The Studio will be closed from Sunday, August 28 through Monday, September 5th so that we can travel to Florida and celebrate with Markay’s parents their 60th Wedding Anniversary. We will re-open with regular business hours and a resumption of evening classes and studio time on Tuesday, September 6th. Happy Labor Day to all our friends, clients and students. Celebrate safely and we’ll see you in September!
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 email@example.com or call 224-735-2376.
We will be closing at 4:00 on Thursday, June 16th so that we can attend a class. There will be no studio time that evening.
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.
FOR OUR FUSING CUSTOMERS AND STUDENTS, THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!!
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
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.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR OUR STAINED GLASS STUDENTS AND CUSTOMERS?
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.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?
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!
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.
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.
Call or email today to sign up!
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.
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!
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