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Conway Glass offers quality glass and mirror products. Stained Glass, Shower Doors, Mirror, Insulated Glass and Blown Glass. We are unique in that we design, handcraft and teach about this amazing material.

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Find out what's going on at Conway Glass and generally what's going on - in and around historic Laurel Street. It's a great neighborhood, with ample parking, great restaurants, the glass blowing studio/gallery and the Waccamaw River, all within easy walking distance.

 

2016 Beer Bottle Beautification Project

Barbara Streeter

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Visiting artist Wayne Fitzgerald - Saturday, January 2
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2016 Beer Bottle
Beautification Project

After a night of celebration, you probably won't want to see another beer bottle - but, on Saturday, January 2, Pennsylvania glass blower, Wayne Fitzgerald will be #inthehotshop demonstrating how he transforms mundane bottles into "objects that transcend their original intended purpose."

Demos are 10 am until 4 pm and begin on the hour.
2015 Beer Bottle Project Video with Wayne Fitzgerald
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Close at 1 pm on Thursday, New Years Eve, January 31st

Reopen Saturday, January 2, 2016, at 10 am for First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos
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Conway Glass offers many glass products plus we design, handcraft and teach about this amazing material.

We're located at 209 Laurel Street in historic downtown Conway, South Carolina.

Call 843.248.3558 or visit our website for upcoming events, classes and product info.
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Ed Streeter Awarded SC Arts Grant

Barbara Streeter

Ed Streeter has been awarded a $1000 Quarterly Project Support for Artists Grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2016 fiscal year. The support will allow Mr. Streeter to present the First Saturday Glassblowing Demonstrations. The demonstrations are free and enable the public to see and learn about the traditional craft of glassblowing.

Ed Streeter talks with audience

The Quarterly Project Support for Artists, which is funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, will allow Ed Streeter and Conway Glass to host glassblowing demonstrations free to the public on October 3, November 7 and December 5, 2015.

Ed Streeter making a glass pumpkin

Mr. Streeter is proud to continue the tradition of offering free glass demos and is honored to be recognized by the South Carolina Arts Commission for his dedication in bringing art to the public. He says, "On the First Saturday I create colorful bowls, vessels and sculpture with 2000 degree glass and demonstrate various traditional and experimental glass techniques. Assisted by Barbara Streeter, our demonstrations are both educational and entertaining."

Conway Glass, Inc. is helping Ed Streeter meet his obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars. Those who are supporting the grant project are: Conway Glass, Inc., Ed Streeter, Barbara Streeter and Dr. Dennis Stevens.

Local residents can see how the Arts Commission grant and local funds are benefiting the First Saturday Glass Demos and see how Ed Streeter brings art to his community by visiting Conway Glass, Inc. at 209 Laurel Street in downtown Conway, S. C. on Saturday, October 3, November 7 and on December 5. Demonstrations are free, open to the public and held each hour 10 am until 4 pm.

About SCAC: The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission is working to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina and by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.

Ed Streeter is a visual artist and co-owns Conway Glass with his wife Barbara. In his studio, he creates custom stained glass windows and blown glass vessels and sculpture. The studio welcomes hundreds of visitors to each First Saturday Glass event, who then spend the day shopping and dining in downtown Conway.

In addition, he has enjoyed teaching glass classes and demonstrating various glass techniques to the community for over 25 years. The First Saturday Glassblowing Demonstrations educate the public and establish an appreciation for the craft while raising the awareness of how artists work to create quality handcrafted products. The studio events serve as a catalyst; Conway Glass is a hub for the arts and is a positive economic anchor for downtown Conway. For more information, visit us at 209 Laurel Street or call 843.248.3558.


Sculpture Commission in Brookgreen Gardens

Barbara Streeter

We are delighted to announce the commission of a series of glass sculptures as part of Brookgreen’s 2015 Nights of a Thousand Candles, December 3rd-5th, 10th-12th and 17th-19th. Our installation will consist of unique glass sculptures that are hand-blown, fused, cut and sculpted.

The site-specific, sculptural glass work will be installed in Anne’s Garden, an intimate walled garden located in the Huntington Sculpture Garden at Brookgreen Gardens. Barbara Streeter said, “Our sculptures for Anne’s Garden will celebrate the wonder and playfulness of childhood. We hope our glass sculptural installation will amuse and delight visitors to Brookgreen Gardens during the holiday season. We hope our sculptures add to all the great memories created during the holiday season relevant to Christmas, family and fun at the beach.”

Brookgreen Gardens opened in 1932 as America’s first public sculpture garden. Its garden spaces and the collection of sculpture displayed within them have continued to expand through the years. The collection now contains over 1400 works spanning the entire period of American sculpture from the early 1800s to the present, and its placement in over 35 acres of garden and landscape settings creates an extraordinary combination of art and nature. Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit whose mission is to display sculpture by American artists and to preserve regional plants, animals, and history.

To find out more visit Conway Glass at 209 Laurel Street in downtown Conway, SC or give us a call at 843.248.3558. 

The Beer Bottle Beautification Project

Barbara Streeter

On the first Saturday of every month, our glass studio hosts free First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos for the community. On a dreary rainy Saturday in January our good friend Wayne Fitzgerald entertained a crowd of over 250 visitors who came out to enjoy the free glass demos.  

Wayne arrived at our home on New Years Eve with Tomato Pie from Corropolese Bakery, a 4lb. Pound Cake from a bakery in Philly and a fun collection of his beer bottle art and future beer bottle experiments.

I was amazed and intrigued by his new work and titled Wayne's demos the Beer Bottle Beautification Project. I then sent out emails and a few Facebook and Twitter posts. Who knew that we would garner so many visitors, positive comments and great publicity.

Wayne is an excellent speaker and teacher and enjoys sharing his passion for glass. We hope he can come back real soon and experiment more at turning mundane beer and wine bottles into works of art. 

The First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos are a component of the Conway Open Studio Project.  The demonstrations are held 10 am - 4pm every First Saturday, October through May. Our goals are to raise the awareness of art-making as a career and to introduce visitors to entertaining, educational and fun art experiences in downtown Conway.

"This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts."

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Can Conway Be A Cool Art Town?

Barbara Streeter

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If you had told me a year ago that I would be creating glass in this beautiful studio, I probably would have said, “I wish!” But, through planning, hard work (with the help of friends & family), artist collaborations, a SC Arts Grant, customer and sponsor support and a bit of serendipity, we pulled it off. The expanded studio is really better than we imagined. It’s a joy to work in the new space...the workflow and positive chi is inspiring. We now have an organized work area for everything we do.

This all began with a meeting in Myrtle Beach hosted by the Myrtle Beach Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Joy Young, SC Arts Commission Coordinator for Horry County, presented an informative seminar outlining the grant opportunities available for artists and nonprofits. A few months later Joy sent me a link to the upcoming SC Artists' Ventures Initiative Grant. She thought this grant would be a good fit for our business. Had I not attended that meeting, I probably would have missed that opportunity. Joy’s email gave me hope, I was fired up!

The process of applying for the SC Artist Ventures Initiative Grant was at first intimidating...until I looked at it in a completely different way. I realized that the documents they were asking for were items I should have readily available anyway. So I did that part first. I struggled over and wrote my artist statement, I polished and updated my resume, I assembled my best photos in the required formats and I added the grant and upcoming art show deadlines to my calendar. I updated my portfolio as well. These are all the basic items I would need for grant applications and art show entries for the upcoming year. With that, half the job was done! I applied and was awarded the SC Artists' Ventures Initiative Grant in August 2014. I’ll write about how I tackled the program proposal and the budget part of the application in a future post.

Leveraging the money for the project matching funds proved to be the most challenging aspect of pulling my plan together. The SC Arts Commission releases funds based on expenditures. In other words “spend the money, then we’ll reimburse you.” The grant is for $5000. with a requirement for matching funds of $2500. When I applied for the grant I assumed the $2500. matching funds would be available through our business, Conway Glass. Unfortunately, we had an unexpected expense that took those funds. I didn’t want to postpone our renovations and our upcoming projects, so I decided to create a KICKSTARTER campaign. The campaign’s goal was to raise the matching funds. It was a super success!

The KICKSTARTER helped us gain new customers, raise over $3000 and create an art buzz in the community. With total funds of $8000, I was able to begin the installation of new technology, energy efficient lighting, advertising, fuel for the glass furnace, color and glass batch. We now had everything we needed to kick off the Conway Open Studio Project. In addition, we can now record our classes, demonstrations and other events, right from the studio floor. We’ll soon be able to live-stream our events. Yes, we are moving into the 21st century.

Tom Anderson Construction and John Isle Construction played a big part in making this all happen. We couldn’t have completed the renovation without their help. I left the demolition, bathroom, plumbing and electrical work to the experts and they did an excellent job. Tom Anderson Construction (our landlord) also installed a new firewall, which completely transformed the studio space.

In addition, this semester I am completing an Independent Study at Coastal Carolina University. The study documents art events, workshops, and artists collaborations in downtown Conway, SC. It also provides written analysis on how processes developed during the study could help other rural communities through the arts. My goals are to: 

  1. Successfully coordinate new initiatives into existing Conway Glass Studio environment.
  2. Collaborate with others to achieve successful marketing outcomes.
  3. Expand and develop community involvement in the arts in Conway South Carolina.
  4. Critically reflect on successes and disappointments during the South Carolina Arts Commission grant period in order to incorporate benefits into future initiatives.

Furthermore, the October First Saturday Glass Blowing Demonstrations were “standing room only” with over 400 visitors that day! Our Experimental Glass Theatre event held on November 8th was a huge success and glass blowing classes at Conway Glass are almost sold out for 2014! 

Overall, I heard many positive comments...the best being “I feel like I’m in a cool town that really cares about art!” I guess that sums up what we need in this sleepy little town. A little fun, cool art projects and lots of hot glass activity.

                                                 Paid for by the Committee to Keep Conway Quiet

                                                 Paid for by the Committee to Keep Conway Quiet

Introducing - The Labé @ Conway Glass

Barbara Streeter

In addition to our ongoing studio renovations as a part of our Conway Open Studio Project, we are also gradually renovating for a new art gallery in the foyer of our shop at 209 Laurel St.

To get us started, Dennis Stevens Ed.D. has installed a few pieces of his awesome work. In the new gallery space, you will find the following framed art prints ranging from $125 to $150. 

You can view more of Dennis' artwork on the web at www.vastplayground.com

Amidst the Dust

Barbara Streeter

First we want to thank those of you who have generously backed our KICKSTARTER project. All funds support the Conway Open Studio Project and the Experimental Glass Theatre. We've raised $1820 of our $2500 goal - we are now 72% funded. With just 10 days to go, every dollar counts and we appreciate everyone's enthusiasm. Tell your friends and let's make art happen!

If you don't know about this exciting art project, go here and find out how you can get involved. 

The Open Studio Project budget provides for studio renovations, new lighting, glass materials, video and audio equipment and advertising. The first step in our project is studio renovations. The improvements have provided expanded classroom space and more room for events and demos. The added bonus is that now our work space is more spacious and organized - soon we'll be adding fans and new energy efficient lighting. We're really excited about the new video camera and monitor that will be installed in the hot shop. This will enable our visitors to see glass working techniques up close during the glass blowing demos.

Keeping up with our work while renovating the studio has proved to be challenging, but that part is almost over. In spite of the dust and noise of the jack hammers, we managed to build this beautiful stained glass window for Mt. Carmel Universal Methodist Church in Hemingway, South Carolina. 

We've knocked down walls and opened up the studio space. The floors are being cleaned and painted and a new handicap restroom is now being added. Within the next few weeks we'll make lots of progress and we'll keep you posted as we get ready for the October 4th, First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos.

The goal of the Conway Open Studio Project is to raise the awareness of art-making as a career and to introduce visitors to entertaining, educational and fun art experiences in downtown Conway.

"This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts."

 

The Fire is Warming

Barbara Streeter

Summer is our slow season, but this year it's been an eventful and busy summer for us. We have completed several large stained glass windows and we've been on the road visiting galleries, art shows and artist workshops. June began with a trip to the Chapman Cultural Arts Center in Spartanburg, SC to attend Artist U. Thank you SC Arts Commission, we are grateful for the opportunity to learn about professional development strategies and how we can make our lives as artists successful.

Also, this summer we rolled out our brand new website. Amazingly, we were prepared for the process. Last fall and winter I spent a lot of time photographing and documenting our glass blowing sessions and studio work. I feel it is very important to document our life as artists. If you are an artist, personal photos of the process - you creating your work - will build interest in your final creations and give your collectors a personal connection to your work. Furthermore, it gives your customers a better understanding of what you do - a glimpse into your life.  I organized hundreds of high resolution photos and several narratives - bits and pieces from the previous six months into categories; work in process, glass blowing demonstrations, stained glass windows, blown glass and studio renovations.  From there, adding content and photos to the website went pretty smooth. The big payoff is that we now have visual elements for future art show submissions, marketing and publicity opportunities. 

Posting photos to Facebook is a great way of collecting feedback from friends and followers - a virtual sounding board - for marketing and product development ideas. It can also give you a visual calendar of your studio work. We love our Facebook community and value their input! Each month we post a Work in Process album to our Conway Glass Center Facebook Page - documenting the most notable and ordinary, the functional and dysfunctional.

Right now, BIG projects are looming on the horizon! Our studio and hot shop are under major renovations and the Conway Open Studio Project fires up October, 4th with the First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos. You can support the Conway Open Studio Project by participating in our KICKSTARTER campaign. It's easy, just pre-purchase classes or blown glass and get free tickets to the much anticipated Experimental Glass Theatre here.

"The Conway Open Studio Project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts."

 

Barbara Streeter Awarded SC Arts Grant

Barbara Streeter

I've been awarded a $5000 S.C. Artists’ Ventures Initiative Grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission! It is a real honor and enables me to promote and produce the Conway Open Studio Project

The Conway Open Studio Project is a six month arts initiative featuring area artists working in collaboration to invigorate the arts in downtown Conway, SC. The Project will include an Experimental Glass Theatre component to be held in the glass blowing studio of Conway Glass at 209 Laurel Street in downtown Conway.

The goal of the Conway Open Studio Project is to raise the awareness of art-making as a career and to introduce visitors to entertaining, educational and fun art experiences in downtown Conway.

The S.C. Arts Commission grant also makes it possible for me to add video equipment, lighting and other improvements to our glass blowing studio, and to provide the public with an enhanced visitor experience. In addition, the funding will help us achieve our mission of providing free narrated, educational demonstrations of glass blowing to the public every First Saturday, October through May.

Conway Glass, Inc. is helping me meet my obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars. Other artists are also donating their time and talents to the project, they are: Ed Streeter, Michael Gann, Laurie Brown, J.B. Chisnell, and Kim Clayton.

Local residents can see how the S.C. Arts Commission grant and local funds are benefiting the Conway Open Studio Project by visiting the First Saturday Glass Blowing Demonstrations being held at Conway Glass in 2014 on October 4, November 1 and December 6. In 2015 free demos are planned for January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2. All First Saturday Glass Blowing Demos are free and held 10am – 4pm.

In addition, The Experimental Glass Theatre will be held in the hot shop at Conway Glass. This is a Saturday evening event and will debut November 2014. It's glass blowing like you've never seen before. Additional performances are scheduled for January and March 2015 (TBA.)

About the South Carolina Arts Commission

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission is working to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina and by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.

About Barbara Streeter
Barbara Streeter is a visual artist and glass blower living and working in Conway, SC. She and her husband own and operate Conway Glass, Inc., a local glass company specializing in stained glass and blown glass.

About Conway Glass

At Conway Glass, Barbara and Ed Streeter have over 50 years of combined experience in the glass industry. Although they offer many glass products, they are quite different from most glass companies in that they design, manufacture, assemble and teach about this amazing material.

"This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts."

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Tel: 843.248.3558

Conway Glass • 708 12th Ave • Conway, SC 29526