Posted by ORCHID STAINED GLASS (Surrey, UK.)
Steam Punk inspired!
If you keep your eyes open there is inspiration everywhere.
Posted by ASHTOK119. His photograph.
A bit of fun at Halloween.
"Cash drew it, and his Grandpa made it come to life!"
Don't know who his Grandpa is...
Chosen for this amazing panel.
Not sure how big it is, but it is certainly evocative.
A really, really, good panel.
There has been a tremendous upheaval in the United States Stained Glass factories leading to
environmental restrictions being put upon the factories resulting in the following:
Closing down with final production the end of November.
Once our stocks are ended, we will stock similar Chinese glass in greater variety, but sold in half sheets or less.
We do not stock this glass.
The factory is trying to meet new regulations, but these are being constantly modified and Bullseye are currently only producing a limited range of colours.
The factory in Seattle has now finished production and we have a final container on the way to us.
Stocks are reasonable and should be quite good for around 6 months.
We have just heard that a Californian high-end tile company is to buy the Spectrum machinery and know how, and will begin reproducing the glass in Mexico in 2017.
This is very encouraging news as the new company looks stable and has excellent existing glass tile products.
They have encountered environmental problems and are in discussion with environmental agencies.
So far unaffected and stocks should remain stable.
An inspiring abstract by hfhomfoong. It reminds me of my daily routine,
meant to be orderly but wriggling, losing direction, dead ends,
driving me mad... What a great piece of art work!
Latest onto our Green Man page is this panel, apparently dated 1865 (but this may be a commemorative date), sent in by Roel Hildebrand, (DE ALKMAARSE GLAS IN LOOD)
The panel was bought in as a loose panel, but Roel is not certain of its age or whether it is German or Dutch. Very good condition and very detailed.
Looks like rather a good self portrait in stained glass by the Poetoaster!
Port of Leith in stained glass. No details but clearly a stunning memorial window.
Another interesting panel, made by "Luminaire".
Interesting to the Editor who has an Aviation background.
A really exciting panel, posted on Instagram by "vanpatto" of New Mexico.
Great project, even with the apparently clashing ethnic colours!
EXTRACT from the announcement:
"We are making an extraordinarily difficult announcement today. After serving the art and specialty glass industry for 40 years,
it is with very heavy hearts that we must announce the closure of Spectrum Glass Company. Due to several factors, it is no longer financially feasible for our
company to continue to operate.
We will continue manufacturing through June and July 2016, and will sell the product inventory currently on hand over the months ahead.
Market factors have played the most significant role. Our facility was built to support product demand at the height of art glass movement, but our sales never fully recovered following the Great Recession.
Additionally, the entire U.S. art glass industry is now being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with respect to potential new regulations. Long-standing interpretations of air quality regulations are being re-evaluated, and if new regulations were applied to our facility, it would require substantial capital expenses. Spectrum Glass Company has operated well within existing environmental guidelines and has been the only stained glass manufacturer to employ baghouse technology on furnace exhaust. Still, we have already accrued extraordinary, unanticipated expenses since the start of the EPA evaluation and cannot withstand additional investments of an unknown scale for an already faltering business."
Bullseye Glass has suspended the use of Arsenic and Cadmium because of air quality concerns.
Hot colours are affected, reds, pinks, purples etc. We suspect that his is likely to spill over to other manufacturers.
This is an interesting one, because Bullseye are taking action without being required to. Although significant levels of these chemicals were detected in their car park, the authorities have not required any action be taken.
This situation has led to panic buying in the USA. I expect this will result in a shortage of Bullseye reds, even the opaques, and quite soon a rollover into other makes of glass.
And on their web site:
Re: Comments of Bullseye Glass Company on the Oregon Department of
Environmental Quality's proposed temporary rule limiting metals emissions from
small colored art glass manufacturers. Submitted March 30, 2016
Bullseye Glass Company ("Bullseye") encourages the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission ("EQC") not to adopt the "Air Quality 2016 Temporary Rule" (the "Rule") proposed by the Department of Environmental Quality ("DEQ"). The Rule is regulatory action based on fear and speculation, not fact nor science. It is a misguided political attempt to bypass regular, deliberate rulemaking procedures without justification and would enshrine unworkable, unnecessary and possibly fatal burdens on glass manufacturers in the Portland area.
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