Friday, April 10, 2015

Getting the Sawdust Flying

It looks like snow, but it's sawdust on the camera lens. I dug out the router, nailed the window frame to my work table and routed a clean grove in the frame. Sometime the bottom of a frame has a slot for the glass to slip in. It's great for the original window but doesn't allow us to put a new piece of glass in the frame. This is for a frame that belongs to a local decorator store, Brambles and Blossoms here in Provo. We build stained glass panels for them to resell occasionally. They are quite popular (stained glass in old window frames). We spend way too much time on preparing the frames for the glass, removing glass and putty and metal points.

Jeanne used plyers and a chisel to pull out the old glass. They thing that worries me is that we expose ourselves to lead paint on a lot of these old frames.


Monday, April 06, 2015

Making the most of our Resources

Recently, Jeanne and I attended a Creative Collaborative meeting where two gals that work on sales in their business on Etsy.


We've had an ETSY webstore since 2009 and since it's been lackluster, we've just put up items on rare occasions.

Our daughter-in-law, Christy has a pretty successful ETSY store (christygomm) and has been encouraging us to do more with ours. So between the seminar and the encouragement from Christy, I'm adding patterns to our ETSY store.



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Friday, January 16, 2015

The New Year Blast

We Like To Start The New Year With A Blast. We do this by making as much artwork as we can each day. So far Jeanne's ahead of me, but we've made some nice pieces together. She let's me doing the boring stuff, like repairs. But also lets me do the drafting which I find inspiring, working with Right brain and Left brain considerations at the same time. 


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Student Work In July

David finished his panel after 5 weeks of class

So He decided to do a small dove for his final piece
Kendall worried about the quality of his piece throughout the class but ended up with a great finished stained glass.
Heather enjoyed the class from the beginning. She's excited to get to her next project.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Taking Time

Sometimes, a project takes a lot longer to complete. Last week I started on a repair of a window that I imagined would take a day or two to complete. It's been more than 8 days and I'm still working on it.

Window removed from frame X's show breaks
Chalk dust on paper to form pattern rubbings

After rubbing with replacements penciled in
New pattern piece shown over broken piece

Pattern traced on glass

Broken Pieces Removed

Some Pieces replaced with more to go.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Another Difference In Our Art

This is a copy of the inside of the invitation to the Zions Show which will take place May 16th, 2014 from 6 till 9. If you can you should come to this great event in Provo, Utah.

If you notice, in the second column, third from the bottom, it says "David Gomm". This is in spite of the fact that when we applied for the show, I made sure that I always signed David and Jeanne Gomm. This was because they did the same thing last year. I got the credit and Jeanne's name was left off.

Earlier this month we had a showing at the Windowbox Gallery here in Provo which will continue through this month, this time things were reversed and the show was listed by "Jeanne Gomm".

In the upcoming Spring Show at the Covey Center For The Arts, Jeanne is listed and I'm left off.

Whats the deal? People aren't in the habit of crediting more than one artist to a piece of art, it would be highly unusual for two painters to work on an art piece unless it was a large mural. But stained glass is different. Jeanne often will come up with a sketch of a concept for  a stained glass work. I will then take it and redraw it using AutoCAD so all lines are straight and circles are round, Then Jeanne will pick glass colors and trace the pattern pieces onto glass, I'll usually cut, Jeanne usually grinds and we both fit, foil and solder the piece. The work is done by two, a very collaborative effort.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Time Spent On Business

Jeanne and I spend a great deal of time on our art but more than half of our time is spent on the business or art!

Yesterday I got a couple of panels complete that I'm reinforcing for an artist friend, I felt I accomplished a great deal. In addition to that, I got 6 pages placed on the website showing more in our gallery of work.

So I spent more time on the "business" of stained glass than I did on building or designing the work. We spend so much time planning for shows, deciding what will be in them, what should the theme be, hauling the work back and forth and then we might get to work on the art of stained glass.

Sometimes I daydream of the days when a wealthy patron might take a "protege" under their wing and help provide them with the funding to work and work and work.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Process-Stained Glass

Kelsi Gunderson shot a student video of the stained glass process at our studio.
You cand see it at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTAFqBspejU
which is at our youtube channel
and at
which is her channel

Friday, March 14, 2014

Ready For The Reception

Stained glass reception tonight part of SHAW (sugar house art walk)
Brittany Golden Studio
1115 E 2100 S, SLC UT 84106
from 6 to 9
refreshments will be served and you get to meet the wonderful artists!


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hanging Glass


Here we are at the Jewelry Studio in Sugar House. I had to put hooks in a wood stringer over the window so we could hang some of the glass in the window.

We'll be at Brittany Golden Studio in Sugar House Friday night from 6 to 9 and our work will hang through March.




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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Getting Ready For A Show


On Friday we'll be showing stained glass at the Brittany Golden Studio in Sugar House. Brittany is a wonderful jeweler and her website is an inspiration to me http://www.brittanygolden.com/  She was the one who introduced us to Weebly and that's how we began to rewrite all our websites into one. Her studio is at 1115 E and 2100 S, SLC Utah 84106 We''l be there friday from 6 till 9.

Here I'm cleaning all the windows




And here's a shot of the whole stack of windows ready to go in the car. A flat stack of eleven panels is just not that cool looking.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Help From A Friend

Alisha Bishop came to our home and gave us lots of marketing advice. Not only did she give us suggestions as to what we could be doing, she also showed us how to implement those suggestions! It was such fun to meet with her and gain from her experience.


Friday, March 07, 2014

In The Studio

This week Jeanne and I have been working on a angel together. The results are quite stunning, she really looks good! Jeanne's color choices have been so harmonious and vibrant. It's a very satisfying project!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Much To Do




Today Jeanne is completing some musical gift items to be put up on a web site for piano teachers. Susan has done a lot for the site, she's one of our long time students.
I'm building a portable six foot easel for use at the Popup Gallery show in downtown Provo on Friday February 7th from 6 to 9pm.
 You can learn about the gallery at www.popup-provo.com.



Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Articles Are Transfered And Updated

I've rewritten and updated all the articles on BetterStainedGlass so they are all on the new website. www.gsg-art.com

Now for the short articles on the other site!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Stained Glass Sidelites

We finished a couple of sidelites for an entryway. They are very nice. The bevel clusters were quite pricey, but we still gave the clients a great price (the clusters were priced at our cost. These panels will get placed in insulated units and then installed in a door system. 3 different companies working together to complete the project.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Great Fun with Stained Glass

I posted a Youtube video and recently re-posted it with higher resolution and I did the anti-shake option so it's easier to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSRkmtQUPcs

This year has been one of great success so far. We finished "The Dance Of Life" and did some panels for a designer in Salt Lake.




Here is a view of those windows from inside her design studio. They are very big, we had Glass Doctor in Springville install them. Candace says the only problem with them is that they get so much attention that her clients can't take their eyes off of them to look at items in the design studio!












Then, Candace had us build a Grand Entry for a home north of the capital in Salt Lake City. Never one to make things easy for us, we had to have it built and installed in a month!

It turned out great!

We are currently frantically finishing up 6 more smaller projects so we can build Christmas gift type items.

We have nearly finished teaching the Living Social Star classes we had scheduled and the Amazon local ones will expire in November so that constant barrage of classes will come to an end.!

We couldn't be happier with the way things are going!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Studio Tour

Jeanne and I have been improving and cleaning and spiffying up our studio in preparation of the Utah Valley Artist Guild coming to visit. That was last night and it was great fun  meeting with the artists and discussing their work and ours.

Here I hang a second panel for display on the new staircase treatment we just finished.


Here, Jeanne stands proudly in front of our new "gallery" space. There's room for four 18" wide panels and we feel sure that we'll change it up often.

Below we have pictures from the studio tour.

 






Wednesday, July 03, 2013

We're losing a window but gaining a door.

New header in place, window is gone. Lots of light cause there's a big hole in the wall.

How come the AC is working very well? Cooling all of Provo isn't working! Man it's been hot!

Friday, June 28, 2013

 Here are the latest pictures I have posted on the student pages on our website. It's another milestone, so far we've taught exactly 100 students this year, not counting students who haven't finished their projects so they aren't on the student pages website. This is a pretty big number and Jeanne gets worn out by the end of the day sometimes. They say we should post this kind of notice on our blog as well as the web because folks don't see the website as often.
We hope you're having a wonderful summer! The 4th is coming, I'll bet there will be many stories to read on facebook.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

What does painting the shed have to do with stained glass?

Here's the before picture where you see the bad paint on the shed. Landon and I are setting up to paint the side of the shed in the neighbors back yard.

But what does this have to do with art?
Landon is  proud of the improved look of this section of the shed.

But that still isn't art.
 Here Landon is reaching for the tip of the rafter. He's painting the roof edge as well as the shed walls.

Art? Stained Glass? We think that artists need to surround themselves with beauty. And painting the shed does add some beauty to our surroundings.
Jeanne gets into the act by trimming and pruning the fence line between the two houses.

I have my ball cap backwards just like we do for safety when grinding (this is as a sun shade)

It makes a difference, one side of the shed is starting to look new and the other side looks weathered.


So..the shed is a nicer looking structure and the neighbors don't have to look at that eyesore. We have made our little part of the world a bit better. And that's what we do when we create art.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Woodworking Project


I have to do many things before I can do a woodworking project. I have to finish most of the projects I'm working on and clean up all the tools used of the project, toss out the un-needed pattern pieces, put the scraps in the bins and shift the tables back to their normal position.

I'm tired already! Then to do this project, I had to go to Home Depot twice and move glass out of my way. The window box is made of cedar, they didn't sell a 48" one. So I made my own and Jeanne found a great deal on flowers today.

Tommorrow, I'll probably finish the sidelight that I soldered on today and then I can foil the next one that I finished cutting out today..then I'll think about more work on my walkway cover!