Episode 172-Patrick Charles...Humble Beginnings and Big Dreams
Patrick Charles is a 25-year old glass artist based out of Denton,Tx. Through an understanding of that old cliche', "You have to crawl before you walk"... he's managed to excel as an artist due to a strong foundation of technique and practice. His glass journey began in 2013 and in just 4-years has managed to grow his business and begin putting dreams into reality.
You can find Patrick on Instagram @keepsakeglass
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Episode 170- Bandhu Scott Dunham
Bandhu and I sit down in the virtual studio and discuss many topics pertaining to glass and his career. Find out what sparked his initial interest in glass and what continues to motivate him to continue working with this amazing medium of glass for the last 42 years.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1959, Bandhu Dunham began to teach himself lampwork/flamework technique in 1975, while still in high school. Now an internationally respected glass artist, author and teacher, his work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the US and abroad, including the Corning Museum of Glass, The Museum of Arts and Design, Museum für Glaskunst (Germany), Niijima Glass Art Center (Japan), and Osaka University of Arts.
Bandhu’s Contemporary Lampworking books are the authoritative, standard instructional texts in his field. He regularly teaches workshops at craft schools and private studios around the United States and internationally. In 2010 he was Visiting Foreign Instructor at Osaka University of Arts in Osaka, Japan. In 2012, Bandhu was a presenter and Masterclass leader at the International Festival of Glass in Stourbridge, England. In 2013 he was a presenter and teacher at the international Ausglass Conference in Australia, and First Place winner in the CHAMPS Glass Games in Las Vegas.
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Episode 169- Nick Deviley returns to catch us up on the state of affairs in the world of trade shows as well as tons of value bombs for those who want to or are attending trade shows to sell your work.
1-year later since we spoke and the trade show landscape continues to expand and becoming almost overwhelming.
With Champs, AGE, GlassRoots, Glass Vegas, and BIG, the dates are overlapping and the tradeshow market is expanding to different parts of the country. This includes Florida, Vegas, New Jersey, Philly, Colorado, Wisconsin, and New York.
How can we navigate and find what works best for the glass artist.
The Glassroots Education:
Monday October 9th - 10 am - 5 pm
Tuesday October 10th - 10 am - 5 pm
Private demo class with Phil Siegel
$400/seat (limit 12 seats)
A 2 day class with Phil Siegel will focus on character study, and feature exploration into the art and craft of original character design
Private demo class with Marble Slinger - "Back to the future"
$400/seat (limit 12 seats)
A 2 day class with the legendary Marble Slinger! Learn old school techniques and styles with 20 year veteran pipe maker M Slinger. A master of pattern techniques, he will explain honeycombs, inside out, fuming, disc flips, retticellos, bow ties, spirals, stuff and puffs, and some traditional shaping styles.
General Admission Classes
$100/seat Multiple classes over 2 days
With talks and instruction by:
Matt Eskuche, CalM, Ben Belgrad, Jahnny Rise, Alex Vicknair, and JuJu Glass
Episode 168- Scot Bennet aka Cherry Glass
This was a fun conversation as Scot and I dove into his early career and the stages he went through to get to where he is today. Everything from learning boro production to figuring out how to electroform. You can find Scot online @cherryglass or @tournament_of_fire on Instagram.
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We Give Bugs A Second Life As Art!
Cherry Glass is a family-owned glassblowing business in Northern Minnesota. We are a group of artists that add real insects to our art by electroforming them in copper and applying them onto our glass pieces. We create magnifiicent pieces using organic materials. We have three months of summer and collect bugs as they die off. The rest are shipped to us from collectors and friends! We also incorporate crystals, stones, and Brazilian agate slabs in our work and connect everything together with different color patinas. We Give Bugs A Second Life As Art!
We have electroformed the following organic material:
Scot started blowing glass in 2002. After a four year apprenticeship under Andy G. , Scot started Cherry Glass in 2006, and in 2012 his mother, Linda Bennett started collaborating with electroforming real bugs, stones, and working with patinas with his pieces. Scot's wife Ryan, and Travis Andrews of Oxbow Art Effects also contribute there sculpting and artwork.