852–65 and the 1858 wardrobe designed by Philip Webb and painted by Edward Burne-Jones on the theme of The Prioress’s Tale.
You’ll also see John Everett Millais’s first painting ‘en plein air’ entitled: Ferdinand Lured by Ariel 1849-50 and the politically charged: A Huguenot, on St Bartholomew’s Day, refusing to shield himself from danger by wearing the Roman Catholic Badge 1851-2.
The exhibition shows that the Pre-Raphaelite environment was widely encompassing in its reach across the fine and decorative arts, in response to a fast-changing religious and political backdrop, and in its relationship to women practitioners
You can find many more images from the show on Tate’s Pre-Raphaelite Pinterest board. If you do visit the show, please leave us a comment below or join the discussion on Tate’s Facebook page or@Tate on Twitter - using the tag #PreRaph.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Electronically tintable dynamic glass

Artful Intelligence: How "Smart Windows" and "Dynamic Glass" Can Save Energy

A manufacturer of auto-tinting windows just nabbed another $10 million in financing. Is this the future of glass?

glass windows
In the future, those glass windows on your office building might also be able to beat IBM's Watson at Jeopardy. That's how smart glass is getting. 
Soladigm, manufacturers of auto-tinting "smart glass," nabbed $10 million in equity financing, building off a recent $30 million round in December.
The notion of "smart glass" might at first seem a bit excessive. We demand intelligence from our partners, our friends, our colleagues, and lately our phones, but windows are not an entity that seem to necessitate smartness.
There's a simple reason why smart, or "dynamic," glass matters, though. It saves energy. When normal old "dumb" windows welcome in the noonday sun, buildings bake. But Soladigm's electrochromics glass automatically adjusts its tint, helping regulate the temperature of a building and thereby reducing cooling (or heating) costs. The company claims its windows can reduce heating and cooling usage by a quarter. That's one reason why the company was named a winner of GE's Ecomagination challenge last year.
Soladigm has competitors, including the Saint-Gobain-backed Sage. And we recently looked at a company, Peer+, that manufactures a different kind of "smart glass"--windows thatdouble as solar panels, generating electricity themselves. Imagine, then, if the two joined forces to make "genius glass" that both saves energy and generates it.