DECEMBER 2012/JANUARY 2013 Newsletter
Letter from the President
Dear Fellow Glass Enthusiasts,
What a year! So many ups and downs...full of teachable moments.
I would like to thank so many of you for your contributions over the
past two years. I have had the pleasure of working with the most
fantastic, passionate, talented, devoted, smart, and funny(!) people.
As the tenure of the current Board comes to an end, I extend my
heartfelt thanks to Susan Hirsch, Vice President and Technology Chair; Bill Matulich, Secretary, Jon Simpson, Treasurer; Marti Blair, Show Chair; Ilanit Shalev, Membership Chair; Rob Morey, Education Chair; and Gail Pulkrabek, Guild Chair. Their tireless efforts make us ALL better. Also, a very special thanks to Carolyn Moore, who graciously opened her home to us for a magnificent holiday party. Good times!
In addition, this year-long celebration commemorating 50 Years of the
Studio Glass Movement in the U.S. provided ample opportunity to learn about and appreciate our favored medium. In November I went up to Oakland for one such celebration. The California Glass Exchange put on a fantastic conference at The Crucible
http://www.thecrucible.org/. This "industrial arts" facility is
56,000 square feet oozing creativity from every pore. This mecca, for
those of us who play with fire, is hands-down the most comprehensive
public access studio I have ever seen (and I've seen a few!). I
would love nothing more than to see something like this in San Diego.
Online voting for the new Board begins shortly. Please think about
how you can contribute to our organization in the coming year and I
look forward to seeing all of you at the 2013 kick off meeting January
13, 3p-6p at Pat and Carrie Warren's studio. Thanks you two, for
kindly opening your space to us (again).
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a New Year full of friendship,
love, and ART!
Kathleen Mitchell, President
|Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church Window by Max Warren
5' wide x 15 ˝' high 15 sections
2128 Chatsworth Blvd. San Diego, CA 92107
Project coordinator: Leslie Perlis
Fabrication & Installation: Carrie, Pat & Max Warren
This is the 40th year that I've been doing stained glass, having started at Mission Beach Elementary School in 1972, where they had an adult program offering pottery, macrame,etc. Carrie had just been born and a friend called and said "You're good with your hands, so leave the kids home with Max and come to stained glass class". I was sooo honored, and then she said ,"We have to keep 10 people in the class or they'll close it and we're down to 9"...Max and I sent a babysitter to visit her grandmother twice-in France. We took several semesters of classes and Bent Antofte, our glass guru at the time, taught one of them. We had an old window we wanted to install in our house, but it was broken. I tried to hire Bent to repair it and he basicaly let me know that I couldn't afford him, but he reminded me that if I could put a window together, I could take it apart and rebuild it. he gave me a few pointers and the rest is hstory. I've stayed in business during bad times by repairing and I still enjoy it. Carrie grew up, went to college, began work at a commercial glass company where I had my small studio. From there she worked at Alpine Glass for several years, being the assistant for artists who were giving workshops and teaching new skills and ideas. She added to the business with kiln work and new glass and now we create new pieces nearly as much as we repair. Our largest commission to date, was building 15 windows, each panel is 2 feet by 3 feet, and together they make a large window behind the altar at the Pt. Loma Presbyterian Church. Leslie Perlis worked with Suzie Spafford Lidquist (Suzie Zoo) on the design, Leslie and Carrie chose all the Kokomo glass, Carrie did all the cutting, I did most of the building and all the soldering, Max cemented and cleaned, and he, Carrie and our friend Dylan, who does our heavy lifting these days, installed the panels from a scissors lift. The panels are installed in a large metal framework that Terry Douglas built for us. He made and affixed a large wooden and gold leaf cross to the front and the window was dedicated in June of this year.
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Annual AGASC Members Show
The AGASC 31st Annual Studio Show, dedicated to the 50th year of the Studio Glass Movement, was a huge success!
We had 63+ entries, from 28 members, and the quality of the pieces has never been more amazing! All those who attended the Reception had a fabulous time, mingling and chatting with the various artists and discussing technique, lighting and "trade secrets", as well as bringing our own personal opinions forward as to which pieces were the most outstanding. This was the very best place in Southern California to see such an amazing display of glass art and to meet the people who create it, and the festive mood, the gorgeous evening, and the excitement among the artists made for a very memorable occasion. The diversity of talent in the areas of Vessels, Sculpture, Wall Art and Wearable Art was amazing and we can be very proud of all the participants for their efforts in sharing their talents in this way.
We are extremely grateful to our panel of judges, Ansley Pye, Deanne Sabeck, and Doug Dailard for their willingness to bring their artistic experience forward in choosing among so many equally fabulous pieces.
Best of Show was won by Ilanit Shalev for her outstanding piece, Relationship #5.
We are also very grateful for our wonderful sponsors, and especially to Uroboros Glass who once again so generously offered $1700 worth of glass prizes to the winners.
Congratulations to Susan Hirsch who won first and second and to Jack Wade, who won third place in the Uroboros Special Category, and to Amber Osborn and Jennifer Brennan who won first and second in the Uroboros emerging artist category.
We are also very grateful to CBS Dichroic for again contributing glass for the winners in that category: First place, Vickie Leon, Second place, Susan Hirsch, and Third place winner Cathy Coverley. Additional donations were made and we appreciate all contributions which contributed to the inspiration of the artists and the success of the show.
Additional winners in the Vessel category were 1st place, Kathleen Mitchell, 2nd place Tim Harlan and Honorable Mention to Carolyn Moore and Jonathan Schmuck.
In the Wall Art category, 1st place was won by Vickie Leon, 2nd place by Patti Yockey, and Honorable Mention to Marti Blair.
In the Sculpture category, winners were 1st place Ilanit Shalev, 2nd place Kathleen Mitchell and Honorable Mention to Ilanit Shalev.
Wearable art winners were 1st place, Tim Swann, 2nd place, Vickie Leon and Honorable Mention to Jennifer Brennan.
Many of the people who enjoyed coming through Studio 21 during the week the show was on display voted for the People's Choice Winner Tom Morosz with his beautiful crystal cube!
This show would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of many people, whose contributions were generous and appreciated, and too numerous to list. Especially notable are Marti Blair and L.J. Hall for Chairing and Co-Chairing the show, Cathy Coverley for curating it, Mary Steward for handling refreshments, and Gayle Tunney and all the contributors who made the Show Raffle such a success that for the first time ever the expenses of the show were covered by the raffle profits! The show team was amazing and generous in sharing their time and dedication to creating another Studio Show that we can all be proud of...and of course to all the artists who brought their talent forth to share and inspire us all, and who sat the show daily to insure its appreciation. This was an awesome team effort and resulted in a terrifically successful show - thank you all so much!
Chick here to see all of the great entries
Pacific Art Glass Open House by Susan Hirsch
Our Sponsor Pacific Art Glass hosts several events a year for customers and opens up for the weekend to make it easier for us to attend. In Late October Bob and I went up to their event for the first time. WOW... we really missed out by not attending these in the past. It was so much fun! There were vendors demonstrating product and answering questions. CBS Coatings by Sandberg, Toyo Cutters, Covington, Gryphon, Bullseye Glass, Cress Kilns and Skutt Kilns were all represented. There were demonstrations in torch work, frit grinding, mosaic along with coldworking with various new equipment. Refreshments including sandwiches and lots of cookies and sodas for all. The finale of the day was the raffle with tons of great items! Well worth the trip!
AGASC Fall Patio Sale
Another great event at Spanish Village Our Semi-Annual Art Glass Sale!
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AGASC Holiday Party
by Susan Hirsch
The AGASC Holiday this year was hosted by Carolyn Moore. It was a fun evening of good food, good friends and fun activities. Bill Matulich brought his traditional killer eggnog and many brought wine and spirits. The gift exchange was loads of fun and very lively as many gifts were stolen several times! There was a fashion show parade down the stairs of each of the fabulous "Ugly Christmas Sweaters" so we could get a good view and place our vote. Kathleen had the most votes with her hand-made creation with the glittering disco balls! Marti presented Leslie Perlis with a "Lifetime Acheivement Award", noting that not only has she participated in every single show but has been president and held many other offices in the past. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the evening was a great success!
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Leslie Perlis is featured in Glass Art Magazine!
And has a Display in December in Point Loma
If you are in Point Loma during December, drop by the Point Loma Hervey Branch Library to see the display of the work of Leslie Perlis. Her glass mosaic pieces are featured along with photos of local Point Loma stained glass projects she has created. The library is located at 3701 Voltaire St.
San Diego, CA 92107. Her work is also featured in an 8 page article in the current issue of Glass Art Magazine, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Leslie Perlis Studio.
Emerald Plaza Window Display
For the month of October the AGASC had the opportunity to display glass art in two windows in the downtown Emerald Plaza building. It was very a nice combination our members work in a variety of glass techniques: fused, blown, carved, stained glass and torchwork.
The Founding of the
Art Glass Association of Southern California 1980-1981
by Marti Blair, (nee Marty McNelly)
Founder, Chairperson, and Past President
Boyce Lundstrom and Bullseye Glass opened a retail stained glass shop and teaching facility in San Diego, CA in 1980. It was a research and development facility for glass fusing and we held workshops in glass fusing and other glass processes from 1980-1985. It was my pleasure and privilege to be engaged in this business as a teacher, manager and joint venture partner. This came about after a brief meeting with Boyce at the 1980 Portcon (earlier Portland Conference) that was held in the Bay Area that year. I was on my way to a workshop in Oakland, CA at Dan Fenton's studio. In that initial meeting at the Bullseye booth, Boyce told me he wanted to open in shop in San Diego, and gave me his business card. That was the start a lifelong adventure for me.
Prior to this time, I had worked in glass for about eight years making stained glass windows for private homes in the area, and had taught glass processes in the adult schools and at the Glass Gallery. My Bachelor's degree from University of Alabama was in Art and English, and I earned a credential to teach high school art. I had a studio in the Gaslamp Quarter in the late 70's during a great redevelopment phase in San Diego's downtown. Ernie Hahn was building Horton Plaza (where Betsy Lane became one of the first tenants with her upscale Lane Gallery featuring glass art). The Gaslamp was undergoing massive upgrades and gaslights and brick sidewalks were going in while restaurants were replacing the X-rated book stores and sailor bars.
In the midst of this activity, my studio was in the Jeweler's Exchange building on the corner of 5th and E, and if I worked late at night, from my second floor (floor to ceiling) windows I could watch the hookers working the corners down below. I had met Dan Fenton while working for Ingrid Coffin at her Glass Gallery on Adams Avenue for the few years prior to venturing out on my own. Thus, I was driving my Volkswagen van up the coast to a weeklong workshop with Dan and stopped by Portcon on the way.
Dan came to San Diego to fish and there was good fishing off the coast here and great fishing in Baja. He would come to the glass shop reeking of beer and cigarettes with a cooler full of fish: Bonita, wahoo, and yellowtail,. He was a great guy. He didn't do drugs even though he looked like a straight up hippie and lived in Oakland, California. But he knew an awful lot about glass processes, and this workshop was on sand etching, enamels, and moldmaking. With all of these processes, he was teaching how to create images in glass. We toured the California College of Arts and Crafts where Marvin Lipofsky headed up the glass department. There I met Molly Stone and Micheal Cohn, glassblowers Betsy began to represent at Lane Gallery that same year. It was the first time I had seen a female blowing glass and I was blown away!
So, it was in this environment that I met Boyce Lundstrom. In the coming years with the shop, Boyce would come to town about once a quarter and create a lot of excitement in a community fascinated with the slides of work he would show up with and what he had to show us about glass fusing. Artists like Klaus Moje, Ruth Brockmann, Michael Barton, and Liz Mapelli were in the repertoire. These artists were already showing fused glass art in galleries, and installations in public buildings in Portland and beyond. Around this time, I had been told by a favored tarot reader that I was going to meet a woman named Janet. She had never named names before, so I thought that was odd. She said this woman was going to help me with something and it was going to mean a lot for me in my life, not just now but into the future when I was much older. "This is going to be a very good thing for you," she said.
During a trip to the Glass Conference in Las Vegas as a guest of Bullseye Glass, I was part of a gathering in a hotel room with Dan Schwoerer, Boyce, and other industry leaders. The room was packed and everyone smoked in those days, so it was also very smoky. Dan and Boyce asked me to show slides of commissioned work I had recently completed, and some of the fusing I had ventured to do. (As Pat Warren will remind me from time to time, we blew up more glass in the kilns than we saved on some days.) At any rate, at this meeting I met Chris McColl of Denver Glass Machinery. In my discussions with him, he suggested what we needed to do was start a Stained Glass Guild to get the glass shops together in an educational forum. He introduced me to a woman named Janet who had started a glass association in Denver.
And it came to pass Janet and I (without the aid of email or the internet or even cell phones) corresponded over a period of months and many phone calls. She sent me the information needed to get the groundwork laid for starting a glass organization. I went around to all the glass shops and studios in town and talked with the owners and told them we were all going to get together and hold exhibits and meetings to stimulate interest in glass and to educate the public about glass art. There were 6 or 7 shops at this time: Kelly Freiberg's elegant and saucy shop in Pacific Beach, The Stained Glass Store; Alpine Glass in Alpine, George Yackey's shop in LaMesa, The Glass Menagerie; Mike Milsap's Blue Dolphin Stained Glass, Ingrid Coffin's Glass Gallery on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights and in Bird Rock, Leslie Perlis' Studio in Pt Loma and our shop: Outrageous Glass on Morena Blvd. I didn't meet Pat Warren for another year when she moved her shop to Linda Vista Road just around the corner from our shop.
We all pulled together with friends who were glass artists and formed the Stained Glass Guild of San Diego. We had a board and held meetings at the Prado building in Balboa Park once a month and we collected dues. A lot of people showed up! We had room for more, but probably 50 or 60 attended those early meetings. And we held our first exhibit in the plaza of the Prado building. Some of the pieces were just leaning up against the walls! Our next year's exhibit was held at Sea World, in a beautiful garden area. We were allowed on the grounds early in the morning and I saw my first real live Bird of Paradise that morning. It was a stunningly beautiful bird. The exhibit was held in conjunction with that year's PortCon held in San Diego.
Ingrid Coffin was my first ally in the process of establishing the association. Her husband Bob, an attorney, made the suggestion that we incorporate and become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. He referred me to Peter Karlen, an art law attorney in La Jolla. Peter was great and we worked together to accomplish more than just forming the non-profit, which he suggested we make more regional and include Southern California. By then, I knew we couldn't just have a stained glass association because I was learning to fuse glass, and had seen lots of glass blowing and locally Palomar College was teaching glassblowing, so I wanted to include all glass arts . Thus we decided to name it the Art Glass Association of Southern California. When I left the business in 1985, and eventually the AGASC, there were other strong members who carried the torch: Kelly Freiberg, Leslie Perlis, and Marv Miles to name a few. Mike Milsap served on the board as well.
The other thing Peter and I accomplished was to add the glass arts to an art copyright law that was before the State Assembly at that time, sponsored by local politician, Pete Chacon. By doing that it became a law that no one could change or deface a work of glass art without the artist's permission from that time forward.
In the ensuing years, it was the efforts and enthusiasm of many other glass aficionados that kept the association alive and growing. The card reader's foretelling did come to pass, and now many years later I am proud to be the beneficiary of the awesome organization that was started during that fun and fertile time. Times and some of the faces have changed, but working together for a common cause and sharing our love of glass in its myriad forms remains. I can see it on your faces and feel it in my heart that this is something very special to be a part of. Thank you to the members who have picked up and carry the torch today. It seems it is true: when you do something that benefits more than a few people, and is there for all to draw from, it makes a powerful force to the good.
Remembering Boyce Lundstrom by Marti Blair
April 21, 1944 - December 2, 2012
Nothing can ever be the same again, and once he came into my life nothing was the same. I told him recently that it was sad that he was losing his ability to see, or feel his feet, or any the things he was losing that we take for granted when we aren't the ones doing without. But to Boyce it wasn't sad. It just was. He was a warrior in the face of death and dying. He took it as a challenge to be dealt with, just as he had taken on life.
In the last few months I have gotten to know his son Patrick who was the most loyal servant to Boyce as his primary caregiver that you can imagine. His highlight was to have Boyce say "Thank you". It was not easy for Boyce to give up control of anything, much less the most intimate of life's events. But it was his loyal and steadfast employee Dana Taylor, and his son Patrick who cared for him in the last year of his life. November 28, 2011 Boyce was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor in the left hemisphere of his brain. He showed up at the Glass Expo in April of this year in a motorized scooter because the steroids had stripped him of his strength in his legs, but he showed up and promised to be back next year. He turned on the audience with his Best Bottle Book Ever by Boyce. To date it is his bestselling book from the past few years when he ventured into RAKU glass!!! His friend and protégé, Sandy Levin had a hand in making this the best edited book of the last 3 including Kiln Fired Glass, Copper and Metal Inclusions, and Raku Glass.
I had known Boyce "on and on" as he put it to my brother and sister-in-law in March of this year when they met for the first time. From 1980 when we met, he had reminded me of my brother. Not for the big presence he brought as much as the big heart that brought him there. One of the on times, it was my privilege to speak for him at the event of his Lifetime Achievement award from the Art Glass Association (national) at the Glass Expo in Las Vegas in April 2010. We came together again because of a need for innovative thinking on a project to replicate a glass tile surface for the DD Martin House, a Frank Lloyd Wright house and compound in Buffalo, NY.
Boyce allowed me to be in a place that challenged me. He provided just enough terror to insist that I get it. I would never have been able to get there without his help, and I will forever be grateful for the insights I gained working with him in his studio.
There are people all over the world who have been touched by Boyce as a teacher. I am grateful to have been one of them. Please tell your story at Boyce's Facebook page or friend his son, Patrick Lundstrom for more on the future of www.BoyceLundstrom.com. And keep the kilns going.
There will be more information once the family has had a chance to consider the options. Thank
you for your support and irreverent respect in the coming days. And never refuse refusing.
|Ray Dan and Boyce 1981 |
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