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The Dates for the 2018 Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival have been announced.  January 13th, 10a-9p & 14th, 10a-5p. 

This is a very large show and we have seen it grow year after year in our backyard.  A booth is $500 and there are 100,000 people expected to attend throughout the weekend. This is the largest special event in Lee County.  Learn more below!  

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AAE GLASS ART STUDIO 2.0 GRAND OPENING

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4th

10a.m. – 3 p.m.

1490 NE Pine Island Rd

Building 10

Cape Coral Fl, 33909 

You are cordially invited to celebrate the grand opening of the brand new AAE Glass Art Studio 2.0 in Cape Coral, Florida.  We look forward to seeing you again (or meeting you for the first time).  By far the biggest undertaking AAE Glass has ever taken on, we look forward to celebrating a vision becoming reality with you.     

The AAE Glass Art Studio 2.0 is the result of Master Glass Artist Tanya Veit’s vision.  A vision that began in a basement studio years ago has come to fruition in Cape Coral, Florida.  Tanya is known across the globe for her energetic and enthusiastic teaching style as well as being the innovator of several popular glass fusing techniques in the industry today. 

Being a self-taught glass artist has allowed Tanya to learn by trial and error.  She studied the basics of glass fusing, but didn’t let that stop her from pushing the envelope.  I will never forget hearing her say, “Sometimes a failed experiment yields the best results.”  She constantly learned and quickly developed her own style. 

While being a great way to learn, trial and error can be very expensive and time consuming.  Tanya realizes that time and money can be the two biggest hurdles for any glass artist.  That is why she enjoys teaching so much. She is able to share her knowledge with glass artists across the world, while saving them time and money with valuable knowledge.  She not only teaches live classes at the new 2.0 studio, she offers several workshops online.  Most are free.  She has something for artists of all abilities and can reach anyone in the world who has access to a computer.  In addition, Tanya has brought on many other well-respected glass educators to share their knowledge in the AAE Glass Education Center.  The Education Center has quickly become the go to place for online glass art education.  If you have a question or are looking for inspiration, you will certainly find the answer at AAE Glass. 

None of this would be possible without the hard work of the AAE Glass Staff and the insane support from glass artists around the world.  We can’t say enough about our staff.  Even in the face of Hurricane Irma, we got the doors open because of them.  Everyone’s life was turned upside down, yet they were back at the grind as soon as the sun came out.  It is no wonder customers are so happy to work with them in any capacity.  We pinch ourselves daily with the amount of support we get from glass artists everywhere.  Our local glass artists keep the studio lively when the snowbirds fly north for the summer.  The snowbirds who spend half the year with us share stories and experiences since we last saw them.  The glass artists who come to Florida from Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and every state on the map couldn’t be more dedicated to their art.  To each and every one of you, Thank You!  We wouldn’t be here without you and we promise to continue to raise the bar in the glass industry.

Here are just some of the happenings at the Grand Opening:

-Amy Ferber of Bullseye Glass in Oregon will be demonstrating powder printing and answering your questions about Bullseye Glass.

-Dan Drouault of Covington Engineering in California will be demonstrating his lap wheels and saws. We will be offering 15% off all Covington machines in store this day only. Dan will be happy to answer any questions you may have about his machines.

-The FIRST 50 PEOPLE through the door will receive a FREE 4x4 piece of CBS Dichroic Glass.

-Everyone through the door will receive a SPECIAL GIFT.

-FREE project guides and FREE samples.

-Video screens throughout the store displaying QuickFlix fusing projects.

-Mike from Jen-Ken Kilns will be displaying and answering questions about his fiber kilns. These will also be 15% off this day only.

-Huge instore discounts. A great time to stock up.

-A new schedule of world class instructors will be joining us this year.  Kelly Crossler Alge, Morgan Madison, Lois Manno, Cheryl Chapman, Nancy Weisser and a new technique workshop by Nathan Sandberg.

-Last, but not least…We will have FREE ICE CREAM!  The good kind!

The AAE Glass family is proud to announce Paul Messink has joined the Education Center team.  Paul has released the first two parts of his 3 part series of online video education using enamels to create thick panels.   

Paul Messink is well known for his work with enamels. His beautiful enamel work is easily recognizable. AAE Glass has been lucky enough to host Paul's workshop several times and the students never leave dissappointed.  Now glass artists around the world can learn from Paul in the comfort of their own home or studio anytime, anywhere on any device.  

PART 1 "Introduction to Enamels" has been a huge hit and is a must see for anyone who works with enamels or wants to learn more about working with enamels.  Paul goes in depth into the how's and why's enamels do what they do.  2 hours 15 minutes with 11 chapters of indepth enamel knowledge and experience is available at your fingertips. Whether you have been working with enamels for years or are just starting out, this online video will spark ideas you never knew existed.  

PART 2 "Thick Panel Basics" is now available for purchase and takes Paul's use of enamels to the next level.  Paul is a true educator and believes providing a foundation of essential information allows an artist to learn a skill faster and with more understaning than if they didn't have the basics.  Hence this thoughtfully layed out three part series.  If you want to work bigger and thicker, this is your chance to learn without spending your own time and money on research and development.  

PART 3 is scheduled to be filmed in mid-November when Paul comes back to the AAE Glass Art Studio 2.0 to teach another workshop.  After post-production is complete we are tenatively looking at a release before the end of the year.  

After the completion of this three part series, artists will be able to complete the type of stunning work Paul is known for.  

Don't forget you earn Education Coins for every dollar spent at AAEGlass.com.  These Education Coins can be used towards the purchase of any online video's available in the AAE Glass Education Center. Start saving today with AAE Glass. 

Often times we hear, "Stop daydreaming, you are wasting your time, stay focused."  It has long been thought that daydreaming is the habit of an unfocused person.  It turns out, daydreaming will actually exercise your brain and memory, while keeping you focused on your goals.  

There is research information available all over the internet if you want to read more about the science behind daydreaming, but suffice it to say, daydreaming has been linked heavily to creativity.  It is your brains way of rebooting.  Daydreaming often occurs when you are doing a mundane task.  You may catch yourself daydreaming in the shower, while you are washing the dishes, cutting the grass or many other times throughout the day.  Have you ever flipped through a dozen pages of a book only to realize you haven't comprehended anything you read?  This is because your brain was wandering and trying to focus on other things. Daydreaming can go a long way to clearing some space in your head for new information.  It can act as a timeout for your brain while it organizes your thoughts for you.

Staring out the window on a bright winter day watching snowflakes float to the ground is one of my favorite things to do. The repetitive pattern of cutting grass is another favorite activity of mine because it gives me a chance to zone out and clear my mind for upcoming tasks.  Don't feel bad for taking a few moments each day to simply let your brain go.  Lose yourself in thought, let your brain roam and you will become more focused on your immediate tasks.  

Creativity block is a real thing.  We have all sat in the studio, stared at our glass and become frustrated because we can't decide what to create.  Either we keep going back to the same designs we have created over and over or we simply can't form a picture or a plan to create something new.  The next time you find yourself in this position, walk away and put yourself in a relaxing atmosphere for a few minutes.  Take a few deep breaths and let your mind wander.  Don't try to control it, just let it go. Whether you daydream about glass, an upcoming vacation or the falling snow, just letting your mind roam will free up some space and help you to focus on your next task.  

So the next time someone tells you to stop daydreaming because you are wasting your time, tell them you will be with them in a few minutes after you are done preparing yourself to take your work to the next level.  

Vitrigraph Murrine: A Foundation
With Nathan Sandberg

Nathan Sandberg has shared his Vitrigraph Murrine techniques in glass studios around the world. Today, you can enjoy learning the Foundations of Vitrigraph Murrine in this 1 hour 42 minute online video class.  AAE Glass is so very happy to welcome such a talented and experienced glass artist to the team.  

Included with this video is entry to a private Facebook group for any artists who purchase this online class.  Your education will continue with discussions from other artists around the world who have taken this online class.  Several of our Education Center videos have these private groups and the amount of continuing education is priceless and infinite. 

You will also receive downloadable pdf files of firing schedules, diagrams and handouts.  This information will be available anytime you wish to refer back to it in your AAE Glass Dashboard.  Nathan has left no stone unturned in his maiden voyage and the reviews are already coming in and they are fantastic! 

If you are familiar with the AAE Glass Education Center, this is another must have online class for your library.  If you haven't seen the AAE Glass Education Center yet, what are you waiting for?  It is the best place to learn fused glass techniques on the internet. 

WATCH FREE TRAILER HERE 

VIEW CLASS DESCRIPTION AND PURCHASE HERE 

 

                                                                                                            

What a great few years it has been! As many of you have heard, AAE Glass is expanding and moving this summer. In the past 7 years, AAE Glass has grown from a basement, to a garage, to a small studio, to the best glass campus Florida has to offer. We are now in the process of moving from our current location, to one almost three times the size! Needless to say, Florida's best glass fusing studio is about to get even better!

Not only will we continue to carry unique and affordable glass fusing supplies, we have several brand new ideas that the industry has never seen before. These have been in the works for several months and will be ready to launch shortly after we get settled. These new adventures, along with Tanya Veit's enthusiasm, will no doubt revolutionize the fused glass industry. I am not at liberty to say what these new ideas are just yet, but rest assured, they were hatched by Tanya and given the same attention and love as everything else she does.

Judging by the number of downloads and the numerous emails we receive daily from glass artists around the world, the AAE Glass Education Center is a huge hit. There is nothing else like it in the industry. My favorite emails to receive are the ones from glass artists located in parts of the world without access to glass studios, that state their love for glass art has been renewed because glass art classes are now available online. For many artists around the world, the Education Center is the only viable option to learn new techniques.

We have a long list of top industry educators lined up to come to Cape Coral, Florida and film their techniques for the AAE Glass Education Center. This is not only a valuable tool for glass artists around the world, but glass educators are really liking the idea of being able to share their work with people who would otherwise never have a chance to meet them. The broad reach of the Education Center is allowing artists around the world to take their abilities to another level.

With that said, online classes are not the same as learning in a classroom environment. So to address that need, the new AAE Glass Studio will have multiple classrooms that will offer everything from open studio to Master classes. There will be something going on nearly everyday. Our current location really doesn't allow us to offer as many classes as we could, simply due to lack of space. This will no longer be the case. Not only will the online Education Center host some of the industries top educators, but the AAE Glass Studio will continue to host top teachers and we will be able to offer multiple classes at the same time! So whatever your level of glass fusing is, we have classes for you both online and in studio.

While we have a big job ahead of us, we wouldn't have it any other way.  We are happy to take on the challenge in an effort to provide a truly unique learning experience that is not available anywhere else.  You, our loyal students and customers, are the reason we are where we are.  You have shown us such great support through the years, both online and in studio, that we now have an opportunity to build on the momentum and bring you even more new products and techniques.  Seeing our students grow their glass art and their small businesses is what keeps us going!

We thank you for your patience while we make this move.  The website will continue to receive and ship orders during the move.  The AAE Glass Art Studio in Cape Coral, Florida will be closed for a few weeks after our monster garage sale this Saturday May 27th from 10am-2pm.  We hope to see you there. 

May 24, 2017 5:44:31 PM By Mark Veit Latest AAE Glass News,

Please see the following important information regarding Saturday's huge studio & store garage sale.  
There will be two buildings where the sale is located.

  • Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. SATURDAY MAY 27th
  • The Bullseye & general fusing supplies will be at 1228 Lafayette St., Cape Coral.  Sales flyers will be handed out at the front door.  Please enter through the front.  Bullseye is 40% off and other discounts are up to 40% off as well.
  • System 96 glass will be at the alternate building.  1211 Miramar St. Cape Coral.  We have found LOTS of S96 glass along with some really special art fusible Uroboros glasses as well.  We will have S96 frit, noodles, pebbles and glass sets available at up to 50% off.
  • All USED equipment & kilns MUST be purchased through the website now (see below for what's available) and picked up on Saturday OR you may e-mail Tanya at [email protected] to arrange an alternate pick up date.  It will be very crowded on Saturday!  We cannot reserve kilns and equipment or take orders over the phone.  Please place used equipment orders through website only.
    Pictures and full descriptions are on the website.  See what is available HERE. 
  • IMPORTANT!  Saturday will be the last day the brick & mortar store is open until the new facility is ready.  This may be as long as 4-5 weeks so please get everything you need!
  • The online store will REMAIN OPEN throughout this transition but there will not be store pick ups.  All orders placed online will be shipped.

From time to time, I like to lose myself in Google. It usually starts with an obscure question that I need an answer to.  I begin by Googling my question, but that always leads to more questions.  Before I know it, hours have gone by and I have learned everything I "needed" to know about subjects I never knew existed.  I had an episode last night regarding small business trends for 2017 and found some very interesting articles I thought I would share with you. 

40 SMALL BUSINESS TRENDS & PREDICTIONS FOR 2017 (businessnewsdaily.com)
This article gives an overview of trends happening with small businesses of all kinds.  It is a great overview and touches on social media marketing, technology and finance. 

10 SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING TRENDS TO PREPARE FOR IN 2017 (smarthustle.com) 
This article breaks down several different types of social media marketing.  Even if they aren't all for you, you can gain knowledge from knowing the difference of each. 

7 MOBILE TRENDS EVERY SMALL BUSINESS SHOULD FOLLOW IN 2017 (biznessapps.com)
More and more buyers are using mobile devices everyday.  This trend is only getting stronger.  Be sure you account for this in your business.  Here are several things to think about. 

As small business owners, we often get tunnel vision and obsess about the day to day operations or the things that are on our plate today.  It is important from time to time, to take a big picture look at the small business environment, especially in your field. The more you know about where the small business world is heading, the better you can prepare yourself to be successful.  

AAE Glass is upgrading locations and we need to lighten the load before the move. We would rather ship the glass, frit and molds to you for free at a huge 40% discount than move it. If you are looking to stock up on glass and/or supplies, there is no better time than now.  Take advantage while supplies last and thank you for your patience while we pack and ship your orders this week. Save on all of the items listed below: SALE ENDS MONDAY MAY 15 at 12AM EST. 

BULLSEYE GLASS 
BULLSEYE FRIT  
BULLSEYE MOLDS
BULLSEYE BILLETS

DICHROIC GLASS (25% OFF)

DECALS (30% OFF)
SILVER SETTINGS (30% OFF)

PAINT (30% OFF) 
POWDER STENCILS (30% OFF) 
ETCHING STICKERS (30% OFF) 

 

Being resourceful is not an option when owning and operating a small business. Small businesses do not have the same tools available to them as larger companies. Budgets are smaller and productive time is more valuable than anything. With that said, it is important to get anything and everything off of your plate that can be delegated.

When we started AAE Glass, we did everything ourselves. There was only two of us so everything from accounting, to marketing, to production, to purchasing, to customer service, to packing & shipping and so much more took up all of our time. There are only so many hours in the day. I don't care how many of them you spend working, there will come a time when you simply run out of time and your business plateaus. The only way to grow your business at that point is to get more hands involved.

This can be done several ways depending on the size of your small business and your resources. We started by getting some of our younger family members involved to do tasks that could be done during their free time. They were in high school at the time, so weekends worked best. They would do anything from cutting decals, to picking orders to gluing on bails. It is up to you to fully explain what you are looking for and give them a few examples of the exact procedures. Remember, they are in high school and you have been a glass artist, small business owner for years. A clear and concise explanation is worth the time it takes.

After we maxed out those duties, it was time to hire a full time employee. We went through several candidates before we were able to find a quality employee. Again, chances are they are coming from another background, so explaining exactly what you want them to do is very important. They will eventually learn, but by putting in the extra time with them in the beginning, they will become more self sufficient and it will pay off for you in the end.

Don't forget to invest in your website if you sell online. It often gets overlooked and if you don't take the time to clean up and update your website, it will look outdated very fast. Keep refreshing it as well with new pictures and products as much as possible. This will keep repeat customers coming back to see what is new.

At the end of the day, the buck stops with us, the business owners. In order to grow our business we need to surround ourself with productive, positive people willing to work hard to accomplish the same goal. It is also our responsibility to surround these employees with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. The more we can trust them to produce, the more we can concentrate our efforts on other aspects of growing our business. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend fusers!

Apr 13, 2017 11:27:57 AM By Mark Veit Latest AAE Glass News,
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