In the summer of 2018, I was the recipient of a full scholarship to the Corning Museum of Glass workshop, “Engraving” with Matteo Seguso. This scholarship was given by the Texas Paperweight Collector's Association. It was an invaluable experience and I hope to use the knowledge I gained in future work.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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!