Chicago, IL, May 1, 2016 --- The American Glass Guild will hold its 11th Annual Conference in partnership with the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago July 8-11th, 2016. The public is invited to a Keynote Presentation by glass artist and designer Kenneth von Roenn on Saturday, July 9th at 5:30 pm in the Performance Hall, a Live Auction of Stained Glass Art at 8:00 pm in the Performance Penthouse, and to view the juried exhibition American Glass Now:2016 in the Gidwitz Lobby, on view from June 17th through to July 11th .
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."
Nothing to do with the Spectrum Closure featured above, Decorative Glass (Bradford) are holding a 2 for 1 GLASS SALE.
This is for sheet glass, (full sheets, call and collect only). Any even number of full sheets, you pay for the dearer half of your selection, and you get the cheaper half free.
Applies to Kokomo, Wissmach, Old Cathedral, some Spectrum (primarily Opals).
This is to make room for new lines.
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.
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 Poetaster!
Port of Leith in stained glass. No details but clearly a stunning memorial window.
Brad Pitt in stained glass.
An excellent panel he has been captured in a few very simple lines.
Clever and stunning.
Another interesting panel, made by "Luminaire".
Interesting to the Editor who has an Aviation background.
Posted on Instagram by Shirley Girl.
A really exciting panel, made by "vanpatto" of New Mexico.
Great project, even with the apparrently clashing ethnic colours!
Based in Wales, Liz Griffiths made this stained glass window.
She describes this as her biggest work so far. I like it.
Given as 20" x 30". Very busy for that size.
Posted by W. Fogg (Polish, I think.)
A window in an abandoned church.
It seems such a shame that stunning windows like these are left to rot.
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