Well, here it is four full Sundays before Christmas. Whether you are still recovering from Thanksgiving, by the way, belated Happy Thanksgiving to all our United States friends, or whether you've scored the best deals on Black Friday, supported your local retailers yesterday on Small Business Saturday or are poised with shopping cart bonanzas with a click of the mouse at the ready for tomorrow's Cyber Monday - I hope you are all geared up for the upcoming holidays.
The market trends are very bright with shoppers out and spending more than the last few years. Let us hope this trickles into our hand made, custom made pieces of stained glass art.
There are some glass deals out there: The Canadian Clay and Glass Museum is having a member's sale this weekend, however I'm sure they would love you to visit their shop any day of the year. http://www.theclayandglass.ca
The Corning Museum of Glass too, is having a Thanksgiving blow out, with many great deals across there showroom, any one can feel free to send me a Witch's ball! http://glassmarket.cmog.org
For those of you across the pond, PELI has some news about St Just, like maybe there is an antique glass heaven and they are still making it! http://www.peliglass.eu
Espace VERRE has ongoing exhibitions and recently had a fund raiser - you can check them out ! http://www.espaceverre.qc.ca/
Back in Toronto, the Ontario Crafts Council continues to display the areas best artists - some even working in glass so check them out too.
I'm still getting emails and local calls looking for this or that, which has been discontinued. I know it has been disheartening for many of us, and especially those that use antique glass. I'm hoping that the hushed rumors of the possibility of antique glass supplies coming back are true. As for the tools, and other materials that have seemed to have dried up, well, it's not over yet. Think laterally, do more internet searches and remember that your creativity will find a solution.
Lastly a reminder that Artists in Stained glass members can post directly to the news page regarding any shows or sales. And that if you are desperate for some specific glass, that the wholesaler has run out of, Artists in Stained Glass has opened wholesale accounts with companies further a-field and offers group bulk buying, where hopefully every one can get what they are looking for, without having to buy in at the wholesale minimum. Contact me for more information.