GGW "e" Vignettes • Vol. XVI, No. 4 • October 2009

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 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.
Elegant and earthy glass counter tops
Master bath renovation features glass counter tops by Nancy Gong.
Master bath renovation features glass counter tops by Nancy Gong.

Marie Kenton, President of Ketmar Development was working on a master bath update. Ketmar builds those fabulous dream homes. The mission was to freshen up the look with a unique Gong glass counter top. The scheme was set with the existing white paneled cabinets. It's so easy to pick out a gazillion finishes but often a challenge to make them work together. The homeowner visited the studio with Marie and Allyson Perdue, Interiors Coordinator with Ketmar. They fell in love with my desk top and we worked out the construction details.

"Replacing the existing countertops in Nancy's spectacular glass added reflective dimension, and created an atmosphere of tranquility with light. We couldn't have chosen a better medium for the intent!" ~Marie Kenton, President, Ketmar Development Corporation

The 3/4" hand chipped art glass, marble tile with subtle specs of green like the color tint in the glass and a new steam shower enclosure complete the new look. The rest is history.

"We've admired Nancy's work for many years. Nancy's craftsmanship produced an organic piece of art that weds light, movement and function. It's the focal point of our Master Bath renovation." ~Homeowner, Fairport, NY

Special thanks to the Fairport couple and Ketmar for being open to a new vision. And thanks to the team: Ketmar Development, First Editions and Rochester Glass.


Detail of hand chipped glass counter top reveals something new each time you look at it.

Hand chipped glass counter tops in a private Woodcliff residence. Easy to maintain. Elegant and earthy at the same time.

New! 2" Thick or thicker colored glass counter tops. Contact the studio for more information.

Ensembles in the works – SinkCoPeds coming soon to Fergusons

It started with an idea Paul Schoenig had. It's turned into an exciting collaboration that is happening with Nancy Gong, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and Paul Knoblauch, metal artist. We're having fun designing SinkCoPeds. Paul Schoenig, Showroom Manager and I start by selecting a sink. Then I design a glass top to go with the sink. Next, Paul and I toss a few ideas around for a base or pedestal and voila, a one of a kind powder room ensemble appears loosely on paper and in our minds. The firsts of this ongoing series are in the works.

Take a look at your powder room. Need to freshen it up?! SinkCoPeds will debut in late October at the University Ave showroom. Watch for Stone Forest, Kohler, Stainless, brilliant metal work and amazing glass!

While you're there, take a look at a double sink chipped glass counter top available at Fergusons, 1349 University Avennue, 585-697-0348.

The Mystic for The Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea
Scaled colored pencil sketch of 'The Mystic' presents a sense of place and being. The Tobin Bridge to Chelsea, wild life, nature, Judaic iamgery, life, energy and calm. It's all in there.
Scaled colored pencil sketch of "The Mystic" presents a sense of place and being. The Tobin Bridge to Chelsea, wild life, nature, Judaic iamgery, life, energy and calm. It's all in there.


In the works since 2008, The Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea, Massachusetts will be the first senior living center in the nation with two of the ten residences dedicated to ALS and MS patients with specially equipped rooms. The Center, the first Urban Green House® in the nation, overlooks Boston Harbor and is designed by DiMella Shaffer of Boston. It is the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home's third innovative housing residence for seniors. An artistic glass design for the sanctuary has been completed and creation of the art work is now in its early stages. Assisting with the installation will be Robie Window Systems.

The abstract design evokes the feeling of the Center's moto, "Living Life to the Fullest." Sweeping lines filled with texture will allude to life on and around the Mystic River. Judaic symbolism is woven throughout. Daylight will be filtered through the etched, hand-chipped and hand-colored panes. "I feel quite honored to have my art be a part of the first in the nation of such a needed facility. I am pleased the piece will play a role in helping to calm and reassure the souls of those who will visit the the sanctuary."

Visit Artizanns this fall in Naples, NY

Artizann's in Naples New York is Gong Glass Works' newest representative. There at 118 North Main Street, along with friendly small town hospitality, you'll find Art Glass Blessings and other small works and wall pieces by Nancy Gong. Owner Suzanne Farley says you'll find ". . . gifts with a personal touch - conceived in the heart and crafted by hand." It is located in the heart of the lush rolling hills of the Finger Lakes - the top 10 lakeside retreats to visit according to Take your bikes, or take a drive to this beautiful small town with Hi Tor State Park and the Rochester Museum and Science Center's Cummings Nature Center just around the corner. Need another excuse for the excursion? Coming up are the Naples Grape Festival (this weekend), Finger Lakes Art Trail and color peeking fall foliage. Never had grape pie?! Visit Naples, then visit Artizanns. You can reach Suzanne or Heather Huber at 585-374-6740. They're open 7 days a week, closed on major holidays.

Above: The Art Glass Blessin "Om," a Sanskrit symbol celebrating the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist cultures. It is symbolic of sacred mantras and script. To see more Art Glass Blessings designs, click here.

Click here for where to find Art Glass Blessings and other small works.

October will mark 30 years for me and the studio creating commissioned architectural art glass other art glass. I still get excited about my own crazy thoughts, visions and influences from outside forces. The passion for art glass is still strong and I'm humming away with lots of activity in the studio.

I am thrilled to be here and able to create art. I am also grateful for being able to have the privilege of creating beauty and meaning in glass for so many different settings and so many interesting people - many of whom have become lifelong friends. Thank you everyone for your business and interest in my art. And thank you all of you who have stood behind me by sharing your wisdom or expertise, provided support or brut muscle. It's really something to know the art that's been created will be here on earth for many, many years for multiple generations to enjoy. Art is a recording of our souls and our time. Keep talking about my art work and lets do another 30 years together! Please visit the newly designed web site at

Artfully yours,


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