McMow’s Holiday Sale & Party Starts Monday, December 11th With Deep Discounts And A Special Announcement!

The sale you’ve been waiting for:  McMow Art Glass‘ Annual Holiday Sale and Party takes place on Monday, December 11th.  YES, McMow will be open that Monday and selling supplies, equipment, classes and workshop time for discounts!  It is free, but if you are coming for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT and Champagne Toast, please RSVP.  The Rickie Report shares the details. Don’t forget gift certificates are a great holiday present!

561-585-9011 x108  Fax: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com    https://www.facebook.com/McMowArtGlass/

 

 

 

Our Holiday Sale is just around the corner


MONDAY DECEMBER 11, 2017

Please note date change due to holiday dates

 

Sale:  9 am – 7 pm

Holiday Party from 7-9 pm

RSVP
For our Champagne Toast!

PARTY DETAILS COMING SOON!

 

Discounts Include:

15% OFF ALL NON-FUSIBLE GLASS – includes Spectrum, Wissmach, Kokomo, and Youghiogheny
35% OFF ALL BULLSEYE GLASS CO. PRODUCTS 
(45% OFF for Bullseye premium pricing accounts)
15% OFF Materials & Supplies
15% OFF Kilns, Saws & Grinders
20% OFF Classes & Workshop time

For more information:

McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011     Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmow.com

https://www.facebook.com/McMowArtGlass/

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

TWO EXCITING and NEW CLASSES! Never-Before Taught At McMow Art Glass!

TWO EXCITING and NEW CLASSES are open for Registration at McMow Art Glass! Never-before Taught at McMow Art Glass, “Mastering Murrine” with McMow Master Phil Materio & Patti Gibbons is a 3-part workshop starting on December 15th. **NEW** SCREEN PRINTING 101 w/ SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST TONY GLANDER is a 2-Part course beginning on December 10th.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos here. Register now, as there are limited seats!  McMow offers the hottest classes!

 

561-585-9011 x108  Fax: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com    https://www.facebook.com/McMowArtGlass/

 

 

TWO EXCITING and NEW CLASSES!

Never-before Taught at McMow Art Glass!

Mastering Murrine
with McMow Master Phil Materio & Patti Gibbons

Friday, December 15th from 6-8pm
Saturday, December 16th 10am-3pm
Sunday, December 17th 10am – 1pm

 

Class Registration: $575
This 3-part course includes daily coffee & snacks, all materials & kiln firings

Murrina (plural murrine) – colored patterns or images made in a glass cane (long rods of glass) that are revealed when cut in cross-sections. The term murrina, derives from Murrino, the name given in 1878 by Vincenzo Zanetti, a Muranese priest and historian, who founded the Murano Glass Museum in 1861 with the intent to restore the lustre of Muranese glassmaking and relaunch the industry that was going through a deep crisis. The crisis was the Bad News. THE GOOD NEWS?? You don’t have to go back in time or travel to the Island of Murano to learn how to make these beautiful murrine. Learn how to prepare the glass, pull the murrine canes, slice the rods to reveal amazing designs, and create your own functional piece of art glass. This is a 3-part intensive and fusing knowledge is strongly recommended.

Class size is limited so be sure to sign up soon NOW!

About Phil Materio: For more than 40 Years Phil has practiced and educated in the finest fused glass techniques. Learning from the original founders of Bullseye Glass, Phil has taught at glass art education centers across Florida as well shows his fused glass art collections throughout Florida.

Phil will be joined by special artists and famed McMow educator, Patti Gibbons

Buckle up – this fast-paced class will blow your mind!

 

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**NEW** SCREEN PRINTING 101 w/ SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST TONY GLANDER!

 

THIS IS A TWO-PART COURSE!

 

 

Saturday December 9th & Sunday December 10th 9:00am – 3:00 pm $450.00 *BEGINNER LEVEL!*

Want to add a new technique? In this class Tony Glander will show you how to add images you create to your fused or stained glass work. Words, designs or pictures can all be used in this exciting and fun process. Paints and a little Photoshop will be covered.

 

Tony Glander started working in stained glass in 1989. It didn’t take long for him to become totally hooked on making beautiful art works in colored glass. In 1990 he purchased a stained glass studio, Glass Fantasies in Gaithersburg, MD.

“I love every technique from cold glass to hot glass”.Wanting to further expand the quality of his work, Tony added silk screening to his many skills. “I never really cared for faces done in stained glass so one day I had a brainstorm – use a silk screened photo on the glass.” He tried using a picture of his wife and the results were simply stunning. “After that piece, I was hooked on using screen printing anytime I could. Although I have created a lot of really nice pieces, my best works of art are my young children Maya and Lucas.”

For more information about Tony and his work go to www.fitzpatrickglassstudios.com

 

 

For more information about these workshops , glass supplies and more:

McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011     Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmow.com

https://www.facebook.com/McMowArtGlass/

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

New Classes At McMow Art Glass For All Levels Plus “Free Workshop Wednesdays” All Summer

McMow Art Glass announces Free Workshop Wednesdays all summer long, including a discount on all purchases.  The July, August and September Class Schedule is ready for you to register.  Mark your calendars for the Special LABOR DAY SALE on Saturday, September 2nd.  The Rickie Report shares the details and photos of what you can create!  These are hands-on opportunities to learn new techniques with supportive and knowledgable staff. All levels of experience are welcome.  

 

 

 

701 North Dixie Highway
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
P: 561-585-9011     F: 561-586-2292
www.mcmow.com

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAYS in JULY & AUGUST: 

FREE Workshop Wednesdays all Summer-long

Enjoy free workshop time from 9am – 4pm and 10% off all purchases!

 

 

 

JULY,  AUGUST  &  SEPTEMBER  2017

SPECIALTY   CLASSES

 

 

 

 

JULY

 

Back by Popular Demand! LANDSCAPES with Frits & Powders
Saturday, July 22nd from 9am – 3p m $150.00
Be inspired by the beautiful landscapes and let your imagination create a serene scene made entirely of glass frits & powders. Students will learn fusing basics, as well as how to use fusing accessories such as stringers, frits and powders to bring life to their landscape. All materials and kiln firings are included.

LEARN!!!   INTRO TO FUSING
Wednesday July 26th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $70.00 *Beginner Level*
In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

 

 

 

FUSED GLASS CORAL VASES w/ Patti
Saturday July 29th 9am – 12 pm $150.00 *Cutting Experience Required*
Create a stunning Coral vase after learning about strip cutting technique. Select a color palette of your choice and create TWO functional art pieces, including kiln-firings and all materials.

AUGUST

WEDNESDAYS in AUGUST: FREE Workshop Wednesdays all Summer-long. Enjoy free workshop time from 9am – 4pm and 10% off all purchases!

 

AS SEEN AT GLASS QUEST!!!!!

NEW! Drawing with Vitrigraph Stringers

You become the artists!
  Saturday, August 5th 9am-12pm $95.00 *Beginner Level*

This concept was created by Bullseye Glass Co. in Portland, Oregon. First learn how this artistic concept began with the creation of the Vitrigraph kiln, and then learn to pull this unique type of stringer. Each student will be given half-sheets of white glass, a diverse pile of vitrigraph stringers, and time to draw with those stringers. We will give students a little help by providing them with a list of words they could use for inspiration – and then the rest is up to you!

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSING
Wednesday, August 9th 6:30-8:30pm $70.00 *Beginner Level*
Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 

INTERMEDIATE FUSING
Saturday, August 12th 9am-3pm $150 .00 *Experience Required*
Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included

DESIGN & CREATE!!!

NEW! OPEN FUSING WORKSHOP with Patti & Phil 
Saturday, August 26th from 10am – 2pm FREE!!!! *Cutting and Fusing Experience Required*

Create a STUNNING fused glass project of your choice! Come in with your idea, and Patti or Phil will help you make your dream project a reality. They will help you determine design, materials, and kiln firings – which you can pay for separately. Experience is required – both beginning fusing knowledge and cutting experience is required.

 

FREE WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY – 10% off all purchases for participate

SEPTEMBER

 

 

 

LABOR DAY SALE: Saturday September 2nd from 9am – 3pm:

Enjoy special sale items to be announced via email!

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE – THIS ONE SELLS OUT FAST!
Wednesday September 6th 5:30 – 8:30PM $85.00 *Beginner Level*

 

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the do’s & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools!

 

AS SEEN AT GLASS QUEST!!!!!

 

 NEW! The Wardell Tattoo Goo Stencil System – Never before taught, anywhere!
Saturday, September 9th 9am – 12pm $250 *Beginner Level*

 

Create and learn from a Master! Learn how to manipulate the newly introduced tattoo stencil system from the creator himself. Think this product is just for stencils? Think again! This is a diverse NEW product that allows you to take your fused art glass to the next level. Work alongside Randy learning three never before seen techniques and create three individual projects in this all-inclusive class. Special pricing on the Tattoo Stencils and Goo – this day only!

 


INTRODUCTION TO FUSING
Wednesday, September 13th 6:30-8:30pm $70.00 *Beginner Level*
Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

 


Fish Pendant Necklace & Cabochon – includes Pewter Findings for Head & Tail!
Saturday, September 16th 10am – 12pm $85.00 *Beginner Level*

 

In this two hour class create several fused glass cabochons using iridescent and dichroic fused glass. Then learn how to attach your glass art piece to custom pewter findings created by Marcie Preisler with Flamingo Art Center! The class includes all materials; one set of findings and kiln firings. Additional findings will be available for sale at a discounted price!

 

 

MOSAIC STEPPING STONES w/Taylor
Saturday September 23rd 9am-3pm $175.00 *Cutting Skill Required*

Dimensional, art glass mosaic for Beginners!!!! All materials included. Learn the indirect method of pouring mosaic stones and cutting and designing beautiful, functioning art glass! All materials included.

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL CAMING with McMow Master Jurgen – THIS ONE SELLS OUT FAST!
Saturday, September 30th 9am -3pm $150.00
If you are an intermediate student looking to take your work larger OR create professional looking panels, then this class is for you! With more than 30 years of experience, Jurgen will walk you through this ancient process step-by-step. Glass and came is supplied, but you will need to bring your stained glass tools. Leave the class knowing the techniques of Old World Masters and with your very own leaded panel. This is an intermediate level stained glass class; students must be proficient in cutting & soldering techniques. Additional tools may need to be purchased.

 

 

For more information:

McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011 Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmow.com         www.facebook.com/mcmowartglass

Office Hours:
Wednesday- Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday – 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday – 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday-Monday – Closed

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

McMow Art Glass Announces Spring And Summer Classes, Special Trips And Workshops For All Levels

McMow Art Glass takes pride in teaching exciting, technique oriented art glass classes! The Rickie Report shares the details of upcoming Spring and Summer classes, specialty workshops and an intimate visit to the Boca Museum of Art for the “Glasstress Exhibition”.  There is something for every level of glass artist, including art lovers!

 

 

 

 

701 N Dixie Hwy,     Lake Worth, Florida 33460

(561) 585-9011     www.mcmow.com

 

 

 

Join us for our Art Glass Classes TODAY!

SPRING-SUMMER BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE STAINED GLASS

BEGINNER’S STAINED GLASS CLASSES:

Tuesday, March 7th – March 28th from 5:30 – 8:30pm

Saturday, March 25th – April 15th from 12pm – 3pm

Tuesday, April 4th – April 25th from 5:30 – 8:30pm

Saturday, April 29th – May 20th from 12:00-3:00pm

 

INTERMEDIATE STAINED GLASS CLASSES:

Tuesday, March 21st – April 18th from 6-9pm (Available for registration on 3/3/17)

Wednesday, March 22nd – April 19th from 6-9pm (Available for registration on 3/3/17)

Thursday, March 23rd – April 20th from 1-4pm (Available for registration on 3/3/17)

NEW! Thursday, March 23rd – April 20th from 6-9pm (Available for registration on 3/3/17)

 

SPRING-SUMMER 2017 SPECIALTY CLASSES
MARCH-JUNE
MARCH:

INTRODUCTION TO FUSING
Wednesday March 1st 6:30-8:30pm $95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

BEGINNER MOSAICS w/Taylor
Saturday March 5th 9am-3pm $150.00 *Beginner Level*

Create a beautiful mosaic glass piece of art in this one day class. The class will work together to design unique compositions as well as learn the process of mosaic glass cutting technique, adhesives and grouting. This unique technique will get you excited about all the possibilities the glass arts have to offer! Includes all materials.

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE
Wednesday March 8th 6-9pm $85.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the dos & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools!

 

 

 

NEW BULL-CHIPPING & FUSING w/Phil
Saturday March 11th 9am-3pm $175.00 *Experience Required *

Learn three techniques to create one incredible art glass design! Learn the art of FUSING, SANDBLASTING & GLUECHIPPING alongside McMow Master, Phil Materio. Never-before taught – this class will fill up fast! All materials included. Previous kiln-forming knowledge and cutting skills are required for this class.

 

 

 

GLACIER GLASS
Wednesday March 15th 6:30-8:30pm $95.00 *Beginner Level*

This is going to be a fun one! Learn how to create this unique look as Patti walks your though the secrets of Glacier Glass. This fusing technique is great way to use clear scrap glass – which we all have!

 

 

 

NEW MOSAIC STEPPING STONES w/Taylor
Saturday March 18th 9am-3pm $150.00 *Beginner Level*

Dimensional, art glass mosaic for Beginners!!!! All materials included.

TASTE OF FUSING
Wednesday March 22nd 6:30-8:30pm $75.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL CAMING with McMow Master Jurgen – THIS ONE SELLS OUT FAST!
Saturday March 25th 9am-3pm $150.00 *Experience Required*

If you are an intermediate student looking to take your work larger OR create professional looking panels, then this class is for you! With more than 30 years of experience, Jurgen will walk you through this ancient process step-by-step. Glass and came is supplied, but you will need to bring your stained glass tools. Leave the class knowing the techniques of Old World Masters and with your very own leaded panel. This is an intermediate level stained glass class; students must be proficient in cutting & soldering techniques. Additional tools may need to be purchased.

 

 

EXPERIMENTING WITH BULLSEYE GLASS: Reactive Potential
Saturday March 28th 6:30-8:30pm $95.00 *Experience Required*

Learn to harness the reactive potential of Bullseye glass! Bullseye glasses are made with a variety of basic chemistries. When some of the glasses are combined with one another or with certain metal foils, the chemistries interact and produce special effects. Reactive effects can range from subtle to dramatic and can prove quite versatile in art and design. Learn more about the basic chemistries behind these effects and how to harness (or prevent) them to enhance your work. In this class you will study an extensive collection of samples and finished works and will make your own samples, using many forms of glass and foils. Basic glass cutting skills and kiln-forming experience. All materials and kiln firings included.

APRIL:

LET’S GET 3-DIMENSIONAL!!!! Take your art glass to the next level with these 3-D techniques

NEW Saturday, April 1st – STAINED GLASS FLOWER VASES with Faith 9am-3pm $75.00 *Copper-Foil Technique Required*

 

 

 

Create a beautiful, functional piece of art in this one day class. Learn how to take your copper foil art three-dimensional and apply this technique to future projects. Faith will guide you through this process with ease! All materials are included! Basic copper-foil technique is required including cutting, foiling and soldering.

Wednesday April 5th INTRODUCTION TO FUSING 6:30-8:30pm $75.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

Saturday April 8th FOILING AND SOLDERING LAB with Faith 10am-12pm $25.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two-hour lab learn how to perfect your foiling and soldering technique. This lab is perfect for beginner as well as intermediate level students looking to take their copper foil skill level up a notch! This lab is a watch and learn experience.

 

NEW Wednesday April 12 TRICKS WITH TRANSPARENCIES with Patti 6:30-8:30pm $95.00 *Beginner Level*

In this class students will create two 8” X 8” Dishes learning a variety of unique techniques to utilize Bullseye transparent glass. Among other skills – students will learn how to dilute dark, transparent glass to create work with bright, vibrant colors. Please note: McMow Art Glass learned this technique from Helios Glass Studio, and is excited to share it with you!

Saturday April 15th & April 22nd KILNCASTING with Phil & Faith 9am-3pm $350.00 *Beginner Fusing Experience Encouraged*

Two Day Course 9am – 3pm

– 30 minute lunch break

In this intermediate to advanced level class, students create three-dimensional glass sculptures. Students learn the process of casting glass from two highly skilled instructors who walk you step-by-step through the mold making and glass firing processes. A wide-variety of materials are used included glass billets, frits, powders and hand pulled stringers. Students will leave with in-depth knowledge of the glass arts and mold making. Beginning level fused glass is encouraged. Students must wear closed toe shoes.

NEW Wednesday, April 19th KILNCARVING with Phil at the Armory Arts Center 6-9pm $65 *Beginner Level*
TO REGISTER PLEASE CONTACT The Armory Arts Center at: 832-1776

 

 

Interested in glass fusing?? This is the perfect way to try a new art form, while learning from a master! An introduction to kiln carving and slumping. If you are already fusing – add this exciting technique to your skill set! Create your designs and patterns using simple materials to create contours and textures into the glass Firing takes place after the workshop, so your finished piece will be available for pickup a few days after class. No previous experience necessary.

 

Saturday April 22nd KILNCASTING with Phil 9am-3pm $350.00 *Experience Required* this is a two-part class. PLEASE SEE ABOVE TO Saturday April 15th FOR DETAILS

 

 

Wednesday April 26th STAINED GLASS WINDCHIMES with/ Patti 6:30-8:30pm $65.00 *Copper-Foil Technique Required*

A fun way to use all of that left over scrap glass you have laying around! Create a beautiful wind chime in this make it and take it class – perfect for gift giving! All materials included.

NEW Friday April 28th – GLASSTRESS EXHIBITION at the Boca Museum of Art 10am Enjoy a Docent Led Tour! $10

 

About Glassstress: Part of a new curatorial initiative to examine areas traditionally considered ‘craft,’ but which present alternative mediums of increasing interest to contemporary artists, Glasstress features 25-30 glass installations created by contemporary artists from around the world in collaboration with the international organization Glasstress, Venice and the master glass artisans of Berengo Studio, Murano. The results challenge our notion of glass as a ‘beautiful’ material and encourage us to explore the bold, political, and sometimes less than pristine aspects of the medium. Works included in the Glasstress Boca Raton exhibition incorporate performance, video, interactive media, design, and even video games, and delve into substantial content, from race, identity, and colonialism to themes of science and nature and issues of biological diversity, global hunger, and climate change

NEW Saturday April 29th COLOUR DE VERRE –Fused Glass Boxes w/ Special Guest Irene 9am-12pm $150.00 *Beginner Level*

Merging the age-old art of glass casting with modern technology and contemporary design, Colour de Verre molds can be filled with glass powders, pate de verre, glass frits, or cut sheet glass. In this class students will create stunning 3-dimensional Colour de Verre cast box. Even better – the class includes the Colour de Verre mold so you can continue to create with this unique technique. All materials and firings included. No experience necessary!About Irene: Irene has working as a glass artist for the past12 years and owns Palm Beach Smashing Glass. Her art glass has been shown in numerous galleries here and around Florida. Her creations include both fused and cast glass sculptures, jewelry, Judaiica, and items for the home.

MAY:

Don’t Miss the MOST EXCITING Event of the Year GLASS QUEST 2017!

 

Wednesday May 3rd INTRODUCTION TO FUSING 6:30-8:30pm $75.00 *Beginner Level*

 

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

NEW Saturday May 6th PUDDLE & DICHRO JEWELRY TECHNIQUE w/ Patti 9am-3pm $150.00 *Beginner
Level*

 

 


In this full-day students will learn a multitude of jewelry design techniques that can be achieved using dichroic glass, as well as NEW puddle glass cabochon technique! The instructor will demonstrate techniques such as reverse etching, using a dremmel tool, and decal application. A variety of methods for making your fused dichroic and puddle glass pieces wearable will be covered as well. Students will create four pendants. All materials are included. Introductory level fusing knowledge is encouraged.

Wednesday May 10th COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE 6-9pm $85.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the dos & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools!

NEW Saturday May 13th REVERSE METHOD MOSAICS w/Special Guest Debbie Davis 9am-3pm $150.00 *Beginner Level*

This class is an introduction to a reverse method of mosaics which uses tape instead of gluing each piece separately. This method allows for more versatility and a cleaner application. The gluing takes place at the completion of the project. This workshop is open to beginner and intermediate levels.

 

About Debbie Davis: Davis is a mosaic artist from North Palm Beach, Florida. She was recently accepting as an emerging artist at Artigras 2017. She has trained with several well-known mosaic artists, but is mostly self-taught, drawing from the inspiration of Antoni Gaudí, and other great mosaic artists of the past. Through her art, Debbie would like to inspire others to express passion, love and simplicity in all they do.

Saturday May 20th INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS 9am-3pm $150.00 *Experience Required*

 


Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

NEW: May 26th, 27th, 28th, 2017: GLASS QUEST 2017

 

 

 

Join your fellow ART GLASS enthusiasts for the opportunity of a lifetime at GLASS QUEST 2017.
Enjoy a weekend of education, inspiration and engagement for glass enthusiasts of all types. Incredible networking opportunities, as well as overall engagement in the evolving world of art glass education & advocacy! Meet & partner with other glass artists as we push the boundaries of Glass as a Contemporary Art Form! LAUNCHING: May 26th, 27th, 28th, 2017 in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach, Florida.

Register Today at: www.Glassquest2017.eventbrite.com

JUNE:

NEW NEW NEW: New Labs & Classes Below!!!!

 

NEW Saturday June 3rd LAB: Finishing Techniques for Art Glass Projects w/Patti 10am-12pm $25*Beginner Level*

Tired of the same old expensive glass stands and displays? In this workshop, we will demonstrate methods to create your own displays for your work with readily available materials and a little imagination. The possibilities are limitless and will allow you to take your pieces to the professional level!

Wednesday June 7th INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS 6:30-8:30pm $95.00 *Beginner Level*

 

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

NEW Saturday June 10th DEMO DAY! Cold Working Techniques w/Phil Free! 10am-12pm *Beginner Level*

In this FREE demonstration, participants will learn how to safely use a variety of coldworking tools to shape and bevel the edges of a fused glass piece, as well as how to sand and grind the top and bottom surfaces of a kilnformed object. Students will be introduced to the tile saw, belt sander, lap wheel, angle grinder, loose grit, lathe, diamond hand laps and sandblaster. The demo will also include a discussion on the effects of fire polishing coldworked surfaces.

 

Wednesday June 14th DOTS & STRIPES Fusing with Rods 6:30-8:30pm $75.00 *Beginner Level*

 

 


Explore a new form of glass: rods! In this two-hour project-based class, you’ll work with a huge palette of opalescent sheet glass and rods to create two stylish square plates, one with stripes and another with dots. Your plates will be fired after class and available for pick-up a few days later. All materials and kiln firings included.

NEW Wednesday, June 14th KILNCARVING with Phil at the Armory Arts Center 6-9pm $65 *Beginner Level*

Interested in glass fusing?? This is the perfect way to try a new art form, while learning from a master! An introduction to kiln carving and slumping. If you are already fusing – add this exciting technique to your skill set! Create your designs and patterns using simple materials to create contours and textures into the glass. Firing takes place after the workshop, so your finished piece will be available for pickup a few days after class. No previous experience necessary.

NEW Saturday June 17th MASTERING THE MASTERS in Fusion: Pollock & Matisse w/ Patti 9am-3pm $150 *Cutting Experience Required*

 

Do you love the Masters? In this class, you will learn how to turn selected Matisse painted gouache cutouts into a workable glass pattern to cut and create your own masterpiece, and play with the techniques required to turn a Pollock canvas into a fused glass abstract impressionist drip painting. Cutting experience required.

Wednesday June 28th & Wednesday July 5th INTRODUCTION TO PATE DE VERRE w/ Phil 6pm-9pm $250 this is a Two-Part Course *Beginner Fusing Experience Required*

 

 


Learn the basics of pâte de verre from start to finish while making a thin-walled, kilnformed bowl in this hands-on workshop. (The term literally means “paste of glass” in French.) Make a plaster silica mold from a model, pack it with glass, fire it, then divest and finish it. Students will have access to a broad palette of colored frit and samples to help predict and understand fired qualities. Demonstrations will include various techniques of working with glass powders against the mold, working with color reactions, as well as how to back-fill a packed mold to support the walls of the piece during firing. No prerequisites

Saturday June 24th INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS w/ Patti 9am-3pm $150.00 *Experience Required*

Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

 

 

 

For more information:

McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011    Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmow.com   www.facebook.com/mcmowartglass

Office Hours:
Wednesday- Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday – 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday – 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday-Monday – Closed

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Announcing Bullseye Glass Sale Of The Year At McMow Art Glass

It’s the Bullseye Glass Sale of the year! Every year McMow Art Glass brings in its biggest shipment of Bullseye glass, adding special production, top grade sheet and accessory glass to its already substantial inventory.  Stop by on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th not only for these great prices, but Special Sale Events like a Fusing Forum, Kilnforming Demonstration.  The Rickie Report shares the details!  Some workshops require an RSVP.

 

 

 

701 North Dixie Hwy. Lake Worth, FL 33460

(561) 585-9011

 

Sale Hours:

February 24 & 25

Friday & Saturday 9am-3pm

 

Green Means Go!

Be the first to snap up Bullseye’s stunning NEW green sheet glass styles.

PLUS: You can still get your hands on their limited supply of White Tekta sheets: economical, trimmed on all sides so there’s no waste.

 

 

 

 

 

Sale Details:

50% off ALL Bullseye sheet glass—including clear & white Tekta, special production, curious grade and the NEW chrome-free greens. All sizes included in the sale (no additional cut-downs the day of sale).
50% off frit and powder, confetti, stringer, rods, and billets.
25% off Bullseye molds, ThinFire, shelf primer, and GlasTac & GlassTac Gel

See mcmow.com for more information

 

 

 

 

 

Special Sale Events!

Fusing Forum
Friday, February 24
6-8pm

Join your fellow glass fusers for a night of conversation & connections! Artists, hobbyists, and retailers from the local community will discuss fusing techniques and ways they can support the art glass industry. Enjoy wine, light bites and a special presentation by Bullseye rep Amy Ferber.

Free & open to the public—

RSVP required: email taylor@mcmow.com or call 561.585.9011 x100.

KSI: Kilnforming Scene Investigation
Saturday, February 25
10am-Noon

Become a kilnforming sleuth in this popular interactive demonstration led by Bullseye rep Amy Ferber.

Note: This session is currently full. Contact McMow Art Glass to be added to the wait list.

 

For more information:

McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011 Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmow.com       www.facebook.com/mcmowartglass

Office Hours:
Wednesday- Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday – 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday – 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday-Monday – Closed

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow Is McMow Art Glass’ BIGGEST Sale Day Of The Year AND BIG Announcement!

McMow Art Glass announces its BIGGEST Sale day on Tuesday, December 13th AND Will reveal a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT at the event. All Announcement attendees will receive a special gift card. Everyone can take advantage of DISCOUNTS on ready-to-purchase gifts, classes, materials and supplies. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of ready-to-purchase hand made glass gifts.

 

 

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701 North Dixie Hwy. Lake Worth, FL 33460

(561) 585-9011

 

 

McMowHOLIDAYSALE

 

 

 

Join Us….and take advantage of our BIGGEST sale day of the year!

Tuesday, December 13th
from 9am – 9pm
Holiday Party from 6-8pm

Enjoy cookies and cocoa – and learn about McMow’s BIG plans for the future!

JOIN McMow Art Glass & Wardell Publications
for our BIGGEST announcement yet!

 

 

 

You won’t want to miss this…..all announcement attendees will receive a $10 gift certificate to be used in 2017.

 

 

 

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Fantastic Gifts for all your loved ones
Special Class Gift Packs – discounted 1/2price
Beautiful stained glass windows
One-of-a-kind Fused Glass Jewelry
Gift Certificates

 

 

 

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ALL ON SALE – this day only!

DAY OF SALE Discounts Include:
15% OFF ALL NON-FUSIBLE GLASS- ALL NON-FUSIBLE!
35% OFF ALL BULLSEYE GLASS CO. PRODUCTS
(45% OFF for Bullseye premium pricing accounts)
15% OFF Materials & Supplies
15% OFF Kilns, Saws & Grinders
20% OFF CLASSES & Workshop time
15% OFF All Gift Items & art pieces

 

 

 

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Our NEW January, February, March – class schedule will be
released this day! Call to register for classes 20% OFF this day only.

 

 

 

 

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For more information:

McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011 Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmow.com         www.facebook.com/mcmowartglass

Office Hours:
Wednesday- Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday – 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday – 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday-Monday – Closed

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way  Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com     561-537-0291

 

 

BIGGEST Sale Day Of The Year On December 13th At McMow Art Glass

McMow Art Glass announces its BIGGEST Sale day on Tuesday, December 13th AND Will reveal a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT at the event.  All Announcement attendees will receive a special gift card. Everyone can take advantage of DISCOUNTS on ready-to-purchase gifts, classes, materials and supplies.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of ready-to-purchase hand made glass gifts.

 

 

 

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701 North Dixie Hwy.   Lake Worth, FL 33460

(561) 585-9011

 

 

 

 

McMowHOLIDAYSALE

 

 

Join Us….and take advantage of our BIGGEST sale day of the year!

Tuesday, December 13th
from 9am – 9pm
Holiday Party from 6-8pm
Enjoy cookies and cocoa – and learn about McMow’s BIG plans for the future!

JOIN McMow Art Glass & Wardell Publications
for our BIGGEST announcement yet!

 

 

 

You won’t want to miss this…..all announcement attendees will receive a $10 gift certificate to be used in 2017.

 

 

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Fantastic Gifts for all your loved ones
Special Class Gift Packs – discounted 1/2price
Beautiful stained glass windows
One-of-a-kind Fused Glass Jewelry
Gift Certificates

 

 

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ALL ON SALE – this day only!

DAY OF SALE Discounts Include:
15% OFF ALL NON-FUSIBLE GLASS- ALL NON-FUSIBLE!
35% OFF ALL BULLSEYE GLASS CO. PRODUCTS
(45% OFF for Bullseye premium pricing accounts)
15% OFF Materials & Supplies
15% OFF Kilns, Saws & Grinders
20% OFF CLASSES & Workshop time
15% OFF All Gift Items & art pieces

 

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Our NEW January, February, March – class schedule will be
released this day! Call to register for classes 20% OFF this day only.

 

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For more information:

 
McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011    Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmow.com        www.facebook.com/mcmowartglass

Office Hours:
Wednesday- Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday – 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday – 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday-Monday – Closed

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com     561-537-0291

On Small Business Saturday, November 26th, McMow Art Glass Offers Discounts For You And Donations To Local Elementary School

Small Business Saturday was started by American Express in November, 2010. It encouraged holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local, especially during the busiest time of the year for shopping. This initiative has been wildly successful and McMow Art Glass is honored to be a part of it.  The Rickie Report shares the exciting details of McMow’s discounts on classes and how purchases will also benefit the Highland Elementary School!  Be there on Saturday, November 26th!

 

 

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701 N Dixie Hwy. Lake Worth, FL

(561) 585-9011

 

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday is
Saturday, November 26th, 2016

 

 

Small Business Saturday was started by American Express in November of 2010. It began as a way to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local, especially during the busiest time of the year for shopping. This initiative has been wildly successful and McMow Art Glass is honored to be a part of it.

 

 

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This year, in addition to giving you something special as a thank you for shopping small with McMow, we also want to give back to our local community!

 

 

Receive 10% OFF your entire purchase on
Small Business Saturday!

(cannot be combined with any other offer or discount)

and we will be giving 10% of our sales from that day to our neighborhood elementary school,
Highland Elementary!

 

 

YOU GET 10% and WE GIVE 10%!

 

We have the perfect gift for all your loved ones at McMow Art Glass

– Beginner Art Glass Classes in Fusing, Stained Glass, Mosaics and more!
– Beautiful pieces of Art!
– Custom Stained Glass Doors and Windows for your home or office!

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This holiday season – you have the choice! Local retailers are in constant competition with online and large scale retailers so it is with the most sincere sentiment that we say

THANK YOU for choosing to Shop Small at McMow Art Glass.

 

 

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For more information about these events, classes or tours:

Taylor Materio, Creative Director
McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011
Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmow.com
www.facebook.com/mcmowartglass

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way  Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

 

 

 

McMow Art Glass Announces New Fusing Technique, Specialty Classes, Mosaic Master Class And Holiday Sale Pre-Orders

McMow Art Glass announces many exciting Specialty Classes for November and December, including Open Face Kiln Casting, Making Wearable Art with Dichroic Jewelry, Liquid Caming (this is not a typo), a Master Mosaic Class with Jane Wright and “Harnessing Flow” with Gina Sneiderman & Phil Materio, to mention the highlights!  The Rickie Report shares the details about classes and the upcoming One Day Sale!

 

 

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701 N Dixie Hwy.    Lake Worth, FL

 (561) 585-9011

 

 

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2016

SPECIALTY CLASSES:

 

 

 

 

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Special Dates to Remember in November!

Saturday, November 5th –

Last Day to submit all Holiday Sale Pre – Orders.
Skip the lines while taking advantage of our biggest savings of the year!

 

 

Saturday, November 26th is Small Business Saturday –

Support your local economy by shopping small!

Special sales & give-a-ways to be announced.

 

 

 

OPEN FACE KILN-CASTING

At the Armory Art Center with McMow Master, Phil Materio

Thursday, November 3rd & 10th from 9am – 4:30 pm 
Tuition: $240 Lab Fee $64:

To register for this class hosted at the Armory Art Center please visit: http://www.armoryart.org/

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSING

Wednesday November 2nd 6:30-8:30pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*
Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included

 

 

 

INTERMEDIATE FUSING

 

Saturday November 5th 9am-3pm

$150 .00 *Experience Required*
Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

 

 

 

WEARABLE ART!!!
DICHROIC JEWELRY: EXPLORING DESIGN TECHNIQUES


Wednesday, November 9th 6:30pm – 8:30pm

$95.00 *Beginner Level*

 


In this 3 hour course students will learn a multitude of jewelry design techniques that can be achieved using dichroic glass. The instructor will demonstrate techniques such as reverse etching, using a dremmel tool, and decal application. A variety of methods for making your fused dichroic pieces wearable will be covered as well. Students will create two pendants. All materials are included. Introductory level fusing knowledge is required.

 

 

 

 

NEW! FUSED LIQUID CAMING

Saturday, November 12th 9-3pm

$150 *Beginner-Intermediate Level*
Create this work of art using technique that gives the appearance of both fusing and caming in one project. Incorporate bright pops of color to create a stunning contrast! This class includes all materials & kiln firings.

 

 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!

NEW: FUSING FORUM!

Hosted by Fused In Glass in Boynton Beach
Location: 1107 SE 2nd St, Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Wednesday, November 16th 6-8pm Free and Open to the Public!


PLEASE RSVP as space is limited! 561-585-9011 x100

About the Fusing Forum:

If you missed the fun at the last Fusing Forum – please join your fellow glass fusing enthusiasts for a night of conversation & connections this November! Local fusing artisans, hobbyists, and retailers will be invited to discuss fusing technique and ways in which we can continue to support the art glass industry. This forum’s theme will be about discussing your failures & successes. Use the knowledge of your fellow-fusers and LEARN from your mistakes! Bring your kiln-forming successes and failures to discuss with the group. This is an excellent opportunity to learn, and engage with the art glass community. Refreshments will be served.

Would you like to learn more about joining our Fusing Forum? Contact taylor@mcmow.com

 

LANDSCAPES with Frits & Powders

Saturday, November 19th from 9am – 3p m

$150.00
Be inspired by the beautiful landscapes and let your imagination create a serene scene made entirely of glass frits & powders. Students will learn fusing basics, as well as how to use fusing accessories such as stringers, frits and powders to bring life to their landscape. All materials and kiln firings are included.

 

 

 

 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!
Saturday, November 26th – Small Business Saturday – Support your local economy by shopping small! Special sales & give-a-ways to be announced.

 

 

 

DECEMBER
Special Dates to Remember in December!

Tuesday, December 13th McMow’s Annual Holiday Sale!


This one day event will be held from 9am – 9pm

Details to follow!

 

 

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Mosaic by Jane Wright

 

NEW! MOSAIC MASTER CLASS

WITH MOSAICIST JANE WRIGHT

Two-Part Class: Friday December 2nd & Saturday, December 3rd from 10am- 3pm

 $300 
*Basic Mosaic Knowledge Required*

 

 

In this two-day Contemporary Mosaic Master lass you will learn about creating design, technical cutting with mosaic nippers, problem solving, and grouting technique. Design choices will be provided and students can also bring in designs of their choice. Take your mosaic art to the next level and meet other mosaic enthusiasts! All materials are included!

 

About Jane Wright:

 

South Florida professional mosaicist/instructor Jane Wright creates fine art. Long before Jane began creating mosaics she had always been attracted to the art form because of its beauty, intricacy and amazing longevity. She finds her own inspiration from nature, personal moments in her life and a sense of whimsical fantasy. Jane uses a broad variety of materials to create a dramatic narrative of texture, movement and visual interest. She focuses on unique and well tested techniques and generously guides her students with her knowledge and practical advice.  She is a member of The Society of American Mosaic Artists and is presently on the administrative staff of the Contemporary Mosaic Artists.  Her exhibitions (both juried and non-juried): Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota and Nevada.

 

 

TASTE OF FUSING

Wednesday December 7th 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$70.00 *Beginner Level*
In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

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Glass As Art Contest Winner, Gina Sneiderman

NEW! GO WITH THE FLOW

 Learn the “Harnessing Flow” Bullseye technique from our 2016 Bullseye Glass Category, Glass as Art Contest winner – Gina Sneiderman & Phil Materio

Take your fusing to the next level! Learn this INCREDIBLE technique

 

Two-Part Class: Saturday, December 10th & Saturday, December 17th 9am – 3pm

$350
*Intermediate – Advanced Level*
In this two-part Master Class students will learn the process of using heat, gravity, and beautiful Bullseye Glass to create a dimensional piece of kiln-formed art. Learn the following: The basics of how glass moves • The fundamental tools and materials necessary to harness flow within a body of glass • How to fire sheet glass arranged within an assembled mold that includes a ramp or incline to achieve flow within a finished piece. All materials and kiln-firing are included.

 

 

About Gina Sneiderman:

Gina Sneiderman started working with glass over the summer of 2012.  After selling her sign company, she gave herself some time to find her creative outlet and came across McMow Art Glass’ beginner stained glass class.  After completing that class and several stained glass projects, she decided to give fusing a try and was hooked, from the first day.  A short few months later, at the McMow Annual Holiday party, she bought her first kiln and the following year at the same party, she bought her second kiln. Gina has taken numerous classes in fusing at McMow Art Glass; at a couple of other teaching studios; and at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo in Las Vegas.
She especially likes to work with architectural styles of glass and with deep pieces – glass casting is her absolute favorite.

 

 

 

 

For more information about these events, classes our tours:

Taylor Materio, Creative Director
McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011 
Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmowartglass.com
www.facebook.com/mcmowartglass

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

How Federal Regulations Affect The Future Of The Art Glass Industry; Which Arts Industry Is Next?

If you’ve been following the news in the glass world, you already know that major U.S. art glass manufacturers have suspended operations.  The Rickie Report is concerned about the environment and at the same time, anxious about the situation of the manufacturers of products for the arts industry.  How will these issues affect the American-based arts industry, one of the pillars of American creativity and job security? Will oil-based paints be the next target?   We bring you an inside look with Taylor Materio of McMow Art Glass and a Call To Action to share your voice with the lawmakers who will affect the future of the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

THE  STATE OF  THE  ART GLASS  INDUSTRY,

AND HOW IT BODES FOR THE FUTURE

OF THE AMERICAN ARTS INDUSTRY

 

An Overview With Taylor Materio

 

 

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TRR:  Recently a number of art glass manufacturers in the U.S. have been stopping production or closing.  Tell us what is happening.

TM:

You may already know that Spectrum Glass is halting production and going out of business in the next few months. Uroboros Glass in Portland will be picking up production of the System 96 product line. However, the situation in Portland is growing out of control with knee jerk reactions to some sensationalist journalism not based on science, but based in fear and speculation. Production at Bullseye Glass is being suspended with the prohibition of use of the heavy metals necessary to produce colored glass. The fear hasn’t stopped with the West Coast, as Kokomo Opalescent Glass has been accused of pollution, as well.

 

What you need to know:

  •  The stained and colored glass industry is a small, but home grown American manufacturing phenomenon.

 

  • It’s unique in the world, provides steady manufacturing jobs for American workers, and is an exporting industry as well.

 

  •  This industry of just six manufacturers is facing $2.5-3.5 million of capital investment due to regulatory changes with no advance warning. This investment may prove too much for several of them to bear.

 

 

  • Government intervention is needed for them to meet the goals of the new regulations in such a short time frame.

 

 

 

  • The industry is willing to meet new regulations, but it needs reasonable time to do so.

 

 

  • The manufacturers are all owned by single individuals and their families, who work daily at their plants. They don’t have the resources of publicly traded corporations to simply pay up and move on.

 

 

  • These manufacturers supply thousands of other businesses and craftsmen who depend on their unique glass styles to complete their work. They are now at risk of being put out of work themselves.

 

 

  • The very suppliers who have created the iconic glass of the American stained glass legacy are at risk due to this situation.

 

 

  • There is currently no actual verification that the glass industry is connected to the detected toxins. EPA did moss testing, a new science, which raised public concern. They retested and found the levels to be safe.

 

  • International glass suppliers will make their products available to consumers in the U.S.  There is little or no regulation during their manufacturing process.  The public should be concerned about the possible environmental impact from these products.

 

 

TRR:  We are concerned about our environment.  How can we get this information to the public?

TM:

 

 If you’d like to learn more about the situation, there is a group on Facebook dedicated to Glass Artists for Air Quality:

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/489874894517980/

 

 

TRR:  What is your perspective on how this will affect others in the arts industry?

TM:

 

Some artists’ paints contain heavy metals and other potentially hazardous toxins.   I am concerned that this is the tip of the iceberg and the EPA will be looking at other arts-related materials.  This is a wake-up call to everyone involved with the arts!  While the arts industry will be able to purchase glass manufactured elsewhere in the world, we need to be concerned about the toxicity of those materials, where there is less oversight than here in the U.S.

 

TRR:  What can people do to help  assure a safer environment and still save the U.S. art glass industry?

TM:  

They can write or email their local lawmakers to make them aware.  When the public brings it’s voices together, we can work with legislators.  Here is an example of a letter.

 

 

WHAT  CAN  YOU  DO?

  There are a handful of glass manufacturers in the US who are being forced to introduce expensive equipment into their manufacturing process without a clear and reasonable timeline for implementing these procedures. If you would like to contact your Representatives in Washington to let them know that the glass art industry is a precious part of the US economy that we don’t want to see disappear due to unreasonable regulations, a sample letter is below. Feel free to change it up.

 

To find your Senator: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
To find your Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

 

Dear Senator or Representative,

This week Spectrum Glass in Washington announced that after 40 years of producing colored art glass they will be closing their doors in July. They are the main American manufacturer of many types of colored art glass. This affects an estimated 30,000 Stained Glass, Fused Glass and Glass Blowing Artists, Stores, Art Studios and Hobbyists across America. Fortunately, arrangements have been made for Uroboros Glass in Oregon state to take over production of some of their Art Glass Product line. But there is still a huge problem threatening the American Art Glass Community.

 

 

The entire U.S. art glass industry is now being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with respect to potential new regulations.  Spectrum is the first to announce it’s closure, but other glass producing companies are also evaluating their options. Uroboros Glass has suspended production of two-thirds of their glass while EPA re-evaluates their standards. Long-standing interpretations of air quality regulations are being reevaluated, and if new regulations are applied to our industry, 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, they have already accrued extraordinary, unanticipated expenses since the start of the EPA evaluation and cannot withstand additional investments of an unknown scale. These business collapses will have a ripple effect across the country.
The stained and colored glass industry is a small, but home grown American manufacturing phenomenon. It’s unique in the world, provides steady manufacturing jobs for American workers, and is an exporting industry as well. This industry of just six manufacturers is facing $2.5-3.5 million of capital investment due to regulatory changes with no advance warning. This investment may prove too much for several of them to bear.
Government intervention is needed for them to meet the goals of the new regulations in such a short time frame. The industry is willing to meet new regulations, but it needs reasonable time to do so.
The manufacturers are all owned by single individuals and their families, who work daily at their plants. They don’t have the resources of publicly traded corporations to simply pay up and move on.  These manufacturers supply thousands of other businesses and craftsmen who depend on their unique glass styles to complete their work. They are now at risk of being put out of work themselves. The very suppliers who have created the iconic glass of the American stained glass legacy are at risk due to this situation. There is currently no actual verification that the glass industry is connected to the detected toxins. EPA did moss testing, a new science, which raised public concern. They retested and found the levels to be safe.

 

 

 

The current EPA review and imposed freeze of production is all based in fear not fact.  I want to protect the environment, but I do not want to crush an American Art Industry on assumed causation.

 

 

 

Please do whatever you can to prevent the loss of small businesses,  jobs and an entire art form. The American Art Glass community needs your help.

Regards,
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For more information please contact:

Taylor Materio, Creative Director
McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011 x108
Fax: 561-586-2292
taylor@mcmow.com
www.mcmow.com
www.facebook.com/mcmow

 

 

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