Letter from the Editor
by Jennifer Menzies
Jennifer Menzies, editor of The Flow, thanks readers for their continued support over the past year. She also reminds them of the importance of print magazines versus information found on the Internet to provide an enduring resource for helping glass artists take their work to a higher level.
10th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass
The Flow’s 10th annual gallery of Women in Glass features the work of over 120 female flameworking artists. This collection features beautiful and innovative glass art that includes beads, other jewelry, and sculptural pieces in floral, nature, and contemporary themes.
Glasscaster with Marcie Davis
Liz Mears Still Livin’ the Creative Life
Photographs of Artwork by Pete Duvall of Anything Photographic
Glass artist Liz Mears, who began working in stained glass, discovered flameworking through classes, originally with Fred Birkhill then at Penland School of Craft with Susan Plum. Liz, who now considers herself semiretired, is well known for her sculptural work that centers around themes taken from nature.
Artist Adventuress Laurie Young
by Christine Ahern and Laurie Young
Photography by Reza Keikha, Melbourne, Australia
Flameworking artist Laurie Young, an expert in the ancient French technique of pâte de verre, is on a never-ending quest of exploration and discovery. She and partner Christian Arnold have begun their latest undertaking—closing up their studio in Australia for a new joint glass adventure in the United States.
by Darlene Welch
Information on the latest in new glass types and colors, supplies and tools, kilns, books, patterns, and anything else that glass artists and enthusiasts need for working in hot, warm, and cold glass can be found in the What’s Hot section of The Flow.
Saving the Rhino . . . One Bead at a Time
Text and Demonstration by Maureen Henriques
Photography by Joe Henriques
Maureen Henriques demonstrates creating rhino-shaped beads using 104 COE glass. The piece begins with a kidney bean shape as the base for adding the rhino’s withers, hind legs, head, and large front horns. The artist sells her creations to support the work of protecting rhinos from extinction by poachers.
Readers share their thoughts on profiles, articles, and tutorials featured in recent issues of The Flow.
Dichroic Coated Copper Foil Beads
Text and Demonstration by Lisa St. Martin
Photography by Cyril St. Martin
Lisa St. Martin demonstrates creating sparkling, multi-shaped beads from dichroic coated copper foil. A core bead of black glass is shaped and rolled in the dichroic, which has a cool, bluish mother of pearl look. The bead is then encased in a thin coating of clear to protect the dichroic.
Simple Face Construction
Text and Demonstration by Elise Strauss
Photography by Susan Serna
Elise Strauss demonstrates using soft glass to construct simple faces that can be used alone or as part of a complete sculptural figure. Ways to create a range of facial expressions are included as well as tips for achieving a “lipstick look” for the mouth.
Dread XXX Painted Beads
Text and Demonstration by Deborah Read
Photography by Matt Pike, Toronto Flameworking Technologies
Deborah Read demonstrates using black tracing paint to transfer outlines of images onto prepared glass, then coloring the images. The imaged glass is then wrapped around a base bead to create focal beads for jewelry pieces. Tips are included for measuring the imaged glass for optimal wrapping.
Silver Glass Encased Floral Bead
Text and Demonstration by Penny Dickinson
Photo of Finished Bead by David Orr Photography
Tutorial Photos by Sean Dickinson
Penny Dickinson demonstrates experimenting with various color combinations, background effects, and overall shapes and sizes to create encased floral beads. Groups of dots are added to the base bead to form the floral shapes before encasing. Tips are included for proper heating of the floral dots during construction.
Fried Eggs and Bacon Skillet
Text and Demonstration by Gina Gaffner
Photography by Matt Mikulla
Gina Gaffner demonstrates creating a fried eggs and bacon skillet dish/dabbler set. Shades of boro glass are combined for realistic looking bacon strips, eggs, and the skillet. The tutorial is intended as a way to open creative outlets for artists who love to draw with and on glass.