Friday, November 12, 2010

'tis the season!

At Biltmore Glass works we are preparing for the Christmas season! Come by and see our new items.
We have lots of gift ideas for under $20.00. A little something for everyone on your list.
From suncatchers that are $5.00 - $10.00, to wall hangings that are $8.00 - $20.00.
We also offer custom work and glass painting. You can make a gift unique by adding a date or name to any custom order. You would be surprised that custom orders do not cost anymore than pre-made items and prices start at $60.00.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Custom Work - Matching Panels

Just complete these two lovely, matching panels for a home. I had the pleasure of working with two of the most friendly people I have ever met.

Skull and Roses in Glass

Painted and fired in the kiln. This is a lovely addition to the home of any rebel at heart.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Asheville, Art in the Park

We met a lot of local artists and tourists visiting the downtown area. It was nice to drive, arrive at our location, and set up in less than an hour. The artists that participated in the event were talented in many areas of craft and fine art.

Here are a few links to the people that showcased their work there:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Asheville Art in the Park

This weekend, October 16th (10 am - 5 pm), we will be a vendor at the Asheville Art in the Park event. This will be our third event and our second festival at home. This Saturday will the last event of the season, so be sure to stop by. Our tent will be located right next to Vance monument, in front of the Biltmore building.

Shady Valley Cranberry Festival, Shady Valley, TN - October 9th 2010

We had a wonderful time at the 2010 Shady Valley Cranberry Festival. This event was only my second craft festival I've attended. We had to leave Asheville around 6 am for the two hour drive to Shady Valley. I was amazed at how beautiful the drive was. We left before sunrise and arrived shortly after. As we got closer, mist covered the ground and filled the valleys. The morning was slightly chilly and a bit damp, but as the day progressed it warmed up to about 80 degrees and remained that way throughout the day. We met some very nice people, ate some good food, and were entertained by local musicians until the close of the day. I hope to return next year.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Art of Stained Glass

The following link is a great resource for beginning to intermediate glass artists. It gives you a step by step guide to building your skills as a stained glass artist and the best techniques for each process.

The Art of Stained Glass

Shady Valley Cranberry Festival - Johnson City, TN

This weekend we will be at the Shady Valley, Tennessee, Cranberry Festival
October 9, 2010. We will be showcasing our new creations during the festival from 10 am - 5  pm.

Come visit us and have a great day in beautiful Shady Valley, TN.

"You are most cordially invited to the Shady Valley Annual Cranberry Festival, on the 2nd weekend in October. On Friday evening, 5:00PM-10:00PM is the Bean Supper and Auction. Both activities are at the Shady Valley Elementary School.
Our festival has been called the "Best Little Festival in Tennessee".
Saturday is an all day event starting with a parade featuring the Pride of Johnson County Band, floats, clowns, horses, plus much more. The day long festivities at the school grounds include live country, gospel and bluegrass music; and some of the best food and local crafts, children activities include Star Amusements plus much more.
Our autumn leaves and mountains make a beautiful setting for our festival. So mark your calendars to be there.
Our mission is and has always been having a family oriented festival to raise money for our school and the scholarship fund." - Johnson City Chamber of Commerce

Johnson City Homepage

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Beginning Stained Glass

If you are interested in learning stained glass, here are a few tips and one tool you will need to know in the beginning.

To Begin
I suggest that you buy the bare minimum to start with. If you decide you do not want to continue with stained glass, the investment will be minimal. In comparison, your investment could be $15.00 instead of $50.00. If you visit a local stained glass store they may have you buy a ton of equipment that you do not need at this time. You will not need a grinder, foil, flux, patina, light table, etc. for the time being. That will come later once you have practiced cutting your glass.
Learning how to cut the glass 

What you will need:

1. Glass Cutter - I suggest buying a Carbide cutter found at most hardware stores.
The price range is $3.00 - $5.00.

2. Glass - I suggest going to a local glass supplier and asking for some scraps. Since you are learning how to cut instead of making your first piece, the glass will most likely be thrown away or recycled when you are finished using it. Another good source is the Dollar Store. You can purchase a small document frame (5x7 inches, or 8x10 inches) with clear glass in it for about $1.00 plus tax. Just remove the glass from the frame. This type of glass is perfect for learning because it is thin and takes a score easily.

Learning how to cut glass is probably the most important skill you will need in creating stained glass. Become comfortable with using the cutter and seeing how it scores glass. At this point you can chip the glass off to see how well the glass scored by using the opposite end of the cutter. Most cutters have a set of steps built into it that will fit most glass widths. Eventually you will need to buy a pair of glass breakers, they will split the glass down the scored line more easily and evenly.

In a finished piece you will be able to see if someone is proficient at cutting or not by how even the lead lines are. See the examples below.

The first example shows poor cutting skills. The second shows the cutting skills of someone who has the technique mastered.

This example shows poor cutting skills. I have circled the mistakes, but the entire panel was full of poor cutting examples and has the obvious signs of a rushed piece. Notice the large gaps and uneven solder lines. This window was created in China and is made through mass production. Most lamps and panels you find at large retailers will have this type of stained glass. It is made for the sole purpose of mass quantity and not quality. If the glass pieces do not fit together like a puzzle, there will be gaps. Those gaps are then filled with solder. The end product is what you see below. The exception is when an artist intentionally creates gaps and uneven lead lines. You'll see this more in mosaic art as well.

This second example shows good cutting skills. Notice that the lead lines are even and there are not obvious gaps throughout the panel.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Today I started this blog for my studio and store, Biltmore Glassworks. My name is Jennifer and I will give you easy to use tips on creating stained glass projects. I will also touch on other aspects of the art form, such as safety, glass types, products to use and not use..and much more.