Below are some samles of an exercise I completed along with the class. Base.Body.Lip began with a premade glass sphere. I comleted 100 drawings of possible ways to finish the sphere and then after that. Coldworkng. Lots of coldworking.
We also had a SIUC alumini reunion, complete with pizza. The turn out was great and it was SO COOL to see so many Salukis.
I also had some work in a juried show on Market Street in Corning. The show, Seeing Light, was a fantastic opportunity for me and I was very pleased with the way it was put together. The Arts Council of the Souther Finger Lakes has a great gallery space and I'm excited that they have invited me to have a solo show in 2017 ... More on that to come
A whole week in Pittsburgh helping the super talented Weston Lambert? Yes Please!
Cast to Fit at The Pittsburgh Glass Center covered casting techniques to match glass to other materials, coldworking to seamlessly blend materials together and adhesives to make em stick.
The class made some super awesome things and I learned a ton and had so much fuuuuuuuuunnnnnn.
How lucky am I? Two whole weeks at Penland School of Craft helping Jiyong Lee and Kirstie Rea as a Studio Assistant. These two are both amazing artist and incredibly skilled educators. I learned so much! Penland, as always, didn't disappoint.
Jiyong Lee and Kirstie Rea dropping knowledge.
We had the opportunity to visit some artist's studios while in North Carolina. These shots are from Mark Peiser's shop. What an incredible color in that tear drop piece.
I even had some time to practice new skills. Here's a finished shot of some of my lamination samples. All obsessively hand coldworked. I think you can see how some of my shape choice was influenced by our visit to Mark Peiser's studio.
Oh good lord they let me teach a one week intensive class! With the title of Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys, my focus was to cover the technique of pate de verre and to use language as a starting point for creation. The class covered several mold making techniques as well as exercises in idioms, phrases and figures of speech.
Early this summer I had a chance to do something out of the norm. As part of René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass, our show about René Lalique here at the Museum, I had the chance (and challenge) to make samples for the hands-on activities located at Explainer carts in the galleries.
Museum Explainers, the Museum’s high school and college student program, work throughout the galleries during the summer providing hands-on experiences and answering questions about glass and glassmaking at carts stationed throughout the glass galleries. They are extensively trained in the spring to learn all about glass. The purpose of Explainer carts is to help visitors to the Museum better understand glass history and glass processes. For the cart in the Lalique exhibition, we needed an example of glass casting created through a process called “lost wax” or “cire perdue.”
Here is a bare bones description about how I got from this . . .
To this . . .
I started with an oil based clay and created a sculpture of a bird. I based it off of this piece in our collection which was on display in the Lalique exhibition here at the Museum (Lalique’s is much nicer).
I then poured wax into the alginate mold. The resulting wax was a close copy of the clay and I could now make multiple waxes from the same alginate mold.