SGAA Conference 2015 – Portland

Beyond the Stars - my entry for the annual SGAA competition. While it did not win any ribbons, it got a lot of compliments for the dichroic glass stars, red jewel planet, and lead work.

Beyond the Stars – my entry for the annual SGAA competition. While it did not win any ribbons, it got a lot of compliments for the dichroic glass stars, red jewel planet, and lead work.

Stained Glass Association of America Conference… AKA: meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends.

This year the conference for me was way better than last. Sure, last year I won an award, but I didn’t know anyone, and since I was so nervous about meeting so many new people that knew way more about glass than I did, I spent more time quaking in my sandals rather than having fun getting to know people and listening to the lectures. This year, those same people just weren’t as scary; I’d met many of them last year (and friended a few of them on Facebook) and had found out they were pretty darn nice. So it was way more fun getting to know them better, cementing connections, and meeting new people and getting to know them as well.

The speakers were absolutely fabulous. It is totally energizing to see photos of projects that seem like they are way beyond the realm of reality, but then you meet the most humble person that actually made it, and they tell you, just do it. And the class I took was a ton of fun. Bonus: I can now prove that I can cut curves, LOL!

SGAA class; painting with frit. Montage of the class materials, intermediate step with glass cut and shadows/highlights drawn, and the frit right before the first firing.

SGAA class; painting with frit. Montage of the class materials, intermediate step with glass cut and shadows/highlights drawn onthe pieces, and the layers of frit right before the first firing.

I can’t wait to start on my next projects! Of course, I am also wondering where I will put all of the frit I now want to buy…

My only regret? That I scheduled my flight to leave at midnight (won’t ever do that again) and missed the Friday tours of Savoy Studios, Uroboros Glass, Walter Gordinier Studio, and Bullseye Glass. Sigh.

Next year, I vow to stay the extra day and take the tour!

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