FEBRUARY / MARCH 2014 Newsletter 

In This Issue
Palm Springs Art Trip
Valinetine Fun!
Glass Tips

Letter from the President

Dear Fellow Glassies,

     I am happy to announce we have more than ever planned for the group this year in both education and individual opportunities. The 'Make your own Heart' paperweight workshop at Kathleen's hot shop was a hit to kick off the year.  Where else can you attend a workshop and just dabble in a new media? My husband Bob has finally gotten his feet wet with Kathleen's beginner class and is smitten. He is watching from the sidelines no more! 
     FOR MARCH..The trip we have planned on Saturday March 8 to the Palm Springs Museum of Art and tour of the permanent glass collection there is NOT to be missed! Patrick Blythe, a docent and AGASC member has offered to give us a private tour and has procured 20 guest passes for our group. See details in the article below.


     If you have not attended the Glass and Bead Expo in Vegas and are considering starting a studio or adding equipment to an existing studio, this is THE spot to hit. All of the kiln vendors, glass suppliers and cold working people are there, making it a great place for comparison shopping!


     GAS is back! The conference is in Chicago this year, a great destination! GAS draws big names and big demos. Several of our members are regular attendees and would not miss it!
     We are adding a fun NEW event to the April calendar!
AGASC swap meet and picnic. We all have odds and ends to trade or sell so making it an event would be fun. I have tons of dichroic scrap and several molds to bring! Sunday April 13 Details to come!

Cheers, my friends!!!

Susan Hirsch 
President, AGASC 

and Announcements

                                          hmmm, was that redundant?   
DON'T MISS OUT.... We have some amazing opportunities planned for the group this year but if you have not renewed your membership (always due at first of the year) you may miss out!

DON'T GET DROPPED...  from the newsletter and email list. We will be updating or deleting members on the website page also so please pay your dues now to stay in the loop!

Here is a quick link to make it EASY TO PAY!!!  
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Trip to the Palm Springs Museum of Art 
This is one you must make!!!! An Amazing Collection!!!!
Saturday March 8th please see more in the article below and sign up on on our workshop/events page on AGASC.org...
We will be arranging for drivers and carpooling...

April Members Meeting and Glass Swap-meet
A new event we hope to have twice a year...a little business and a lot of social! It will be April 13 Sunday at a location to be announced. Pot luck and all! We will have lots of tables to set up your offerings to trade sell or ??

Keep an eye out for emails detailing dates
                                           for these additional events!

"Hang your Glass" Demonstration 
Meet our sponsor, Poppy Mussallem, owner of "Hang Your Glass" and learn more about her great products.   

Bullseye Glass Demonstration 
Devon Willis will be back to share more Bullseye Glass tips!

Hudnut LED
Illumination options for your work

Daylight Photography workshop in July

Opportunity to collaborate
with the Horton Grand Hotel

The owner and management of the Horton Grand historic downtown hotel has approached the AGASC to establish a creative partnership. They are planning extensive renovation and would like to have an Art Glass Presence in several public areas.

They are offering us access to meeting areas for our visiting artist lectures or events, lodging for our lecturers and special pricing for out of town AGASC members to make attending these events easier. In other words they want to become an artglass destination. Gayle, Jack and I had an initial meeting a few weeks ago to discuss potential. The Board is touring later this month to take pictures and further discuss how we can make some of these ideas come to fruition.

Not only are they offering space for temporary shows and displays but also expressed a desire for a few permanent installations. We will send a call to members when we have more details. Only AGASC Members will be eligible to submit proposals for these commissions those will be directed through the AGA and Juried before submitting to the hotel.

Call for Artists:
Mixed media show at the Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad.

Front Porch Gallery, a non-profit gallery in Carlsbad will be holding its annual juried exhibition and invites artists of all media to participate.
Open to all artists18 years of age and older living or working in San Diego County.
May 25-July 12, 2014
Opening Reception with live music and hors d'oeuvres:
May 25, 2014, noon-2pm
April 25, 2014
AWARDS 1st: $350, 2nd: $200, 3rd: $100, $35 each for 3 Honorable Mentions
JURORS Steven Nossan Gallery Director and Julie Weaverling, Associate Gallery Director. 




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Field Trip to The Palm Springs Art Museum 
and private tour of the Contemporary Glass Exhibit

     In case you did not know... We are very fortunate to have one of the most impressive Art Glass collections near by in Palm Springs. One of our members, Patrick Blythe is a docent there and gave us an private tour in February 2 years ago. This was an amazing discovery and everyone that attended expressed the desire to return.
     My husband Bob and I have toured many great museums and had no idea what a treasure this museum is, and so excited that is close enough to revisit easily. Almost any great name Glass artist that you would hope to see his represented in their permanent collection.
     The tour will begin at 10:00 so Carpools must leave San Diego by just before 8:00 Sign up to be a driver. Riders will be required to pay $10 to their driver. The cost of the tour is 10.00 which covers the 25.00 entry fee. Sign up at this link so we can get you on the list and please let us know if you are looking for a ride or want to be a driver.
After the tour those who chose to go on to Palm Desert to visit the galleries will be in for a big treat! IMAGO is one of the premier galleries located there.

February heart paperweight workshop
by Devora Safran

Making  Valentines has never been so fun! Its always a blast to make something for valentines that is a little different from the usual gift! At Kathleen Mitchell's hot shop, AGASC members were invited to make some heart shaped glass paperweights. 

What a unique gist! Everyone was invited and no prior experience in hot glass was required. We had 4 people in our workshop, and one lucky fellow happened in just off the street. He Joined our group (and AGASC), and jumped in the fun. Release forms were signed, and a brief introduction to the hot shop commenced. We each selected some colors of frit (or ground glass bits) for the interior of our heart shaped piece, and made our first gather. For the "newbees", Kathleen and her lovely assistant Jenny assisted.We each rolled our gather thru the frit to create a pattern of sorts. Kathleen had demonstrated the method to shape the heart,creating both the tail of the heart and the bumps as the top, using tweezers and tags. (A flat spade like tool). We each were offered to include a small (murini) piece with a heart already in it. This made a great addition to each piece!

Into the annealer (cooling oven) they went, ready the following day for our valentines! 

A fun time was had by all!, and every one of them came out great! Thanks Kathleen and Jennie!

Bullseye is offering some great workshops
in Santa Fe with renowned glass artists! 


      We are offering more "Explore Santa Fe" classes in 2014 and they are such amazing opportunities that I would love for your wonderful glass enthusiasts to be aware of and take part in them.  

As you can see, each session is being lead by very different but equally amazing artists, Ted Sawyer our head of R&E who hasn't taught in years, Stacy Lynn Smith one of Bullseye's brightest current instructor/artist, Richard Whitely, Silvia Levenson our Catalog #9 cover artist, Susan Taylor Glasgow and Miriam di Fiore.  All of these artists are going to provide very different experiences while students get to enjoy the amazing sights of Santa Fe. Please contact Mary Kay Nitchie (marykaynitchie@bullseyeglass.com) if you need anything else.
Please spread the word!



 AGASC Annual Members Show

at Studio 21 in Balboa Park 

by Gayle Tunney Richardson  


Hello Members, We are off to a great start with 2014 and I'm looking forward to a wonderful Annual Show at Gallery 21 at Spanish Village. I am happy to be the Show Chair again and looking forward to see what every one has to enter this year for the October show. I'm excited to say last year ten pieces sold for a total of $2,190!
Congratulations to those who sold pieces and won ribbons. I want to make sure this year is as exciting and profitable to all of us.  
If you are a new member you may not know that all entries are welcome!
(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 Sandburg and Uroboros each have a category with prizes. 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 1st.  Art work must be delivered display ready - no assembly required! 
Important dates:


Entry deadline- Sept. 15th 

Show Dates- October 1st -13th

Art Intake October 1st 3-7pm 

Painting and gallery prep October 1st 11-3

Hanging the Show: Thursday, October 2nd 11- 5 

Judging: Friday, October 3rd,  

Gallery will open after the judges are finished (usually 12 noon) 

Artists Reception: Sunday, October 5th, 4-8pm

Pick up and clean up is October 13th 4-6pm 


Show Requirements  

-You must be a current member

-Pay fees at application deadline  

(The application and easy payment will be posted ton the agasc show page  


35.00 for the first entry and 10.00 for each additional entry)

-You must be available to sit one day of the show or arrange a sitter 
(If you are from out of town you may request to work on the Intake day, pick up or reception day)

-You must volunteer for one tasks listed below

( It takes a village to put on a show )


Please send me an email if you see a position you'd like to help with, gtrich@celebritytalent.net 


We need help to fill all the TBD (To Be Determined) spots  

1) Show Chair Coordinator: Gayle Tunney 760-445-672 Co-Chair: TBD

2) Graphic Artist (Posters, postcards, email blast) TBD

3) P.R. Machine: a)Press Releases: Gayle Tunney and TBD

b) Postcard Mailing: Art Glass Guild and all Members

4) Applications: Connie Govier and One other very important position:

TBD -this person will also need to do Take in and pick up

will need to do the Spread sheet for checking in and releasing all are piece

Name Tags for Exhibiting Artists

5) Judges Coordinator: Gayle Tunney

6) Permits/Insurance for Raffle/Reception: Jon Simpson

7) Artist Reception/Hor D'eouvres/Tray Pass Wine:

* Coordinator: Devora Safran 2) TBD 3) TBD 4) TBD 5) TBD

8) Reception Raffle Coordinator: TBD 2) TBD 3) TBD 4) TBD

9) Artist Reception Entertainment Coordinator: Gayle Tunney___________

10) Fee Collection: Connie Govier

11) Pre-show Studio touch up Wednesday, October 24th, 10:00am:

Coordinator: TBD 2) TBD 3) TBD 4) TBD 5) TBD

12) Art Intake Wednesday, October 24th, 4pm-6pm: 1) : TBD 2) TBD 3) TBD 4) TBD

13)Show Set Up Thursday, (This category is full.)

14) Show Representatives Schedule Coordinator: TBD (setting up sitting schedule)

15) Spread Sheet/Labels for Art Intake: TBD

17) Ribbon Coordinator: Leslie Perlis

18) Judges: 1) TBD 2) TBD 3) TBD - Gayle will send out letters

19) Show Photographer: TBD

20) Sales Processing on Opening Night: Square via Susan Hirsch/ Connie Govier

21) Show Booklets, Artist Bio's: 1) Gayle Tunney

Program/Price List: will be the Take in Spreadsheet person - TBD

22) Name Tags for Exhibiting Artists: will be the Take in Spreadsheet person TBD

23) Art Pick Up Monday, Nov 5th, 3pm-5pm: 1) Gayle Tunney

1) : TBD 2) TBD 3) TBD 4) TBD


    by Ric Pierson

 A Simple Cold Working Stand


After taking Susan Hirsch's class at Rayzist, I started making my own multi layered glass projects. Since the edges of these projects can be rough and not aligned, some cold work is inevitable to grind the edges down to a uniform dimension and then to polished the edge to the desired finish. Since my studio is a corner of my garage, and because my projects are generally much smaller the items Susan makes, I designed and built this portable and simple cold working tool stand. I chose to make it from wood because I had plenty of scraps lying around. I put small table in front to help ensure that the glass pieces stay perpendicular to the polishing surface. The Makita polisher has it's own water supply hose and a valve to control the amount of water you desire. I used insulation material inside the well for the tool to rest on and behind the tool to dampen vibration. The tool rests completely on its handle. I can then change the thickness of the insulation to move the polisher up and down. I use simple tie wraps to hold the polisher against the back wall.


Since I made the entire fixture out of scrap wood, I generously coated it with polyurethane to keep the wood dry.


The distance from the table to the disk is enough to ensure that the various polishing pads are easy to exchange, even the thicker rigid Pulper pads.


In addition to using this fixture for polishing the sides of multilayer fused glass pieces, I have been happy with the results when I have needed to shape some blown glass pieces such as the mouth of a fish or especially when I needed to create a flat area to serve as the base for the projects I made at Kathleen's Art-Hell Studio.


Welcome New Members!    

Mariah Armstrong
Pamela Klebaum
Paul Libby
Jaime Marr
Dan Potter
Jason Richardson
Sergio Zapien 





MARCH 8           Tour of the Palm Springs Museum Permanent Glass Collection
                            Carpooling to be arranged! 

MAR 19-22        Glass Art Society's 43rd Annual Conference 
                           Chicago, Illinois

MAR 28-30        Glass Craft and Bead Expo 
                           South Point Casino Hotel and Conference Center
                           Las Vegas, Nevada

APRIL 13           AGASC Meeting, Swap Meet and Pot luck 
                           Location/time to be announced

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

our AGA Newsletter Editor Joi Lakes   



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