Awards & Engraving

January '18

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A&E JANUARY 2018 • 37 The last step is always a short one: clean up. The pieces were soaked in warm water, the stencils and tape removed, and lastly, the pieces were scrubbed and dried. Looking at the finished pieces, I would have wanted to add some color to the text, but that was not asked for and the short time span did not allow for a back and forth with the group. All in all, another project that is not the standard kind finished and delivered. It is not difficult to get in touch with glass blowers that may be open to working with you in creating special shapes and objects that will set you apart from other businesses that use the standard blanks available. Who knows, you may even come up with some spectacular and unusual pieces; don't be afraid to experiment and explore new possibilities. © Ruth L Dobbins 2018 With over 35 years in the glass business, Ruth Dobbins offers experience in fused and cast glass, as well as in glass-etching techniques. Ruth holds a Master's Degree in Printmaking and Art History and has been a partner in a stained and fused glass wholesale supply company in Europe, which also placed great emphasis on a training program. For 20 years, she collaborated with her husband Norm Dobbins in commission work, writing books and creating videotapes on how-to tech- niques for glass etching. Norm & Ruth taught these techniques for 30 years in the U.S. and other countries. Ruth continues these venues by offering a complete training program at Aliento School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and by teaching at various trade shows. One-on- one training and consulting services are also offered. You can reach Ruth by email at ruth@, by phone at 505-473-9203. Sandcarving A&E

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