Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Reuse, Recycle, Revive the Planet - August Challenge at CGGE

Hi folks!

As you are all very well aware the environment has been in the news quite a bit lately. From issues of global warming, to drought here in Australia and the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

With this in mind, this months challenge theme will be Reuse, Recycle, Revive the Planet. Create something with an environmental theme, use a piece of recycled glass (be it fused, lampworked, mosaic, whatever takes your glassy fancy!).

The contest is now open and ends at 11:59pm on August 24th. Members must upload pictures of their works to the FLICKR gallery, and items must be listed on ETSY. Each member may submit one entry only with the above theme, and voting will be open to all Etsy members and the winner of the challenge will be featured on our CGGE Home Page.

Get busy, start creating and GOOD LUCK!

Friday, June 25, 2010

June Challenge Entries - "Travel Destinations"

Click on the photo for a larger view, click on their shop name for a direct link to their shop, and click on the photo title for a direct link to that item in their shop

Ocean Waves


Beach Maiden


Independence Day

Galaxy Glass

Fireflies at Night

Paper N Clay

Trip to the Zoo

Smokey Lady

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Congratulations go to Jill of Good Grief Glass for Her "Orange Flower Blossom" Suncatcher

Thanks to everyone who participated in the May challenge, submitted an entry and voted.

Congratulations go to Jill of Good Grief Glass for her striking stained glass piece titled, “Orange Flower Blossom”.

Jill found inspiration for her stained glass piece after surviving the long Midwestern winter and could one again be stimulated by the summer blooms. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of stained and fusing techniques and knows that, “Sometimes mistakes turn into the best pieces.”

Jill took her first stained glass class 11 years ago and has more recently taken up fused glass. She appreciates the collective group that is CGGE will all the shared experiences it has to offer and jokes, “We all keep the Band-Aid companies in business....”

You can find more of Jill’s creative glass work at her Etsy shop:

Congratulations to all!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Congratulations go to Lynn of Gilded Lily Glass for Her "Jungle Fever" Bracelet

This month’s winner is Lynn of Gilded Lily Glass who’s winning entry is the beautiful and unique “Jungle Fever” glass bracelet.

Lynn has been working with glass for 15 years and originally started as a stained glass artist. When she started fusing glass and saw the possibilities that the process offered she left stained glass behind and concentrated on fusing. In 2006 she began lampworking. Her fused and lampwork glass jewelry and has been selling glass art at shows and art galleries for over 10 years and has recently joined Etsy and the CGGE.

Lynn is inspired by practically everything she sees and keeps a notebook with her at all times to jot down ideas. She was an art history major and derives inspiration from a number of historical artists.

Lynn is a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and Orange County Artists Guild.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband, 3 cats and a dog.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Congratulations go to Linda of Paper 'N' Clay for Her Glass Breakfast Pendant and Earrings

Well, we really gave our members something to get their teeth into this month (sorry!!). The topic was "Foodies" and we left it up to our members to decide what that word meant to them.

We had a great selection of entries, and Paper'N'Clay won by popular vote. Her piece was inspired by the typical breakfast dish of bacon and eggs. Just looking at it makes the mouth water!

We asked Linda what inspired her to make this piece, and she replied "Food is one of my favorite things so my head was swimming with ideas. I have made the bacon brooch before but had never made the matching egg earrings until the challenge presented itself". She also told us that she really enjoys working with glass as she learns from each project and is able to use what she learns to inform her new projects and create something new and exciting. Linda has some plans for the months ahead, and as a result of remodeling work at home, has opportunities to work some glass items into her home and workspace. She has said that she will make glass knobs for a pegboard that runs the length of one of her rooms, which sounds a fascinating project. Many of her items are created out of necessity, and you'll see them in her etsy store soon.

Congratulations Paper'n'Clay !