OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2013 Newsletter 

In This Issue
Galaxy of Glass
Pilchuck Summer
Images in Glass
Glass Tips
Letter from the President

Gli amanti di vetro saluti!

Yes, I worked hard on my Italian before my class at Pilchuck with Pino Signoretto this summer.  It definitely came in handy (but, honestly, I think he understands more English than he lets on).

October is our BIG month.  I can't wait to see what each of you creates for the show.  More importantly, I can't wait to see if I can turn MY sketch into a real piece!  

Please make sure you are aware of all deadlines and technical requirements for specific categories.  So thrilled to have the NEW Glassline category.

Just a couple of housekeeping notes...please consider running for President or Treasurer as Jon Simpson and I both graciously extended our terms through 2013.  Time for a few more people to step up.  Nominations will be in November with online balloting in early December.

And this breaking news...Carolyn Moore has AGAIN agreed to invite us into her beautiful Point Loma home for our end-of-year party!  Mark your calendars for December 7th!  Details soon.

See you all in October...at one event or another.

Kathleen Mitchell 
President, AGASC 


and Announcements

- Welcome to our newest Sponsor Member!    HIS GLASS WORKS!  
His Glass works is the premier cold working resource for all types of Art Glass. Many of our members have been shopping there for years and appreciate the outstanding customer support and expertise as well as the extensive lines of equipment and supplies. If you are not familiar with this resource you are really missing out! 
- CBS Coatings by Sandberg Sale
One Day Sale: Sunday Oct 20, 2013 8 AM-Noon
628 N Eckhoff St Orange, CA 92868
- Pacific Art Glass Open House  
Two Day Event!! October 5th and 6th  
Huge Sale, Vendor Demonstrations, glass blowing, Flame working. Drawing for lots of prizes including a kiln! Lunch and snacks provided. 
Juried Art Competition with Cash Prizes 
Deadline Thursday October 3rd.  
Tickets in advance are 5.00 or 7.00 at the door 
- Johnathon Schmuck Lecture-Demo  
Saturday October 26, 2013   2:00pm - 4:00pm   Cost:  $ 45    (For Members Only)

At Kathleen's Mitchells Studio: 
Art-Hell, A Glassblowing Studio 
1815-B Main Street 
San Diego, CA 92113  
Johnathon Schmuck will give a Lec-Mo (Lecture-Demo) on the Australian Roll Up  technique he perfected with Klaus Moje in the land down under.  This technique enabled glass kiln workers to realize their visions in vessel shapes not previously possible! Learn how to make your plate into a vase.  You can go to this link and see his work: http://www.schmuckglass.com 
 Space is extremely limited!   We can only take the first 20 members that respond and pay via PayPal below.  
(Because we can take only 20 members, we will keep track of payments by when they come in through PayPal.  If you pay and we have reached our maximum, we will refund your money.)
  Questions regarding payment should be directed to Jon Simpson at  sdjon369@gmail.com
32nd AGASC Annual Members Show is just around the corner!    
Entry deadline Oct 9 
Show Dates: October 25 to November 4th 
Artist Reception: Oct 27
Art Drop off October 23

If you are a new member (Welcome!) You may not know that
all entries are accepted (It is a judged show, not Juried) and we have a novice category for those who have not shown professionally and worked in glass for less than 2 years.  
Our sponsor Members, CBS Coatings by Sandberg and Uroboros each have a category with prizes. 
Plus we have one new category! Glassline is sponsoring a first and second place award for work using an obvious amount of glassline inks or chalk... details to come in the application!  
Other categories include: Novice, Vessels, Sculpture, Wearable Art and Wall Art 
Your work does not have to be complete to send in this application. We do need the title of the piece, dimensions, category, and the price. You must deliver the work on the
afternoon of October 23rd.  Art work must be delivered display ready - no assembly required! 


It is so easy to enter online...   on our website

For an online Application Paypal and details click Annual Members show sign up and details  




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A Great event for all!  


Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park

Saturday and Sunday Oct 12th & 13th, 2013 from 10am to 5pm 

article by Jan Petek 


It's that time again for the Fall Art Glass Guild Patio Show. As I do preparations for the show I was asked to write something about the show for our monthly newsletter. I didn't think much about it at first. But as I sat down to write this article it seemed fitting that I was asked since I organized the first AGA Patio Show. Each member of the Art Glass Guild has a job or two to keep things running at the guild. We are required to work 1 day a month at the guild plus do additional hours a year. Not much time considering all the opportunities, knowledge and friendships we reap! Back in 2004 I was short hours and asked Gail Pulbrabek, the Guild Chair, what I could do to fulfill my hours. Gail had wanted to try out a Patio Sale similar to the Potter's Guild Patio Sale and she thought this might be a good time to try it out. I was new to the Guild and wanted to do my part. Little did I realize how much work it would be! The date was set for August (2004). I asked a group of members to help, Frank Havelichek, Kathleen Paquette, Rick Knight, Gail Pulkrabek, Priscilla Rogers, Louise Branch, Linda Romiguiere and Amy Sommerville. We met each week to work out the details. I remember a lot of laughing and lasting friendships formed.


That first show we had just under 30 glass artists and a record amount of visitors. Customer check out was a bit chaotic but everyone pulled together to make the show successful! We decided to increase the show to twice a year, Mother's Day weekend and again in October. We learned so much from the first few shows. Planning and executing the show became much smoother.

Participants of the show pull together to perform jobs such as, advertising & PR, set up, cashiering, take down and all of the jobs in between. Of course the guild chair, Gail Pulbrabek, and show chairs, Alane Grey and Amy Sommerville make sure the jobs are on track and fill in for anything and everything else. Without everyone's help the show wouldn't happen. It is a time to reconnect with each other and talk glass!


The show has also become a great opportunity for AGA members to experience selling to the public along with raising money for the Art Glass Guild. We have a following that comes to each show and looks to see what is new in Art Glass. One of our goals is to educate the public about art glass. We include demonstrations and projects for children. Music and food vendors are set up in the patio to keep everyone entertained including the artists!


Spanish Village Art Center is a great place to spend time with your family and friends and a real plus when there is a show like the Art Glass Patio Show taking place. I hope to see you there!




AGASC Tour of Ilan-Lael

by Jon Simpson


On September 5th a small group of AGASC members were treated to a personalized tour of Ilan-Lael in Santa Ysabel, CA, by none other than James Hubbell himself. I did not know what I had expected, but I now know that if I had the wisdom and forethought to plan a livable community with art, architecture and sculptural beauty at every turn, Ilan-Lael would be it. Ilan-Lael is an art education foundation founded by James and Anne Hubbell. One of his special projects is an education center on the property, which is nearing completion to be the cornerstone of the foundation. Some of his time is spent planning and building parks on the Pacific Rim using only local materials and resources. As a matter of fact, we were lucky he was home, having just returned from Taiwan where he had built a park.


First you have to know a little about James Hubbell. He is an artist, an architect with no formal training - which he readily admits - a craftsman, a humanitarian, in other words a true renaissance man. But, for all of his accomplishments and there are many, he remains down to earth. When he and his wife Anne started building in the 1950's on the 40 acres in Santa Ysabel, the intent was to create a home that appeared to grow out of the landscape and blend naturally with nature. The houses and studios were built of wood, brick and stucco. They were designed to fit into the landscape, using existing trees and rocks to build around. Some of the buildings were lost in the 2005 Witch Creek fire and had to be rebuilt and are now reinforced with steel.


As we toured each small house and studio we were stunned by the architecture with whimsical arched roofs, some with terracotta statues rising out of the rooftops, others with pointed roofs that looked like witches hats with tall wrought iron sculptures rising from the center. All of the roofs had terracotta tiles on white stucco archways filled with stained glass panels many hand-carved double door entryways. Many of the doors had stained glass panels and several had wrought iron details. The insides of the buildings had glass mosaics everywhere; the floors, the countertops, the walls and even some ceilings. There were stained glass panels in every window. Some houses had stained glass turret-shaped skylights. The buildings were spaced about 100 or 200 feet apart and the courtyards were filled with sculptures of terracotta, stone, wrought iron and bronze. Even a few of the dead trees were left to stand, because of their gnarled beauty. To take it all in was a sensory overload and needless the say, the favorite word of the day was "Wow".


When the tour was completed we gathered for a group picture to remember the day and to present Jim with a check for the Ilan-Lael Foundation as payment for the private tour. For more information about Ilan-Lael Foundation go to http://ilanlaelfoundation.org/.


  for the rest of the pictures of this amazing tour click here!!!!  

16th Annual Galaxy of Glass 
Presented in The Janice Griffiths Gallery

This exhibition and sale showcases a broad spectrum of fine art glass sculptures, vessels, functional ware, and jewelry created by Southern California artists using a myriad of processes including blown, torched, slumped, fused, cast, and etching.



Mingo & Asho, Marti Blair, Buzz Blodgett, Dick Ditore, Chris Everett, Merrill Everett, Rina Fehrensen, Rafael Gevorkian, Michael Hermann, Beth King, Gina Lunn, Marty Marshall, Kathleen Mitchell, Bruce Stowell, Dana Taylor, Jack Wade, John Winner 


Open Daily Sep 8 - Oct 20 Mon-Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 12-3pm
Free to Members, Active Military, & Under 18 Admission $6 for others  
103 South Main at Alvarado In the Historic Downtown Village Fallbrook, CA 92028

Pilchuck Summer-  AGASC Members share their class experience at Pilchuck this summer!

Jennie Brennan attended Pilchuck's Session 3 this summer with Tom Moore from the Jam Factory in Adelaide, Australia.  This blown glass sculpting class focused on creating characters in glass and involved extensive use of pre-drawn images, small part construction in the torch or the hot shop and lengthy assembly times involving teams of 3 to 6 people for student work.  Jennie was inspired by the Pacific Northwest forrest and will have one piece she made in the class in the upcoming AGASC October gallery show.  In the hot shop, pieces were sculpted several days in advance, then brought up to temperature in a pick up kiln as well as pieces that were made the day of assembly and kept warm in the garage.  This class taught the importance of clear drawings, good communication, a calm, positive attitude in the shop and most of all teamwork!  

When Jennie was not in the hot shop, she spent time in Pilchuck's many other studios.  Jennie was able to try out metal working to create her own custom sculpting tools, wood working for mixed media pieces and the print shop where she learned how to make both silk screens and glass etched plates for printmaking.  San Diego was well represented during Session 3 and included 3 Pilchuck staff members from UCSD's Craft Center, as well as Jennie. Clay Logan will be working for Pilchuck all summer, through their October Gala.  Granite was one of the session's gaffers and Alec Miller was the staff driver and photographer.

For all of the great pics of Jennie's class click on this link!!! 



Carolyn Moore's Class:  Finding Form with Daniel Clayman,

This glass casting class began with a wonderful slide presentation of Dan's art work which inspired us to want to build big!!  His pieces are three to ten feet tall.  After scaling our vision down to a manageable size, class continued with lecture, demo's & discussion during the day, returning to the studio after dinner to work on our pieces.  Open face casting using clay forms, lost wax casting and creating a urethane rubber mold were some of the topics covered.  We also discussed gluing, cold working & installation techniques.   The class had a nice mix of ages from collage art students to retired architects. Everyone got along quite well and was very respectful of where we each were in terms of our art & life!
Dan was an excellent instructor who spent time with each of us to make sure we were meeting our individual goals.  The two teaching assistants were excellent artist in there own right and each were teachers back home, so they were very helpful also.
The only negative thing I have to say about the class is that it wasn't long enough!!  It was tough to complete all we wanted to in the short eight days we had to work this session.  



Kathleen Mitchell's Pilchuck Summer with Pino Signoretto     

They say you can't go home again...  

My 2013 Pilchuck experience was disappointing.  My entire glass career I'd hoped to take a class with Pino Signoretto and this was my opportunity!  Sadly, the hot shop was massively overbooked with three classes filled to the brim, and ours positively overflowing with 14 students.  The hot shop manager had an impossible task of scheduling bench time and ultimately our class began at 5 AM.  Yes, that is FIVE O'CLOCK in the MORNING. It's pitch dark out at that hour, and with the non-stop partying and noise from the late night folks down the hill sleep was sorely missed.  It was very difficult to function in a hot shop (or anywhere) at that hour, even with the double strength coffee. The complete exhaustion along with the non-stop focus on fund raising made me pine for the camaraderie I experienced there in the early '80s.  Thomas Wolfe was right.   



  "Images in Glass" Workshop
by Devora Safran

 I was one of the fortunate few who were able to attend Susan Hirsch's glass painting and fusing workshop in early September! Limited to 6 people, it was actually attended by 7 on the first day!

The workshop began in the Rayzist Photomask corporate offices where  Susan began the workshop by introducing the photo shop procedural elements of creating a transfer of a photo (or other images) into a Rayzist film product , in order to apply it to the glass.  For me it was a bit technical, but thank goodness she handed out some easy to read packets prepared in advance! As an instructor, Susan is kind and knowledgeable, and speaks informatively to people at all skill levels and experience. (Rayzist company manufactures and distributes the " film transfer" materials, as well as supplying and selling the sandblasting equipment. Discounts are offered to students)  After transferring the images to glass, we used the sandblasting equipment to etch out the images, and then applied enamels in the relief area.  Susan provided images for us to work with, and of course it was interesting to see how each student manipulated the colors and elements to create their own unique design. 

With the kiln already started, Day two began in Susans' studio. You have got to see this studio! I found it to be well designed and well equipped, topped off with lots of gadgets to make every task easier! And if she cant find something to do the job right, she has it made for her, or makes it herself. I am inspired and impressed!  
When the ink was finally fused into the glass, ( It was a really hot day, and things just didn't want to cool down) we stacked the glass sheets to create depth in the piece, and set them up for refiring!

Of course we have yet to see the final outcome, and there will be some finish work to be done! There is never enough time! Some of us will schedule time to go back and do the cold work, and Susan will send off the finished pieces to those who came from out of the area!  It was a pleasant weekend, a nice group, a wonderful instructor. We all learned  new techniques to continue to inspire us, and grow our work, Thanks Susan! We are fortunate to have her as a part of our group here in San Diego.


Susan has one opening left in the workshop for October 18-19 if you are interested!

More info on Workshops by Susan Hirsch  



    by Jolinda Marshall

This issue I asked Susan Hirsch to demonstrate her "grinder bin" a homemade tub that allows easy access while using a wet angle grinder to finish the edges. I made one for myself, of an earlier version with a rubber made tub and shower curtain. She has since revised the design and made it lighter and easier to construct with sheets of corrugated plastic like those used in real estate signs. She uses 2.5 sheets of 3mm plastic (available at sign supply shops and some plastic supply shops). By folding the main piece origami style, so there are no seams she drills small holes to keep its shape with zip ties. The back splash is make from a second sheet and has holes drilled for the copper rods that run through the pool noodles and is has a bin to hold various pads and supplies. A front splash guard folds up or down for accessibility. She has some videos of it on u-tube with a link below.

videos of Susan's grinder bin 


So, I hope this is useful information for you and I welcome your ideas, 'however so humble', in any format, for future articles on Tips and Techniques.  My email is Jolinda.public@gmail.com and you can text or call (619) 246-3532


Welcome New Members!    


Phyllis Bourne 
Joi Lakes 
Gina Michel 
Jaron Scott 
Michelle White

His Glass Works (see link above) 



SEPT 8-                 16th Annual Galaxy of Glass at the Fallbrook Art Center
OCT 20                   Show Open Daily Sep 8 - Oct 20 Mon-Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 12-3pm
                               103 South Main Street, Fallbrook, California 92028

OCT 5-6                 Pacific Art Glass Open House, Sale and Art Competition
                               125 W 157th St, Gardena, CA 90248  (310) 516-7828  


OCT 12-13             Art Glass Guild Show & Patio Sale  

                               Spanish Village Art Center  

                               1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101  

                               10am -5pm   


OCT 9                    Entry Deadline for AGASC Show!!


OCT 20                  CBS Coatings by Sandberg Sale 

                               One Day Sale: Sunday Oct 20, 2013 8 AM-Noon
                               628 N Eckhoff St Orange, CA 92868
OCT 23- NOV 4     2013 AGASC Annual Members Show
                               Spanish Village, Balboa Park  
                               1770 Village Place, Studio 21  
                               San Diego, CA  92101


OCT 26                  Johnathon Schmuck Lecture-Demo  


                               Saturday 2:00pm - 4:00pm   Cost:  $ 45    (For Members Only)
                               Art-Hell, A Glassblowing Studio 
                              1815-B Main Street,  San Diego, CA 92113
                               sign up online! click to see our workshop page!  

NOV 15                Deadline for CBS Coatings by Sandberg 'Dichroic by Design' Contest  

                             For more info on this contest click link CBS contest info 

DEC 7                   Holiday Party! (details to come.) Save the Date!

To submit events that may be of interest to our members contact 

our AGA Newsletter Editor Carol Korfin  



Share your experiences at a workshop, show or event with all of us at AGASC!

              This is your newsletter...  We would love to hear from you!  


           Deadline for Articles and Events for DEC/JAN Issue is Nov 15!!      




Carol Korfin Newletter Editor and Susan Hirsch Designer/Layout
Art Glass Association of Southern California