Fall 2018 - Functional Issue - The Flow

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FLOW Fall 2018


Letter from the Contributing Editor
by Milon Townsend
Contributing editor Milon Townsend recalls his journey as an artist and how important it is for experienced glassmakers to share what they have learned in their own glass adventures with new artists. Having a forum where techniques can be revealed is essential to meeting new challenges, aesthetically as well as technically.

The Flow 2018 Functional Glass Gallery
The Flow Fall 2018 Functional Glass Gallery features the work of 16 flameworking artists. Showcased is a collection of beautiful and innovative glass art that includes goblets, mythological creatures, jewelry accessories, pipes, a chandelier, and wall decor.

The 2018 World Series of Glass Gallery of Winners
Photography by Doug Baldwin Photography
Glass Vegas presents a gallery of the winners in its 2018 World Series of Glass featuring the work of over thirty functional glass artists. First, second, and third place winners were announced in four different categories including collaborative art, solo work, a mille category, and innovative shot glasses.

CHAMPS Trade Shows Glass Games Winners Gallery
Photography by Sly Vegas and Dankman Photography
CHAMPS Trade Shows recently awarded eight winners in its Glass Games for functional glass artists. The best and brightest stars earn their places in the CHAMPS Glass Games by winning one of the organization’s other events. The winning art featured abstract, mythological, political, and floral themes, and space oriented designs.

Pipes in the New Glass Review
Conversations with Three Glass Artists
by Hethre Larivee
Photography by Weird Kid Media, Jeff DiMarco, and Jawn Owens
New Glass Review, an annual publication by The Corning Museum of Glass, continues to document contemporary, innovative glass art. NGR set a new precedent by featuring several influential pipe makers. Kim Thomas, Eusheen Goines, and Dan Coyle share how their glass art has developed in this interview with glass artist Hethre Larivee.

The 2018 Glass Art Society Conference
Historic Days in Murano
by Sara Sally LaGrand
Photography by Russell Johnson
Murano, Italy, was host to nearly 1,800 attendees at the 2018 Glass Art Society Conference. It was a monumental effort that took years of planning by many people, including renowned Italian glass artists, Cesare Toffolo and Lino and Marina Tagliapietra. This conference is considered one of the most memorable in GAS history.

Robert Mickelsen
A Second Act in Functional Glass
by Shawn Waggoner
Robert Mickelsen’s second act in glass not only pays homage to his early career in flameworking but couldn’t have happened without it. The artist has gracefully transitioned from sculptural to functional glass, promoting his artwork to an entirely new fan base and resulting in the most successful years of his career.

Elevating Functional Glass to Fine Art
An Interview with Banjo
by Shawn Waggoner
Photography by Wind Home and Alex Reyna
Widely regarded as one of the godfathers of the functional glass community, Banjo works glass in a torch to create mind-blowing psychedelic sculpture that transcends its functionality. With over 191,000 followers on Instagram, hungry collectors devour his new work the minute it appears online.

A Quick Inside-Out Production Pipe with David Mullen
Text and Tutorial Photos by Jenny Newtson-SchickDemonstration and Photos of Finished Work by David Mullen
David Mullen, who creates and sells his work under the name Yoshi Glass, has been a production pipe artist for almost two decades. The artist works mainly in borosilicate glass, but he has also worked in soft glass and neon. This inside-out pipe is one of his standbys for his production work.

Kiln Corner
The Mystery of the Overfired Kiln
by Arnold Howard
Photography Courtesy of Paragon Industries, L.P.
Arnold Howard discusses problems that can cause a kiln to overfire. One of the main things to check when this problem occurs is to be sure that the thermocouple wires are connected to the correct thermocouple terminals.

Wrap and Wake Fishing Lure Chillum
Text and Demonstration by Jillian Jiggs
Photography by Maximillian Scotti
Jillian Jiggs uses her interest in fishing to find inspiration for making this fishing lure chillum. The body is made from green glass rod and shaped in the flame into a traditional lure shape. To finish, eye mille pieces are used to give the lure its large, bright eyes.

Tips for Becoming a Successful Artistic Entrepreneur
Building a Glass Art Business in a New Territory
by Jason Michael
When artists move to a different area, it takes time to develop relationships with new galleries and local artists. Setting business goals for success includes getting to know retailers by locating at least six shops in the area, visiting those shops, and comparing what they carry to the artist’s glass stylings.

What’s Hot
Information on the latest in new glass types and colors, supplies and tools, kilns, books, patterns, and anything else that glass artists and enthusiasts need for working in hot glass can be found in the What’s Hot section of The Flow.

Parallels Between Hot Glass & Human Existence
by The Village Iterate
Pearls of wisdom are offered to help flameworkers navigate the fascinating world of glass art. Suggestions include rapidly evaluating the situation during an unexpected crisis, moving immediately to solve the problem, and practicing patience while working with glass.

Octopus Decanter
Text and Demonstration by Milon Townsend
If you’re willing to take the time to create enough interesting and well-made components that are based on a thorough plan and get them all together, you can come up with some amazing pieces like this octopus-shaped decanter. The tentacles are created using clear tubing, and suckers are created using clear rod.

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