Thursday, June 11, 2009


As you know by now, we've brought everything down from our upstairs/loft areas and are still going through things - trying to finally get everything organized. We're making progress, and the last couple of weeks have been filled with cleaning and sorting out all the bins and tubs of glass pieces from antique panels.
So, I was thinking (after all, what else can you do when you're standing there with a tub of water full of dirty pieces of glass, a scrub brush, and lots of towels!) what a fun idea to recycle all this glass...but not by putting out by the curb for pickup. How about doing a 2 or 3 hour session where you come in, go through the various bins of glass, and design a panel using all these "scraps"? There are lots of colors and textures of border strips, some shapes (like diamonds, commas, squares, etc.), and broken pieces to chose from. Not only do you save all the work of cutting and grinding, but it's a lot cheaper this way - only $4/pound. If you want to learn how to build a panel with lead came, this could be a pre-class addon. Let me know if you're interested.
There's a new session of Beginning Stained Glass starting up the week after July 4th, and next week I have a class on making the fused dichroic glass pendants. Check out the calendar for schedules. I'm going to do another pendant class on the 12 & 19th of July (Sundays) too for anyone not able to do an evening class.
I was asked this week to teach a class on painting & firing again. Anyone interested? I imagine I would teach it on 2 Sundays in August - so let me know on that too.
The sale on discontinued handrolled glass is going well - I so need to free up some space in the bins to put more glass out. All the Chicago Art Glass, Genesis, Fusion Dynamics, and Fischer Opal are on sale for 30% off (35% off if you take the sheet as is, no cutting). There are some beautiful sheets here, so come take advantage! The sale will continue through August, or until I run out.