A stained glass artist new to the Island is offering stained glass classes in Rustico;
Location : Conseil acadien de Rustico at the Cymbria Lions Club ,
Beginners (offered in English and French) 6 courses/ 110$ + 30$ for glass
- Monday from 12 – 14h30 or 18h30 – 21h00;
January 23rd – February 27th 2012
- Tuesday from 18h30 – 21h00;
January 24th – February 28th 2012
INTERMEDIATE (offered in English and French) 6 courses/ 110$ +40$ for glass
- Tuesday from 12 – 14h30 or 18h30 – 21h00;
January 24th – February 28th 2012
- Thursday from 18h30 – 21h00;
January 26th – March 1st 2012
Minimum 4 people required and maximum of 6 people
** If you need further information or to register please contact:
Daniel au 886-3332
Visitors to my studio often comment on how fortunate I am to be talented. They wish they too had artistic talent. I’ll share a secret with you, I suspect it not a question so much of talent as practice. I believe that all of us can be better artists, better musicians and better people with practice. I discovered the following Ted Talk some time ago and I am inspired every time I hear it. I hope it will be inspiring for you too.
The book in my studio this week is Stained Glass, Masterpieces of the Modern Era by Xavier Barral Altet . Pub Thames & Hudson. This is a gorgeous book of architectural glass from around the globe in the 20th cent. The historian may be annoyed by lack of details on designer or studio that produced these windows. The artist in me how ever is enthralled by the big beautiful photographs providing both over views and detail of the works documented. I am always informed and inspired by looking at other art works and I believe this is an important part of any practice. The text in this book is minimal but thoughtfully prepared and really this one is all about the pictures.
The sister project to Maplewood Manor was an almost identical facility in Souris PEI, however the glass in this chapel was fused glass with a lupin theme.
We finished an exciting project today, installations at Maplewood Manor in Alberton PEI of stained glass panels on a sea-scape theme for their chapel in a new long care facility built by the government of PEI and designed by BGHJ Architects from PEI.
I’ve been using #fridayreads on Twitter a fun way to share books. I’d like to #stainedglass technical books or fiction with all of you in the same way. I usually have one book or another open in my studio for reference or inspiration. The Internet is great but the quality and length of time I can spend with a book still makes them great studio companions. I’m hoping you’ll reciprocate by sharing your favorite stained glass books here and on Twitter or Face Book.
The book on my bench this week is the lush and well illustrated coffee table book Strangest Genius The Life of Harry Clarke, one of the world’s finest stained glass artists from Ireland at the turn of the 20th century.
Marketing Crafts & Social Media An evaluation of time
Presented at Culture PEI Forum Oct 14th 2011
Responses from our online survey, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DWYB8WF
Social Media has allowed us to be in touch with our customers and get feedback immediately. We have had several people come into our shop and say they follow us online and couldn’t wait to get in. We’ve had people research all the pottery online and come into the shop to buy. It’s been an amazing way to spread the word about the small business and without a doubt is essential for all craft businesses these days.
social media has taught me to always take good photographs of my work. Keeps me busy making new items as I get people commenting on facebook wanting to see new items if it’s been a while since I last posted. Opened me up to selling world wide and not just local.
~Plan Your Social Media and Marketing Campaign
What are you selling?
1. What are your goals?
2. Is your craft a good fit for a mail/internet order business?
3. What types of Social Media help you obtain your goals?
4. Identify your target customer
5. Monitor your results and adapt to get best results
~Sort the Media you use into
1. Etsy http://www.etsy.com/
2. Custom Made http://www.custommade.com/
3. Stumble Upon http://www.stumbleupon.com/
4. Face Book http://www.facebook.com/
5. Twitter http://twitter.com/
6. My Space http://ca.myspace.com/
7. Four Square https://foursquare.com/
8. Yelp http://www.yelp.ca/
9. Trip Advisor http://www.tripadvisor.ca/
1. Face Book
3. My Space
4. Linked In http://www.linkedin.com/home
5. Web management tools
~ Tweet Deck http://www.tweetdeck.com/
~ Hoot Suite http://hootsuite.com/
~Google Ads http://www.google.com/ads/
6. Getting Paid
~Pay Pal https://www.paypal.com/ca/
Web Sites That Suck
Article on Bad Web Sites
Some Cool local web sites in no particular order
Christina Patterson-Custom Cake Toppers
Village Pottery- Pottery
The Turquoise Shed- Reconditioned Furniture and Interiors
I’ve always been a fan of the King Arthur stories, I re-read some of them last year and with a few days on my hands I started this window on the theme. I cut the window and I finished the first batch of tracing yesterday. As the window progresses I’ll include more photos.
This week, international glass artist, Rita Neumann, has been conducting a 4 day workshop at the Marcela Rosemberg Glass Studio in Stratford. A teacher and professional artist, resident of Buenos Aires, Argentina, she is visiting the Island for the first time and is joined by students from Halifax and as far away as Calgary.
Rita is the recipient of numerous awards and her glass sculpture can be found in collections in Brazil, Argentina and Israel. Her work in glass casting is noted for its unique bodiless shapes of clothes, dresses, shirts with flying ties and petticoats. The ‘clothes’ are transparent, delicate, full of movement and utterly extraordinary. Images of her work can be seen at www.ritaneumann.com.ar/
“Painting you see an immediate result, in glass art the process is long and difficult. At first everything is a surprise and then, over time, the alchemy of the material lures you, forces you, to do further research and take more and more technical risks to achieve an image” explains, Rita Neumann.
The Stratford Arts and Culture Committee is sponsoring a public talk to be given by the artist, Thursday September 15th, 7:00pm at the Stratford Town Centre. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
On Friday August 19th I had the privilege of hearing Oliver Jones http://www.justin-time.com/artists.php?lang=en&aid=283, give a inspiring workshop at St. Paul’s United Church in Charlottetown. http://www.stpaulschurch.ca/ the workshop was part of the PEI Jazz and Blues Festival, http://www.jazzandblues.ca/2011/news.
While listening to Oliver Jones talking about his long career in music, highlighting the importance of practice and mentorship I took in the beautiful windows by the MacCausland Studios,http://stainedglasscanada.ca/articles/mccauseland.htm these are lovely windows with a high degree of skill and design. I hope you’ll drop by to see them soon. Please use the comment section to give me feedback on your own favorites windows in PEI.