Right after the holiday season we start encouraging all of you to get your entry ready for the Just For Fun Contest. We often hear, “I am just not good enough.” I just want to say, “YES, YOU ARE!”
The variety of work and the different skill levels are what make the contest wonderful. Each piece draws out comments of appreciation for something. It might be choice of color, or choice or glass. Some little quirky things someone might have done. Some little creative touch. It might be that someone just likes it.
NEVER, NEVER, have we heard— “that doesn’t belong—it is not good enough.”
The name “Just for Fun” may sound trite but we put a lot of thought into it. We did not want the contest to have rules that we have to monitor, and we do not want to limit it in any way. (we do limit size because we don’t want the ceiling to fall). We just want it to be Fun. You can enter to win or you can enter just for fun.
This contest is in celebration of National Stained-Glass Month. In addition to seeing just an awesome collection of entries, you will get to come to Invite Night celebration. You get to vote. You get to enjoy refreshments. You get a swag bag. You get to shop the very best sale we have all year on different items that you see in the store all the time. Thinks we found on sale, things we find on close outs, things suppliers offer us at special pricing. We usually throw in some introductory products are introductory prices. All in all it is just a great time.
Get your contest piece ready and help us celebrate National Stained Glass Month!
We tried this product out last summer and really loved it. It has taken us until now to clear a place in the classroom to have one to try and make room in the showroom to have them for sale.
This piece of art made by Steve Sinclair was cut on a Portable Glass Cutter. Strip after strip after strip. This piece won 2nd price in the 25th Annual Just For Contest in 2017 in the Warm Glass Category.
We have kept the price as low as we can so discount cannot be applied to us. Currently it is $295.00.
The Portable glass cutter was designed to make cutting glass quick and easy. The cutting action is smooth and effortless. There is no assembly needed, just start cutting. The Portable glass cutter excels at cutting glass strips, squares and rectangles for large and small projects. It features a 13” cutting width, and a custom centering ruler. The custom centering ruler has both inch and metric graduations, with the inch side having markers every 3/8” for strip projects.
Be free to be creative. Don’t let the daunting task of cutting hundreds or thousands of glass strips, squares or rectangles stop you from creating your masterpiece.
We hear this a lot around March and April when we chat with folks about them entering the “Just for Fun Contest” that is due in March and is on display in April.
We do have some very skilled, extremely talented people enter this contest. We have artists who have professional studios set up and sell their work. We also have some total beginners and for past few years we have had a least one entry by a child. We have different styles of work, some original/some from a pattern. We get flat, 3-d, pictorial and abstract.
All the entries have two things in common. First, they are all made of glass. Second, they are all worthy entries.
The variety of work and the different skill levels are what make the contest wonderful. Each piece draws out comments of appreciation for something. It might be choice of color or choice of glass. Some little quirky thing someone might have done. The high skill, the original design, a favorite pattern or topic. NEVER, NEVER have we heard— “that doesn’t belong”.
Remember the name is “Just for Fun”. That may sound trite but we put a lot of thought into it. We did not want the contest to have rules we had to monitor and we did not want to limit it in any way.
So–YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH. I will say I do have a lot of admiration for people willing to put their work on display. There is a bit of bravery involved. So be brave. Start working on next year’s piece.
This April, we had two (!) Friends Night Out classes. In the first class, students created a Fused Glass Powder Frit plate and in the second class, a Fused Glass Sushi Set. Some participants were completely new to glass art, others had some experience. We think everyone did a spectacular job and hope they are enjoying their creations!
Patricia Barnes is the creator of “Kevin’s Pyramids”, a collection of stained glass pyramids designed and constructed to honor the memory of her son, Kevin Andrew Mateczun. The pyramids were built by Patricia over the decade following Kevin’s passing. Kevin suffered for seven years with epilepsy and in his name, Patricia donated the collection to the Epilepsy Therapy Project, an initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation.
In 2012, a book entitled Kevin’s Pyramids was written to accompany the pyramids, and to tell their story. All profits from the book go to benefit therapies and research. A donation of $100 is requested for the book, with all profits going into the Pyramid Trust via the Epilepsy Foundation.
This past September, Patricia hosted a “Pyramids Party” and invited guests to her New Sharon, Maine home to celebrate Kevin’s Pyramids and to remember Kevin. Below are some pictures taken at the event.
Our “Friends Night Out” project for January was a fused glass plaid plate. This is the second time this project has been offered and both times, it was extremely popular. Students had a great time, learned a little bit about fused glass and spent time with friends and family.
Thanks to everyone who attended and to instructor Lucie Boucher!
Every month, we host a Friends Night Out event class. We publish these events on our Facebook Events page and in our Specialty class flyer. If there is a past Friends Night Out class that you were unable to attend, we can offer it again if you have a group of six or more (up to 10 max) interested in that same project. Contact our Program Director at 213-4126 for more information and to schedule a date.
Here are pictures of each of the plates made in this class.
This summer, Lucie Boucher and Bernie Huebner of Stone Ridge Glass in Waterville, Maine, were commissioned to create a series of fused glass basins to catch the constant water overflow from the artesian well at the home of Stained Glass Express owner’s Janet and Richard Parkhurst.
Each quarter, we feature a Maine glass artist in our Waterville store. Our Featured Artist for this quarter is Lucie Boucher.
Lucie and her husband, Bernie Huebner, own Stone Ridge Glass in Waterville, Maine. Now in their eighth year of business, they offer three product lines: custom fused and stained glass including sandblasting and painting, cast lead crystal sculpture, and Glasscapes – their original glass art creations. Lucie and Bernie believe that the only relevant bio is their joint bio. A formal résumé would list five advanced degrees and an employment history including everything from hairdressing and firefighting to teaching at all levels from kindergarten through graduate school. By the time they came to glass, they were long past the age to go to art school. But as experienced teachers, it followed naturally that they would make their way largely self-taught.