>Did anyone have the opportunity to attend the GAS conference, that I
>believe took place in Boston? I don't remember seeing any posts of
>attendees. How was it? Did you learn anything new or interesting
>you wouldn't mind sharing with the rest of us?
>Stephanie (anxiously waiting on pins and needles)
I read the posts from all those who did not attend and thought I'd
better put in my two cents.
Yes, I attended the Glass Arts Society Conference in Boston, June 6-9.
I'm a glass collector... I've never worked with the hot stuff although
that day may come. I was encouraged to attend by one of my glass
worker friends and had a ball. The actual conference was lasted four
days and included lectures, demos (by the dozen) and tours. It was
preceded and followed by additional classes and workshops, so you could
easily stretch it out to two weeks.
What did I see... a lot of lampworking and hot glass demos up close.
There were also technical seminars in a class room setting. I took a
class on photographing glass. I managed to shoot 8 rolls of film
during the conference. I learned a lot about glass that the typical
collector does not get to see. And I got to see some of the big names
in glass up close and in person. The conference included a goblet grab
and an auction as well as artists doing a little selling on the side,
so I managed to add a few samples to my collection. And most
important, I made a lot of new friends in the glass world.
A large part of my collection is concentrated in paperweights, and I
did not expect to see many paperweight artists in attendance. But I
was wrong, almost every well-known paperweight artist was there.
I'm avoiding mentioning names for fear of leaving someone out. But if
you want more details, ask and I'll go get my program and notes.
From: Allan Port
ALWAYS looking for Glass Paperweights to buy or trade