I know it has been a long time. Too long. There are not enough good excuses, but to just jump in again.
Just after the new year, I was pondering what to do with AISG. Membership is down. Stained glass work is more difficult to obtain. Many associates closing studios and finding part time work. Busy schedules find it more difficult to commit to courses or repair projects. It's been the deepest part of the dark, for quite some time.
And no sooner did I ask the question, did a friend and stained glass colleague email me. The simple hello was a great morale boost, but also he had sent a copy of an old 1982 Glass Studio magazine, filled with articles about the Canadian Stained Glass scene. It was such an affirmation, that it sparked a renewed commitment to AISG.
So, thank you Tod Beall and lovely wife Elinor! You have offered me a roost to nest in, on my travels to conferences and shopping excursions, great company, wonderful insights and perspectives beyond my borders. I'm not exactly sure what is going to happen, but I'll start by sharing the article you kindly sent to me. Hope everyone finds it interesting.
Welcome to the Artist Alley in Shediac New-Brunswick. Every Friday night during summer in July and August, tourists and locals meet in the Alley of Obéline in Shediac to see all kind of creations.
Restoration installation at Florence Universal
Welcome to the new year! There's some very nice buzz starting to happen, even if most of us are dealing with LOTS of winter weather.
Conferences are afoot.
Got the Glass Craft and Bead Expo information yet? Las Vegas, March 26-30, this year. Lots of classes and workshops to warm up the imagination. The one to really try and attend is the American Glass Guild conference this year. Kennith Leap's home turf, at Bryn Athyn, should be amazing.
Also, welcome new member Kim Blodgett, out in Oregon, she should have all her details in the members section soon. You too can be a member. Memberships are still only $40.00 CDN - pretty cheap internet advertising where your contact information, any class information, short biography and some images of your work can be made available to those looking for someone to do stained glass work in their area. I have to send many a return email to prospective clients apologizing that AISG doesn't have a member nearby. Prospective clients do recognize the quality and value that the AISG website offers. So consider joining today.
All the Best for 2014!
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
artists in stained glass
Stain on city hall goes back a long way via the Toronto Star.
Some fantastic news today. Ron Sakuta just happened to drop by the studio today. The rumors are true - he is opening a new wholesale outlet - in the former Georgetown warehouse. And he is expanding the product line - having just heard that he will be the new distributor for Spectrum Glass! So anyone in dire need can stop in, even before the grand opening about three weeks away. This is wonderful news. This is a huge undertaking and I hope everyone will get out to support Ron with his new endeavor!
There has been little to report since Hollander Glass Canada closed it's doors.
A few of you have shared your other wholesale outlets, and many of you confessed that because of the slow economy for stained glass, you've been buying supplies at local retail outlets, just to get by. Well, I've been talking to a few retailers and the news is not good. There seems to be a real trepidation in ordering from the Unites States. And it becomes a larger cost concern, for those of us even further afield - from a convenient border crossing. So some of the other venues you might want to check out - in no particular order, shared by your emails:
The Glass Place
6272 Notre Dame Street, West
Montreal, Quebec H4C 1V4
Bendheim | 61 Willett Street | Passaic, NJ 07055
Kris Schmitt <firstname.lastname@example.org> is the contact for Canadian accounts
Sunshine in Buffalo
FYI - I am heading down to Bendheim in June, should anyone need something from them. Just let me know and I'll see if I can accommodate bringing it back.
This is the wake up call we have been dreading for some time. The Toronto wholesaler just sent me an email saying they have closed their doors for an undetermined length of time. They are trying to restructure and re-open under new management.
Talking with a stained glass store owner recently - also cast a cold chill - prepaid orders will be required. Since all our supplies come from the US, this could mean paying for goods months in advance. It also limits our ability to create as we now have to plan ahead, knowing how much of any aspect of a project - from glass, solder, lead etc, with little room for error.
Art is not a supply and demand sort of process - this closure and type of business practice will be felt at the hobbyist level to studio to tool makers to glass manufacturers. I can only suggest that if you are interested in creating a co-op for purchasing supplies please respond to this news notice or email me directly.
Happiest of New Years to YOU!
Since we survived the recent end of the world, the US fiscal cliff still fresh beneath our feet, tragedies befalling body and property, this last year was testy, difficult, heartbreaking and/or sorrowful for many of us to live or witness - so this New Years should be a fine time to really let loose and find the many ways to be thankful for what we might still have and who is still in our lives!
May God bless you with health and prosperity for 2013!
Did anyone else watch David Suzuki's The Nature of Things, the other night? What a fascinating show about the effects of light on human beings. The episode called Lights Out introduced the discussion about how our bodies react to our modern world of gadgets, increasing our amounts of light exposure.
Cancer, particularly breast cancer has been on the rise, as well as obesity; all of us inherently know this as we see it affect the lives of those around us. Scientists started investigating and an unusual link to the invention of the light bulb and where electricity is cheap and plentiful, was a direct match to where these health issues were on the increase.
Anyone who is a shift worker also can speak to how difficult the change in sleep patterns are. The piece that I found very interesting was the use of special goggles/glasses and specific colored light, could help. The scientists determined that the crisp clear blue morning light affected the circadian cycle, by decreasing certain hormones, while the reds of sunsets and of fire the original traditional lighting source, before electricity - was actually beneficial in helping people fall asleep and initiate the proper night time hormone cycle. These hormones keep us healthy and could actually prevent cancers from taking hold. Pretty amazing!
Being the stained glass artist that I am, with a great love of Chartres cathedral, I was struck by the insight of how the stained glass in Chartres, dark like the womb, even on a sunny day, with stained glass windows almost completely constructed with red and blue how incredibly healing these windows likely were on an entirely new level. Now easily explained by what the scientists were discovering.
I'd suggest every glass worker have a look at this program it just might affect how you see your work being more than just something decorative and potentially healing as well.