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Glassmaking: Morganica (Cynthia Morgan) demonstrates the technical and creative challenges of making art using glass through fused glass, coldworking, and experimentation. Primarily focused on the casting of glass, including pate de verre and reservoir casting, she also discusses less-used kinformed glass techniques such as tack-fusing, kilncarving, and pattern-bar development.

11 04, 2015

Dennis and the feds

2015-04-11T20:20:48-07:00

I want y'all to know I am NOT doing my taxes right now. Please notice the date. Yup. Procrastinating again. (No gloating, Shelby) Dear dear DEAR Mr. Taxman, I PROMISE that right after I post this, I will definitely tackle finding all those scattered notices and W-whatnots and receipts and stuff and get them all sorted and parceled out and jammed into proper little piles of regimented columns in the tax program so [...]

Dennis and the feds2015-04-11T20:20:48-07:00
23 02, 2015

The suspense is kilning me

2017-10-07T18:08:12-07:00

Apologies for the pun. When it gets that bad, you know the glassist is kilnless. Try saying “glassist is kilnless” five times, very fast. Probably not survivable. Neither, according to my fevered brain, is not having a working kiln in the house. First time in more than 15 years and, naturally, the number of just-gotta-do-it-right-NOW projects has reached an all-time high. [...]

The suspense is kilning me2017-10-07T18:08:12-07:00
20 02, 2015

Color Line Enamel Trials, Round 1

2017-10-07T18:08:12-07:00

Glassists testing products would do well to remember this maxim: Failure is good. Each failure deepens your subject matter expertise. Sigh. When it comes to enamels-on-glass, my subject matter expertise must be about as deep as the Mariana trench. Bullseye Glass kindly included me in their beta trials of a new (for them) product line: Color Line Enamels. Right about now I'll bet they're wishing they [...]

Color Line Enamel Trials, Round 12017-10-07T18:08:12-07:00
12 02, 2015

Skooby’s final week

2015-03-12T20:33:36-07:00

Tonight I’m putting the final load into Skooby, my Skutt GM1414 bathtub kiln, and closing the lid on 14 years of firing adventures. Wow. Glassists talk glass, tools, studio, classes, techniques, artistic sensibilities, but rarely mention our central, silent, steady partner: The kiln. Odd, when you consider that we call what we do “kilnforming…” […]

Skooby’s final week2015-03-12T20:33:36-07:00
26 01, 2015

Discomfortzone

2017-10-07T17:33:23-07:00

Imagine someone gives you eight 10×10-inch sheets of 3mm fusible glass and four bottles of glass enamel paint in the above colors and says, “Make something with this stuff. Let us know how you get on.” What would you do? I guess we’ll find out, ’cause Bullseye just did that with me. By the way…my first, get-comfortable-with-enamels testing results are posted. [...]

Discomfortzone2017-10-07T17:33:23-07:00
14 11, 2014

Kilnformer’s murrini you can buy

2017-10-07T18:00:35-07:00

Note: This post was originally published on January 20, 2011. Since then, some of these offerings have changed, and more murrini makers are offering kilnformer supplies, so I thought this needed an update. I've been exploring all the different ways to make murrini cane in a kiln, and having a lot of fun with it. Check out some of these [...]

Kilnformer’s murrini you can buy2017-10-07T18:00:35-07:00
27 10, 2014

Plaster mastery

2017-10-07T18:07:59-07:00

In the first article in this series, I discussed why glass casters should build a parts library of mastermolds. In this article (part II), I'll talk about the easiest of mastermold-making techniques: The plaster mold. Silicones, urethanes, and resins--the stuff I make most of my glass casting mastermolds from--can be spendy and hard to find. The moldmaking techniques they require can [...]

Plaster mastery2017-10-07T18:07:59-07:00
20 10, 2014

Making a casting parts library

2014-10-22T07:26:36-07:00

A silicone master mold is an obvious safety net in glass casting: If you accidentally employ one of the 10,000 methods for destroying a piece during casting, a master model gives you a second chance. The original sculpture (and photo it was taken from). It measures about 14×14 inches, and maybe 5 inches deep. That’s not all, though. As tedious, time-consuming, expensive [...]

Making a casting parts library2014-10-22T07:26:36-07:00
2 10, 2014

Selling babies

2015-11-07T16:18:39-08:00

What do the above pieces have in common? They still live with me. I’ve never really thought of myself as sentimentalist. Sure, I sometimes sob at tearjerker chickflicks or cracking good animation or sublimely elegant algorithms or wonderful UX or hardware that really IS “plug and play” or somebody just being nice for no good reason or incredible art. And maybe I [...]

Selling babies2015-11-07T16:18:39-08:00
18 09, 2014

Pate de verre: The garden panels project IV

2017-10-07T17:31:59-07:00

This is the fourth and final installment of the (longer-than-War-and-Peace) tutorial on making a pate de verre panel. In the first post, Carla, Shelby and I designed and made our models. In the second, we "invested" them, i.e., poured refactory plaster over them and made molds, and in the third we filled and fired the molds. This time [...]

Pate de verre: The garden panels project IV2017-10-07T17:31:59-07:00
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