Houston Glass News
September 2008

We have come through the storm grateful. 11 days without power at home have renewed our appreciation for the simplest of things. By week's end we will have a newly shingled roof and spotless refrigerator/freezer stocked with fresh provisions.
The studio weathered the assault with NO structural damage...didn't even loose power. No matter. The furnace is scheduled to be down through October anyway.
Our hearts and prayers are with those who have suffered the brunt of Ike's fury. For them the road to recovery is just beginning.

We kept our furnace hot late into the spring of 2008. March and April were busy with demonstrations. Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen & Jasen Johnsen, and Alex Gabriel Bernstein when they were in town showing at Hooks Epstein Galleries. Andrew Noga & Alexis Silk spent a day working after the Bayou City Arts Festival. HCCC brought Caleb Siemon to town for a trunk show at Asher Gallery. His demonstration, which coincided with the Inner Art Corridor weekend was a real crowd pleaser.

This summer's quest for knowledge took us to Corning NY. The Studio, adjacent to the Corning Museum of Glass and around the corner from the Rakow Library, world renown repository for all manner of glass related documentation, was our home for 2 weeks in July. Dick explored sandblasting and vitreous painting with Denise Stillwaggon Leone. Kathy served as the teaching assistant for Claire Kelly and Anthony Schafermeyer's class experimenting with cane and murrine to create pattern in blown glass.

The Glass Art Society annual conference was in Portland OR in June. The event filled weekend provided a grand opportunity for attending lectures, demonstrations, touring the Bullseye factory, roaming thru the technical displays, and catching up with glass practitioners from around the world. The site committee did an outstanding job. Portland was the perfect host city.

Cold working projects occupy our summer mornings. After the next photo session images of the new work will be added to the web site.
Check later in the month.
We are excited about our new paperweights. The designs incorporate complex twisted canes of colored glass. Be sure to check them out in December.

Next Studio Open House -- December 5 - 7, 2008
Mark Your Calendars!!!!

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
December 13, 2008 - March 15, 2009
Hot Glass, Cool Collections
Showcases glass art from the homes of Houston Collectors
1) Dale Chihuly,Dough Bowl;   2) Lino Tagliapietra, Foemina;   3)Toots Zinsky,Jealous Chaos    Photos by Matt Smith
Environments: Form + Space
Installations by 3 emerging glass artists
Matthew Eskuche
Amy Rueffert
Pablo Soto
M. Eskuche,
The Whitewashing of Corporate Greed,
Image Courtesy of the Artist
Amy Rueffert,
Quilt Drop (Plums & Lemons),
Photo by Ian Raymond

We met John McVeigh, the jewelry artist, at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle ME.   But we already knew John McVeigh, Metropolitan Opera Tenor, from the stage of Houston Grand Opera where we had seen him perform many roles.
John is making an annual pilgrimage to Houston to perform in
Sing for Hope:  An Evening of Songs and Arias
A concert benefiting Bering Omega Community Services, which provides vital healthcare and social service programs to those living with HIV/AIDS.
Saturday, September 27, 2008.
Trunk Show featuring stunning one-of-a-kind jewelry
Sunday, September 28, 2008
1pm - 6pm

Hosted by Booker-Lowe Gallery
4623 Feagan Street
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bering Omega Community Services.

Ellen Abbott & Marc Leva   are as busy as ever!!!
  • Beautiful Show at Goldesberry Gallery this June.
  • Teaching a Pate de Verre workshop at Vitrum Studios, MD Sept. 16-21
  • 3rd annual teapots! show at
              Morgan Contemporary Glass
              Opening October 3, 2008
  • Off to SOFA with Riley Galleries, November 6-9

  • Houston sculptor,  Michael Crowder,   will teach a Pate de Verre workshop at Urban Glass, Brooklyn NY,
    October 24 - 26, 2008.
    Don't miss his show at Wade Wilson Art, Houston TX in the spring of 2009.

    Glass Classes ----- In Houston ----- 2008
    Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
           Glass Casting with Gene Hester -- November 1,4,6, 2008
           Glass Mosaic with Karen Bobetic -- November 3,5,8, 2008
    Sand-n-Fire Studio
           Rick Clark - Glassblowing, Flameworking, Fusing
    Art Glass Experience
           Karen Bobetic - Fusing, Kiln working, etching, & more.

    2009  promises to be another exciting year for glass in Houston!!!
  • MFAH - An exhibition of contemporary glass from a major Texas collection.
  • Houston Center for Contemporary Craft -more glass related events in the spring.
  • Peel Gallery
  • Hooks-Epstein Galleries
  • Wade Wilson Art

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