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May 2016 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- May Blogs * blogs will now only be on

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- Did you know ...

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What a long month! First I had a fabulous time in New York at Amanda Taylor's Oatka's glass studio.  I also visited Corning and Niagra falls. What a fabulous 10 days!  I've written several blogs about my class and time in New York. After I had my glass class I had a business trip to Alabama for 2 weeks.  So that was a long time away from my family and my glass!

BTW I'm still going to do the free fused glass pendant for anyone that tells me about a unique idea for a DYK as explained in my January Newsletter (an excerpt is below).

Since it’s a new year I thought I’d open it up for recommendations. In fact, I’m going to reward those with  unique DYK recommendations with a  fused glass pendant ($20 or less).   If you have a question about glass that you want me to do a DYK article just email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com There’s no limit to how many topics you can recommend, however it has to be a topic I haven’t written a DYK about already and it has to be in keeping with fused glass or jewelry.   If I use your DYK I will send you a handmade fused glass pendant ($20 or less).

(It should go without saying but I'll say it anyway,  I have the right to choose which DYK recommendations are acceptable to receive a free fused glass pendant!)

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Fresh From the Kiln:

Fused Glass Daisy night lights - December Fresh from the Kiln

Fresh from the kiln

Normally this section is my glass fresh from the kiln.

Since I was gone for so long there isn’t any finished fused glass pieces so instead of Fresh From the Kiln these pictures are what’s in the kiln now.  In my Big kiln I have pieces I’m slumping. Some are going to be mushrooms or bowls and the other are samples for some production pieces. In my Medium kiln are votives I’m trying out for a custom order and are being draped.  The little kiln has a special piece that I’m checking out, we’ll see how it turns out and a test tile.

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Cold Fusion - Fused Glass

Cold Fusion - Fused Glass

In January, I challenged my Fused Glass newsletter followers to submit their ideas for my DYK (Did you Know) section of my newsletter for a free fused glass pendant. One of my customers recommended a Fused Glass essential oil diffuser pendant. The recommendation wasn't strong enough for me too write a DYK article but definitely good enough for a blog. …Read more.

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Fused Glass using a Silhouette

Fused Glass using a Silhouette

I mentioned a while back that I bought a silhouette machine to help me with my fused glass. I even made a few pendants for a good friend.  Recently another good friend asked me to make some custom artwork with some pictures and copper.  I made them with cream …Read more.

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Custom Snaps - Fused Glass

Custom Snaps - Fused Glass

While I was at my last show one of my favorite customers and I were talking about my fused glass snaps. She was telling me about how she had one made with a custom picture but she had lost it.  I told her that I could make another one for her. She's like really and I'm like of course. It's …Read more.

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My Trip To New York

My Trip To New York

I just finished a 10 day wonderful trip to New York.  Other than not having my husband and daughter with me the trip couldn't have been any better.  I flew into Buffalo, New York because my Fused Glass class was in Batavia, New York.  My class didn't start until the 6th of May, but I thought I'd arrive early so …Read more.

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Corning Museum from Glass

Corning Museum from Glass

As I mentioned in my last blog Pam, Julie, and I met at the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG). It is a museum dedicated to Glass - all glass including Stain Glass, Fused Glass, Glass Blowing, and Flameworking. There are several parts of the CMOG. The museum portion of  was pretty …Read more.

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Glass Blowing Demo at CMOG

Glass Blowing Demo at CMOG

As I mentioned in my last couple of blogs I took a trip to NY and to the Corning Museum of Glass. It was so much fun. One of my favorite parts of our visit to the CMOG was the glass blowing demonstrations.  One thing you may not know about the CMOG is not only is it a museum they …Read more.

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While in Corning, NY

While in Corning, NY

While we were in Corning, NY we had lunch at a nice healthy cafe in downtown Corning. BTW Corning is a great town especially the downtown area. We went into a small glass shop, Vitrix, where they blew glass inside the shop. We went there because we saw these wall art pieces at the CMOG shop. Aren't they cool!!   …Read more.

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My Niagra Falls Trip

My Niagra Falls Trip

I typically don't blog about thing other than glass however, I really enjoyed my trip to New York including my visit to Niagra Falls.  After Corning I drove back up to Batavia and my hotel. I got up relatively early and drove the hour to Niagra Falls. Pam and Julie drove up the night before and had a great hotel …Read more.

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My Fused Glass Class at Oatka Studios

My Fused Glass Class at Oatka Studios

So I've been blogging about my trip to New York including Corning, Vitrix, my present from CMOG, Niagra Falls, etc. This blog will be about my fused glass class with Amanda and Lance Taylor at Oatka Studios in Batavia, New York. First I've never seen a studio so packed full of coldworking equipment. Both Amanda and Lance were great and …Read more.

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Staying in New York

Staying in New York

All month I've been blogging about my fabulous trip to New York to take a fused glass class from Oatka Glass and Amanda and Lance Taylor.  Normally I stay in a hotel, but when I stayed at the fabulous Hedgerow House. Anyway, for this trip me and 2 of my friends (Pam and Julie),  stayed …Read more.

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Did you know ...

This section is used to answer any questions you may have or to pass on tidbits of information that add value and enhance knowledge regarding fused glass, metals, or jewelry in general. Let me know if you have anything you'd like me to include.

This is a very difficult DYK, albeit I must write it. First some background. Did you know there are only a few art glass manufactures that make compatible glass i.e., 90 and 96 COE. Bullseye falls in the 90 COE range, Spectrum is 96, Uroboros and Wissmach both make both 90 and 96 COE glass. Of course there are other glass art manufacturers for stain glass but the glass is not fusible.  It's interesting in January 2015 I wrote a totally different DYK about Bullseye.

 

 

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Both Bullseye and Uroboros are hand casted glass located in Portland Oregon, Spectrum is machine made and is Washington state. I've been to both Bullseye and Uroboros factories as I blogged about last year.  Sadly I've never been to Spectrum.

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In February, Bullseye and Uroboros started having issues with the Department of Environmental Quality in Portland Oregon after some testing of moss showed higher levels of chromium, cadmium and arsenic.  Albeit neither bullseye or uroboros are the only industry factories in their areas and none of the other companies are being investigated.

Both Bullseye and Uroboros were complied with emission rules but because of the testing the DEQ changed the rules regarding emissions and  implemented them ASAP. The glass factories are very small and in industrial areas. Both have been in their locations for a long time (bullseye over 40 years) is small. 

Both bullseye and uroboros quickly volunteered to stop using two of the metals the DEQ were concerned about. Both companies started working on installing the filtration systems (for emission controls) and are doing everything the state of Oregon asked of them. Bullseye glass hired an independent environmental consultant to review their process.

The DEQ had no evidence that Bullseye was to blame for the issues.In fact, officials released sail test showing no cause for concern regarding bullseye.   Bullseye is very conscientious and works hard to meet all government rules regarding emissions.

To make matters worse on the 19th of May after 1 test and a spike of lead in levels near bullseye the government ordered bullseye to stop using materials (some that had nothing to do with lead) that amounts to 80% of their products (basically they can only make clear glass). So they will be shutting down for 10 days and laying off about 15 of their 150 employees. 

BTW the DEQ had another meeting on the 29th and extended the stop production for another 10 days! This is not good. Oh BTW during the meeting they DEQ board wouldn’t let the owner even speak because they weren’t who they were expecting. The Bullseye representative wasn’t there because he was at another mandatory meeting with the government. Interesting huh.

Please understand these metals are used when creating the glass not when fusing like I do. The glass is safe for me to create and for customers to use.

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So what did this mean to the fused glass community?

Cadmium means they can't create reds, yellow, oranges, etc. Which will effect my Aspens.

Chromium means no greens, I'm not sure how I'll make my greenman and tree of life for a while

In all Bullseye suspended 50 colors of glass. Of course as I mentioned now they have been cut by 80% (leaving clear only). Let's hope that doesn't last long because that will include: pinks, purples, blues, and more!!

Additionally both Bullseye and Uroboros raised the price of all glass.

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Sadly the problems facing the fused glass community didn't stop there.  On May 11th Spectrum (COE 96) announced they were closing after 40 years creating beautiful glass. They stated there were several factors including the actions taken by the DEQ and EPA, but basically it wasn't "financially feasible" for them to continue.

Artists love spectrum because it's machine glass and easy to cut and much cheaper than the handcrafted glass.

I was in NY and me and all my glass friends were in shock. For the most part we are all bullseye artist but I do use spectrum for my production work. In fact, everything in all 3 of my kilns are spectrum.

Of course it doesn't matter, spectrum is a huge part of the fused glass as well as stain glass communities and we are all effected by it's loss. In fact, we are all still trying to digest it and come to grips with the loss of this beautiful glass.

 

 

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On a positive note both Uroboros and Wissmach have recently said they will work to produce more COE 96 glass but it won't be machine made, therefore more expensive, not easily cut and more importantly not all the same glass. We will lose spectrum opal, streaky, spirit, opal art, and Baroque.  Some of my favorites of spectrum are shown in this picture will be no more. :-(

Luckily I've used a little uroboros and it's pretty similar to both spectrum and bullseye.  The Wissmach on the other hand is new to me. I've really only used it once (it's kind of a mauve).

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I wanted to tell ya'll about this because chances are I won't have some of the colors you may want, but I'll do my best to make as painless as I can for you. Luckily I have a lot of glass. It will take some time for fused glass art's to adjust to the lack of colors.

It will also be a challenge to modify how we create glass.  I'll also try more float glass. Luckily I have a lot of that too.

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Please understand all glass artists and glass manufactures are concerned about our environment. We just feel the glass manufactures are being singled out in Portland. It's like the DEQ and Portland's government is trying to shut down the small American glass manufacturers. Additionally, there are real people losing their jobs because of these closures and cutbacks. There is also a domino effect on how many people rely on glass for their living across the globe from UK to the US to Australia! BTW it isn't just glass it's all the people that make products for Fused glass artists from molds, to decals, to so much more.

I'm lucky fused glass is not my main source of income but it is a part of me and makes me sad about the loss and repercussion.

I support these amazing American glass factories and have written the government of Oregon. #savecoloredglass If you'd like to learn more about it what's going on check this link.

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I'm a firm believer in the concept that everything will workout in the end and when one door closes another opens. There are great minds and artists working on ways to rebound from these losses.  I'm nervous and so very so sad even though I'm trying to be positive.

All of theses are bullseye, god I hope they don't disappear.

I'm amazed that fused glass has been around for over 2000 years and it's shocking that the government could possibly kill American Art Glass after all this time! #savecoloredglass

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bullseye

If you are a glass artist I highly recommend you support the art glass community as well. If you want to renew your bullseye educational videos please sign up. #savecoloredglass

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I appreciate your understanding and restrictions that will be effecting the fused glass community. Let's hope the art glass community can rebound from this difficulty while continuing to keep our air safe.

I've done a lot of fun things in my life but this picture is me casting glass at Bullseye, What an experience that I wouldn't trade for nothing!  #savecoloredglass

Keeping my kilns warm,

Karen

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