40-for-40 Professional Development Series

As part of our 40 for 40 series, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of UrbanGlass, we are offering one free event per month to encourage best professional practices, and to make great institutions and resources in the area known and available to our community. 

January February March April


January 28 & 29, 10-3pm. This free, two-session shooting and editing workshop with BKC Photography will focus on getting better photographs of glass objects using obtainable tools, then utilizing Photoshop to edit and finalize your images. We will focus on highly accessible techniques and equipment like camera phones, professional and prosumer-grade DSLRs, DIY lighting, flash and basic backdrops to create shooting environments ideal for glass. On the second day, we will cover basic Photoshop techniques so you can update your portfolio with professional-looking images. Your goal by the end of the workshop is to create a small “lookbook” of some of your favorite pieces which can be used to promote your work via online selling sites or social media, and to walk away with the knowledge to continue photographing your own work. Students will be required to bring a piece of work to photograph, their smartphone or camera if applicable, and their own laptop. A free trial of photoshop is available online at www.adobe.com. 

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February 21, 6:30-8pm. Steven Zelin, widely known as the Singing CPA, will give a presentation on taxes tailored to the needs of artists, specifically glassmakers. The lecture will cover all you need to know about 1099s, self-employment taxes, business expenses, deductions, and much more, followed by a question and answer session. With tax season approaching, get your questions answered and confusions addressed in this free workshop. Steven Zelin CPA is the founder of Steven Zelin CPA LLC. Born and raised in New York City, Steven (aka The Singing CPA) has been a licensed CPA for over fifteen years.

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March 9, 6-8:30pm every half hour. An Artist Statement is a window into the mindset and content of an artist's practice, offering a brief introduction into their work. It is an important tool, and when used well, can represent and spark interest in a maker and their art. This workshop will allow 5 artists a 30 minute time slot with Susie and Erin to assess and edit artist statements. 

Please email Liesl@urbanglass.org with subject line 'Artist Statement Writing Workshop Sign Up' to sign up for a slot. Please include your 2 preferred time. 


April 26, 6:30-8pm. The goals of this workshop are to organize your work, connect with your audience, and style your new website. The workshop will run from 6:30-8 PM, starting with a presentation of the Squarespace platform, followed by a working session where the artists will work on their laptops to begin building their personal portfolios. During the working session, Squarespace Community Specialist, Jose, will provide a checklist to guide the artists through this process while also walking around and addressing specific questions. Students must bring their own laptop computer. 

Squarespace makes beautiful products to help people with creative ideas succeed. Their platform empowers millions of people — from individuals and local artists to entrepreneurs shaping the world’s most iconic businesses — to share their stories and create an impactful, stylish, and easy-to-manage online presence.

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