Fall 2019 - Functional Issue - The Flow

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The Flow®  Fall 2019

Glass Vegas 2019
by Amy Short
Photography by Doug Baldwin, Alexis Joy, Hew Burney, and MG Professional
The third annual Glass Vegas Expo in February 2019 proved that this show is not just an average tradeshow and that it’s here to stay. The theme of the show was More for more artists, more glass, more buyers, and more fun.

The 2019 Glass Vegas World Series of Glass
by Ted Campos
Photography by Doug Baldwin, Stephen Boehme, Michael McCluer, and Joe Peters
An important part of the annual Glass Vegas Expo is the World Series of Glass (WSOG). The WSOG is one of only a few competitions where artists can bring in their already beautifully finished pieces to be judged by a panel of their peers.

Tips for Becoming a Successful Artistic Entrepreneur
Selling Your Work During the Holidays
by Jason Michael
As artists are gearing up for the holidays, it’s time to continue the momentum created throughout the year. Something to consider is creating an annual limited edition series or item that clients will look forward to purchasing each year during the fall and winter holiday season.

Armadillo Art Glass Initiative
Community Action through Glass Art
by Margaret Zinser Hunt
Photography by Sarah Sheafe, SGS Photography
Armadillo Art Glass Initiative (AAGI), a charity event in Austin, Texas, has successfully raised over $250,000 for Meals on Wheels Central Texas over the past six years. Borosilicate glass artists donate their time for one weekend each year to create pieces that are sold in silent and live auctions.

Nick Deviley
The Glassroots Art Show Moves to Asheville
by Shawn Waggoner
Photography by Bang Le
Inspired by an abiding passion for functional glass, Nick Deviley founded the Glassroots Art Show in 2009 as a way to legitimize glass pipes as an art form. After celebrating a decade in Madison, Wisconsin, Glassroots will be moving to Asheville, North Carolina, in October 2019.

The Flow™ Artist Profiles
Photography by Carson Pennella and @dabselphoto
The Flow™ introduces readers to Carson Pennella (aka CAPGlass), Pete Weis, and Robert Raymond (aka Drakken Glass). Pennella, whose work merges beauty, form and function, and Weis, who works in classic designs, shares a collab piece. Raymond shares artwork that recently won second place in the solo functional division at Glass Vegas.

Pipetown, USA
An Interview with Joaquín Ramón Herrera
by Akiko Mardon
Photography by Ariel Schulze, Bandhu Dunham, Joaquín Ramón Herrera, Kevin Foote, and Wind Home Photography
Joaquín Ramón Herrera, director of Pipetown, USA, shares the background behind the making of this feature-length documentary on the origins of the borosilicate glass art pipe movement in Eugene, Oregon, and the experiences of the artists who make them today.

Creative Flameworking
Working with Borosilicate Plate Glass
by Milon Townsend
Using borosilicate plate glass can become a normal and routine aspect in the vocabulary of the working torch artist. Many different creative styles can be achieved when artists vary the thickness of the glass, grinding and polishing the edges of the glass, and allowing the glass to speak to them as they create.

The Glass Wishbone
Your Lucky Break
Text and Demonstration by Kurt B
Photography by Kelli Catana
Kurt B demonstrates how to make a glass wishbone, a popular symbol of good luck. White borosilicate rod is rolled in Silver Strike powder, then shaped into a wishbone by splitting the initial nub. The two sections are then lengthened into the two arms of the wishbone shape.

Murine Cabinet Knobs
Learning to Use the Stick and Snap Technique
Text and Demonstration by Marc Kornbluh
Marc Kornbluh demonstrates creating patterns and pulling them into cane to create patterned murrine cabinet knobs. Instructions for creating the cane, then condensing and pulling it down are included. The stick and snap technique is used to finish the knobs before they are attached to knob findings.

Building and Adorning a Fully Worked Mini Tube
Using Honeycomb and Reversal Techniques
Text and Demonstration by Bob Harley Dawg
Photography by Rocky Gaines @flippins_creations
Bob Harley Dawg demonstrates using honeycomb and reversal techniques to create a mini tube. A solid line worked horn is also created to match the reversals. The addition of a faceted opal to the piece provides the perfect finishing touch.

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 are offered regarding the importance of knowing proper techniques for reheating glass and discovering the best resources where artists can discuss their work.

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