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The Enlightenment: The Lamb Studios Stained Glass Newsletter

March 2016: Vol. 3, No. 2

CRAFTSMAN PROFILE: Edgar Carchi

Another installment of our Craftsman Profile column, this month featuring Lamb Studios own Stained Glass Craftsman Edgar Carchi.

Edgar moved from Ecuador to the United States sixteen years ago, looking for “a better life and status”. He initially lived in Brooklyn, NY, where in his search for employment heard about a studio that was looking for help glazing glass. Edgar figured the job would be working with regular window glass, but instead it was working with stained glass at Wilmark Studios in Pearl River, NY. Edgar had never worked with stained glass before, but he was very capable and learned all facets of stained glass window creation on the job, from Wilmark founder and owner, Mark Liebowitz. The studio specialized in creating new stained glass commissions for synagogues.


When Wilmark Studios moved to Massachusetts, Edgar found a position at an interior design firm, where most of his work involved using the copper foil technique. He made windows for kitchen cabinets and created Tiffany-style copper foil lampshades. At this time, he also learned how to fuse glass.

The design firm eventually went out of business and Edgar was without work for over a year. That’s when Mark Liebowitz put him in contact with Lamb Studios President and owner, Donald Samick. Edgar called and then came in for an interview with Don. He impressed the owner and was hired, starting just two weeks later. He didn’t exactly get his feet wet with stained glass right away – he felt more like a mover as he helped the studio take on the large task of moving locations.

That was four years ago, and Edgar has contributed his many skills to the studio ever since. His favorite part of the work is cutting glass for new stained glass windows; he is good at it and he enjoys the challenge. His second favorite task is to assemble windows, which he does beautifully and meticulously.

Like many in the stained glass business, Edgar does not have much stained glass in his home (it’s tough to go home and do stained glass for yourself after doing all day at the studio!). He has one piece that he created for his home, it is a beautiful piece which features Jesus’ face etched in blue flash glass with a border of clear bevels.

IN THE STAINED GLASS NEWS

Pittsburgh, PA: It is with a heavy heart that we report that stained glass artist and designer Nicolas Parrendo died on February 11, 2016 at the age of 87. His career in stained glass spanned 66 years. He initially worked at Hunt Stained Glass Studios and then he eventually bought the studio in 1987. Mr. Parrendo was predeceased by his wife of 31 years, Luella. He is survived by four children: David, Edward, Celeste, and John as well as three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Portland, OR: In recent years, glass makers Bullseye Glass and Uroboros Glass have been under the scrutiny of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The Portland Mercury reported that the DEQ believed that in spite of passing DEQ tests twice in the past year, that Bullseye was responsible for the high levels of arsenic and cadmium in the air in Southeast Portland. Reported levels of arsenic were 159 times higher than safe levels and levels of cadmium were 49 times higher. These levels increase the cancer risk from one in one million people to one in ten thousand people. Bullseye isn’t alone however, the DEQ released a map that shows “hot spots” of pollution around both Bullseye and Uroboros locations. In reaction to this news, both glass makers have voluntarily decided to suspend the use of cadmium and arsenic in their glass making processes until further notice.

Woodbridge, VA: Artist Jeanie Dunivin had planned to add her work to the Chinn Park Regional Library, but was unable to do so, due to the onset of an illness which cause her eventual passing in February of 2015. Dunivin’s friends and colleagues, Erin O’Brien Jones and Krystyn Haydash stepped in to complete the large stained glass piece that was to be hung in the library. Jones and Haydash shared much laughter and tears in the nine months it took to complete the piece, but once complete they succeeded in honoring Dunivin in the work.

In The Woods: Artist Thomas Medicus has installed a stained glass amoeba sculpture deep in the thick dark woods. The piece is derived from the cell structure of an amoeba, an organism with the uncanny ability to alter its shape. Upon close examination, the individual glass pieces that comprise the piece are painted with a series of symbols and motifs. The overall look is fascinating and little bit on the spooky side. For photos of the sculpture, click on the link below.
http://www.designboom.com/art/thomas-medicus-stained-glass-amoeba-sculpture-02-23-2016/

Dayton, OH: Art students at the University of Dayton have transformed reclaimed stained glass windows from the university’s Chapel of Immaculate Conception into new art pieces. The works were created during the 2015 fall semester and will be on display at Gallery 249 from February 29th until March 17th. The exhibit, entitled Living Glass: Sustaining Memory Through Light, celebrates the history of stained glass and the power of light. Examples of how the stained glass windows were transformed include a glass flower sculpture and a Piet Mondrian influenced stained glass cube.

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