My new publication The Art of Fused Glass Enamel Painting will be shipping by the end of December and have already received more than 300 pre-orders on the book. This is very exciting that there are so many talented fused glass artists eager to learn my processes and applications and increase their own skill set!
In addition to the publication, I am very proud to add select Colors for Earth enamels and products, and Unique Glass Colors products to my shopping page. These products round out many of the other products which I produce: original designed rubber stamps, water slide decals, acrylic artist wrist rests, and acrylic stands with jars for mixing your enamels and keeping them organized in the work space.
The enamel products added to my website are for the convenience of students unable to shop at retailers being in remote areas with no other options. I support the local retailers and their stocking product lines that I use and teach with in their studios. We need these retailers not only for convenience in shopping but more importantly expert advise and assistance with education and the ability to take workshops by so many wonderfully talented glass instructors the studios bring in from all over.
This year I have also launched a new closed group Facebook page - Workshop Students of Mark Hufford to continue supporting what was learned in workshops attended, or with a purchase of tutorial that provides eligibility to access the group. It is a great group of talent at all levels of experience with a lot of sharing regardless of the enamel brands used. Each manufacturer has their product specific support groups on Facebook to assist the users of their products and understandably discussion is limited to the use of their products only.
So what's coming in 2019? There will be several new tutorials being released and many with product kits to accompany them so you have everything you need to get started. I have also been working on and planning a new tutorial series on drawing in graphite for the beginner.
As my travel schedule settles in and confirmations to post those dates, the Scheduled Workshop page will be updated AND I am adding several classes to my home studio list! Just south of Austin in Buda, Texas my home studio classes are limited to 4 students making it an extremely relaxing and fun environment to learn in. I also offer private instruction targeted to your specific area of interest in fused glass painting techniques.
That pretty much wraps up this blog post. It has been a very exciting and year of change for me as an artist and instructor with a lot of support from friends and family. Cheers!