GGW "e" Vignettes • Vol. XVII, No. 3 • October 2010
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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 smalti mosaics, leaded, etched, carved, cast, 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. Click here to Contact Nancy.

In this issue

In the studio, Nancy at the mosaic cutting station working on the columns for Eastman Hall, Hillside Children's Center.

In the studio, Nancy at the mosaic cutting station working on the columns for Eastman Hall, Hillside Children's Center.


• Art Glass in Sanctuary of Living Center in Chelsea, MA

• Trunk Show at Parkleigh October 27th

• Hillside Journey, a Smalti Mosaic in Progress

• What Are Art Glass Blessings?

Art Glass in Sanctuary of Living Center in Chelsea, MA

Photo © 2010 Edua Wilde, Somerset, MA

Photo © 2010 Edua Wilde, Somerset, MA

 

Inside the Leonard Florence Living Center is"The Mystic." Art glass helps to create a peaceful environment with etched, chipped and hand painted glass that diffuse and obscure the view of the outside. Artwork brings the focus inside. Soft abstract design elements of nature are heavily inspired by the Mystic River. Floating Judaic imagery is woven throughout the design.

Detail of left panel.

Photo: © 2010 Edua Wilde, Somerset, MA

Photo: © 2010 Edua Wilde, Somerset, MA

To create a peaceful environment, the outside view is obscured and heavily diffused with daylight filtering through the colorful etched and hand chipped glass .

To read more about this project see GGW "e" Vignettes • Vol. XVI, No. 4 • October 2009. Then scroll down.

"I am honored to have my art play a role in this retreat however brief." Editor

Detail of right panel

Photo © 2010 Edua Wilde, Somerville, MA

Photo © 2010 Edua Wilde, Somerville, MA

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Trunk Show at Parkleigh October 27th

Red / Amber Mini Blessing Scroll translates to Good Fortune, Good Health, Longevity and Happiness & Auspiciousness. The Chinese way of thinking is that you can't have one without those before, at least that's what my father says.

Red / Amber Mini Blessing Scroll translates to Good Fortune, Good Health, Longevity and Happiness & Auspiciousness. The Chinese way of thinking is that you can't have one without those before, at least that's what my father says.

 

Announcing the Parkleigh Trunk Show, October 27th 5-7:30! The full line of Art Glass Blessings with new designs, new colors and curious small works and not so small works! Lots of art work. Come! I'll be there, it will be fun. There'll be wine and cheese. The folks at Parkleigh will pamper us to death!

In my early days as a budding artist, I worked at Parkleigh, a very cool pharmacy turned NYC neighborhood gift store in Rochester. I worked their Crabtree and Evelyn department. I was one of the soap ladies. I bagged yummy chocolate cordials and those trendy Jelly Bellies. I spent half my pay at the store. The other half across the street on linzer tortes. I saw some hilarious greeting cards. That was over 25 years ago. For probably a decade now, they've been selling the Art Glass Blessings. This month, Parkleigh is celebrating their 50th anniversary. They've invited me to have a trunk show to help celebrate. Mark your calendars for October 27th from 5-7:30 pm. Tell your friends! Come, have some fun, shop and say hello! Mark your calendar!
P.S. I make it a point to bud every day!

Hillside Journey, a Smalti Mosaic in Progress

Mosaic making is very slow. I think the Romans had a lot of time. Almost out of the woods. I keep remembering that it takes mother nature more than 50 years to grow some trees. So what if it takes a day or more to build a mosaic tree! It's beautiful.

Mosaic making is very slow. I think the Romans had a lot of time. Almost out of the woods. I keep remembering that it takes mother nature more than 50 years to grow some trees. So what if it takes a day or more to build a mosaic tree! It's beautiful.

 

In search for a formal look, Hillside Children's Center has chosen to embellish the outside entrance to Eastman Hall with three smalti mosaics and an etched glass entryway. It is the primary community building on the Monroe Avenue campus, a gathering place. The mosaics will adorn the building and campus with color for hundreds and thousands of years. Smalti mosaics at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice date back to the 13th century. This landscape design is no ordinary landscape. Parallels to the "Hillside Journey" prevail.

There are two rolling hill scenes. The Hillside Hill on the arched wall and the rolling hills and paths of Cobbs Hill Park on the columns. Together, they are symbolic of the experience of looking inward while at Hillside Children’s Center, an introspective experience; while at the same time, Cobbs Hill is symbolic of looking outward and forward to the future.

A dark stormy sky transforms to a sunny, fair weather sky symbolic of the children and young people’s journey. Depicted in transitional autumn colors, colorful trees on the Hillside hill are representative of seasonal life changes. All part of The Hillside Journey. With input from the students, water as a welcoming, calming and contemplative element is brought in with the etching of the fountains of Lake Riley on the front door.

And yes, I do feel a bit like I'm back in Venice. http://tinyurl.com/The-Orsoni-Experience

Installation will be about a month out. Watch for completion photos here: http://tinyurl.com/Nancy-Gong-Institutional

To see updates on the progress, visit http://tinyurl.com/NancyGong-MosaicUpdates

Hillside Journey Detail of Column in Progress

Tree and dark stormy sky; smalti mosaic in progress for exterior columns.

Tree and dark stormy sky; smalti mosaic in progress for exterior columns.

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What Are Art Glass Blessings?

Art Glass Blessing Om Mani Padme Hum, Tibetan script for a prayer of compassion.

Art Glass Blessing Om Mani Padme Hum, Tibetan script for a prayer of compassion.

 

So many people ask “What are they?” My answer: “They’re Art Glass Blessings.” “Yes, but what are they? What do you do with them?” people ask. I thought I’d share my thoughts about what Art Glass Blessings are. They are freestanding art glass medallions made of colorful cast glass. They have meaningful calligraphy carved into them. They’re a gift of something intangible that you can’t necessarily give to someone. You've heard the Beatles song "You Can't Buy Me Love." No, you can't, but you can buy an Art Glass Blessing that reminds someone of your love or your blessings of love. Can you imagine if we could receive Happiness and Auspiciousness in a box? Compassion and Knowledge in a box? For example, the Art Glass Blessings: Double Joy; Double Happiness, Love, Compassion, knowledge, Energy and Spirit, Om, Strength, Happiness & Auscpiciousness, Good Fortune and the list goes on. One cannot give actually give the intangible in a gift. Art Glass Blessings and Blessing Mini Scrolls are expressions, sentiments, characteristics or goals in Chinese calligraphy meticulously carved into beautiful colored cast to be displayed as a way to remind people of these blessings and expressions.

You'll find the Art Glass Blessings at Artisans' Loft, Artizanns, Craft Company No. 6, The Gallery Store of the Memorial Art Gallery and at Parkleigh. Click here to see the design collection. Not shown in the collection are: Om, mani pad me hum, Yin and Yang, Bamboo, Wheel of Life, Grace, Beautiy; Beautiful, Clarity, Diversity, Dream, Sweet and Golden Mountain.

If you are looking for a custom design for the holidays contact me at the studio, or call 585-288-5520 soon. The studio schedule is filling up quickly.

 

 

In Closing

Wow, busy spring, summer and fall. Thank you all! I love making art for you!

Enjoy the little bit of Autumn that's left. I look forward to hearing from you!

Artfully yours,

Nancy

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"Winston's Girlfriend" posing with Winston, our first Basset Hound. Proud parents: Nancy and Peter. This year, we share this photo in memory of Fedora and Winston. Place your mouse over the picture for the link, then scroll down to see Fedora (Freddie). Happy Halloween.