A special section of USGlass magazine
Big Boy, Big Job
Sans Soucie Art Glass of Palm Desert, Calif., recently finished etched
glass windows and decorative door glass panels for the new Big Boy restaurant
in Moreno Valley, Calif.
The sandblasted, frosted glass consists of four panels that are 38 inches
wide x 110 inches tall. The two center door glass panels feature the “Big
Boy” of the famous Bob’s Big Boy logo brand, with the adjacent panels
featuring a checkerboard band that coordinates with Bob’s attire of checkerboard
“Big Boy” is 40 inches tall and is a multi-stage sandblast that is dimensionally
etched on the glass surface.
Jon Kuhn to Present Crystal Cross to Pope Benedict XVI
North Carolina glass artist Jon Kuhn and his representative, Al Priest,
president of Salem Stained Glass, have been granted a September 29 audience
with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome to present the gift of a radiant Kuhn cross
to the Pontiff. The 32 1/2 x 19-inch work of art contains 15,000 facets
of clear optical grade crystal and symbolizes the Light of God. The center
of the cross is tinged with crimson to represent the Sacred Heart. Acknowledgment
of the gift was made April 28 by the Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop
Pietro Sambi, during a preview presentation of the cross by Kuhn and Priest
at the Apostolic Nunciature (embassy) in Washington, D.C.
According to Kuhn, the archbishop’s reaction on seeing the cross for the
first time was “immediate; he got it right away,” said Kuhn who heard
the archbishop remark that he thought the Pope will be very pleased “and
would want to use it in his masses.”
In an e-mail to friends and patrons the next day, Kuhn wrote that he was
“honored and humbled” by the experience.
The cross that will be presented to Pope Benedict is the first of a variety
of Kuhn crystal crosses designed and created by the artist under an agreement
between Kuhn Studio and Salem Stained Glass for the marketing of Kuhn
Sacred Glass. Kuhn Sacred Glass includes crystal crosses and other religious
objects created by Kuhn, as well as stained glass windows inset with Kuhn’s
jewel-like glass that are created by Priest and his artists.
Panelists Discuss Decorative Glass During NeoCon
Offering insight about the artistic, environmental and technical considerations
associated with the installation of glass, a presentation titled “The
Art and Science of Glass” took place June 15 during NeoCon. Sponsored
by the Glass Association of North America, panelists were designer Suzanne
Tick of Suzanne Tick Inc., Al Leonard, vice president of sales for Trainor
Glass Co. and Charles Rizzo, president of Skyline Design.
Tick, who designed a collection of glass for Skyline Design, began by
taking the audience through her artistic approach to developing decorative
glass. When developing the collection for Skyline, she said, at one point
she was in Seattle, where there are numerous showcases of decorative glass.
Clarity, she said, seemed to be a predominant theme in many displays.
Another inspiration, she said, was the icon for Apple products.
“It’s all about the look of technology in glass and that was also inspiring,”
She said she also found inspiration through many of her travels, which
took her to India, Japan and the Middle East.
“You can tap into inspiration from anywhere and not be afraid to apply
it to a material [such as glass],” she said.
Leonard spoke next and talked about some of the considerations architects
and designers should take when working with decorative glass. For starters,
he stressed the importance of staying within budget.
“Does the project, as designed and developed, fit within budget?” asked
Leonard. “Next, you have to address its availability [i.e., does it have
to be imported or is it readily available here] and does it meet the job
schedule? All of this has to be addressed once you pick out the product.”
Whether the application will require safety glazing also needs to be considered.
“Some decorative glass products cannot be tempered or laminated,” said
Leonard. “This means they can only be used in places where safety glass
is not required.”
He also pointed out that when such products are used, the required safety
glazing label can be a hindrance to the design, particularly when glass
is used in small quantities.
“When you do use [decorative] safety glass, get verification in writing
from the manufacturer so you don’t have to have the labels on the glass,”
Other considerations when designing with decorative glass can include
the type of system in which it’s going to be installed. Leonard pointed
out that, depending on the height of the glass, certain sizes or thicknesses
may be required.
Rizzo spoke last, and talked about the history of glass and also environmental
attributes of glass.
In looking at the history of glass, he showed project examples—some of
which were thousands of years old—to show how durable glass is. He also
talked about the technologies that were developed to manufacture glass
(i.e., the float glass process).
In looking at the environmental features, Rizzo noted, “Glass is inherently
He explained that it can be used in architecture in many applications;
allows for easy space planning and changes; and provides daylight, which
helps make people feel good.
Likewise, he added that glass products can also help a project earn LEED
points. Some of the environmental features that glass can offer a project
include the fact that it can be energy-efficient and durable; once it’s
installed it stays in for the length of the building’s lifespan, “which
reduces the need for landfills,” Rizzo said.
“Few can imagine a world without glass; it’s ubiquitous,” Rizzo said.
“As architects and designers [you have a] decision to supply aesthetic
beauty as well as function and financial feasibility, but also to the
environment. Make sure the materials you use are recyclable and can be
He added, “We believe in the relationship between the glass craftspeople
and the design community. We can help you with your concerns and we can
help you through the process.”
GANA Decorative Division Launches New Website
The Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Decorative Division has
launched a new website featuring decorative glass products at www.decorativeglazing.com.
The site offers educational information for architects, designers and
others in the industry. It includes a comprehensive glossary of terms
and product types, a gallery illustrating the aesthetically pleasing nature
of decorative glass products, and more.
“We have worked on this project for the better part of a year, and the
results are fantastic,” said Cathie Saroka of Goldray Industries Ltd.,
chair of the division’s website committee. “The purpose of this site was
to offer information in a dynamic way, so that architects and designers
could draw inspiration from other projects, learn the terminology we in
the industry use, and maybe even learn new ways to use the product by
seeing some of the amazing things that have been done with decorative
The site features company profiles for each of the division’s members,
segmented into manufacturer, supplier and glazing contractor. “Our goal
is to offer the architect and designer a quick way to learn about specific
types of decorative glass, see examples, then learn where they can purchase
those products for their projects, as well as who may be able to bring
forth the experience in installing the product,” explained Saroka.
The site also has a technical section and a green section. “Green technologies
have become a way of life in the glass industry,” said Saroka. “We offer
our LEED® white paper illustrating the ways decorative glazing products
may help earn LEED certification points, and soon architects will be able
to view our Introduction to Decorative Glazing AIA-accredited presentation
on the site for even more easy-approach education and learning units.”
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