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Glass Patterns Quarterly Summer 2011 E-Newsletter

Glass Patterns Quarterly


Summer 2011

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In This Issue
Maureen's Musings
Freedom Heart
Rooster Mosaic

Glass Patterns Quarterly's

Summer 2011 Magazine Gallery

Dancing DragonfliesSum11

design by Vi Laux


Making Fused Glass Jewelry


Tanya Veit

Quick Links


Upcoming Events
& Classes
Shop Directory


Advertise Your Shop In Glass Patterns Quarterly


Illustrated Word BookAd

The Illustrated Word Book

by Karen Stephenson


Inspirational Patterns


Maureen James
Dear Readers,


Summertime, Nature, and the Sea - - - A Mixed-Media Sampler


Contemporary glass artists today are mixing it all up. They are using fusing with mosaics, or mixing wire and stained glass,fusing and stained glass, and . . . well, you get the idea. So go ahead and have fun with mixed media. You'll discover a whole new style all your own. I believe you'll find plenty of inspiration and perhaps a few challenges as well. Don't be afraid to ask. We all start somewhere.

Glass Patterns Quarterly has exciting offerings planned for you for the remainder of 2011 and beyond. Our new site has launched and has quite a few new features on it. Check it out at and let us know what you think. We are steadily updating projects from past issues. In addition to the great lineup of new techniques in glass, you will find anotherGPQ gallery to inspire and offer even more ideas. You can also look to our website for timely updates that tie in projects from the magazine as well as free downloadable projects and patterns. Registered users receive still more free tutorials and patterns. While you're there, don't forget to let us know what you'd like to see in future issues.


If your calendar looks anything like mine, summer is getting pretty busy with weddings, outings, family gatherings, and shows. But it's also an excellent time to work in a hobby and hone some new glass skills. Check out the new calendar on our website for a glass class or conference close to you. Why not schedule a glass holiday with your friends and family to teach or learn a new technique or create a project together. Did you know that when you are creating something with someone else, it stimulates the love center of your brain? Yes, that same center that is stimulated upon first attractions. If that isn't a reason to get out into the studio with your significant other, I can't find a better one. Create an experience and a memory that will be cherished.


Wishing you a fun and relaxing summer,


Maureen James

Editor in Chief

If you haven't yet done so and would like to submit either a tutorial or a Gallery submission, please fill out the Submission Guideline form under the "Submit Content" link at or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We love being able to bring emerging artists into the limelight. Remember, everyone starts somewhere. I think you'll be glad you took advantage of this opportunity to share your artwork with our readers.

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Upcoming Deadlines for Submission


Fall 2011 Autumn, Halloween, Harvest, and Holidays

Mail Date                 September 2, 2011

Winter 2011 Snowflakes, Snowmen, Winter, and Valentines

Deadline                  September 20, 2011

Mail Date                 December 7, 2011

HeartSU11NLFreedom Heart

design by Garden Elegance by All Cut, Inc.

An 8" x 7-1/2" stars-and-stripes heart project made from a precut kit. This suncatcher is perfect for beginners and displays a dark blue circle with large white star while red-and-white stripes flow to create the remainder of the heart.

design by Melanie Churchill
This charming little guy will lend the perfect touch to your country decor or be a welcome addition to any bird fancier's collection, but without the noise.



design by Mark Waterbury

A 12" round beginner landscape, with sun rising over lush, green hills with a glorious backdrop of opal, amber, and light-blue wispy sky. A change in the choice of colors could suggest a sunset instead. This project was constructed using the copper foil technique, but it could also be constructed with lead.

GPQSummer2011Cover163x211.jpgThe Summer 2011 issue of Glass Patterns Quarterly celebrates summertime, nature, and the sea and provides the perfect place to find patterns, tips, and new techniques. Seventeen articles and full-color step-by-step tutorials for every skill level from beginner to advanced glass artist cover stained glass panels and box enhancements, lamp shades, fused treasures, a full-wall sea life mural, and tips for creating "negative" patterns. Important things to know when starting out with a new kiln round out this marvelous issue. And don't forget to check this issue for the latest glass industry news 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 800.719.0769 or visit The Summer 2011 issue can be purchased as a Back Issue at our website.

We would like to invite you to become a subscriber of GPQ magazine!  GPQ is a quarterly magazine and will be delivered four times a year. Subscribe today and start your subscription with our upcoming Fall 2011 issue that is due out mid-September.  Please Click on GPQ Web Links listed below to subscribe.

Plus! We are offering extra content beyond what is in the magazine!  We call this our Subscriber Benefits, which will be delivered once a quarter by e-mail. (See details below).


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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 Yoli Cantu and Hector Reyna, Co-owners of "McAllen Stained Glass", in McAllen, TX. "Most of our customers are "Winter Texans" coming from northern climates that flood into mobile home parks surrounding McAllen. Most local trailer parks have craft rooms, often designated as stained glass rooms, and bring in teachers to help residents get started in a craft."  Yoli notes, "It is after these initial classes that the trailer parks refer customers to me. We donate practice glass and discount both glass and materials to the mobile home parks' new students." Look for their profile in the July/August 2011 Art Glass magazine that mailed to subscribers in July. Order your copy of Glass Art 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 our Industry Directory at



Hot Air Balloons

design by Candy Michalski
Designs in Stained Glass

" I have been doing stained glass for fifteen years, became obsessed after the first piece,

(which was my own design)."

Candy's Hot Air Balloons stained glass design was included on page 6 of GPQ

Spring 2011 Gallery section of our magazine.

Thank you, Candy, for sharing your art glass work in the GPQ Spring 2011 magazine

and GPQ's Summer 2011 E-Newsletter!

We would like you to be a part of our E-Newsletter.

Send a clear photo of your favorite projects to Glass Patterns Quarterly,

Reader's Corner, PO Box 69, Westport, KY 40077.  Submitted photos remain the property
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The newest feature in Glass Patterns Quarterly magazine is the "Gallery of Glass."  Send in your entry or entries for the Winter 2011 issue.  Theme:  Snowflakes and Snowmen, Winter, and Valentine Projects. Submission Deadline is Setember 20, 2011.  To request a Submission Form, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1.800.719.0769.

Glass Industry News


The KBW Foundation has awarded twelve $100 Grants to public school and college glass art instructors to be used toward a maximum of $100 of glass art merchandise for their glass art classes.


The KBW Foundation seeks to stimulate interest and growth in the glass industry through education and realizes that budgets for programs to teach art in schools have been severely cut over the past several years.

Twelve more grants to public school and college glass art instructors will be awarded at the end of 2011. If you are interested in applying, please go to for details.


3rd Annual Glass Art Conference Cruise January 15, 2012

Aboard Celebrity's Elegant Ship "Solstice"

Join us for an extraordinary educational vacation aboard a World-class luxury ship! One week from Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Network with authors, retailers, publishers, instructors, art lovers, and hobbyists from all over the country. Bring friends and family and enjoy a spectacular week at the conference aboard this floating masterpiece.


This Fundraising Cruise is Sponsored by: KBW Educational Glass Art Foundation, Glass Art Conference Director,  Kay Bain Weiner. For more information or to book this cruise, call Herb Weiner at 1.760.603.8646 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit


The Kay Bain Weiner Glass Art Education Foundation, otherwise known as the KBW Foundation, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to stimulate the public's interest and growth in the glass art industry through

educational projects.


Thank you!

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