Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tanya Veit's First DVD is Available

AAE Glass is proud to present the first DVD by Tanya Veit including the Picasso engraved dichroic pendant and creating your own patterns in dichroic glass, while layering up...and don't forget the "shadow" technique.
This webinar was recorded live, hosted by Glass Patterns Quarterly and contains valuable information that you can watch over and over.  We have had numerous requests for years from glass artists looking for a DVD from Tanya, HERE it is!  This is a great way to add additional glass fusing techniques that are proven to sell in the market place.  
This is a DATA dvd that is meant to be played on your computer. Realtime flash player is required to be downloaded. Stay creative!

AAE Glass

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ria Neilson on DIY Television I Hate My Bath!

Ria Neilson is a dear friend of AAE Glass and she is going to appear on the DIY network show "I Hate My Bath!" this Tuesday, December 18th.  You can click HERE for more information about the show and air times in your area.
We are so excited for Ria and the opportunities this will bring her.  Don't worry, if you can't see it this Tuesday, we will be sure to post a link, once available, for all to view online.  How exciting!

If you missed the original air date of this show, here is a LINK to future air times on the DIY network.

Tune In

  • December 18, 2012
    10:00 PM e/p
  • December 18, 2012
    1:00 AM e/p
  • January 06, 2013
    7:30 AM e/p
  • January 08, 2013
    9:30 PM e/p
  • January 08, 2013
    12:30 AM e/p
  • January 11, 2013
    2:00 PM e/p
  • January 13, 2013
    7:00 AM e/p
  • February 03, 2013
    1:30 PM e/p
  • February 24, 2013
    7:30 AM e/p

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cape Coral, Florida Leads the Way in 2013 Employment Outlook

AAE Glass has had the pleasure of calling Cape Coral, Florida home for the past three years.  We have operated the AAE Glass Art Studio in the heart of downtown Cape Coral for the past year and have made it a priority to get involved with the community.  It is important to us as small business owners to portray the city in the best light whenever possible, that is why we are proud to share this article from Forbes Magazine with you. 
Cape Coral/Fort Myers Florida is forecasting a 23% net job increase in 2013.  This is the highest number in the nation and the city is taking the lead very seriously.  Lee county, Florida was one of the hardest hit counties in America when the real estate bubble burst a few years ago.  After listening to political debates these past few months, no matter which side you are on, it is refreshing to read positive news, such as this.  If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting Cape Coral, Florida, take advantage if the opportunity presents itself.  For our glass artist friends located right here in SW Florida, lets make an effort to support art of all kinds and make Cape Coral, Florida a hotbed for artists of all mediums.  

Friday, December 7, 2012

AAE Glass and Olympic Kilns Partner to Bring you a New Glass Fusing Contest

AAE Glass, Tanya Veit and Olympic Kilns have partnered to bring you a glass fusing contest for the ages!  Those of you who have had an opportunity to learn or work with Tanya Veit know she doesn't do anything unless it is over the top.  This contest is no different.  AAE Glass has built its business and reputation on helping up and coming glass artists gain access to the knowledge, tools and supplies it takes to grow.  Thanks to Olympic Kilns generous donation of a FREE hotbox kiln and Tanya Veit's donation of a FREE Extreme Fusing workshop you have a chance to advance your glass art business for FREE!  The unique part of this contest is every participant is a winner because of the FREE publicity you and your glass art will receive as a result.
All entrants will receive a link to their online store, a brief bio and picture of your entry.  The last time we sponsored a contest like this we received over 20,000 views and received reports from entrants of hits to their sites in the thousands as well as record sales.  The exposure you will receive from entering this contest alone is worth the time it takes for you to submit an entry.  Winning any number of prizes is the cherry on top.  You can view the participants of the last contest HERE and the winners HERE.
 Prizes Include
1-Olympic Kiln Hotbox 8" x 8" wide x 4.5" deep, 3 key controller included. ($680 retail Value)
2-FREE Extreme Fusing Workshop in Cape Coral, Florida taught by Tanya Veit. ($495 retail value)
3-$500 worth of AAE Glass decals and silver settings.

Last years Extreme Fusing workshop winners Maureen Connor and Tonya Nelson have agreed to be two of our judges this year along with the hottest glass fusing teacher going right now, Tanya Veit. We will be announcing celebrity judges along the way, but right now, we want to outline the contest for you and get your creative juices flowing.
(Be sure to submit a complete and organized email with all of the below information)
1-Email ONE entry to info@aaeglass.com with the subject being "Contest entry for (your name)"
2-Include ONE picture that represents your glass art piece the best. You WILL NOT be able to replace your original submission in any way, shape or form, so be sure you are happy when you hit the send button.
3-Include ONE link to an online site that you would like glass lovers to view. (optional)
4-Include a brief bio (1 or 2 paragraphs) about you, your entry piece and your business, be sure to include how you incorporated AAE Glass products in your piece and/or an experience you had in a Tanya Veit taught workshop.  
5-Entries will be listed on the blog in the order received, so the sooner you submit your entry, the more views you will get.
6-The contest will run until January 7th, so there is plenty of time to get your submission in. 
***We do not want to limit your creativity when entering this contest.  You can submit any glass art piece (big or small, jewelry or sculptural) that uses an AAE Glass decal, silver setting or technique taught in a Tanya Veit workshop that you attended.  AAE Glass has created the only low fire, color decals on the market that will fire on dark glass.  We also have a line of large, low fire decals that can be used with bowls, plates, vases, tiles and more.  Our glass fusing decals and silver settings can be found at any leading distributor in the world, so feel free to ask them for their complete line of AAE Glass products.
The options are endless and we are excited to see the new and unique ways artists are using our products to create beautiful fused glass art.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Art Council of Southwest Florida Co-op Art Gallery at Coconut Point Mall

The AAE Glass mission involves educating and informing glass artists to the best of our ability.  We share any and all goings on in the glass art world.  This so happens to be in our backyard in Southwest Florida and is worth the time to check out if you are a glass artist or if you just love glass art.  There will be art of all mediums displayed and demonstrated, including some of the best glass artists on the west coast of Florida.  It is conveniently all located in one place!
November 9th marked the opening of the ACSWF‘s Co-op Art Gallery located at the Coconut Point Mall in Estero, Florida. Here you will find the largest collection of fine art and unique, handcrafted works of art made by Southwest Florida’s finest artists and artisans.
Fine art in watercolors, oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media line the walls, while unique art created in wood, glass, stone, clay, fiber, mixed media and jewelry is displayed throughout the gallery.  Each day, artists in various mediums are in the gallery, often demonstrating their creative skills. Come in and meet the artists and just maybe you’ll find the perfect gift for that special person.
The gallery is conveniently located between Panera Bread and World Market at 8074 Mediterranean Drive at the mall. It is open 11-6 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Friday hours are 11-7pm and the gallery is open Sunday from noon to 5pm. It is closed on Monday.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Marketing Articles by Mark Veit in Glass Art Magazine

Mark Veit of AAE Glass authors a regular marketing article in Glass Art Magazine that has been running for roughly a year now.  These articles have helped glass artists think about the marketing and sales side of the glass art business, which is as important as the artistic side if you are trying to sustain a hobby or business.  We wanted to share the articles that have been published this past year.  A subscription to Glass Art Magazine is very affordable and available in print, online or in a pdf.  Please click the links below for a preview each of Mark's articles.   








Friday, November 16, 2012

25% Off Glass Art Fusing Supplies at AAE Glass

AAE Glass wants to help you finish the holiday season strong.  We are offering 25% off your purchase of glass fusing supplies both online and in studio. Use this coupon code to receive your 25% off.
If you will be in the SW Florida area in the next few months, be sure to sign up for a workshop soon.  The complete schedule can be seen HERE and seats are filling fast.  Call Molly at 239-471-7724 to schedule your class today or sign up online.

AAE Glass has been working the past several months to roll out several new products, classes and a MUCH bigger surprise that will be unveiled in December.  We are putting the final touches on and will let our loyal blog followers know of the additions ASAP.  This will be an interactive surprise.

If you have any shows coming up that you would like to promote, email mark@aaeglass.com and he will be happy to help get the word out.  Other than that, get to work on those last minute glass pieces and we wish you all the best with your glass art shows this holiday season.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Free "Fusing Basics" Video from Bullseye Glass Co.

Bullseye Glass Co. offers several free glass fusing video tutorials on their site.  It is an informative and affordable way for a glass fuser to learn some important basic fusing skills.  It is also a great refresher for glass fusers of all levels. 
 Click HERE to watch a free basic fusing video in your own home.  As always, if you have any questions, send us an email at info@aaeglass.com. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Tanya Veit Online Webinar Fused Glass Art Instruction

Tanya Veit of the AAE Glass Art Studio will be sharing her Picasso webinar again at 3:00pm eastern time on Tuesday November 27th. The webinar is hosted by Glass Patterns Quarterly Magazine and all sign up information can be found on their website glasspatterns.com. If you had a conflict or were part of the waiting list for the last webinars, clear out a Tuesday evening and enjoy learning this beautiful technique from the comfort of your own home. Tanya will be live and answering your questions. What is a webinar you ask? It is the newest trend in teaching and is proving to be very effective. You can now learn live from Tanya Veit without having to travel.  You will also receive a downloadable version after the fact to review as many times as you like.  Hope to see you then!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Holiday for Heroes at Sip & Send in Cape Coral, Florida

Every year Sip & Send in Cape Coral, Florida has an fundraiser to raise money for postage to send our troops much needed supplies for the holidays.  Saturday, November 17th, from 6-9pm world famous artist Leoma Lovegrove will be signing and numbering her limited edition posters for those who attend.  Art from several local artists will be displayed and auctioned off, including a few of Tanya's fused glass jewelry pendants.  There will be a wine tasting and delicious appetizers by Chef Peter and fabulous raffle prizes.  Come help support our troops as they need our help in receiving everyday supplies that we often take for granted.  We hope to see you there.

Sip & Send
2717 Santa Barbara Blvd #6 Cape Coral, Fl 33914

Josh Mazet at AAE Glass

AAE Glass is hosting renowned lampworker Josh Mazet this weekend in Cape Coral, Florida.  Josh has an extensive collection of beautiful glass vortex marbles, pendants, figurines and more.  AAE Glass is excited to expand techniques using the added torches.  We have had so much interest from local glass artists in this particular glass, we figured we would bring it to SW Florida.  A big thank you to Josh for taking the time to educate us and get us off on the right foot. 

 If you are a lampworker looking for a place to get some work done, look no further.  Stop by AAE Glass at 1228 Lafayette St. Cape Coral, FL 33904 or call 239-471-7724 for details. 

The Artisan Group Deal - Maureen Connor

 For this week only you can purchase Maureen Conner's beautiful fused glass tree pendants at a 20% discount!  Meant 2B Cherished is part of The Artisan Group which promotes great deals and fashionable wears.

Maureen won a free seat to Tanya Veit's Extreme Glass Fusing workshop earlier this year.  You can see her winning piece HERE
Every time I sit down at my desk, it seems I am tearing another week off the calendar.  The holidays are almost here, get a head start with beautiful glass jewelry.  If you don't see what you like, simply CONTACT Maureen and she will be happy to work with you.  Happy shopping.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Drill Press Deal at Home Depot

If anyone is in the market for a drill press, a friend of AAE Glass and an insider at Home Depot has strongly hinted that they will be marked down significantly on Black Friday. They are already affordable at $129.99, but you will most likely save more if you brave the crowds on Black Friday. 

Anyone who has taken Tanya Veit's Extreme Glass Fusing classes knows the possibilities that a drill press opens up for glass artists.  I assume all Home Depot's will have the same deals on Black Friday, but I am not sure.  I just wanted to pass along the info to those who were in the market. 

Mark Veit
AAE Glass

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tanya Veit Adds New Extreme Fusing Dates

Tanya Veit is adding the last Extreme Fusing dates of the season at the AAE Glass Art Studio.  Plan your vacation now.  Come enjoy everything SW Florida and Cape Coral have to offer, all while learning new and unique glass fusing techniques with us.  The average temperature during the winter months is roughly 78 and the sun never hides. 

Tanya is teaching at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo this year and her classes sold out in TWO HOURS! Take advantage of booking both an Extreme Fusing I and II class and save $100.  Call the studio today to reserve your seat as they are filling fast.  239-471-7724.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

25% Off Bullseye Products in the AAE Glass Art Studio

If you live in or near Cape Coral, Florida and use Bullseye Glass products, come save 25% inside our fully stocked AAE Glass Art teaching studio. This offer is for in store purchases only and will be offered CONTINUALLY to all glass artists in SW Florida.  We have hard to find fused glass, fine frit, medium frit, coarse frit, powder, stringers, thin fire paper and much more.  Where else can you save 25% off the top on the best Bullseye Glass supplies while enjoying SW Florida's newest and best glass art learning facility?

Tanya Veit has been working on some new techniques and we offer instruction for absolute beginners through advanced levels of artists.  We have something for everyone.  We just received several crates of Bullseye glass and frit yesterday, it has been unpacked and it is ready for your use. 

If it is flame working you enjoy, be sure to get into Josh Mazet's classes next week.  There are only a couple seats left, but it is sure to be fun!  You can see some of his work below.  Call 239-471-7724 with any questions and Molly will be happy to speak with you.

 AAE Glass 
1228 Lafayette St.
Cape Coral, Fl 33904

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

PHDezign and The Stained Glass Shoppe in St. Joseph, Missouri

Join PHDezign and The Stained Glass Shoppe with Pam Honken and her dad Fred Baze, this weekend at the St. Joseph Holiday Mart, November 3-4, 2012 in St. Joseph, MO. With plenty of sparkle and bling, the gift of glass will always last... plenty to choose from including hearts and angels, pendants, earrings, coaster sets... and on and on... you get the idea... Mention you saw this post on FB and receive 10% off your entire purchase or order!! See you there :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

AAE Glass Filmed for "Today in America" with Terry Bradshaw

We had some fun yesterday as a film crew set up shop in the AAE Glass studio.  "Today in America" is a show hosted by Terry Bradshaw with a focus on small businesses and individuals striving to make it today in America.  While the show covers a broad range of subjects this particular segment is about the city of Cape Coral, Florida and how small businesses are having an impact on the recovery of one of the hardest hit areas after the housing bubble burst.  
Cape Coral, Florida was undoubtedly hit the hardest when the housing bubble burst.  Home prices have been negatively affected by hundreds of thousands of dollars from their height and the once growing population became stagnant as the jobs began leaving with the people.  It has been a long struggle for the city that began years before AAE Glass took residence here.  We have happily joined efforts to bring Cape Coral, Florida back to the beautiful destination it once was.  Recent reports suggest the housing market is on the uptick and there is a noticeable increase in new businesses popping up all over the South Cape.  We will be sure to share the dates and channels the show airs on when available.  Thank you for all of the support, especially those who came out to take part in the filming yesterday.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

AAE Glass Art Studio in Action

AAE Glass has been enjoying our newest addition to the studio...The vitrigraph kiln.  Patty Gray broke it in for us and we have been playing with it since.  Our Christmas list is long and we are hoping to add even more unique glass fusing equipment to build on the techniques Tanya Veit is teaching daily.  You can check out some of our newest products that in some cases aren't intended for use in glass fusing, but thanks to Tanya taking the time to experiment with everyday products, we have developed some very unique alternatives.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Tanya Veit Picasso Webinar Tuesday Oct. 30th

Tanya Veit of AAE Glass will be sharing her Picasso webinar again at 8:30pm eastern time on Tuesday October 30th.  The webinar is hosted by Glass Patterns Quarterly magazine and all sign up information can be found on their website glasspatterns.com

If you had a conflict or were part of the waiting list for the last webinars, clear out a Tuesday evening and enjoy learning this beautiful technique from the comfort of your own home.  Tanya will be live and answering your questions.  This is the newest trend in teaching and is proving to be very effective. 

Hope to see you then!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Update...Help Bail Mark Out of the Clink

WELL DONE !!!!!!!!!!!
AAE Glass will donate 10% of net orders placed today, Friday, Oct. 19th starting at 3pm EST through 11:59pm EST on Monday Oct. 22 to the MDA in the name of glass artists across the world.  As an incentive for you to help us, we are offering 20% off supplies purchased online at aaeglass.com.  This offer is for in stock items only.  Use coupon code MDA to receive 20% off your order today.  We will announce the total raised from this initiative next week and again, thank you in advance for all of your support and allowing us to help those who need it.  All you have to do is place an order, take advantage of 20% off and we will contribute 10% of your net order to the MDA next week.
We all knew it was only a matter of time before Mark Veit of AAE Glass got thrown in the pokey, just look at him.  He has trouble written all over his face. From the unkempt hair to the wardrobe consisting primarily of cutoff jean shorts and food stained tank tops...It all adds up to no good.
AAE Glass needs to raise his bail by October 31st or Mark will be enjoying 3 hots and a cot for the foreseeable future.What are the charges you ask? 
Click HERE to help!
While this isn't real jail, Mark has been working with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in SW Florida to raise money for neuromuscular disease.  The MDA has been raising money for this cause for years and it helps not only to fund medical research, but also helps families and individuals who live with this disease on a daily basis.  If you can help, even just a little bit, Mark and the MDA would be so very thankful.  Your donation is 100% tax deductible and will help many people and families who suffer from this debilitating disease. 
AAE Glass thanks you for your time and support and if you can help Mark out in anyway, especially with his wardrobe, everyone he comes in contact with will thank you.

$1,480 funds 20 minutes of research
$800 will send one child to a MDA summer camp
$100 will pay for a support group session
$74 will fund 1 minutes of research
$30 will fund one flu shot

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

AAE Glass Studio Closed for Private Instruction

Monday October 2nd through Wednesday October 10th the AAE Glass studio in Cape Coral, Florida will be closed as we host Patty Gray for a week of glass fusing education.  AAEGlass.com will be business as usual.  Thank you for your patience as we strive to provide the best learning environment possible for our glass fusing students.  We will be announcing new and later studio hours shortly.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fused Glass Project Ideas for Coldworking Scrap & Cut Off

There are many of you who have been following this blog for a long, long time...and AAE Glass thanks you for that. For those of you who have been loyal readers, you know how eloquently Mark writes this blog. He is the writer of the family and alas, I have no writing skills what-so-ever. I am the fused glass artist and instructor and writing is not my game. I am not even sure I have ever written in this blog! That being said, stay tuned for some "reader's shock" followed by missed words and probably a lot of run on sentences...as this is how I talk. I DO however, have some really creative ideas on how to use the scrap glass cut offs from your tile saw with the methods I have taught many of you! I feel it is best and less confusing if I just list the projects and then steps. If you have any ideas please contribute them here! (Check back often as I will be updating this with pictures and more ideas.)


1. Gather all of your fused glass cut offs that you sliced with your tile or ring saw. We put all of ours in a bowl as we cut them.

2. Place the scraps in a pot of water on the stove. *I'm not kidding*

3. Drop 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in the water and bring it to a boil. Let boil for 10 minutes.

4. Drink the water *NOW I'm kidding!* -Dont drink the water....

5. Drain the pot into a strainer outside in the lawn.

6. Place your freshly boiled and now VERY cleaned scraps into a freezer bag. Start nipping away with your mosaic nippers and create small pieces of fused glass cut offs.

7. Cut a piece of Bullseye Glass 2mm thin clear (or play with other transparent colors for bases) to the size of your tile choice. Let's say 4 x 4" for a coaster. Build this coaster directly onto your kiln shelf.

8. Dam the glass with kiln furniture, fire bricks, cut up kiln shefs or damz. Make sure you have kiln washed your damns or use fiber paper to line the the inside of the dam. Place additional kiln furniture around the outside of your dams so the glass does not push away your dam. You dam is to contain the flow of your glass. So, your coaster will be about 1/4-3/8" depending on how thick your jewelry was.

8. Using Bullseye Glasstac glue and a pair of bead tweezers, start placing your cleaned bits that you boiled in a randow pattern on your 2mm thin clear glass base. Push the pieces tightly together, but you do want tiny gaps between the bits as they will not fit together obviously.

9. Let this dry overnight.

10. The next day, choose one or several colors of Medium glass frit. Take a dixie cup or frit scoop and literally "grout" the tile and let the colored frit fall between the gaps. You are not going to clear cap this piece. Full fuse at the following schedule (the larger the piece, the slower you go and longer anneal!) The following schedule is my RECCOMMENDED schedule. Start here and adjust according to your kiln. This schedule is for Bullseye Glass.:

1. 300 DPH 1000 HOLD 60 MIN.
2. 100 DPH 1220 HOLD 60 MIN.
3. FULL 1515 HOLD 22 MIN.
4. FULL 900 HOLD 120 MIN.
5. 100 DPH 750 HOLD 6O MIN.
6. 150 DPH 75 -NO HOLD


Throw all your scraps into a potmelt and fire to the following schedule: The following schedule is my RECCOMMENDED schedule. Start here and adjust according to your kiln. This schedule is for Bullseye Glass.

1. 1000 DPH 1000 hold 30 min.
2. 200 DPH 1180 hold 30 min.
3. 1000DPH TO 1650-1700 Hold 90-110 min.
4. Full to 1505 hold 60 min.
5. Full to 900 hold 60 min.
6.150 DPH to 750
7. Turn firebrick kiln off.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Special Offer for Webinar Guests

Now that we have two live webinars under our belts and a million creative ideas running through our heads, AAE Glass wants to thank you for your participation with a continuation of our 20% off sale with coupon code: AUTUMN
AAE Glass also has some new products available that were inspired by this very webinar HERE.
A special thank you to Maureen James of Glass Patters Quarterly Magazine and Marcie Davis of Firelady.com for guiding me along the process.  I never knew how much back end work was involved in a live webinar.  Thank you ladies, you are great. 

I hope everyone learned something this week and this won't be my last webinar, so be sure to sign up early next time to avoid the dreaded waiting list. Lets get fusing!

Friday, September 21, 2012

PH Dezigns at Lincoln Arts Festival, Nebraska

 Thank you to our friend Pamela Honken of PH Dezigns for alerting us to the Lincoln Arts Festival this weekend at South Pointe Pavilions (2910 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, Nebraska).  This festival boasts some of the best artists the midwest has to offer.  Pam makes beautiful fused glass jewelry and will be selling it at the festival.  Pam has offered anyone who mentions this AAE Glass blog 20% off your entire purchase at the show!  Good luck Pam, keep up the good work.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

20% Off Glass Fusing Supplies this Weekend

AAE Glass has been very busy these past several months and it was topped off with Tanya's trip to Europe.  She spent the last month teaching at several locations including the International Festival of Glass, Warm Glass UK and with Geir Morten Karlsen in Norway.  In Tanya's words, "The enthusiasm for glass is through the roof."
Thank you to everyone who hosted Tanya and her husband John on their trip through Europe and a special thank you to all of the eager students who fed the love of glass at each stop. If you have met Tanya you know she runs on enthusiasm.  The more you bring it, the more she gives it back.  This trip has inspired her and the list of projects she has returned with is out the door.  In turn, this equals new and unique products and classes for you.
AAE Glass is offering 20% OFF this weekend with coupon code: AUTUMN
New color decals, new silver settings, dichroic scrap packs, bails, chains and more.

We feel the momentum building in the art glass world and we want to do what we can to keep it going.  Tanya will be live in your home via an online webinar next week with Glass Patterns Quarterly.  Patty Gray will be teaching two sold out workshops at the AAE Glass studio in a couple weeks.  Flameworking artist Joshua Mazet will be teaching 3 classes in November (limited seating available).  "Season" will be here shortly in Cape Coral, Florida and we will be reunited with so many great friends who spend their winters down here.  Classes and workshops will be heating up in October, so if you are in the area, we would love to see you.  We did have a cancellation in Tanya Veit's Extreme Fusing II workshop on October 16, 17, 18, there are two seats available.  We have a full stock of Bullseye glass and frit waiting to be made into art. 

Have a great weekend and we look forward to working with you soon.