AGASC Newsletter Fall 2016 

In This Issue
Linda Either Workshop
Call for Artists
Be sure and visit our website to learn more about us!

You will find a list of our members who have websites

and teach art glass.

Letter from the President

I hope everyone had a great and productive summer and is ready for our Autumn activities. September and October are always a busy time for the AGASC, with our Annual Members' Exhibition and the Guild's Fall Patio Sale occurring at this time. The Members' Exhibition held at Gallery 21 in Spanish Village is coming up, so check the AGASC website for the application and volunteer signup sheet. Again, it is a fun way to meet and get to know other AGASC members.
The AGASC has two exciting workshops coming up in September and November. September's workshop and lecture is by Linda Ethier of Portland, OR and November's workshop by our own Cathy Coverley. Check the website and newsletter for details.
The board is planning for next year's elections of officers. (Vice President and Secretary), Watch your email for more information. The AGASC is also going to have its annual Holiday party in December. If anyone would like to host this event please contact any of the board members.
Finally, I want to thank our patron sponsors for their continuing support.
Jack Wade
President AGASC

  The Future of Spectrum®

Glass Nuggets®

Posted on 11:37 AM, August 27, 2016

Good news for Spectrum glass blowing customers! After receiving a tremendous volume of requests to continue making Nuggets, we are now planning long-term production of Nuggets, as a new and separate business venture.

We have determined that Nuggets can continue to be produced in a smaller, more modern facility in Eastern Washington, closer to raw material sources and renewable hydroelectric power. The new facility will be designed so that the Nuggets can be manufactured using an electric melt furnace to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the product.

Because setting up the new facility will take some time to accomplish, we now plan to continue producing Nuggets in Woodinville through summer 2017. The current furnaces have significant life remaining, as they were originally planned for ongoing sheet glass production, which will no longer be made in our facility beyond September 2016.

In addition to the new furnace, the Studio Nuggets formula will be modified to increase refractory life in blower's furnaces, similar to Premium Nuggets, by eliminating the use of Borax. These formula changes also result in a longer working range than the existing Studio Nuggets formula and will continue to be fully compatible with System 96® products.

To continue producing Nuggets without sheet glass production, a price increase will go into effect beginning for orders that ship from the factory after September 16th, 2016. The distribution of Nuggets will remain unchanged and so please check with your Nuggets supplier for updated pricing.

We are still in discussions regarding the sale and transfer of our company's equipment, formulas, and brand names for our line of sheet art glass, and System 96 sheet glass. Stay tuned for further updates!

Your friends at Spectrum Glass Co.

  Election of Officers
Nominations for the AGASC Board positions of  
Vice President and Secretary for the term of 2017-2019   
are due December 1 through December 15.
Please send all nominations to 
You may nominate yourself or someone else.

We request that you have permission of any nominees before submitting.


Our membership is growing and 2017 will offer

even more events and opportunities for you.

We encourage your participation by serving on the AGASC board.

All current Board members are available to share information regarding the responsibilities of each position.



Annual Show for AGASC Members!

Exhibit Location: Studio 21, 1770 Village Place, Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego CA 92101

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, September 21st by Midnight.

Show Dates: Thursday, September 29th, through Monday, October 10th.

Art Intake: Tuesday, September 27th from 4 to 7PM

Patio is open to drive on at 5:30 PM

Painting and gallery prep: Tuesday, September 27th at 11AM

Hanging the Show: Wednesday September 28th

Judging: Friday, September 30th

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

Artist's Reception: Saturday, October 1st- 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Pick up and clean up is Monday October 10th - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

No driving on the patio for art pick up

You must be a member to participate in this show.

All entrants will be required to sit for the show for one day and volunteer for one spot to help with the production of the show.

Feel free to call me with questions

Or to let me know what you world like to volunteer for.

Application is at the site or click

 link to apply

I am looking forward to organizing the show again this year and seeing all the amazing art you are producing.

Gayle Tunney Richardson, Show Chair



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Artist Lecture - Linda Ethier 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016,  6:15 PM-7:45 PM

Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library Community Room

9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123


We are pleased and proud to host Linda Ethier in a presentation of her work and art glass experience to the public. There is no charge for this presentation. Please join us and bring your friends! Light refreshments will be served.

You can see her work and student work in the article below. There is still one opening in her five day workshop.  


Mysteries of Lost Wax !    
An Intensive 5 day Workshop taught by  
Linda Ethier of Portland, OR

In this workshop Linda will share her 30 years of casting glass! Known for her pioneering, innovative work with fused and kiln cast glass, Linda Ethier has been working in glass since 1969. She has created numerous public art commissions and successfully balances her career as an exhibiting artist with innovative, site specific glass works for public spaces.
See for more information and to see her work.
There are times when only the lost wax method will do the job you're envisioning. Bring your project ideas to this class and learn to create fully three-dimensional objects in glass.

The class will cover techniques and tips for working with wax; one part closed molds; RTV Molds, sprues, vents, reservoirs, and crucibles; glass options for casting (billets,patties and frits); inclusions; packing molds; firing theory and firing schedules. Students will make 2 projects and several samples

RTV Molds are flexible rubber molds used to create duplicates of and original image. 

When:  Monday, September 19 - Friday, September 23, 2016

                                  (Times to be announced closer to the date)
Where:  Fire Fusion Studio - Susan Hirsch
              968 E Rancheros Drive - Suite S
              San Marcos, CA 92069
Cost is : $900.00 for AGASC Members  and  $950.00 for Non-Members
 AGASC will provide all glass, clay, wax, and equipment required for this process, including electric frying pans, rubber mold material, plaster/silica, etc.  In addition, water and coffee will be available. 
Students Will Need to Bring Your Own Lunch and the following items for personal use:
Drawing Pad and Pencils
One 5 Gal Pail (Homer's from Home Depot)
One 1 Gal Plastic Bag
General Glass Cutting Tools (Pliers)
Small clay modeling tools
One Silicone Spatula and One Silicone Brush (typically used in Bar B Q or cooking)
2 empty tuna sized cans
Dust mask
Bring your ideas and a sense of adventure. We will send out a letter and notices to students as we get closer to the class. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact Marti Blair at   We look forward to a rewarding and fun class in September!!
Class size is limited to 8 persons, so early registration is encouraged. Registration is based on first come, first served by the date and time received. Once the class is full, we will start a waiting list in case of any cancellations.
Individuals who cancel 30 or more days prior to the start date will receive a refund of the class fee (minus a 10% cancellation fee). Cancellations made less than 30 days prior will be refunded only if we are able to fill the individual's space. We make no exceptions to this policy. In the unlikely event that we cancel the class due to low enrollment, those who have registered will receive a full refund.
 Sign up link 


"Get Reactive with Casting!" 3 day Workshop  
with Cathy Coverley

When:  November 11 and 12, 9-5 November 13, 10-2 
Where:  Fire Fusion Studio - Susan Hirsch
              968 E Rancheros Drive - Suite S
              San Marcos, CA 92069
Cost is: $375.00 Members  $425.00 non-members
Using Reactive glass gives distinct effects and colors that can be achieved no other way. These beautiful effects can range from dynamic to subtle. The key to working with reactive glass is to know what effects can be produced and how to control them.

This 3-day class uses a combination of sheet glass, frit, noodles, rods, confetti and billets to create layered castings and tiles. You will learn to design unique looks that come from blending different hues, as well as how to control the density of color.

Students need to bring a glass cutter, breakers, small paint brush, straight edge, sifters, notebook, and any of your favorite tools. If you do not have these items, we have tools you can borrow or purchase. Glass and class supplies are provided.  Bring a lunch.            


About Cathy Coverley: She has been immersed in glass work since 1974. She was the president of the Art Glass Association of Southern California, 1994-1998, as well as part of the Stained Glass Association of America,

Glass Art Society, Urban Glass, American Crafts Council, Neus Glas and Contemporary Glass Association. She received her art degree from San Diego State University and has been studying and producing art glass since. Cathy studied with the masters of glass including Narcisus Quagliata, David Ruth, Linda Eithier, Roger Thomas and Bertil Vallien. She currently owns and operates Phoenix Glass in San Diego, California.

From Cathy: I'm attracted to the sensuousness of glass. How it responds to light and how we respond to it. I'm intrigued by the ability of glass to alter what is seen by the viewer. It can reveal or opacify whatever it contains. I feel this material is uniquely suited to create stories which communicate our experiences. I am fascinated when my interpretation of an event resonates with the viewer's own experience.

More details and sign up info to come.


AGASC Bus Tour to Bullseye Resource Center  
and Judson Studio in South Pasadena, CA 
by Marti Blair

AGASC members joined together for a fun and educational day on June 28 this summer. Most of us hopped the Goldfield Stage Mini Bus at one of two stops early in the morning and were whisked off to South Pasadena where the Bullseye Resource Center crew greeted us with cookies, coffee and an open invitation to shop. And shop we did! For beautiful glass, molds, books, and silver foil at discounted prices! Kids in a candy store for sure! We were joined by a few other members who live in the area. We were given a delightful tour of the kiln rooms, class rooms, and cold working areas.

Manager Erich Schlieske worked with our Education committee over a period of months to bring this event about, and delivered excellent service with his outstanding staff of employees, each of them with art degrees and teaching chops for the ongoing classes offered there. All this just 10 days after their Grand Opening! Visit them at: 
Afterwards, we broke for lunch and headed to Pappa Don's Deli on Route 66 where we took over the entire restaurant. The owners were fun and generous hosts. Lunch having been enjoyed by all we returned to the center and loaded the bus with glass and other goodies. At 2 PM we went to view the Judson Studio Project for the United Methodist Church in Kansas City, MO. (For images and details: )

Some years back the AGASC visited the original Judson Studios which is in full operation today. The original Judson Studio is also located in Pasadena in a building that once housed the Art Department for USC. In 1897 William Lees Judson, legendary Arroyo Guild of Fellow Craftsmen President, founded The Judson Studios, which has supplied magical works of stained and leaded glass for over a century. Handcrafted with five generation of old-world experience, their 
creations grace such landmarks as the Ennis Brown and Hollyhock houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and the chapel of the U.S Capitol. Check out the Judson website at:

The scale of this project necessitated the set up of a separate studio from the traditional location of Judson Studios. They found that working in the original location they were stepping all over each other! Thus the second location of Judson Studios was born. This process lead to a collaboration with Bullseye Glass during the time Bullseye was planning the new center in LA. New kilns were purchased and light tables were built to build the work on. The kilns were set up 
for quickly moving the glass along from one process to another. Some of the finished panels graced the floor to ceiling windows of the studio and were incredible to behold. Others were laid out on light tables, and some were in the leading stage. 
For this current project, Narcissus Quagliata is collaborating with Tim Carey, Artistic Director of Judson Studios on the largest stained glass window ever built. They are combining ancient and new techniques to give an extra richness to the panels. Quagliata uses a technique he calls  "sliders" to create a watercolor effect to the glass using multiple layers of transparent colors fired on a sloped shelf. In addition to layering various pieces of glass for the abstract pattern, he uses Bullseye Glass frits to create a beautiful fluidity and depth to the glass. The portraits are then  painted by Tim Carey, Art Department Manager at Judson, using traditional Reusche black  enamel. This is a very similar technique to one Quagliata has used since the 1980's in his portraits and figures in a series he refers to as "Mediterranean Treasures". Both Narcissus and Tim were gracious in sharing with us their roles in the project, with Narcissus taking the lead on the talk. We left with so much appreciation of the beauty of the project, the scale it represents, 
and the immensity of taking on such a project.

Narcissus will be giving an artist talk at the Los Angeles Resource Center on October 6, from 6-7PM. RSVP is required and it will be limited to 50 students. There is no charge for this talk. Go here to sign up and make a day of it!: 6-2016.html

We plan to have other tours next year for our members to look forward to. Let us know where you would like to go!


Welcome New Members!    

Linda Dillard

Patricia Fabian

Max Kropczynski

Paul Messink

John Wohlfiel


Sept 11-           19th Annual Galaxy of Glass  
Oct 30              Fallbrook Art Center

Sept  19-23      Linda Either 'Mysteries of Lost Wax '  5-day Workshop

                              Details in article above.  Sign up link

Sept 20            AGASC Lecture by Linda Ethier                        

                         6:15 PM-7:45 PM 
                         Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library Community Room 
                         9005 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA  92123 
Sept 29-           AGASC 2016 Annual Members Show
October 10                        (Details above) 
Oct 8 & 9           Art Glass Guild's Fall Patio Show 
                             10:00am - 5:00pm 
                         Spanish Village Art Center - Balboa Park 
                         1770 Village Drive 
                         San Diego, CA  92101

Nov  11-13       Get Reactive with Casting 3 day Workshop 
                         Fire Fusion Studio - Susan Hirsch
                         968 E Rancheros Drive - Suite S
                         San Marcos, CA 92069

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

Share your experiences at a workshop, show or event with all of us at AGASC!
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           Deadline for Articles and Events for 4rd Quarter is Nov. 20th 

 Susan Hirsch  Newsletter Designer 

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