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Wilkshire East Side Lite

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

the Beginning

Mason Window #12 /2018

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Mason Lodge Window #13

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Mason Window #13

Completed September 2017

Kiln Formed Glass

Monday, July 18th, 2016

“PARTY” Kiln Formed Glass Bowl

15.5″ Round 2″ Deep

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AWARD: Youngstown State University

Wednesday, 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)

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

 

Just a Simple Pattern

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

photo.JPGfishJust a simple pattern with some Awesome Glass!

Harvest Gathering Under The Hunter’s Moon

Tuesday, 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

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