GGW "e" Vignettes • Vol. XVIII No. 3 • December 2011

Founded in 1979, the glass art studio of Gong Glass Works is directed by artist Nancy Gong. Gong Glass Works specializes in the design and fabrication of glass art work including traditional techniques for smalti mosaics, leaded, etched, carved, cast, chipped and painted glass while also embracing new technologies in laminated, cast and screen printed technologies. 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.


In this Issue

Sailing from the Moments in Times Series. 13'w x 14'h x 5'd. Inspired by night time sailing and sailing regattas.

Sailing from the Moments in Times Series. 13"w x 14"h x 5"d. Inspired by night time sailing and sailing regattas.

• Colored Laminated Glass Method - Certified by Glashuette Lamberts & S.A. Bendheim
• New Small Works for the Holidays
- Themes of Sailing and Outdoor Adventure
- New Mini Blessing Scroll Colors
• Sinks and Glass Counter Tops
• Doings, Kudos, Credits
• A Look Back at Seeing Art as a Child


Certified by Glashuette Lamberts and S.A. Bendheim

On exhibit through December 15, 'Glass From the Earth,' laminated etched glass at the AIA Holiday Art Show in the Arts & Cultural Council Gallery.

On exhibit through December 15, "Glass From the Earth," laminated etched glass at the AIA Holiday Art Show in the Arts & Cultural Council Gallery.

Colored Laminated Glass Method - About twenty studios, designers and fabricators from across the U.S. including Nancy Gong | Gong Glass Works were invited to be certified by Glashuette Lamberts and S.A. Bendheim to be fabricators for a new two part lamination process. Gong Glass Works is pleased to offer this exciting option for architectural art glass applications.
Imagine Lamberts' extraordinary mouth blown sheet glass in a window design without lead. Imagine the facade of a building with expressive colored glass without the structural restrictions of lead came (channel.) A single panel of this art work can be as large as plate glass is available. Lighter colors can be layered from two to five layers for a very fine kaleidoscope effect and the design can cover the complete plate glass surface or it can provide partial coverage or accents and focal points to diffuse or preserve daylight or the view. The glass can be etched, chipped, painted etc. All this with colorful shadows that dance through the interior space with a different illusion cast from season to season. What a way to bring an interior space alive!
Public art and other large projects in the US created in this process have been fabricated in Germany for the last 15 years. In Germany, eighty percent of the architectural glass projects are now being fabricated with a new engineered two part lamination technique while leaded glass comprises twenty percent of the studio work. Only recently was the first laminated glass project fabricated here in the US for the Eldridge Street Synagogue in Philadelphia designed by Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans, fabricated by Tom Garcia, The Gil Studio, Inc. The artists wanted to bring the work home to the US. You can see this and other installations of laminated glass here.
If you would like more information or are considering a project in laminated colored glass or another approach, contact or call Nancy at 585-288-5520.
Note: Leaded glass still has its place for both restoration and new work. The use of laminated colored glass is a functional and modern aesthetic decision for interior and exterior applications - vertical and horizontal.


New Small Works for the Holidays

Birches from the 'Moments in Time Series,' carved cased glass 6' x 9' x 4'.

Birches from the "Moments in Time Series," carved cased glass
6" x 9" x 4".

Themes of sailing and outdoor adventures come to mind as the sailing season closes with cooler temperatures and shorter days. Missing the summer light, hikes in the woods, the trees, mountains and sailing are the early catalysts for small framed works of art. Working with color seems to warm things up at this time of the year. Colorful flashed and cased mouthblown sheet glass set the backdrop for freestanding framed vignettes. The colored portion of the glass is delicately etched and carved to reveal a design that evokes memories of a special time and or place. Each work of art from the "Moments in Time Series" is designed to be a vignette that can help us extend our relaxed state of mind into our busy daily lives. We need to breath. Art can help us do that. Each work of art is one of a kind. For the holiday season, here's where you'll find them.
If you hurry, there's still time to create "Moments in Time" from images of your special adventure or place.


New Mini Blessing Scroll Colors

Amber Mini Blessing Scroll by Nancy Gong: Good Fortune, Good Health, Longevity, Happinbess & Auscpiciousness.

Amber Mini Blessing Scroll by Nancy Gong:
Good Fortune, Good Health, Longevity, Happiness & Auscpiciousness.

There are some great new colors for the Mini Blessing Scrolls: Turquoise blue, Emerald green, Autumn, Amber, Olive Green, Red and Cobalt Blue. The scrolls are available in a horizontal format as well as the original vertical format. If you have a need for a special color or need a quantity for a special event, contact for information and lead times. Here's where you can find the Blessings and other small works.
New Multi-Cultural designs and the full standard line of the Art Glass Blessings are featured on the catalog sheet in the August 2011 GGW Vignettes. Red is back in stock!


Sinks and Glass Counter Tops

Detail of glass counter top and hand chipped jade sink from 'Tree SinkCoPed.' The sink is by Ronbow.

Detail of glass counter top and hand chipped jade sink from "Tree SinkCoPed." The sink is by Ronbow.

Hopefully you've seen some of the glass counter tops in previous GGW "e" Vignettes. Now what about a chipped glass sink? Why not! Part of the "Tree SinkCoPed" shown above, it's elegant, but not too fussy. It's great because the water spots from regular use are camouflaged by the chipped texture. You can see this sink on top of a one of a kind etched and painted UltraGlas countertop at
Ferguson's in Rochester.


Doings , Kudos, Credits

Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art recently completed an addition which included a window recognizing its capital donors. The etching for this was done on site on the interior of an exterior window. What a beautiful museum. Can't wait to get back there to see the collection. • Thrilled to have been chosen as Artist of the Month at the Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery in Canandaigua, NY • An in depth story about an extraordinary collection in Rochester of which my work was featured and in great company of, "Legacy of Stained Glass in Rochester," " Tour Rochester's legacy of stained glass" and "Stained Glass Tour" was published by Democrat & Chronicle, by Elizabeth Forbes. A big thank you to the D & C for recognizing the value of art in our community. • It was a busy year with three annual glass conferences; Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) and American Glass Guild (AGG) Conference where I presented with the assistance of which I am grateful, a Special Opportunity Stipend Grant from NYSCA administered by the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. • A presentation for the SAMA's 2012 Conference in February is in the works. • I am blessed in that my work continues to be recognized; since the last newsletter this past summer in the juried National Mosaic Exhibition on Cape Cod 2011, "Great Glazing: Decorative glass wall at RIT," Glass Magazine in June and September, Consultant to Glass Magazine for "Be a Team Player," and recently an article about the new Moments in Time Series in the San Francisco Chronicle. One of the more unique projects in the works is a 911 Memorial project with the Fishers Fire Department. More later.


A Look Back at Seeing Life as a Child

I thought you might enjoy this reflection that came forth at a holiday gathering in a recent conversation about urban changes. It reminded me of the the old neighborhood I grew up in. The Chinese Laundry my family owned, Tom Wo Lung Chinese Laundry along with the nearby tree lined street of homes where we lived were taken by eminent domain. Strong Museum of Play and Manhattan Square Park have since taken their place. It's been decades. I remember back to about the age of five when during the day I was safely barricaded inside the laundry while my parents worked. I was fascinated by the machines that folded shirts. We had a kitchen in back where we had family meals. My grandfather was a great cook. I loved putting my feet up on the art deco styled hassock fan in the summer. It put out the coolest breeze in the hottest temperatures. We had a nice little alley to play in out back.
Here's the art part. I used to hang around up front behind the counter where my parents and grandfather would receive stinky shirts and pants. After they were checked in, they'd go through the clothes pockets to be sure nothing got lost in the wash. Often there were pretty match books. Mostly colorful birds, trees and flowers. My grandfather gave them to me because he knew I'd like the pretty pictures. There was a bit of a language barrier, but we smiled and hugged a lot. I wish I had saved those pictures. They'd probably be worth a bundle as collectible ephemera, but worth more as memories. Those printed pieces along with my mother's button collection kept me entertained for hours. At Christmas time I remember the stick style artificial Christmas tree made of aluminum with shiny red ornaments. If only we'd hung onto that as well. There were cubby hole like shelves to stack cleaned, folded shirts wrapped in brown paper – orders waiting for pick up. I remember those shelves clearly; stained pine, about thirty inches wide, eighteen inches tall and about eighteen inches deep. Just enough room for me to be safe and out of my parents way, and just enough room to snuggle up to take a nap.
Hmmm, there seem to be some similiarities between that story and the story of Oliver, our Basset Hound's daily life.



Fond memories, new memories and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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