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August 2016 Schedule

We hope you all are enjoying your summer and staying cool!  We’ve been busy at the studio this month with classes and commission work – enjoying old friends and making new friends!  This August we will not be holding classes as we work to get caught up on our own work before the fall hits which has been a traditionally busy time for classes.  We are currently taking enrollment for our September and October classes, so feel free to stop by, email or call us to enroll today!  Since we will not be holding classes in August we will be closing on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM, so no studio time for those of you who normally come in in the evenings to socialize and work.  We will still have daytime studio hours and Saturday studio hours.  If you wish to come in and work during those times (Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 – 1; Saturdays 10 – 4) please call or email us at least 24 hours ahead of time to schedule your time.

We will closed the week of August 28th until Monday, September 5th for vacation.  We will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th with normal business hours.

Questions?  Feel free to email us at or call 224-735-2376.


What in the World is going on with the Glass Industry?!!

As many of you have heard already, Spectrum Glass Company announced a few weeks ago that they will be going out of business.  This was a shock to everyone in the industry, and we will be sorry for the loss of their presence in the stained glass and fusing glass industry.  

In addition, we are sure you have also heard or read about the EPA’s involvement in trying to determine the presence of toxic chemicals leaching into water, air and ground soil near the locations of Bullseye Glass Co. and Uroboros Glass Co., both located in Portland, OR.  Bullseye has been issued a temporary cease and desist order by the Governor of Oregon who seems to be responding to concerned citizen demands for some visible action.  To date, however, no one has been able to determine that Bullseye or Uroboros are the culprits in this issue and both companies have worked fast to add filters and begin making some changes to glass production that would allow them to meet the new standards that the EPA is working to impose.  The issue for us is not should these standards be imposed – for of course, we all want the people who live, work and go to school near these industries to be safe, but how fast the EPA is demanding these small batch glass manufacturing companies who are privately owned, be asked to make these improvements.  Many larger industries have, in the past been given years to become compliant with these standards.  The financial burden it puts on a small company is enough that it could potentially force a company out of business.  This was one of the issues that Spectrum pointed to in its decision to cease production, however there were many others as well.  

Both Bullseye and Uroboros have indicated to us that they plan to be fully compliant with the EPA’s requirements by the end of the summer.  Uroboros has also informed its retailers and distributors that they plan to continue making their System 96 glass and will be taking on the production of many of Spectrum’s System 96 glass colors although the glass is going to look a little different in terms of texture.  Because Spectrum did not inform the distributors or Uroboros of their decision prior to making it public knowledge, they were all caught with normal production and supply levels.  Because people panicked in light of the announcement, there was a run on the glass by people buying as much as they could, so our wholesaler is currently out of stock on most System 96 glass.  In addition, because the Governor of Oregon has issued the cease and desist letter to Bullseye, we will be in short supply of their glass through the end of the summer as well.


When Spectrum made their announcement they also said they would be producing glass for the next 60 days and any glass we are able to get we will try to get for customers, however we will not be bulk buying this glass.  If you need something, call or stop by and we will see

From Our Family to Yours

From Our Family to Yours

if its in stock or if we can get some.  Wissmach and Uroboros are two companies that produce a 96 COE glass as well as regular stained glass.  We have already added both to our stock and we are confident of their ability to carry us through the summer until Uroboros can get the Spectrum glass up and running.  You can help us by pre-ordering anything you think you are going to need over the summer.  

Wissmach and Uroboros also make 90 COE glass so we will continue carrying them as well.  Again, pre-orders are helpful.


It means you will need to consider using some of the the other beautiful stained glass manufactured by other companies.  We carry glass from Kokomo Opalescent Glass Co., Wissmach Glass Co., Armstrong Glass, Uroboros, Bullseye, Youghigeny, Pilkington, Oceana, Fremont, St. Just, Chroma, VanGogh, Duncan, and St. Gobain.  While it is a loss to our industry to have Spectrum close its doors, they are relative new comers to the stained glass industry and there are many other companies to choose from to allow you to make beautiful windows, doors, transoms, boxes, and lamps.  


We think it is important to let our political representatives know that Glass Art is an important medium in the art world, and as such should be regulated in such a way as to allow those who do the art to have access to the glass and other things needed to make their art, and at the same time to be good neighbors and protect the environment as much as possible without destroying the industry.  There are ways to do this, but as with all things, it costs money.  At Suevel Studios, we will be letting our representatives know that we agree with the efforts to keep the industry clean, but we feel they also need to avoid putting undue burdens on small batch, family owned companies, and instead give them a reasonable amount of time to apply the necessary changes, just as has been done in the past for multi-billion dollar corporations. If you feel so inclined, adding your voice to the message can only help!


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May Classes still have openings!

Looking for something fun to do next month?  All our classes still have openings.  Daytime, Evening and Weekend.  Check out the calendar for dates and times.  Come join the fun – come back to glass!

Drop Mold Vase - Artist: Sharon Dolezal Advanced Fusing Class

Drop Mold Vase –
Artist: Sharon Dolezal
Advanced Fusing Class

Copper Foil Panel Artist: Suzanne Comella Advanced Stained Glass

Copper Foil Panel
Artist: Suzanne Comella
Advanced Stained Glass

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Sunburst Tabletop
Artist: Markay Suevel
Instructor: Advanced Mosaic

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What’s Happening at the Studio

Getting that perfect solder line can be a challenge!

Getting that perfect solder line can be a challenge!

Been having trouble getting that perfect soldering line or joint?  Join us on Wednesday, February 24th, 6:00-7:00 PM for a soldering workshop.  During this one hour workshop we will help you learn the best way to solder copper foil lines and lead or zinc joints.  This workshop is for students who have taken the Stained Glass Quick and Easy class.  Cost is $10, bring your tools and a project to work on.

At our Advanced Fusing class on Thursday, February 25th we will be Playing with Stringer.

Vitrigraph Birds

Vitrigraph Birds by Sandra Burvikovs

Our March classes are starting to fill so call today to sign up.  We are offering our usual array of classes and in addition we will be offering a glass cutting workshop on Wednesday evening, March 30, 6:00-7:00 PM.  During this workshop we will focus on showing you the best way to make the trickiest cuts in glass.  This workshop is for students who have taken at least one of our Beginning level classes.  Cost is $10, bring your tools and a project to work on.

At our Advanced Fusing Class on Thursday, March 31st we will be Playing with Frit.

"Cattails at Sunset", Artist: Eric Suevel, Frit cast into a carved mold made of Castalot Mold Mix.

“Cattails at Sunset”, Artist: Eric Suevel, Frit cast into a carved mold made of Castalot Mold Mix.

Call or email today to sign up!

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February Classes!

There’s still time to sign up and room for you in all of our February classes:        IMG_2576

Stained Glass on Tuesday mornings or Wednesday evenings.

Fusing on Thursday mornings or Thursday evenings.  And check out the description below of our Advanced Fusing Class!

We have two specialty workshops this month: Glass cutting skills on February 6th and Soldering skills on February 27th.  Call for more information – or click on the class on the calendar page.

Suzanne Making Murrini 4

We have our next Beadmaking class on the schedule for February 13th and 20th.  Both days are from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM with a 45 minute lunch break.  Cost for the two day class is $150.00 plus materials.  We keep this class small so that students get personal one-on-one attention from our instructor Suzanne Comella.  Call or email us today to sign up!

Making Murrine with Suzanne 9

Making Murrine with Suzanne

More information on all of our classes can be found by clicking on the class on the calendar page or by going to the individual pages of the particular glass art you want to learn.  Just click on the tab at the top of the Home page if you are on a desktop computer, or look for the pull down menu if you are on your phone.  Of course we’re always happy to answer your questions when you call the studio!  224-735-2376

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Advanced Fusing Class is Posted

The session descriptions for the Advanced Fusing class have been posted.  Please refer to the calendar page for further information.  There are also individual class descriptions listed on the Fusing page.  Students can call or email us to register for the class.

Students will have three options for this class:

  1. You may sign up for all 8 sessions (please note that this year we will be meeting January through June, then break for July and August resuming in September and finishing in October).  Cost for all 8 sessions is $800.  Students may pay as they go or pay in full.  Students paying for all 8 sessions by January 31st will receive a 25% discount ($600.00)
  2. You may sign up for individual sessions as desired.  You may pick and choose which classes you would like to attend.  Class fee is $100 and includes 3 hours of studio time each week after the class for three weeks.  Also includes the firing of one project.
  3. You may sign up for just the class session and pay only $50 per session.  This option does not include studio time or the firing of any projects.

The class structure this year will be a little different from last year.  Our first session will be a review of the basics aimed primarily at those who did not take the class last year, but previous students are encouraged to attend and bring their projects from last year to share with new students and to participate in an artistic critique of their body of work.  The next four sessions (February –  May) will be classes designed to help the artist learn techniques for creating elements to include in their final projects.  In June we will explore ways of using those elements in a final project.  In September we will explore the method of painting on glass and in October we will look at ways the glass artist can create unique one-of-a-kind pieces from scrap glass.

Students who have taken our Fusing and Forming Quick and Easy class are eligible for this class.  If you haven’t taken our class but have experience with fusing you may contact the studio to see about eligibility.

Lost Wax Bowl 1

Lost Wax Bowl 1


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