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Mason Lodge Window #13

October 29th, 2017

Mason Window #13

Completed September 2017

Kiln Formed Glass

July 18th, 2016

“PARTY” Kiln Formed Glass Bowl

15.5″ Round 2″ Deep

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AWARD: Youngstown State University

July 13th, 2016

“Eating Well with Art” Received Another AWARD from

Youngstown State University Summer Festival of the Arts on July 10, 2016

Honorable Mention Best Fine Craft!!

Thank You Youngstown….Such a Beautiful place for a Art Show – the staff is very kind to All the artist, the set-up is easy- located all around the campus….and you can even stay in the University Dorms …. The BIG BONUS is the Butler Institute of American Art – this has to be the finest collection of American Art!! Even if you never do this show it is worth the trip to visit!

Custom Pastel Paints (crayons)

July 11th, 2016

Making My custom Pastel Paints for painting on Glass!!

Testing My firing¬† schedules and colors together…

Just a couple of examples, Will be expanding on this in the near future!!pastels photo 2.JPGpastel2 photo 4.JPGpastels crayrons2 photo 3.JPGpastel crayrons

Spectrum Glass Company

May 13th, 2016

To Our Retailers and Professional Studio:   May 11, 2018

It is with heavy hearts and great remorse that we must inform you that we will begin the process of closing Spectrum Glass Company. This has been an extraordinarily difficult decision, and its ramifications were not taken lightly. We are keenly aware of the impact this decision will have on all of our employees, and customers worldwide. While there are many factors that that have led to this decision, the hard economic realities that finally pushed us to this point are outlined below.

Our proprietary manufacturing process and furnaces were built to handle the demand that existed at the height of the art glass industry movement, which for many of our good years equated to sales of well over a million square feet of glass per month. Beginning with the rise of Chinese art glass production, followed by the  Great Recession and the accompanying crash of the housing market in 2007-2008, we have watched those numbers dwindle dramatically to only 40% of production capacity. We have restructured several times, making necessary adjustments to reflect our diminished sales, but we cannot cut our workforce anymore and still operate in an efficient and sustainable manner. With the U.S. and worldwide economies continuing to struggle, and no significant signs of stabilization or growth in the foreseeable future, the business model for continuing to produce such a specialized, niche product simply no longer works for a facility of our size. While sales have declined, overhead expenses have continued to increase. Whereas our size was once a strength, it is now our greatest weakness.

Additionally, the entire U.S. art glass industry is now being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with respect to potential new regulations. Long-standing interpretations of air quality regulations are being reevaluated, and it new regulations were applied to our facility, it would require substantial capital expenses. Spectrum Glass Company has operated well within existing environmental guidelines and has been the only stained glass manufacturer to employ baghouse technology on furnace exhaust. Still, we have already accrued extraordinary, unanticipated expenses since the start of the EPA evaluation and cannot withstand additional investments of an unknown scale for an already faltering business. Due to all these factors, it’s no longer financially feasible for Spectrum Glass Company to continue to operate.

Our plan is to produce glass for another 60-75 days. We will begin looking for other manufacturers to whom we can transition our product lines. We will simultaneously begin the process  of selling the remainder of our existing inventory. Our sales staff will work with our distributors to make the process flow as smoothly as possible.

We wish to sincerely Thank each of you for your years of support for Spectrum Glass products, and  deeply apologize for any hardship this change brings about for you, and your customers.

Craig Barker, CEO, Spectrum Glass Company, Inc – Kyle Barker President, Spectrum Glass Company, Inc

 

Spring Green

May 2nd, 2016

Spring Green – “Big Flat” Love the Spring Greens
Can’t Bike Gotta Hike perfect Misty dayphoto.JPGBig Flat

Just a Simple Pattern

April 27th, 2016

photo.JPGfishJust a simple pattern with some Awesome Glass!

Harvest Gathering Under The Hunter’s Moon

March 15th, 2016

Fort Hunter Mansion and Park 100 Fort Hunter Road, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110 (717)599-5751

www.forthunter.org

This Project will be Donated for this Event in October/2016

The theme for the Evening is Jazz Under the Hunter’s Moon

This is a combination of Stained Glass Application and Fused GlassSax player 004Sax player 008

Touchstone Center for CRAFTS!!

February 24th, 2016

Touchstone Center for CRAFTS !! Welcomes Deborah Feller 2016

Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pa, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone’s original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metals, jewelry, textiles, glass painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides under served audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by Mclntire Run, a rushing stream.¬† www.touchstonecrafts.org

Not Only is Touchstone Center Crafts the only residential Craft school in Pennsylvania it’s the natural setting for your creative nature.

Touchstone’s mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of the artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically¬† diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the under served populations in Fayette¬† County and other parts of southwestern PA.

Deborah will be teaching¬†¬† “Beginning Stained Glass”¬† June 20-24

Explore a new skill and your creativity! Using one of several patterns for your first project, you will l earn to cut glass, grind, foil solder, and finish your project using the “Tiffany (copper foil) method. You will study the principles of design and the importance of detail when building your project. You will learn about glass selection, color changing and other types of glass and which glass is best for your design project, as well as how to organize your pattern. In order to refine your stained glass skills, you will design your own project and complete it before the week is over.

Deborah will be teaching ” Introduction to Kiln-Formed Glass”

August 1-5

Explore possibilities of fused and slumped glass in this introductory session. You will learn the basics of glass cutting, firing schedules, glass compatibility, and annealing schedules. You will be shown the technical and artistic side of fused glass and the many techniques employed to make your projects. Learn about safety precautions and the materials used. You will created several pieces, exploring different techniques. Each student will leave with the knowledge of how to fuse, fire a kiln, and trouble shooting problems, as well as how to design and create fabulous kiln-formed pieces of art.

 

“Eating Well with Art” Organic Series

October 9th, 2015

Kiln Formed Glass using the Pot Melt technique. Scraps of compatible fusing glass are used to create interesting color combinations by melting colors in a container. Many times it takes several firings in the kiln and manipulations to achieve just the right pattern.

 

photo.JPGBkWhtOrganic Bowlphoto.JPGBkwhtOrganic Bowl2“Organic Series”

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