FLOW Summer 2019
The Flow 2019 Marble and Paperweight Gallery
The Flow 2019 Marble and Paperweight Gallery features the work of 23 flameworking artists. Showcased is a collection of beautiful and innovative glass art that includes nature themes, land and sea animals, florals, a cartoon character, and geometric designs.
An Intro to Marbles
Text and Demonstration by Bandhu Dunham
Photography of Finished Marbles by Azad and Johnaven
Photo of Marble Cane Courtesy of Brian Kerkvliet
Bandhu Dunham, author of Contemporary Lampworking, shares techniques for creating marbles from Volume One of his book. The artist demonstrates traditional techniques, including making marbles from cane, shaping marbles with molds and punties, and creating inside-out marbles. Pegging techniques used to make air bubbles inside the marble are also included.
Using the LapDancer External Faceting Arm
Text and Demonstration by Mark Bolick
Mark Bolick demonstrates using a Prismware LapDancer External Faceting Art and a 12-inch Covington Flat Lap Grinder to facet marble surfaces. A Prismware website calculator provides information for the angles that will need to be followed to create the facets for each tier. To finish, the marble surface is given a final polish.
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.
Fume ‘N’ Trap
A Quick Fume Air Trap Marble with Hugh Salkind
Text by Jenny Newtson-Schick, Demonstration by Hugh Salkind
Hugh Salkind demonstrates creating an air trap marble using clear rod for the main marble and black rod that has been fumed with 24-karat gold for the marble back. Hugh’s Pro Tips plus suggestions for improvising tools and tips using broken marble pieces to accent stained glass art are presented throughout the tutorial.
The Reader Reflections portion of The Flow offers readers a chance to share their thoughts on the articles found in the magazine.
A Pioneer and Magician with Glass
by Vicki Schneider
Victor Trabucco’s attention to detail and flawless technique are evident in his large diameter torch- and furnace worked paperweights that are filled with realistic three-dimensional fruits, florals, and other designs. The piece that has made the biggest impression is his five-inch-diameter paperweight Super Magnum Lizard, which took him more than 10 years to refine.
Change Your Materials to Change the Way You Think
by Milon Townsend
Sometimes using artistic materials differently or using different forms can take artists to a new place where they are learning and experimenting again. Once artists become familiarized with how a newly discovered technique works by itself, they can begin to incorporate it into established work and use it to develop new forms.
The Art of Business/The Business of Art
by Hethre Larivee
Photography by @windhome, @rigsquad.cpt, and @nickcosentinophotography
Chaka Glass shares insights for making the most of a glass art business. Learning techniques for helping clients recognize the value of the pieces offered and realizing when it’s the right time to turn the sale of work over to an art dealer or broker are both important considerations.
1,000 Glass Cranes
by Hethre Larivee
Photography by Connor McHugh Pyroscopic Prints and Jeff DiMarco
Jeremy Grant-Levine, aka Germ, inspired by the ancient Japanese concept of making a wish and folding 1,000 paper cranes to make the wish come true, translated the tradition into 1,000 flameworked glass cranes. The result was a stunning exhibition installed in a 16-by-20-foot gallery space built by the artist.
Bern Gallery’s Pipe Classic XIII
Looking Back, Looking Forward
by Liam Stegman
Photography by Connor McHugh, Pyroscopic Prints, Courtesy of Pipe Classic XIII
One constant across the decade-plus Pipe Classic celebrations has been the event’s ability to bring out the best in people, artists, and observers alike. The 13th edition of the Pipe Classic saw reigning champion Cap’n Crunk become the first artist in Pipe Classic history to successfully defend his title.
Tips for Becoming a Successful Artistic Entrepreneur
High Volume/Low End Versus Low Volume/High End
by Jason Michael
Successful artists have a few lines of mass-produced, bread-and-butter items while also maintaining a line of lesser-produced, higher-end items. This provides a diverse line of art that various clients can afford. Selling directly to retailers will have a higher price point than selling to distributors and will determine the volume of artwork required.
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 artists connecting with their audience, maintaining awareness of what the glass might have to say, and designing with longevity in mind.