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.

5 06, 2014

Waxworx 101a: Selecting waxes


Wax ain't just for candles. Surgeons pack bone with it, medievalists seal letters with it, it coats cheeses and shines your car (or your shoes), makes edible Halloween lips and honeycombs and mascara and photocopies and lava lamps and soap and art. It's pretty wonderful stuff and, much as I dislike using it, invaluable in glass casting.'s daunting, potentially dangerous, and very, very [...]

Waxworx 101a: Selecting waxes2018-11-29T16:16:50-07:00
17 03, 2014

dripping in glass


Several of y’all have asked me to explain how to use stainless steel rod to create custom dripping platforms for potmelts and such, so I thought I’d oblige…let me know if you have any questions. Glassists are also scavengers–our favorite stores are Harbor Freight and Goodwill–because we’re always looking for cool stuff to use in a kiln. And the most [...]

dripping in glass2014-04-27T13:01:46-07:00
23 02, 2014

Firing schedules, untangled (part I)


Firing schedules are probably the single biggest source of confusion in kilnforming glass. Over the years (and a bunch of research, testing and listening to smarter-than-me glassists), I’ve developed strategies for schedule management; this series will share a bit. In part I, I talk about “The Rules.” Later, I’ll do some schedule construction. As always, this stuff is based on [...]

Firing schedules, untangled (part I)2015-02-08T21:09:09-07:00
3 02, 2014

Well, hey there!


Been awhile. Been a looooong while. As a couple* folks have noticed, this blog's been closed for remodeling for more than a year, and the why part is a bit tricky. What I'd love to say: I've been slaving away for months, crafting the jo-block perfect Morganica website, and so now...taDA!!! it is: The world's most wonderful resource for glassists [...]

Well, hey there!2017-07-30T14:55:54-07:00
3 02, 2014

WaxVac frit-drawing tool


WaxVac Hampton Direct $7.99 on Amazon I put earwax vacuums right up there with nosehair clippers and recreational high colonics, so it kinda took me aback when online artist friends said they LOVED theirs. (eeeeeuuuuwwwww) Turns out that if you don't use one for slurping out your ears, it makes a fairly good frit-drawing pen. The one I tried, Hampton [...]

WaxVac frit-drawing tool2014-09-14T11:30:36-07:00
18 05, 2012

Fusathon: Make glass, eat and win


Hey, glasslanders: Just a quick reminder that Fusathon 2012 is TOMORROW! Clear your Saturday because this is going to be FUN! Yup. That's Saturday, 10-2, at the Uroboros glass factory. We'll be making fused blanks for bowls/plates that will be sold at the Portland Blues Festival over the July 4th holiday. All proceeds go to the Oregon Food Bank.

Fusathon: Make glass, eat and win2016-05-16T00:27:06-07:00
15 05, 2012

Art fair, year 3


To all artists who make (at least part of) a living doing artfairs: Superpeople. You're superpeople. Your muscles are titanium, your brains are solid gold. I am not in your class. After one artfair, my muscles are jelly, and my brain is solid mush.

Art fair, year 32017-10-07T18:05:50-07:00
15 03, 2012

Boothmaker, boothmaker, make me a booth (kinda)


One nice thing about a glass art blog is that it's read by...(drumroll) ...artists. Especially artists who sell their work at artfairs and such. And that's just who I want to talk to now. If you've designed a good booth for selling arts and crafts: I need your advice. Please?

Boothmaker, boothmaker, make me a booth (kinda)2017-10-07T18:05:38-07:00
22 02, 2012

Coldworking small castings


Q: Is there a better (faster, cheaper) way to coldwork small glass sculptures? A: Yep A BeCon or two ago, Richard Whiteley, head of the Canberra glass school, said that glasswork fresh from the kiln was only half finished; coldwork was necessary to take it the rest of the way. Ouch. I happen to agree with him, but as much as I love HAVING coldworked, I hate DOING coldwork and seem to be on a neverending quest to avoid it. Right now I'm testing a bunch of machines to see if they can automate the finishing process for small cast glass sculptures, like pendants.

Coldworking small castings2019-02-05T10:30:27-07:00
13 02, 2012

Cutting remarks (cutting glass with a tile saw)


It's all in the way you slice it. And the way you slice it is, apparently, profoundly affected by a good blade. Check any glassmaker's forum and you'll probably find someone with glass cutting issues, usually stemming from a tile saw that's more like a Cuisinart than a slicer. I don't claim any special expertise at this stuff, but I do have a decades-old, cheap, badly made, out-of-true tilesaw that reliably cuts amazingly thin murrini cane* slices. I do this a lot. So I must be doing something right...right?

Cutting remarks (cutting glass with a tile saw)2019-07-30T11:30:26-07:00
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