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Sep 30, 2016
Episode 128- Finding Healing and Center with Glassblowing featuring Dustin Revere
 
Dustin is a wealth of knowledge who has soaked it up from some of the greatest flameworkers in the world. As an artists Dustin has put himself in position to build relationships and gain exposure from artists whom have hundredrs of years of lineage in their families of glass artists.  Learning techniques from artists such as Giani Toso http://www.giannitoso.com/, Cesare Toffolo, http://www.toffolo.com/en/, Lucio Bubacco http://www.luciobubacco.com/,  Robert Mickelsen http://www.mickelsenstudios.com/ and many more.
 
     Dustin has taken this knowledge and created his own version of techniques which has now captivated and taught thousands of aspiring glass artists around the world. Between his Revere school of glass, youtube videos https://www.youtube.com/user/revereglass and facebook posts https://www.facebook.com/revereglass/, Dustin is always pushing himself to find and share tchniques with an audeince who is constantly hungry for more.
 
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Sep 27, 2016

Episode 127- Co-Founder Nick Deviley
talking "Glassroots"


http://www.glassrootsartshow.com

The Glassroots Education Project

The Glassroots Education Project is a unique opportunity for new and advanced lampworkers to learn from artists, tool makers, and raw material suppliers about technique, tricks, and insight into many aspects of the Functional Glass Art Industry.

 THE GLASSROOTS EDUCATION PROJECT HOURS:
Monday October 10th
Tuesday October 11th
Wednesday October 12th
10:00AM - 3:00PM

TICKETS
Education Project Ticket (3 Days)
$200 - Includes all 3 days of classes except Darby Holm Master Class

Darby Holm Master Class Ticket (3 Days)
$1500 - Includes All-Access to the entire show, lunch daily, and a gift bag with a Glassroots T-shirt and Grassroots hat.

CONFIRMED CLASSES/INSTRUCTORS:

MONDAY OCTOBER 10TH
10am to 12 pm :
Tito Bern - “What Happened?”

Interviews focusing on the day the pipe industry stood still. How “Operation Pipe Dreams” and Headhunter affected our lives.

BIO: Tito Bern is an American pipe-maker based in Burlington, Vermont. In 1999, Tito discovered the art of glassblowing, his new passion was born. In 2004, he co-founded The Bern Gallery with Mikeala Boman, whom he later married. In 2006 the pair launched the Pipe Classic, the world's first Pipe-Making Competition. Tito's work is often sculptural, and animal-centric. His uncanny ability to sculpt the natural form infuses his work with a vitality rarely seen in the medium. Tito lives in Bristol, Vermont, with his wife and their ever-growing menagerie of rescue animals.


12pm to 3pm :
Roger Parramore - “Understanding the Fundamentals”

No matter where you find yourself in your glass career, whether a beginner or well experienced, it is never too early or too late to take the time to familiarize yourself with the fundamentals.

Often times more experienced lampworkers will find themselves at a stand-still, and beginners will be baffled simply trying to plot a course. Glass can often seem mysterious, fickle, and downright ornery; however, with a proper understanding of the material itself and how it interacts with the heat and chemistry of the flame, the artist is freed form the mystery and variables associated with struggling and is allowed to work more closely oriented to the act of creativity. After all, the fun is in working with the material not wrestling against it. This presentation will focus in more directly on gaining an understanding of the material itself and on tightening up our approach to process.

BIO:

With 40 plus years of glassblowing under his belt, Roger Parramore consistently seeks to develop his work while teaching others the passion for the medium. Robert Mickelsen writes: “Parramore is known for his decanter and goblet sets, lidded urns, and broad-lipped compotes. Extremely adept at forming relatively large blown forms, Parramore has sometimes been called the ‘human lathe.’ The bodies of some of his vessels are formed of clear borosilicate glass with color being reserved for ornamentation, stems, and handles. The clarity emphasizes the sense of fragility, while the form lends a feeling of strength. Others are built in the Italian incalmo style with heavily reduced colors giving the surface a ceramic-like appearance. Roger’s vessels are precise and impossibly thin. The perfect shapes of his paper-walled goblet bowls and bottles are a testimony to his extremely high skill level. His highly developed technical skills and uncompromising design aesthetics place Parramore squarely among the very best lampworkers in the world today.” Fellow glass artist and author Bandhu Scott Dunham writes: “Among lampworkers, some of the most sublime goblet bowls are created by Roger Parramore, who pays respect to the Venetian tradition. His scientifically-derived technique produces simple, dramatic, deliciously satisfying forms.”

rogerparramore.com

12pm to 3pm:
Tracy Drier x Erich Moraine - “Scientific Glass Technique on the Lathe”

This is a hands-on lathe technique class which will also provide a mental framework for how to approach scientific glass work. Bring your notebook – there are no hand-outs.

BIO: Tracy Drier began his career as a paper engineer, but glassblowing was always his first love. When he turned 30, he decided to make the switch, and moved to South Jersey to enroll in the scientific glassblowing program at Salem Community College. For the last 20 years he has worked as a scientific glassblower in industrial production and university research environments.

Erich Moraine is owner of Wild Rose Glass where he designs/builds/repairs custom scientific glassware. He attended Salem Community College in 1977 to start learning the profession. That's where he ran into his first glass lathe. He never fully recovered from that accident.


Education Project Tickets:
$200 - Includes all 3 days of classes except Darby Holm Master Class

 


TUESDAY OCTOBER 11TH
10am to 12pm
Germ - “A Quest for Balance”

Germ will talking about his adventures in crowd funding the 10000 Cranes project.

BIO: Germ (Jeremy Grant-Levine) is a Philadelphia based glass artist and teacher. His parents are both artists and encouraged him to experiment with all materials from a very young age. Germ has a degree in Scientific glassblowing and spent several years working in the scientific glass industry, before returning to making art full time. He has traveled extensively, collaborating and learning from some of the best glassblowers in the country. He has been teaching in studios around the US and internationally for the past few years.
Germs work is always in flux. One series of work could focus on the sea and his New England up bringing (Smoke on the Water, 2015) and the next could reference eastern spiritual practices and communal ritual (Tools for Enlightenment, 2016). For many years he experimented with traditional German glassblowing techniques and tried to give them a more contemporary feel.


12pm to 3pm - TORCH DEMO
Jason Howard - “Jedi Mind Tricks”

This class will cover topics such as optic stemware, fuming, using compressed air, and soft glass hot shop techniques to expand your fundamental understanding of glass.

BIO: Jason Howard first began working with glass in 1997 as a senior studying ceramics at Hamilton College with glass artist Robert Palusky. Seduced by its alluring qualities of light and the sheer technical challenge, Howard's glass experimentation soon turned to obsession and total immersion. After a two-year internship as Hamilton's ceramic studio technician and a scholarship to The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, he began studying both off-hand glassblowing and flameworking. His work has been exhibited in national galleries and is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He won a NICHE Award in 2009.


12pm to 3pm - LATHE DEMO
John Meinke (Circle Glass / Mobius) - “Lathe Setup for Smooth Workflow”

Demonstration of how Lathe Setup affects workflow and how a well thought out setup can expand the possibilities of work. Then, a demonstration of ideal setup to make a small beaker style pipe, and a 30-45 minute Q&A.

BIO: John Meinke, also known by his torch name Circle, has been a full time glassblower since November of 1999. After becoming disillusioned with what the future might hold for him while pursuing a BA in music performance for classical trombone, he decided to drop out of college and take an apprenticeship at a small shop in the San Fernando Valley. It was there where he first began to learn about real life, the meaning of intensely hard & hot work and the magic of molten glass. Almost 16 years later he still finds great satisfaction working with his hands and moving glass into shapes that function well and are pleasing to the eye. The first 10 years of John’s glassblowing career were spent blowing glass to stock the shelves of the retail store that he and his brother owned together. He has made everything from five dollar clear dry pipes, to downstems, to bubblers, waterpipes, lighting sconces, ashtrays, cheap bowl pieces, headdies and everything inbetween. The skills that he acquired making everything that could possibly be made to put on the shelf of a smoke shop, gave John an incredibly broad skillset that he draws from on a daily basis. 5 years ago he started Mobius, a production scientific glass waterpipe company, where he is the sole owner and designer. When not working, John is an obsessed gardener and beach bum. His garden could be considered a small farm. Both gardening and surfing time are always spent with his family, his wife Rose and 2 kids. He also enjoys camping, fishing and running. Creating a life with a healthy work, family, food and exercise balance has been an ongoing challenge and one that he feels if very important to not lose sight of. John is 35 years old.

 

Education Project Tickets:
$200 - Includes all 3 days of classes except Darby Holm Master Class

 


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 12TH
10am to 12pm
Carmen Lozar - “Cultivating Style (Listen to yourself)”

How do you make an artwork that is unique and recognizable as your own? In this workshop we will discuss different methods that can help an artists identify and cultivate themes that they would like to realize in glass. A pipe has the potential to become a work of art when the artist chooses to incorporate political statements, personal narratives, or even pop culture into the work. Ms. Lozar will give a brief lecture on her own artistic journey and then invite workshop participants to complete a series of exercises that will help identify and develop their own unique style.

BIO: “The sculpture I create with glass is meant to inspire and provoke imagination. Telling stories has always been my primary objective. Some narratives are sad, funny, or thoughtful but my pieces are always about celebrating life.”

Born in 1975, Carmen Lozar lives in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois where she maintains a studio and is a member of the art faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University. Carmen has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass School, Appalachian Center for Crafts, The Chrysler Museum, and the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. She has had residencies at the Corning Museum of Glass and Penland School of Craft. Her work is included in many collections including the Bergstrom Mahler Museum, WI and the Museum of Art and Design, NY. Carmen Lozar was the 2008 keynote speaker and demonstrator at the International Flameworking Conference in Salem, NJ. In fall of 2016, Carmen will travel to New Zealand to present at the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass conference.


12pm to 3pm TORCH DEMO
Robert Mickelsen - “Organic Freeform Hollow Construction”

Mr. Mickelsen will construct a life-size clear glass human hand out of borosilicate tubing. Followed by a Question and Answer session

BIO: Born in 1951 in Fort Belvoir , Virginia and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Robert's formal education ended after one year of college. He apprenticed with a professional lampworker for two years in the mid-seventies and then sold his own designs at outdoor craft fairs for ten years. In 1987 he took a class from Paul Stankard that opened his eyes to the possibilities of his medium. In 1989, he stopped doing craft shows and began marketing his work exclusively through galleries. Since then, his career has taken off. He shows his work in some of the finest galleries in the country and participates in prominent exhibitions each year. His work is exhibited in many prominent collections including the Renwick Gallery of American Crafts at the Smithsonian Institution, the Corning Museum of Glass,

The Toledo Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Mint Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village. He has taught extensively at the major glass schools including the Pilchuck Glass School , Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, and The Pittsburgh Glass Center. He has filmed and produced two videos on his flameworking process, and he has designed and maintains an elaborate web page dedicated to his own work and the galleries that represent him (www.mickelsenstudios.com). He has published numerous technical and historical articles on flameworked glass. He served for six years on the board of directors of the Glass Art Society and was their treasurer and vice-president.


12pm to 3pm TORCH DEMO
Brian Serck aka BERZERKER - "Dichroic Extract Application"

BIO: Berzerker aka Brian Serck, born in 1972 is a Colorado native, currently living in beautiful Gunnison Co. where he attended Western State University, and received a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. After graduation in 1996 he began his career as a glassblower, and works out of his home studio nicknamed "The Bubble".

In 2008 Berzerker invented a technique he calls "Dichroic Extract”, which involves painting the dichroic directly on the glass in sandblasted areas and encasing. Not only did he coin the phrase, but he also created the product with the cooperation of Coatings by Sandberg. Now, Dichroic Extract is used all over the world, in all types of glass. Consistently pushing the boundaries of glassblowing techniques, some of the other discoveries to Berzerker's credit are "Multiple Layered Graal with Watercolor Frit", and "Glow Powder Back Fill", and "Berzerker's Dark Matter", a mold making clay for glassblowing.

Berzerker’s favorite thing about glass as a medium is, “the magical quality…the misunderstood nature that has been kept {a secret}. Once you understand the basics, you will find that isn’t even the beginning of knowing.” He claims to obsess over breaking down other people’s techniques to understand them and recreate them as his own.

 

Education Project Tickets:
$200 - Includes all 3 days of classes except Darby Holm Master Class

 


MASTER CLASS OCTOBER 10-12 INSIDE COMMUNITY TERRACE

(LIMIT 12 STUDENTS)
10am - 3pm
Darby Holm - "Building a better bong"

The master class will cover building and dressing up a mini bong. Stacking sections, shaping, how to make a female fitting by hand. What go's into the function, and how to adjust it to your preference.

BIO: Forged from the heart of an oak tree and born deep in Bigfoot country southern Oregon, my journey in life began. Destined to be a self sustained artist I quickly dove into the stereotypical life of a “starving artist” with little to no income. I learned fast and found my way doing odd jobs to support my habit of painting on windows or detail accents on cars, some T-shirt designs and lots of drawings on whatever I found cool at the time. Glass found me in the mid 90’s like a moth to a light I could not look away. April 5th 1996 I lit my own torch for the first time under the guidance of my younger brother Carsten Carlile. From that point on I realized the glass world was wide open and all mine to play with and explore as I pleased. Thanks to an incredible community of like minded and equally talented family and friends I have watched this industry grow into something I am very proud to be a part of today.


Darby Holm Master Class Tickets:
$1500 - Includes All-Access to the entire show, lunch daily, and a gift bag with a Glassroots T-shirt and Grassroots hat.


Sep 23, 2016

Episode 126 "Best of featuring Bob Harley Dawg...Yes ..thats his real name..

 

hiw is the heck are you?   Hope you enjoy this best of.. Bob is a wealth of knowledge and shares why integrity and leading by example are imperative in today's world of business .  Here's the link to The Arribas Borthers where I am employed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  

Www.arribasbrothers.com 

 

This is a killer show where Bob and I dive in deep talking business, glass, and passion. If you are not able to handle rejection, criticism, and temporary defeat then you should go find a job instead of pursuing the life of a glass artist.

 

Bob helps moderate the Torch Talk group on Facebook as well as helps coordinate live glassblowing in a virtual studio call The Living Tree. If you've never seen flame work or lampwork its also known as, check this link as watch artists from all over the world creating work in their studios.

Google hangouts

 

find Bob on instagram at Dawghouseglass or his youtube channel

Dawg House Glass video techs

any questions or comments or just want to reach out hit me up in email 

info@wyzguyradio.com 

 

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Sep 2, 2016

Four Phases of Artistic Creation for the Glass Artist

 
     Here is a simple question I have for you. Are you able to draw a sketch or thumbnail to help get the thoughts out of your head and onto paper?   The idea is to have the ability to engineer your art on paper first to work out the details and to think about the moves you will make to successfully get from point A-point Z. This will be the starting point in the creative process as you begin this journey of manifesting thoughts into reality. 
 
Phase 1-The Thumbnail Sketch
 
    This is the first phase of 5-phases that I feel will help simplify and guide you through the creative process. Now this isn't for everyone but In my opinion, if one is having difficulty coming up with ideas or simply feeling a mental block, this path will help alleviate some of the aggravation and heartbreak that can come with artistic discovery. Some may argue that to become a better artist, as well as finding your voice through your work, it is necessary to experience the heartbreak. However a favorite quote of mine, to paraphrase is "....The wise man learns from the mistakes of others...."   Throughout my art journey I have learned from trial and error as well as from the mistakes of others. In college I received formal 2-D art training but regarding glass, its been about 85% trial and error.  This is why this episode in my opinion is so important to take to heart with the hope to save you from years of frustration and anguish from the mistakes I've made and discoveries learned from along the way.
 
 
Phase 2-The Glass Sketch
 
      When trying to figure out a direction to go this tends to be the most affordable  way to experiment with your thumbnail sketches you've created. With any new item, creating something in clear will shed some light on the right direction that you want to go. One of the benefits of creating your "glass sketches" in clear is you can rapidly cool these items, giving you a chance to hold them and study the piece  from all directions. This will allow you to get a handle on the areas that you may need to adjust and change for better comfort and function. As the whole cliché goes.. "sometimes it Looks better on paper" can hold true for an idea that might be just out of your range of experience and technique. This doesn't mean give up, it just means that you will have to make adjustments, finding a way to make it function within your means.  Once you have fine-tuned your new item through adjustments and trial and error you now have a 3-D reference to study. If needed you can go back to your drawing board per se and fine-tune the work on paper again before getting Phase three, the dress rehearsal. 
 
Phase 3- The Dress Rehearsal
 
      This is the beginning of the experimentation phase while heading down the path towards the "final design. This is a mock-up of the final product and at this point you will be adding color or use whatever products you have in mind to see how they work together.  If this is a never before used material like crushed opals,  then this phase will be your test run, allowing you to see how the material works and whether or not it should even be used in the first place.  Because of the influx of new materials it is important to learn how specific material work. Glass color comes in different viscocities, which means the consistency of the material works and feels different from one color to the next. Some colors need specific flame settings and work better with similar colors. If you are using a color that reduces next to a color that doesn't the two colors will work and feel differently. Especially if you are trying to avoid the reduction of the color its self.  Especially when it comes to using it for different and new project. For example a cobalt blue is going to move easier than a lemon drop or any cadmium color.   When referring back to your thumbnail sketches think about the colors you're going to want to use a write them down on your drawing using little lines of reference to point to the area that you think the color would be applied.  Once you get though a successful "dress rehearsal"  it will be time to begin Phase four......Opening Night. 
 
 
Phase 4- Opening Night
   
 
      As any opening night of a performance,  there will be bugs that need to get worked out that may not have come up during the dress rehearsal and rear their ugly heads during opening night.  Typically Phases 1,2, and 3 can be done on one day, Phase 4 should be done during its own session. It will give you a true gauge on the particulars of the piece being made. This way if there are any issues like color checking, you will be able to narrow down the specific issues and solve them as they occur.  
      At this point you will have your thumbnail sketches, clear sketch, and dress rehearsal piece that you will use for reference while finalizing phase 4. By having your phase 3 piece available to hold and study, this physical reference will help you down the path towards the end of your final masterpiece.  
 
 
Now that you have successfully moved through the 4 phases of creation, worked out the bugs and fine tuned the path you can now begin the final stage if you want,
Phase 5...... Production. 
 
In a future Episode, I will be diving deep into the concept of Low-End High-Volume production VS. High-End Low-Volume production as part of the
pricing and selling your work series..
 
 
 
 
 
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