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JUST FOR FUN MEANS “JUST FOR FUN”

A rewrite of the 2017 blog “AM I GOOD ENOUGH”

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!

Just For Fun Contest 2016 Winners!!

Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 “Just For Fun Contest”!!

First Place winners receive a $100 Stained Glass Express gift card

Second Place winners receive a $75 Stained Glass Express gift card

This year, there were two First Place winners in the Mosaics category.

Congratulations everyone!

A huge THANK YOU to all who participated and for sharing your amazing work!

In honor of National Art Glass Month, the contest will be on display for the month of April. Please stop in and take a look!

SECOND PLACE Hot/Warm Glass Category. Tempered Glass. Artist: Steve Sinclair.

SECOND PLACE Hot/Warm Glass Category. Tempered Glass. Artist: Steve Sinclair.

FIRST PLACE Mosaics Category. Flaming Phoenix. Artist: Brenda Jolin.

FIRST PLACE Mosaics Category. Flaming Phoenix. Artist: Brenda Jolin.

SECOND PLACE Mosaics Category. Eagle. Artist: Laura-Lee Clark.

SECOND PLACE Mosaics Category. Eagle. Artist: Laura-Lee Clark.

April Friends Night Out Projects

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!

Check our website or Facebook page for our fun and exciting Friends Night Out classes this summer!

Fused Glass Powder Frit Plates

Fused Glass Sushi Sets

Kevin’s Pyramids

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.

For more information or to purchase the book, please visit www.kevinspyramids.com.

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.

 

Plaid Plate Class

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.

Artesian Well Pipe Doubles as Work of Art

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.

Lucie and Bernie first created a prototype…

Next, made the mold…

Then tested the mold…

And at last, the installation!!

Stone Ridge Glass Fountain Installed and Running

Featured Artist: Lucie Boucher

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.

Please visit www.stoneridgeglass.com for more information.

Make sure to take a look at Lucie’s display the next time you visit our store.

All items pictured below are available for sale.

Friends Night Out: Crackle Platters

This June’s “Friends Night Out” project was a fused glass platter with a “crackle” effect. Students learned a little bit about glass fusing and enjoyed appetizers and beverages with friends and family as they created their very own platter.

Here are pictures of each of the platters made in this class. Each platter is approximately 17 1/2″ x 5″. We used the Medium Channel Mold to slump the glass into (item # 486824).

Thank you to everyone who attended!

We host a Friends Night once a month. Check out what’s coming up this summer at http://stainedglassexpress.com/Calendar.html.

Plaid Is In!

Our “Friends Night Out” project for this month was a fused glass plaid plate. 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!

Here are pictures of each of the plates made in this class.

 

Featured Artist: Bruce Grantham

Each quarter, we feature a Maine glass artist in our Waterville store. Our Featured Artist for this quarter is Bruce Grantham of Thorndike, Maine.

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Bruce has been working with glass since 1997. While initially trained in stained glass and stained glass window restoration, he has also received training in glass painting, fusing, casting and pate de verre. That said, Bruce much prefers fusing and incorporates his other skills in his work to give them depth. As a professional biologist, it is not surprising that the focus of his subject matter has primarily been the depiction of all aspects of the natural world.

Bruce’s work can be seen at the Art Alliance Gallery in Belfast, Maine where he has been a member for the past five years. In a sense, he has come full circle as his first stained glass class was at Stained Glass Express.

Bruce also teaches the Beginner/Intermediate Stained Glass class here at Stained Glass Express. He brings a lot of expertise to the classroom.

Glass Studies:

Stained Glass Window Restoration. Glass Restoration Crew of St Saviour’s Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor, Maine led by Arthur Femenella Sr.

Glass Painting. Dick Millard (1935-2011), Antrim, New Hampshire.

Fused Glass Landscape. Miriam Di Fiore, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.

Variety of other fusing classes. The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.

Each of these items is available for sale.