Episode 175-Topher Morcos
Topher Morcos started blowing glass in 2014, and took an immediate interest in murrine. The detail he was able to achieve using Millie captured his interest. He learned to make Millie from David Kaminski from a class series and later fine tuned it David in person at Topher’s . Eventually Topher attended Salem College fine tuning his skills and immediately began to work on his murrine at home. Later he learned more about incorporating Millie into his work from Karl Taylor (Grimm).
Soon it was time for a change and Topher moved and built up a shop in Philadelphia where he worked for three years.
Just recently he made another move and packed up shop and moved to upstate NewYork
Episode 174-(Best of) Micah Evans..Making Waves in an Ocean of Glass......
This was a great conversation with Micah. His portfolio spans across the medium of glass pushing every possible element that he has worked with or run into. From his humble beginnings in Washington to becoming the first glass artist to receive a residency at Penland College to Teaching pipe techs at Corning Micah has revolutionized concepts in glass and contiunes to push the medium. Currently he resides with a group of talented artists at St. Elmos Fire Studio in Austin, Texas where the likes of SALT and others work. his pipes can be fund online at www.ballersectionglass.com or his personal aork can be found at www.micahevans.com
hope you all enjoy this episode.
"My work is a combination of things I want to make and things I cannot help but make. I started working with glass almost exclusively as a medium in the late 90’s. I spent the better part of a decade trying to gain the skill set to speak the material fluently. My goal for this residency is to refine the content of my work. To expose myself to new materials and processes that will expand my vocabulary as a maker.
My current work revolves around the hidden craft traditions within my family. From the constant quilting of my mother in the evenings to the story telling of my father around the campfire, my most cherished memories of my family involve making and creativity. These new bodies of work honors those past traditions and explore how they still drive me today." -Micah Evans
1996-97- art institute of Seattle, 3D animation major
1999- flame working apprenticeship, stone way glass Seattle, Lance Sanford
Move to Florida 2000, Jacksonville Beach-. Start Lucid visions glass studio with Lance and Josh
2006 move to Miami- work at university of Miami, studio assistant for established artist, pivotal point in career
2008 move to Austin- meet Luken aka Salt
2012 Penland- assist Carmen Lozar, teach and apply for residency
2013- begin Penland Residency
Episode 173- Hurricane Irma...Are You Prepared for an Emergency
Every part of the world has the potential of unleashing catastrophic devaststion whether earthquakes, fires or hurricanes just to make a few. As a glass artist we have specific essentials that are used daily to produce the work needed to fill orders and pay our bills. When emergencies happen we have to be prepared to act fast and leave which includes brining your studio essentials. Here's what I recommend to make sure that when enemy danger approaches you are prepared to cut and run.
-Purchase a large plastic bin to store your essentials in and with a big piece of tape and marker label it "STUDIO EMERGENCY BOX".
Here's a link to where you can purchase one for cheap
I've created a printable check list that will be sent to your email. This list contains some of the basic essentials with space for you to write in you're own extras. Just make sure what you wrote down will fit in one box. All you have to do is click the link below
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Episode 171- Don't Quit Your Day Job
In the ever growing landscape of glass artists, the demand for glass grows as the quality of artists diminishes. Whether you're new to the industry or an Old Timer like myself, it's important to understand that," just making rigs" isn't going to get you anywhere no mater how established you are as an artist. The most successful artists in the functional glass scene are constantly reinventing themselves and pivoting before or during trends slow down as a new one starts up.
As you've probabaly heard me preach on many episodes , it's so important to be a well rounded lampworker, having the ability to not only make pipes but also pendants, figurines, and Ornaments just as a few examples. This way you aren't painting yourself in a corner as a rig maker. The industry is flooded with rigs and hype glass all the while a whole demographic who enjoy using glass for smoking aren't finding glass pipes for flowers that are made from locals like it once was 10-15years ago. Even smoke shop owners won't buy glass for flowers because of their local demographics but they are still forgetting that the OG smoker wants a nice bubbler or water pipe for their flowers.
Chris and I dive deep into these topics ....
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