Screen Printing - June/July 2013 - (Page 4)

e dito r i a l i n s i g ht s Encouraging StudEntS EDITORIAL gregory Sharpless Editor-in-Chief H ave you ever gone on an ancestry-tracing binge? I did once, and it yielded some interesting results. My family traces its roots back to William Beilby, the 18th century glassworker who set up a family workshop in the Amen Corner by St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle, England. William started out as a glass decorator and enameller for a local glass maker in 1757. Eventually, the Beilby family, all artists, set up a business with siblings William, Mary, Thomas, and Ralph (an engraver) all working as glass makers and decorators. In 1761, William became the first man in England, and quite possibly in the world, to fire colored enamels into the glass, so that the decoration sintered in and became part of the glass itself. Now pieces of Beilby glass are sold at auctions for thousands of dollars to collectors worldwide. I spent time at Corning Museum of Glass ( in Corning, NY, to look at 35 pieces of Beilby glass (most decorated with a small trademark Beilby butterfly etched into the design) and to do a day’s research at the library dedicated to glass there. It was amazing to see the colorful decorated glass goblets, decanters, and bowls that were made by the Beilbys. Though much of the skill was kept in the family, the Beilbys eventually took on apprentices. In 1767, a 14-year-old student by the name of Thomas Bewick joined the family business as an apprentice to Ralph Beilby. Bewick studied for seven years under Ralph, a specialist in engraving. Though Ralph taught Bewick what he knew to excel in the engraving business, it wasn’t until he recognized Bewick’s talent for wood engraving that Thomas Bewick’s true skill developed. By adopting metal-engraving tools and cutting hard boxwood across the grain, Bewick revolutionized wood engraving and restored its popularity. Today he is best known for wood-engraved and printed illustrations in A History of British Birds (1797), General History of Quadrupeds (1790), and in Aesop’s Fables (1818), The Poetical World of Robert Burns (1808), and more. Now there’s an annual Bewick Prize funded by the Bewick Society in England, which is awarded at the annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers. It is awarded to the best wood engraving submitted each year to encourage artists, printers, and wood engravers to enjoy the practice. Speaking of passing on the knowledge, I think that as skilled printers, each of you has an obligation to recognize and pass on the talent that you possess, or to support students who show talent. Therefore, let me encourage you all to visit the Tom Frecska Student Print Competition page at or call 703-385-1335. The competition honors excellent student work in the specialty imaging field in memory of the former editor of Screen Printing magazine, Tom Frecska. The cut-off for submissions this year is on July 31, 2013. Who knows? You may have another Thomas Bewick in your company, university, or business. Editor 4 screenprinting Photo courtesy of Corning Museum of Glass You never know where students will end up or how their talents will grow. gail Flower Editor Ben P rosenfield . Managing Editor Bill Parsons Art Director Mark coudray, tim greene, andy Macdougall, rick Mandel, thomas trimingham Columnists Linda Volz Production Coordinator andy anderson, Jeff arbogast, albert Basse iii, reynold Bookman, Bob chambers, don curtis, dean deMarco, Michael Emrich, craig Furst, david gintzler, ryan Moor, Bob roberts, Jon Weber, andy Wood Editorial Advisory Board SALES Senior Vice President/Group Publisher Murray Kasmenn 770-578-2577 Business Development Managers Lou Arneberg – East and Midwest uS, Eastern canada 800-654-5169 Ben Stauss – West and South uS, Western canada, Europe, asia 513-263-9363 Jerry Swormstedt Chairman of the Board tedd Swormstedt President Steve duccilli Senior Vice President of Content Kari Freudenberger Director of Online Media Customer Services Screen Printing Subscription Services p Box 1060 .O. Skokie, iL 60076 P: 847-763-4938/877-494-0727 F: 847-763-9030 E: Free Subscription renewals/address changes

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Screen Printing - June/July 2013

Screen Printing - June/July 2013
Editorial Insights
New Products
Standardization Secrets for Screen Printing
Eliminating Variables in the Screenroom
Decorating Trends in Team Wear
T-Shirts to Medical Trays: An Intro to Ir Conveyor Dryers
Distributor/dealer Directory
Opportunity Exchange
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Screen Printing - June/July 2013