GGW E VIGNETTES Vol. XIII, No.3 October 2006
Welcome to the E edition of GGW Vignettes. Each month, the newsletter will highlight DOINGS, CREDITS, KUDOS, let you know what's new and exiting at the studio, where you can see my art work, and other interesing information about the art glass created at the studio of Gong Glass Works.

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Corrections / Amplifications for the September '06 newsletter:
Photo of the Sharon Rest Area's Vietnam Honorial was taken by Jim Westphalen.


CONTENTS:
 
Coastal View Shower Enclosure
Art Glass, The Solution to HIPAA Law Requirments
The Atmosphere Between the Two AAIR Waiting Rooms
Glass Hand Pulls For Sliding Glass Windows
 The Mandell's Desktop
Detail of the Mandell's Desk Top
A Distinctive, Countertop For Casual Use
 A Closer Look at Chipped Glass
Art in the Kitchen
Detail of a Fun Whirly Texture
About Gong Glass Works 
 Share Your Thoughts
Technique. What About The Art?

These days in the world of art glass, it seems we are bombarded with the "how to," the physical processes or techniques used to make something beautiful - art.  Twenty eight years ago I attended my first Glass Art Society's (GAS) national conference at Asilomar State Beach Park in California. What a fine time we had. So much energy, so many new approaches. So much original art coming from the minds of what 350 attendees. These days GAS conferences are international gatherings of 1000-2000 artists, educators, curators, collectors, and glass lovers. All the big guys were there, only they weren't so big then. In the world of hot glass Harvey Littleton, Dale Chihuly, Marvin Lipofsky (whose is now just like he was then), Dan Dailey, Henry Halem, Josh Simpson, and others. In the flat glass world, or architectural art glass realm, Paul Marioni, Narcissus Quagliata who was an early inspiration, Robert Kehlman who brought Kehlman lines to us, what I now call lead extensions, for ever wild Dan Fenton and Ray King were there. A few years later came along
Kathy Bunnell, Ed Carpenter, Albinus Elskus and Ludwig Schaffrath who all participated in early conferences. I came away from there motivated and inspired to be an artist of my own thinking, of my own time. No more Victorian or Art Nouveau remakes. I was terrified of exposing myself. I thought "what if they don't like my designs?" Thankfully, those days are gone as I worry less about what people think of my art and focus more on the creation of the art itself. I find that if I am true to myself, to my art and for commissions, true to my clients as well, the art will be fabulous! I remember returning to one teacher wanting to share my "original" designs. The teacher was not interested in seeing them. I was crushed. I thought maybe we could have a friendly little critique and maybe the teacher could be proud of me. It was a harsh delivery by the teacher, but it taught me well. Pride, it's a strong Asian cultural thing. For strict teachers, the encouragement for students to be each's own artist is strong. Other teachers, Ludwig Schaffrath for example have such a strong influence that all their students' work looks like the teacher's work for the span of their career. And for some, the exercise of replicating a teacher's design or a particular style helps to bring an understanding of the artistic process. It is only when one moves on to integrate their own heart, mind and soul (the art part) into the creation of the art that the work becomes more than just something pretty. The finesse of artistic processes is an important ingredient in the creation of art. But in my opinion, the reality is that process and technique play a strong supporting role for the heart and soul of a spectacular work of art. There has to be both and more to be a fabulous work of art.

To see more of Nancy Gong's art, please visit http://www.nancygong.com


When Texture Is The Design
Many people think of Art Glass in terms of hot molten glass forms blown and shaped in front of a furnace. Art Glass is also a term that refers to architectural glass designs. What often comes to mind are heavy, but intricate leaded glass designs and dramatic color. This is however, not always the case. Sometimes art glass can be colorless with a simple, yet elegant overall texture that is the design. The texture says it all!  Featured in this issue of GGW E Vignettes are exciting examples of how the combination of textured art and colorless glass can be stunning and very functional. Enjoy the view and consider the possibilities!
Coastal View Shower Enclosure
Irrestistible thick dimensional vertical swirls are what make embossed UltraSwirl so dynamic. Calming to the soul.
Irrestistible thick dimensional vertical swirls are what make embossed UltraSwirl so dynamic. Calming to the soul.
There are times when a room calls for a special touch, or a neutral design element. For Ron and Mady Ficarro, owners of Dayron Development the Coastal View model home overlooking the lake had to have unique amenities. I immediately thought of UltraGlas. This extraordinary glass complements all my other architectural art glass work. The dimensional textures are full of life and the glass will look just as good on day one as it will long after we're all gone. The best thing is that UltraGlas doesn't show water spots that would otherwise need to be cleaned nearly every day to keep the glass looking great. What ever your preference, there are many textures to choose from. With clear glass, comes the flexibility to change other interior colors and finishes over time. This shower enclosure, for Coastal View, is made with UltraGlass, UltraSwirl texture. Be it a waterfall or some other moving water, surely the UltraGlas creates a wonderful shower experience - a dreamy experience without leaving the comfort of one's own bathroom. The next best thing to sitting under nature's own waterfall.

As a long time expert UltraGlas distributor, I bring, knowledge, experience, artistic sensibilities and integrity to UltraGlas projects with the attention to detail you'll expect. If you would like to consider UltraGlas for your next special project please call me at 585-288-5520. For an appointment e-mail me at nancy@nancygong.com
To see more possibilities and fabulous UltraGlas textures, please visit http://www.ultraglas.com


Art Glass, The Solution to HIPAA Law Requirments
AAIR's Asthma, Allergy & Immunology of Rochester waiting room features etched sliding glass windows to meet HIPAA privacy laws in a beautiful way. We've all been affected by the HIPAA law, the Health Insurance Portability & Accountablility Act that is the national standard to protect the privacy of personal health information. Most of us have read, or pretend to have read the privacy statements we sign at our doctors' office. The HIPAA law means AAIR's office has to be design sensitive to patient privacy. Merrilee Olmstead, Sr. Designer, Spectrum Design Group, had been involved with the project since day one. She was not able to find the right glass solution after looking at numerous glass alternatives, so she called the studio. In an effort to avoid the 1950's doctor's office glass look and to preserve patient privacy, AAIR chose sliding etched glass windows that enclose the receptionist's desk and still allow the staff to open the windows to easily converse with the patients. These windows are etched with a subtle progressive texture that diffuses the view into the office area without interfering with the expansive feeling of the space. Working in harmony with the other interior finishes, the etched glass mimics the atmospheric movement of wind and water to set a relaxing tone. Dr. Holzhauer, AAIR President believes "that the glasswork done by Nancy Gong not only serves the privacy function mandated by HIPAA, but adds immeasurably to the beauty of the space designed by Merrilee Olmstead, Sr. Designer, Spectrum Design Group. The space helps AAIR project the high quality image for which the practice strives."
The Atmosphere Between the Two AAIR Waiting Rooms
Detail of a wavy texture etched on glass for visual privacy between the office and two AAIR waiting rooms.
Detail of a wavy texture etched on glass for visual privacy between the office and two AAIR waiting rooms.
A full height glass window connects two waiting rooms and is the feature wall from one entry. Operations behind this window are visually screened from the patients. This detail image shows up close, the wavy texture which is etched more densely than the glass in the main reception area.
Glass Hand Pulls For Sliding Glass Windows
The hand pulls on the AAIR windows are a special touch in themselves. They are made from clear glass jewels, that create an elegant feel. They are not only unique and wonderful, but they are a dicreetly classy addition to the windows.
 The Mandell's Desktop
It's not small, but it's not a huge office either, so when furniture maker Lou Casterelli designed the custom library he included a pedestal desk to give the room an open feeling. For Lou and Alane Mandell's home office, a one of a kind 3/4" thick hand chipped glass desk top and its pedestal base make this home office solely their own. Clean and simple. Alane wrote:"We are both very pleased with the work you have done for us. To this day, we still get compliments on it. It is very unique. No one we know has anything like it."
Detail of the Mandell's Desk Top
Right: Detail of a hand chipped texture with a clear border. The border formally defines the shape of the glass. No worries about seeing smudgy fingerprints every time you turn around. The chipped texture conceals the fingerprints so the glass looks its best all the time.

To see more chipped glass counter tops, please visit:
http://www.conceptwo.com/portfolio_main.html
A Distinctive, Countertop For Casual Use
The distinctive look of chipped glass disguised as a casual breakfast counter.
A 3/4" thick hand chipped art glass countertop is a great contrast to Mike and Nancy Sundberg's granite counters. At first glance, the art glass seems to float. The intriguing chipped texture complements the natural finishes that make up the interior of their home nestled in the woods. Is it really casual? Or is it formal, who cares. It looks great! "The counter is a real eye catcher. People who visit are drawn to it, and it is always one of the first things they comment on. Even after living with it for almost two years, we continue to find it remarkable that such a beautiful piece of original art can be so practical."
The Sundbergs.
 A Closer Look at Chipped Glass
The visual and physical characteristics of hand chipped glass will vary in size, translucency and opacity. It is the nature of the multiple staged artistic process and the organic materials used to create the texture that makes it so intriguing. You have to love the full range of the chipped textures. I can control where the design goes, but the pattern is all up to mother nature. That's the beauty of it. Above: Contrast between the slate floor and the chipped glass emphasize the texture of the glass. Note the detail of a large chipped pattern with stainless rods floating over granite.

Art in the Kitchen
There aren't usually too many places in the kitchen for art. But here we are in the kitchen office. Etched with a fun swirling texture, a round desk top becomes a wonderful focal point in Morse Kitchen and Cabinetry Design's new showroom. The arts and crafts style kitchen designed by is created with a rich dark wood. John, along with John de la Rionda, CDK Lori Coella, Designer, Studio 37, came to the studio looking for ideas. We looked at several different artistic processes and were very excited about using the round shape with a swirly etched texture. Then we introduced color under the glass. The color concept allows one to change the color down the road for a whole new look if desired. Etched glass on color brings life and energy to a kitchen design firmly rooted in a time before us. Fun doesn't have to be kitsch. The contrast here is gorgeous. This, you have to see in person.

In the works for behind the desk, is a colorful etched glass painting.
Detail of a Fun Whirly Texture
Detail of a fun swirling etched glass desk top at Morse Kitchen and Cabinetry Design lets your mind wander to a special place. Texture with color creates a great focal point in an office.
About Gong Glass Works 
Founded in 1979, the glass art studio of Gong Glass Works is directed by artist Nancy Gong. Gong Glass Works (GGW) specializes in the design and fabrication of glass art work including leaded, etched, carved, chipped and painted glass. GGW is also the distributor for UltraGlas Inc. The primary focus is on site-specific installations, embracing fine art, decorative art, architectural ornamentation, signage and graphics. GGW designs for residential, commercial and institutional applications with emphasis on customer satisfaction; sensitive, responsive and enduring designs and quality craftsmanship.

If I have created art work for you in the past, I appreciate your business and value the relationship that has grown. I would be delighted to work with you again. The best compliment I could ever ask for. I'd also like to ask you to share my work with your friends or associates who may be interested in my work.

If Nancy Gong and Gong Glass Works is new to you and you are considering the possibility of including art glass in your next special project, I would be happy to talk with you about it. I can be reached at the studio at 585-288-5520. You can see more at www.nancygong.com

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Nancy
 Share Your Thoughts
Above: Left: Love, Right: Energy & Spirit

Share your thoughts with Art Glass Blessings; so many reasons, so many occasions, so any special people in out lives. Art Glass Blessings are inspired by the Chinese Tradition of placing brass caliigraphy characters in one's home to share their sentiments and good wishes. The blessings are made freestanding 3", 4", or 5" diameter hand cast glass with designs symbolic of Chinese blessings. To create a sense of timelessness, the designs are handcut and dimesionally sandcarved.
Choose from Jewel Tones: Emerald
Green, & Deep Amethyst, or Earth
Tones: Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Gray,
Bronze, Yellow, Black Opal & Jade Opal

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