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Current Issue: Fall 2014

Letter from the Editor

GASnews-Fall2014_cover.jpgNature is an illusive concept for the glass artist because the romanticism of the natural world often butts up against environmental issues like energy consumption. As Julie Conway notes in her article “Celebrating nature through glass art has become a concept that competes with the reality of glassmaking.”

This Environmental issue looks at glass art that is inspired by nature, as well as how glassmaking can become more sustainable and have less impact on the natural environment. Featured artists include Amber Cowan, whose luscious botanical sculptures are made from found glass, Armelle Bouchet O’Neill who creates dramatic surface effects inspired by landscape forms, and Neal Paustian, a student at the University of Texas Arlington, whose work addresses the global water crisis.

In addressing energy issues, Julie Conway takes readers through a mental exercise of figuring out how much energy it takes to create a piece of glass. Tracy Kirchmann traces the history of GAS’s Green Panel, which the Board of Directors voted to be a permanently programmed event at every GAS conference. Debra Ruzinski profiles the “Recology” residency that takes place at a municipal dump in San Francisco. John Rees writes about Salem Community College’s program in Scientific Lampworking and Glass Art, and their pioneering use of methane gas in their glass studio.

Paul Stankard, who has will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Jose conference, shows up many times in this issue. His voice is included in the Salem article, and I review his recently published book, Spark the Creative Flame. Paul’s work will be featured in a future issue of GASnews, but it seems appropriate to announce his award in the Environmental issue, given his nature inspired work and dedication to creating a sustainable practice.

-Kim Harty


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