Glass in Concrete and Viva Las Vegas!

Spring 2013

custom vessel sinkThis has been a busy spring with teaching classes and working on new projects. I’m really enjoying some of the challenging work we are doing now. Sinks, counter top glass, back splashes, and working on future webinars. Glass is good!

It was great making new friends at the Glass and Bead Expo in Las Vegas and, of course, catching up with many old friends, too. The whole conference is very well run and there is always something happening including some fun competitions (cutting glass is as much for speed as for accuracy… wow!).

I hope you enjoy this newsletter and the glimpse it gives you at what is happening around the studio back home.

Glass in Concrete

I’ve talked about this for years. I’ve talked to a couple of contractors, and then, the opportunity. The process entails designing a glass pattern while the concrete company, Concrete Decor Studio located in Bethlehem, PA, works on the counter template and readying the mold for our work. This project actually involves five pieces which will be set in an outdoor kitchen.

glass in counter top mold

Erica and Jeremy set the glass in a counter top mold at Concrete Decor.

Grape leaves and vines intertwine through each. The vines are a combination of green and purple mosaic glass and frit in addition to “new growth” pulled stringer from the vitrograph in varying greens. The leaves are a combination of greens, mauves, and clear done in a mesh melt and then cut using a saw. It took hours of preparation but the fun of setting the glass was so satisfying! See the picture in the header for a peek at the design.

adding in concreteThe next day, Jeremy and Tony work on adding the concrete. I left that to the professionals although it does look like fun!

The process is in their hands, literally, and we can’t wait to see the results. You will too in the next newsletter edition.

Interested in a design? Get in touch with me or stop by the Concrete Decor Studio showroom and talk to Jordan. She will be glad to help!

Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas demoI know, I say it over and over again. But, really, if you enjoy glass classes, you will really enjoy a trip to the expo. I learn something new every year and don’t even take classes…too busy teaching. It is worth it so plan for next year.

I would like to thank all of the companies that support me in one way or another and, most of all, a big thank you to those who donate materials to help keep down the costs for students taking the classes. Please patronize them online or at local glass shops where possible.
Thanks to:

Don Able of Morton Glass for sending the Morton cutting systems and for all his support! Visit your local or online dealer to purchase the best cutting system around!

My wonderful friends at Spectrum for all of the glass they sent. Find the glass at your local store or online!

Olympic Kilns at for providing all of my classroom kilns. I would be glad to help you with your next kiln purchase!

Delphi for lots of materials
Slumpy’s for great molds
Uroboros for more glass and frit
Coatings by Sandburg Dichroic Glass for dichroic glass
Fusion Headquarters for supplies
Toyo Cutters at Glass Accessories International for keeping us updated with new glass cutters

and to Diane and Scottie of Millefiorimagic and Stamping on Glass for their support in getting me started with these classes and for providing great prices on supplies!

Let’s not forget my awesome assistants who take care of preparation months ahead of time, setting up, breaking down, changing kilns, helping students, and keeping me on my toes. Bob Lowry, Jen Walkovitch, and Pat Rizzotto… I couldn’t do it without you! Also, thanks to our visiting friend Karen Oliver who pitched in as well.

See you next year in Vegas!

Coming This Summer

The Peoples Choice Festival
Boalsburg, PA, July 11-14, 2013

Bethlehem, PA under the bridge, August 7-11, 2013
(I will be there for the second half only. The festival begins August 2)

June 19 will be my first webinar or online course via I Fired Arts. I’m very excited about this new endeavor and look forward to working with the people at I Fired Arts.


Erica May 9, 2013 News