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NEPCA 40th Anniversary Weekend

It was a fun filled weekend at the New England Paperweight Association's 40th Anniversary weekend. Glass demos collaborations started at the Worcester Craft Center’s New Street Glass Studio with Melissa Ayotte and Tarsitano and then Clinton Smith & Chris Sherwin, followed by lamoworking demos by Melissa and Debbie rounded out the afternoon. 

A lovely cocktail hour and  five course dinner at the historic Worcester Club concluded the evening. Each of the demo artists hosted a table and good conversations by all were had.

The following day, dealers and artists had their paperweights tables ready for sale and the day consisted of a presentation, "All in the Family” with artists Melissa and Rick Ayotte, collectors John and Toby Hawley, and dealers Alan Kaplan and Susie Kaplan Jacobson discussing their families and connections to the paperweight world. The afternoon program consisted of Debbie Tarsitano presentation, “New Directions”  and the Honoring Roger Jacobsen – Founding Member of NEGC. 

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Demo at R.A. Georgetti & Co.

Greetings from the middle of August! It's a busy time of year as Katie and Charlie are getting ready for school, which starts in 2 weeks already! Katie will be starting her 10th year teaching Middle School Art, and Charlie will be attending his 2nd year of Preschool! As for me, I've been working on some new designs for the fall. 

The demo at R.A. Georgetti was a great success and a great time! A nice mix of paperweight collectors, glass collectors, families with children and individuals stopped by to see the demo and shop inside. It was fun to converse and engage with everyone and I enjoyed the many thoughtful questions and interest about the paperweights. 

A big thank you to Rick, his family and his entire staff. They were very welcoming and wonderful hosts!

Enjoy the photos! 

 

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2017 National PCA Convention

Newbies! Can you believe it? Well, I've been around making paperweights since 2011, and working with glass since 1999, but this was our very first time at a National Convention. We had such a fantastic time! Enjoy the photos.

 

 

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England Paperweight Adventure

In February, Katie and I took a trip to England! We were lucky to be able to see the sights in addition to presenting at the Paperweight Collector's Circle in Comberton, Cambridge, UK. Enjoy the photos!

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NEPCA Fall 2016 Meeting

I was honored to present my mini documentary and a slideshow. The theme of my presentation was "A Labor a Love". We had a great weekend! Enjoy

 

 

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Lampworking Demo at R.A. Georgetti & Co.

 

On July 30th, Paperweight artist Clinton Smith did a live lampworking demo at R.A. Georgetti & Co. in Mystic, CT. R.A. Georgetti has the largest selection of Clinton Smith Paperweights in the world. Come see and shop from dozens of paperweights.

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Presenting at the Delaware Valley Paperweight Collector's Association

I had the pleasure of being the guest speaker at the DVPCA last week. L.H. Selman and the DVPCA invited me to speak and share my latest mini-documentary, slideshow and paperweights. I presented the DVPCA with a special apple paperweight as a thank you for a grant I received for it. I used the grab money to purchase a glass lathe that will and already has significant improved my cold working techniques. The apple paperweight was auctioned off and the proceeds went back to the DVPCA. It was great to see familiar faces along with new. The last time I presented at the DVPCA was in 2011, and that was my very first presentation to ant paperweight collectors ever! This time, we had the measure of meeting Penelope Turgeon. What an great addition to the L.H. Selman family!

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News from the Studio

I am entered in a contest to win a new torch.
Click here: http://bit.ly/1mbK4Uh
I'm entered in a contest to win a new torch from Bethlehem Burners. You can vote for me every 24 hours. This would be awesome to win this as I am need of a new torch. Here is my submission below. This is my newest piece and features a green & red lizard with blueberries and flowers. 

Thanks so much!



Also, this month, I have been chosen for the PCA's Artist of the month. It is such an honor to be picked. http://www.paperweight.org/#featuredartist





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Texas PCA, A fantastic trip halfway across the country, all for glass!!!

At the end of June, Katie and I took a trip out to Waco, Texas as we were invited by the Texas PCA to present. Dealer Bill Pitt was the invited dealer and also presented. It was great to share the trip with him as we have known him for a few years now from the New England meetings. Timing was everything, and for awhile this past winter, we were nervously questioning if we would be able to go. Because of all the snow days Katie's school district had, the schedule took us right up to the day before we were leaving to fly to Texas. We all lucked out, and were able attend the Texas PCA meeting.

 The meeting of the Texas PCA was in Waco Tx this time around and was was extremely well organized. Everything is informative, attractively presented and enjoyable. President Sue Soy is very generous and along with other members and officers arranged homemade snacks, gifts and giveaways, and Dr. Pepper floats. The Dr. Pepper was originally called a "Waco" and many of the attendees including ourselves, did pay a visit to the Dr. Pepper Museum. There were two dinners organized for each night, and we tried our best to take over the restaurants with our huge number of Texas PCA attendees.

 I presented a 2-part talk. The first half was my new mini-documentary called, "Working at Home". It highlighting working and living in Berkshire County, MA. The second half was a Prezi presentation entitled, "The Evolution of the Frog", where I talked about how my frog paperweights (favorite subject matter) have evolved from their meager melty squishy beginnings in 2006 or so, to what they are today. Katie and I also were able to take advantage of the fact that we had never been to Texas, and we decide to stay in Texas for almost a week.

Thank you to our parents Mike and Sue Malone and Mimi Brown for watching our son Charlie. Charlie has an awesome pitching arm and loves balls, so paperweights being in the particular shape of, say…a ball! Well…it just wasn't going to happen.

 Katie and I spent several days in Austin, which is a fantastic city! We did everything. We took a a Pedi-Cad ride where our driver was from 3 towns away back home. We ate real incredible Texan BBQ. East Coast BBQ just doesn't do it for me anymore. We made sure we saw a lot a live music on Rainey Street and downtown on 6th street. And finally, Katie is very much into alternative and historic processes of photography. We visited a mobile tintype studio where we got our tintype done! It was really cool to see the entire process from the camera to the processing in the tiny darkroom. We hope to visit Texas again in the near future, what a great state! Thanks for checking this out!


















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New Strawberry Weight by Clinton Smith and Cut by Ed Poore

Just got back from Texas today and we had a fabulous time. Katie has a million photos to edit from the Texas PCA meeting which was in Waco, TX. The recap of that meeting will be in next month's newsletter. In the meantime, I'd love to share with you a very special weight that made it's debut in Texas this past weekend. My new strawberry weight with flowers was cut by Ed Poore into a basket cut with a checkerboard bottom. It was a big hit at the show and I do believe it truly is stunning.
The first photo is before it was cut.

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