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GASnews provides an ongoing exchange of ideas and information, and a place for regular communication between glass artists around the world. It is published online via ePaperFilip four times a year and is available to all current GAS members. Archives are also available in digital and PDF formats. To send in ideas for articles—or to comment to the editor—write us at 


Current Issue: Winter 2014

Letter from the Editor

GASnews_Winter_2014_cover.jpgThe end of the year always brings the compulsion to account for the preceding 12 months – the successes and failures, the highlights and lowlights. 2014 was a year full of hundreds of glass events – exhibitions, conferences, and symposiums – scattered across the globe. To account for this exciting year of glass it seemed appropriate for GASnews to institute a new tradition of a year-in review issue. As an artists’ member organization, we wanted artists to choose what they thought were the most significant happenings of 2014.

Of course, the concept of a year-in-review issue is fraught. The idea that we can boil down a year’s worth of art and identify the most important moments is naive. To think that we could fairly and equally cover the entire globe is a fantasy. But there-in lies the joy of the year-inreview issue. The volunteer writers and guest contributors, who have worked long and hard to cover important events in glass throughout the year, get to flex their editorial muscles and pick the top 5 most important glass events in their region. The writers are on the ground and have attended most, if not all, of the events they are covering. Their picks reveal trends in different local and global communities.

Among the regions covered are New York by Deborah Czeresko, California by Mike Hernedez, Midwest by Tracy Kirchmann, Europe by Matt Durran, and Australia by Suzanne Peck. In addition, the Rakow Library has given us a list of the top 5 digital resources for artists, many of which have been made available for the first time this year.

For those who lament year-end lists: if you find them narrow minded, unjust, and superficial, you might find solace in the op-ed “Confessions of an NGR (New Glass Review) Reject.”

This issue of GASnews will be available to the public, and non-members will be able to access it. I hope that it will spur conversation, controversy, and will bring you back to read more in-depth writing in GASnews in 2015. Click here to read now.

-Kim Harty


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