Fall 2010 Newsletter

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                     Glass Patterns Quarterly 

Newsletter Fall 2010

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In This Issue
Maureen's Musings
Snowman Snow Globe
Craft Corner
Lighted Glass Blocks
Flower Mosaic
Creator's Stained Glass
  Franklin Glass
  Franklin Art Glass Studios
Quick Links
  Holiday Gifts!
Give a Gift that lasts all year!

Illustrator word cover
The Illustrated Word
in Stained Glass Patterns
 by Karen Stephenson

Maureen James
Dear Readers,

GPQ Celebrates Twenty-Five Years in Business


Glass Patterns Quarterly is celebrating a milestone twenty-fifth year in business this year. It all started when a few friends and artists decided they wanted to show finished projects and walk people through the step-by-step process of a successful stained glass project and offer the pattern and complete material listing. Within the first year, we were introduced to a friend, the late Norm Dobbins, and began including a series of etching articles, and Paragon introduced us to Roal Enix and his "Getting Started in Fusing" tutorial. 


From the beginning, showing glass art at its best was one of our major concerns. That was remedied when another friend began to photograph the projects. The quality of photography in the mid '80s issues served us well as we submitted stained glass projects to major craft and wood publications in the industry. It really was one of the most important changes that catapulted the magazine's success. Good glass photography was the exception at that time, and we heard great comments from advertisers, artists, and readers alike.


The first issue featured the patterns of one stained glass artist and has since grown to eighty pages that include the work of innovative, expert glass designers from around the world. Their fresh and exciting new ideas for projects cover all levels of expertise in stained, leaded, fused, torchworked, blown, painted, beveled, and etched glass. There is also a pattern section included in each issue as well as an expanded introductory to stained glass geared toward providing beginning hobbyists with tips to ensure their success. GPQ is also extremely proud of the original work created by its two full-time, in-house glass artists and designers. Having a stained glass studio on the premises and plenty of friends in the business gives us the ability to show how products are used and to incorporate them into the projects you see in the magazine.


While we have adapted over the years to changing customer needs and interests, our goal has remained the same throughout---to provide an interesting and beautiful glass magazine for you, our readers, and to make sure that each featured artist feels valued and important. Last year our publishing partners and team attended no less than fourteen glass events in an on-going effort to meet face-to-face as many of our customers and artists as possible and hear their ideas for what they would like to see in the pages of GPQ.


Over the years, our customers and contributing designers have become friends and, in a sense, family. The same is true for our small but excellent staff. I believe the reason we have been successful is their commitment to excellence. Everyone from our circulation and editorial assistants to our copy editor and graphic designers are always working together to find ways to make Glass Patterns Quarterly the best glass art magazine you will find anywhere.


Celebrating twenty-five wonderful years in glass,


Maureen James

Editor in Chief


GPQ is celebrating it's twenty-fifth anniversary with a series of special offers available in this newsletter. Visit our website at www.glasspatterns.com to see

all our products.

SnowmanSnowman Snow Globe
design by Karen Stephenson
A copper foil project for beginners with special touches added
that bring your snowman to life. 
Craft Corner
by Scandia Wood and Sarah Peterson
Spectrum Glass
A Closer look at System 96.  Getting started with Kiln-Fired Glass,
a unique approach to glass fusing.

designed by Geneva Perkins
Decorative lighted glass blocks are made quick and easy.
There are lots of ways these fun blocks can be used for
Christmas or holiday decorations.
Summer Flower MosaicFlower Mosaic
design by Melanie Churchill
Bring a touch of summer into a Fall day by building this
colorful 11-1/2" x 12" mosaic project.

Film Photo

Cutting glass with the Cutter's Mate, Strip Pro, and Circle Pro.

Mark Your Calendar For Upcoming Events  and Classes
CalendarCorning Museum of Glass                   Miami Mosaic Academy                  
Classes                                               Classes                                              

Workshops & Classes                        Workshops
SGAA                                                  American Craft Council                             
Preconference Classes                     Events Calendar 2010
                                                            Glass Classes 2010 and 2011
International Society of Glass Beadmakers        
Events Calendar                                

Glass Art Society                                 Bullseye Glass Co.            
Classes                                                 Events & Classes

Glass Craft & Bead Expo        Vetrate Artistiche Toscane          Carlisle School of Glass                                                            
Show 2011                              Events & Classes                         Events & Classes    

GPQFall2010coverGlass artists and hobbyists will find a fabulous array of information and projects in the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition of Glass Patterns Quarterly. This Fall 2010 issue includes a beautiful gallery that offers a glimpse at fabulous glass art from some of GPQ's favorite designers and instructors. There's also a great selection of tutorials and patterns to help you with your own work including an Agate Lantern for beginners, a three-dimensional Moravian Star ornament, Mallard in Flight and Pinecone Wreath panels, a Calla Lily panel, and a delightful collection of caroling woodland critters that includes a raccoon, mouse, bunny, cardinal, and bluebird. Advanced stained glass artists will appreciate the challenging Dogwood Window panel that includes variations on size, shape, and the addition of bevels. Fusing artists will enjoy the slumped evergreen holiday dish and thick-channel molded pendant, and for those who like glass painting, there is a striking Elemental Beach Sunset panel that represents the four elements. Rounding out this great issue are tips for selecting the right soldering iron to suit your particular needs and a Q&A section on troubleshooting kiln problems. And don't forget to check this issue for our regular features on New Products, New Books and Patterns, What's Hot, and full-size patterns available only from GPQ. Subscribers to the magazine can also now look forward to receiving Subscriber Only bonus material for each issue via e-mail. For more information or to become a subscriber, call 1-800-719-0769 or visit www.GlassPatterns.com.  This great issue can be purchased as a Back Issue.  


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GPQ 25th Anniversary Holiday Special!



Our staff has handpicked their favorite 6 Holiday back issues of GPQ magazine and collected them into a Specially Priced Gift Package with over 50 Holiday projects and patterns.  These GPQ magazines make a great gift at a low price for you or your favorite glass crafter.  Whether you are new to glass or have enjoyed the medium for a long time, you will not find a better bargain for glass instruction and knowledge.  Glass has never been so much fun or easier to learn!

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                        Profitable Glass Quarterly                                                                           The Flow
Reader's Corner! 
The best place to learn and enjoy glass is by taking a class at a local stained glass retailer. Here you'll meet people of like mind and similar interests. We would like for you to meet Kevin Tappin, the owner of Stained Glass Stuff, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The business of running his retail store is the hook that keeps Kevin involved in glass. Look for his profile in the Winter 2010 Profitable Glass Quarterly magazine that just mailed to subscribers.  Order your copy of Profitable Glass Quarterly  today or why not Subscribe to a great magazine that provides inspiration and tips through the substantial profiles featured each quarter. In addition to these profiles, we'll also offer regular features on managing your glass business, marketing artwork, and keeping up with the latest glass industry news and new product announcements.

To locate a stained glass class in your area visit www.glasspatterns.com and click on Stained Glass Shops (on the pull down menu) from the Hobbyist Corner header. 


Hi, I'm Angelyn G. (age 71) with 10 year's experience doing stained glass. This is my project for 2010.  I began on October 20, 2009, and finished on June 27, 2010, at 2:11 a.m.  The deadline to enter our local juried art exhibit was 10 a.m. on the 27th. The pattern was from a static display from the booklet A Carousel Ride by Jackie Nichols. There are a total of 25 animals taken from famous carousels around the country and around the world. My innovation was the use of mechanisms to create the realistic motion (up and down and around and around) extant on real Carousels. An mp3 provided a selection of calliope music.
  Carousel, by Angelyn G.
   Booklet "A Carousel Ride"
   by Jackie Nichols

We would like to announce our Glass Patterns Quarterly Subscriber Renewal Contest Drawing Winners:


August 23, 2010, Kimberly B. from Kernersville, NC won the "Creative Glass" book by Danijela Kracun and

Charles McFadden

September 22, 2010, Roxane W. from Las Vegas, NV won a One Year Subscription to GPQ magazine.

September 22, 2010, Elyse P. from Fayville MA won a GPQ Project Directory CD.

Thank you for renewing your Subscription to GPQ and participating in the contest drawing.  GPQ Staff


The newest feature in Glass Patterns Quarterly is the "Gallery of Glass."  Send in your entry or entries for

the Spring 2011 issue.  Send to Glass Patterns Quarterly, Attention: "Gallery of Glass." See details below for

image size, etc.


Spring 2011

Theme: Glass in the Garden - Stepping Stones and Garden Benches, Birds, and Flower Panels and Projects

Deadline: December 20, 2010

Release Date: March 4, 2011


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We hope you've enjoyed reading our newsletter and welcome any comments or ideas for upcoming issues. Look for our next Newsletter in February 2011.
Glass Patterns Quarterly 
Maureen James, Editor