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Fusing Club Next Week

Join us on Thursday, September 25th at either 10:00 AM or 6:00 PM for our monthly Fusing Club meeting.  This month’s topic will be Reactive and Striker Glass – What are they, what do they do and how do I use them?  Many of the fusing glass manufacturers are creating various colors of glass that “react” when placed on or next to a different color or “strike” to a different color when fused at certain temperatures. (The bowl pictured below is an example of reactive glass; it was made with a mixture of French Vanilla coarse frit and Turquoise powder frit.)   Join us for this informational session and learn what colors react and how to create unique looks in your fused glass projects.  Cost is $5.00 for just the demo/discussion time, or $20.00 if you stay to work.  Includes the firing of one piece.  Call and make your reservation today.

Lost Wax Bowl 1

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Studio Hours For This Weekend

Suevel Studios and Chicago School of Glass Art will be closed this weekend on Friday, September 19th and Saturday, September 20th to allow us to attend Family Weekend at Monmouth College with our son Ryan who is a senior this year.   As always, the studio will be closed on Sunday and Monday.  We will be open regular hours next week, beginning Tuesday, September 23rd at 10:00 AM.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause our customers, students and clients.  Enjoy your weekend!

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Our Good Friend Bob Has Passed Away

It is with a very sad and heavy heart that we announce the passing of our good friend and fellow glass artist Bob Taraba. Bob spent years with us in our studio doing what he loved, making stained glass windows for friends and family. Bob’s presence will be missed, but we know in our hearts that Bob and his wonderful corny jokes will always be with us.  Until we meet again Bob we love you and will miss you.

* The studio will be closed on Friday so that we may attend the funeral.  


1932 – 2014                                



ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Robert L. Taraba, 82, was born June 25, 1932 in Chicago to the late James and Millie Taraba and passed away September 2, 2014. Robert was the beloved husband of Joan P. Nee Pelikan loving father of Joan M (Howard) Brauer and Robert D (Elizabeth) Taraba; dear grandfather of 10; fond brother of Geraldine (late Anthony), Late Victoria (late Hank) Schmit and Late James Taraba. Robert is survived by many nieces and nephews. Robert was a Marine veteran of the Korean War and worked for IBM for 35 years. He was a talented artist, and had a great sense of humor. He was a teacher at heart and was strong in his Catholic faith. Robert was a diehard Cubs and Bears fan. Visitation will be Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 3-9 pm at Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Hwy. Arlington Heights. Prayers will be said Friday, September, 5, 2014, 8:45 am at the funeral home and proceed to Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, 440 South Mitchell St., Arlington Heights for a funeral mass at 9:30am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Misericordia at / Funeral information 847-253-5423 or

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Bead Making Quick and Easy

Saturday, October 11 and 25th:  10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

We’ve added a new class to our line-up.  Our Quick and Easy Bead making class instructed by Suzanne Comella. Suzanne has been making glass beads for over ten years and has taught classes here at the studio over the last year.  She has been out of commission this past summer due to a hand injury, but is back in the game after several weeks of physical therapy.  We are delighted to have her back on the team.  Suzanne is also available during the week to teach classes so if there are students interested in a Thursday morning class please contact the studio and we’ll work out some sessions.  We will be limiting class size to four students so contact the studio today if you are interested in taking this class. cropped-photo-1.jpg

Two Sesssions: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM with half hour break for lunch.  Cost: $150.00, includes the book “The Complete Book of Glass Bead Making” (Retail value: $19.95) the use of studio torch, tools and some supplies.  Students will need to purchase glass rods and provide two canisters of MAP/Propane fuel for each class session.

Come and explore the world of glass bead-making and see why this art form can be so addictive. From the time you learn to light the torch and melt the glass, you will be guided through a variety of techniques including how to create particular bead shapes such as round or donut shapes, cylinders and bicones. You will learn to decorate your beads using pulled stringers and twisties (handmade by you of course), dots and even learn how to make your very own glass frit. We’ll also try our hand at encasing and making a simple 2-3 layer murrini. This beginner class will be jammed with loads of demos and lots of fun!