Sunday, August 28, 2011

Color Me Bad Fusing Decals and BluDragonfly Glass

AAE Glass wants to thank Christine Wilson of BluDragonfly for displaying our Color Me Bad decal sheets in such a good light.  These decals can be painted by you! Who doesn't want to add their own touch or flare to their wearable dichroic glass art pieces?  Thanks Christine.

A few years ago I took a fusing glass class at a local studio and fell in love with fusing. After that class I came home and started experimenting with different techniques. I discovered Tanya's website - and her decals. After that the direction of my work changed!

All my fused glass jewelry is created in my home studio. All the pieces are started from scratch – I cut out the glass and create the design using dichroic glass and custom-made frit combinations. In some of my pendants I select a decal that best compliments the colors in the pendant. All of the pieces require several firings. Along with fused glass jewelry I also make lampwork (glass) beads and incorporate them into jewelry.

In July 2011 I took Tanya Veit's Extreme Fusing Workshop in Denver. This is the best class that I have ever taken and nothing can compare with the information on fusing that Tanya is willing to share. Recently I have been experimenting with the Color Me Bad decals. They are a lot of fun and allow your imagination to run wild playing with different colors. They look exceptionally dramatic on the dichroic backgrounds. In August 2011 I participated in the 2011 Fairplay Colorado Bead and Fiber Show. My "Pelican" pendant placed 3rd in the juried competition for Jewelry/Wearables.

I will participating in Art Shows this fall in Arvada, Greeley, and Windsor CO. I am a member of the Rocky Mountain Flameworkersorganization which is a group of local glass artists who meet once a month. I am also a Self Representing Artist (SRA #126). I currently have 2 websites for my jewelry ETSY and BLUDRAGONFLY. My work is also available at the Mountain Blown Glass Shop in Estes Park, CO.

I can't thank Tanya and AAE Glass enough for the workshops and the wonderful selection of decals and dichroic glass available on their website. They have added a whole new and exciting dimension to my art.

Christine Wilson


Monday, August 22, 2011

Featured Artist Preserve Glass Studio is proud to feature dichroic glass artist/studio Preserve Glass Studio.  Preserve Glass makes some beautiful dichroic glass jewelry.  They have used our silver findings with their bracelets and have had great results.  If you are in the Rhode Island area, give them a call at 401-372-7021 or stop in to view their large collection of dichroic glass jewelry.  Here some info about the Preserve Glass Studio:

Preserve Glass Studio is a home studio in Saunderstown, Rhode Island that specializes in making handmade dichroic glass jewelry. Dichroic glass jewelry is made by fusing pieces and layers of dichroic glass in a kiln.

This type of glass is always stunning, changing its colors at different angles and depths. This makes each piece have a personality of its own! Dichroic glass jewelry is a real attention-getter. You will be amazed at the notice people take to this unusual and dramatic art glass. Each dichroic glass piece made in the Studio is unique and can never be duplicated in the same way again.

Thank you for sharing with us and we look forward to working together in the future.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Only a Few Stops Left for Tanya Veit's Extreme Fusing Workshop

There are only 4 stops left for Tanya Veit's Extreme Fusing I class.  The reviews are in and they are excellent.  This tour has been intense and so much fun.  The amount of information students receive is well worth the time.

"This was THE best fusing class I have ever taken! I have taken classes for 15 years and I have never had a class like this. Tanya is AWESOME!" - Sharon T

"Thanks so much Tanya, no one has ever taught fused glass jewelry like this. I will take all your classes, I want more! I can't wait to get home." Tricia

"Tanya, I just made $1700 at a weekend craft show...thanks to you! I am so happy I could cry! You are awesome..." Todd K

If you want to rejuvenate your creativity and learn new techniques or if you just want to have fun, this is the class for you.  There are only 4 stops left and only 1 or 2 seats at each stop available. Contact one of these studios to reserve your seat today!

SEPT 15-16 and 17-18
3232 Broadway Everett Wa 98201

SEPT 22-23 and 24-25
7515 Eckhert Rd. San Antonio Tx 78240

9500 Griffin Rd. Ft. Lauderdale Fl 33328

NOV 5-6 and 8-9
6824 Industrial Drive, Studio 105
Beltsville, Maryland 20705

If you have any questions, email Tanya at

Have a great week.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ragsfest at Rainbow Artistic Glass in Omaha

AAEGlass would like to thank Dick Baines of Rainbow Artistic Glass and his family for opening up their studio and home to us this week in Omaha, Nebraska.  We really felt at home as we got to meet so many great studio owners and artists. We would also like to thank Joanna Vitale, president of RAGSfest and owner of Art Glass Connection for including us in such a great event, as well as all of the members who took us in and made us feel a part of their mission.

The vibe in the air this weekend was one of progressive thinking and helping the glass industry as a whole.  As stated previously, times are changing and the great retailers we met this weekend all saw that and shared ideas of how to grow the industry so everyone benefits, most of all the artists who choose to work with glass.

AAE Glass is proud to share the same vision of growing the glass world as a whole.  If we can work with forward thinking people to open doors for people to try working with glass, we all know they will love it. Keep up the great work and if there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Weekend with Ed Hoy's International

I wanted to share my experience this weekend with the great people at Ed Hoy's International. I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in a weekend devoted to new products and the glass industry as a whole.  Maria, Margarette and Ed himself, put on a fantastic event that not only showcased new products in the glass industry, but they also shared ideas on how to grow the glass industry as a whole.  They are on the right track to adapt and succeed with the constant changes glass artists are facing every day. Lets face it, times are changing and unless we change with them, there is a good chance we can fall by the wayside.  They are doing everything they can to provide both vendors and artists with the tools we need to succeed. I thank them for that.

Be sure to check out their website, if you haven't lately, and take a look at all the new products they are carrying.  If you have any questions their staff is prompt and courteous. You can email them at 

P.S. If you met me (Mark) this weekend and I didn't offend you or leave a bad impression, leave me a note under the comment section here and say hi. If I did offend you...please move along.

Mark Veit

AAE Glass

Monday, August 1, 2011

AAE Glass Featured Artist Amy Simpson

AAE Glass is proud to feature glass artist Amy Simpson.  Amy has quite a bit of experience and has made glass fusing her art of choice.  With a well rounded background, Amy is able to apply extensive creativity and knowledge to her wearable glass art.  Thanks for sharing with us Amy. We wish you the best!
Here is a bit about Amy and her work.
I enrolled in a glass fusing course at my local community college five years ago.  Though I was already familiar with stained glass, the art of glass fusing intrigued me with the infinite possibilities it offered.  I have a background in painting and metal-smithing, but fused glass has since become my medium of choice. 

The new techniques I learned after taking Tanya Veit's Extreme Fusing Workshop at Ed Hoy’s International broadened the spectrum of my design potential in a fantastic and exciting manner!  Previously, my designs were achieved by extensive layering and the incorporation of “boiled” glass.  The principles of hand etching Tanya teaches gave me the option to create my own images and to tweak my glass collages with elements that can’t be mass produced.  I feel that even the smallest pendant should be a showpiece…a miniature painting in glass, if you will.  Tanya’s Extreme Fusing Workshop helped me realize this belief to an even greater extent! 
My work is sold at several boutiques and at 404 Main Gallery in Bloomington, IL, but I primarily sell at fine arts and crafts shows in Illinois.  Here is my CURRENT SHOW SCHEDULE.