Sometimes it takes a team to complete an art project. You can see the imagery in glass pieces we made at the New Website
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with very talented Artist’s in the glass industry. My newest pieces would not of happened without them. This first picture is Albert Young (He teaches me), and myself looking over some paper weights in the Juice Box. I hang at the Juice box, and I am currently renting the shop to make some new work with an awesome team.
I started learning the hot shop in 2008. Real life kind of got in the way of that pursuit. I stuck with my torch set up in my studio. I started working in the hot shop again last Spring 2014 with hopes of incorporating my art with my Late Husbands art. Wanting to make a larger piece than what I could produce in my flame working studio. The hot shop has the big pot of glass that you can grab from, and this big hole of heat that you can keep your work warm in.
This shop is not for just anyone. It really takes dedication to acquire these skills. Lots of mess ups to get to where you need to be.
A big challenge for me was (and still is) working in teams to produce immediate art. I’ve had to take the time to get to know people and understand how they work at a whole different level. (It really has been a blast. I have to say the glass Peeps really are good ones!!) I am really used to working alone all these years, and in a less immediate fashion.
On top of learning to use the hot shop, people, and equipment, I brought a new medium into the mix. These images you see in that glass, that is no cup of tea. Nobody showed me how to do that. And I have researched it to the core! Took me years to afford the time and equipment to figure that out. And putting the image INTO the glass. Welcome to the Future Ladies and gentlemen.
This process takes a fair share of time. Starting with the photograph, leading to computer manipulation, translation of color to metal, application processes, multiple kiln firings, and now I take it to the Hot shop!
Incorporating this traditional cane applications with this image, exaggerated the hair in this drawing perfectly. I owe a Big Thank you to Albert for working this piece with me. Very Stoked with how it came out. I am stoked to create some more with that technique.
The next run of paper weights took a team of 3 people. Awesomeness. And this is just the beginning. I still haven’t made the piece I came to make. Several more to share to get to where I’m at.
I know this drawing is named after a Grateful Dead Song. I cannot remember which one? Any guesses welcome in the comments. Love and light!
LAst week I met with a group of flame workers (lampworker/bead maker friends). We met at the Western Michigan glass society. (If you go to the site; a picture of me is on the homepage…lol!) We rented the space, with over 10 torches, and numerous tools. We talked about beads, techniques we use, we had a good time.
I was excited because I got to use the biggest stump sucker tool they have, and a little torch to practice schott crystal encasement (see these crystals the inventor of the tool made, he is also in e of my favorite instructors.)
With glass, every experience is a new learning experience. This piece is way off. Pretty, but WAY OFF! The flower petals were constructed improperly. (I like to use what I have, even when I know it is not perfect. I was not going to spend a day making flowers I was just going to screw up learning what I was doing….) I heated the flowers too much. And, the glass I heated to encapsulat the flowers, I do not think was hot enough. You can tell because the flowers sagged while I was putting the glass on them. It is the first one I have done without Loren next to me. By next year I hope to get the perfect shape.
This weekend (SATURDAY) I am taking LOTS of beads to the bead expo at the Devos place in Grand Rapids. I am so excited to see all of the glass beads, and the polymer clay artist friends I made last year. Come shop!
Happy Birthday to me; July 14; I am “35” years old.
All those goals I had. Why is it that “35” is the age we set all these time limits on things for? “By the time I’m 35…”; if I had a dollar for every time I thought that!
I decided today to do something totally NOT planned;
A Glass paper weight and marble collage…these are a few of the things I have accomplished (before 35 😉 .
(Oh, BTW! That 2nd part of my sketch book study…I hope to find some time for it soon. I have lots going on right now…maybe by the time I’m 40 😉 …just kidding…)
Those one of a kind running man murrini, and people murrini made into a paper weight I am really happy with.
Encased, and imploded murrini. I learned borosilicate implosion work in August 2006. I have been practicing ever since. In September 2006, I studied with Loren stump, learning how to use Schott crystal. (Schott crystal is the OPPOSITE of borosilicat. Borosilicate is a hard glass. Schott is a VERY soft glass. (like soft rock, and hard rock; same thing.) The technique of imploding can be accomplished a number of different ways.
First off. What is “imploding”. You actually get the (in this case murrini) murrini, or dots, that you apply to the glass to look like they are sucked up through the center, and explode into the center of a ball of clear glass. Sometimes you can see the trails of the image (like here) called an “implosion.” I am sure you have seen it before. You may not of known what it was.
(FYI-One of the most fascinating parts about the technique (to me) is that you can get the same results doing the exact opposite. Yes, my first instructor taught me a technique, and the 2nd instructor taught me the exact opposite technique, and I got the exact same results. Interesting. And! both instructors did not think it could be done with super soft glass.)
So, I had to try imploding with the super soft glass. Why? Because this (schott crystal super soft glass) is believed to be the cleanest, clearest, (expensive), consistent batch, CLEAR glass in the world. I also enjoy the colors I get in my murrini with the soft glass. (soft and hard glass are not compatible)
This is one of my new paper weights. (For sale at my etsy shop)
The schott crystal is the cleanest clear soft glass on the market. I have a very strong interest in clean clear encasement’s. I really enjoy the schott. I see myself using a lot of it in the future.
Have a beautiful crystal clear day!
“Sketch book study part 2 from 1994” blog will not be available for another week. (SORRY! I know I said this week…) You can go to my old blog at Myspace and see Sketch book study part 1 from 1994…Click!