Spring 2013 - Culturally Inspired - The Flow

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Letter from the Editor

by Jennifer Menzies

Jennifer Menzies, editor of The Flow, encourages readers to take advantage of the various 2013 conferences and workshops to learn new techniques and take their glassworking skills to a new level. She also extends an invitation to visit The Flow and sister publications, Glass Art and Glass Patterns Quarterly, in their booth at the upcoming Glass Craft & Bead Expo in LasVegas, Nevada.

Flow Spring 2013 Culturally Inspired Gallery

Featuring the work of 14 hot glass artists

The work of 14 talented flameworking artists is displayed in this Spring 2013 culturally inspired gallery. Designs include sculptures, abstract pieces, nature themes, necklaces, and geometric-themed beads that represent a wide variety of styles and techniques.

Lifeforms-The Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka Biological Model Exhibition

by Robert Mickelsen

Photos Courtesy of the Artists

Robert Mickelsen shares the history behind the development of the Lifeforms exhibition in which many artists will create realistic glass art to capture the details of flowers, insects, birds, and other forms found in nature. The work emulates the art of Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka, who created the botanical study models in glass commissioned by the Harvard Botanical Museum. The nonjuried entries of Lifeforms will be displayed online, with the juried portion to be exhibited at the Pittsburgh Glass Center in Pennsylvania.

Glasscaster with Marcie Davis

Sara Sally LaGrand—Creating Work On and Off the Mandrel

by Marcie Davis

Flameworking artist, Sara Sally LaGrand, shares how her glass art has evolved from creating beads to building sculptural work by assembling smaller glass pieces with the help of a wire base, an idea inspired while studying large museum pieces by Dale Chihuly. Her current sculptural work revolves around colorful, whimsical bird figures and abstract shapes.

Flame Off 2013-A Signature Event for the Sonoran Glass School

by The Staff of Sonoran Glass School

Photography by Andrew Brown

Twenty-four flameworking artists, many of whom are renowned the world over for their glass art, competed against the clock in solo and pairs competitions at the 2013 Flame Off held at Sonoran Glass School in Tucson, Arizona. When the judging was completed, three winners were named for each competition, with first place prizes going to Beau Barrett for the solo competition, and Jon Russell and Ely Andrew Miller for the pairs competition.

Tracing Eye Beads through Time

by Amy De Simone and Adrienne V. Gennett

Photos Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass

Beads depicting an eye or those with dots resembling an eye have been created by various cultures as early as the sixth millennium BC through modern times. These eye beads were created in ancient cultures to ward off the negative energy of the “evil eye”. They continued to develop in the form of Mediterranean head beads, decorative Chinese eye motifs, Roman Empire face beads, Islamic mosaic eye beads, Venetian trade beads, and African powder beads. Eye beads are still manufactured today in Turkey.

What’s Hot

by Darlene Welch

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, warm, and cold glass can be found in the What’s Hot section of The Flow.


Glass Enameled Bottle Cap Pendants

Text and Demonstration by Paula Pennell

Photography by Paula Pennell and Don Pennell

Paula Pennell demonstrates techniques for applying glass enamels to metal bottle caps to create pendants and decorative elements. The caps are prepared by hammering to flatten them and even out the flared edges of the outer circumference. Any excess plastic or paint on the caps is burned off in the flame, the enamels are applied, and the caps are reintroduced into the flame to adhere the enamels to the caps.


Text and Demonstration by Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams, inspired by her time spent in Hawaii, demonstrates creating swimming female sculptural figures and accompanying ocean waves from Boro Bar and glass rods. Techniques for forming the legs, torso, and head, then combining the parts are included, as well as tips for forming the curved pieces that represent the waves.

Peanut Bead

Text and Demonstration by Susan Walsh

Photography by Virginia Dejewska Slawson

Susan Walsh demonstrates beginner techniques for building sculptural beads using a basic donut bead as the foundation. Tips are included for creating the base bead, rolling the bead in frit for added texture, and melting the glass off of the rod.

Googley Bird Sculptural Beads

Text and Demonstration by Hannah Rosner

Hannah Rosner demonstrates techniques for creating free-form sculptural beads. Tips are included for setting up the colors; forming the head, wings, tail, and body; and assembling the bird. Two forms of the bird are built—one with borosilicate glass and one with soft glass.

Kiln Corner-Overcoming the Fear of Kilns

by Arnold Howard

Arnold Howard, who writes instruction manuals for Paragon Industries, L.P., provides answers to questions from readers to help beginning fusing artists overcome the fear of kilns. Included are tips for using reclaimed glass, such as recycled bottles, to gain practice without worrying about ruining more expensive glass. Reviewing the kiln instruction manual is also recommended.

What’s Your Handle? –Creating Bar Tap Pulls

Text and Demonstration by Phil Sundling

Photography by Chris Famalette

Phil Sundling demonstrates the creation of a personalized glass bar tap pull. Techniques are included for shaping and notching the basic tap, making a computer stencil as a resist, and etching a personalized design onto the top of the pull.

Artist Profile-Kate Rothra Fleming

by Darlene Welch

Kate Rothra Fleming is a glass artist, world traveler, and entrepreneur whose glass art translates her lifelong fascination with natural history. A full-time studio artist who has been designing jewelry in Charleston, South Carolina, since 2000, Kate’s work has been featured in several books and journals including Showcase 500 Art Necklaces1000 Glass Beads, and 500 Beaded Objects from Lark Books.

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