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Fall 2017 **Print**

Fall 2017 **Print**
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FLOW Fall 2017

Features

Letter from the Editor
by Sara Sally LaGrand
Sara Sally LaGrand, contributing editor for the Fall 2017 issue of The Flow, shares some of the changes that have occurred within the flameworking community over the past several decades. One of the most impactful changes is the advent of using borosilicate glass in fine artwork as well as the shift by many companies toward developing new boro colors.

The Flow 2017 Collaborative Gallery
The Flow Fall 2017 gallery features the collaborative work of 16 flameworking artists. This collection showcases beautiful and innovative glass art that includes designs featuring outdoor sculptural art, jewelry, animals, bowls and panels made from glass color bars, and many sculptural pieces. These intriguing designs show just how creative flameworking artists can be.

Synergy 2016: Color Outside the Lines
Lampworking Artists Creating Collaborative Beauty
Helena Hatten and Cyndi Brunell, Chairpersons
Photography by sylvus tarn
The Southeastern Michigan Glass Beadmakers Guild, also known as GlassAct, and the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild come together every other year for the collaborative effort known as Synergy. For the 2016 project, GlassAct created an array of bead sets that were finished as jewelry collections by the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild members.

Anthony Barbano, Raven Johnson, and Kristian Merwin
Collaborative Achievement through Dynamic Talents
Text and Photography by Elizabeth Belle Barbano
Anthony Barbano specializes in fuming glass cabochons with 24K gold and pure silver for his collaborative work with metal artist, Raven Johnson, who handcrafts the setting for each pendant. Barbano has also collaborated with others, including Kristian Merwin, with whom he created a glass rendering of the practice grenade used by Barbano’s grandfather during wartime.

Ferenc J. Albert
From Scientific Glassblower to Glass Art Miniaturist
Text and Photography by Carolyn Baum
Ferenc J. Albert uses a little Smith torch and several other small torches for his creations. In front of his torch is another custom-made shaping tool designed by the artist to fit the exacting requirements of his craft. From this simple table, he makes incredible miniature glassware to be used by other artists.

Borosilicate Glass as Fine Art
A Collective Critical Theory
Text and Photography by Chris Chorvat
To build borosilicate glass art into what it is today, artists have employed a variety of methods in the past that were combined with social interaction and group processing. Artists were challenged to create new ideas and techniques while building on the successes of artists from the past.

Mathieu Grodet
Sharing Blown Glass Narratives
by Sara Sally LaGrand
Photography by Tanya Lyons and Jake Chittlock
French-born Canadian artist, Mathieu Grodet, seems a bit like a wandering gypsy as he flameworks, blows, paints, engraves, and fuses. His narratives are there in each piece, not only in the minutiae of little vignettes of wings, a recurring theme in his work, but also in animals and angels.

GLASSTRESS
Fulfilling the Mission to Marry the Contemporary and Glass Arts
by Sara Sally LaGrand
Photography by Francesco Allegretto, Courtesy of Studio Berengo
GLASSTRESS, the ultimate project designed to bring collaboration to contemporary artists and glassworkers, is the brainchild of Italian entrepreneur, Adriano Berengo. The nature of the project is to bring artists not normally known to work in glass to Murano to create art with skilled glass artisans.

What’s Hot
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 glass can be found in the What’s Hot section of The Flow.

Ryan Tanner
Discovering New Techniques through Collaboration
by Sara Sally LaGrand
Photography by Jeff Dimarco
The current focus of Ryan Tanner’s work is collaborating with fellow flameworkers from his peer group. Much of the scope of his glass art is in elaborate functional pieces. The artist’s technique lends itself well to highly decorated pieces that raise the aesthetic a few notches higher.

Jennifer Caldwell & Jason Chakravarty
Collaborative Inspiration
by The Staff of The Flow Magazine
Photography by Tami Meader
In a new body of collaborative work, Jennifer Caldwell, also known as Jennifer Umphress, incorporated Jason Chakravarty’s signature cast glass and experimented with cast metals and applied surface textures. The resulting glass presents a conceptual narrative and encourages viewers to discover personal meaning within the artists’ abstract work.

Mountain Inspiration and Color Bar Collaboration
From the Kiln to the Hot Shop
Text by Leslie Rowe-Israelson, Demonstration by Leslie Rowe-Israelson and Ryan Bavin
Photos for the Collaborative Artists Profile and Tutorial by Kimberley Rae Sanderson
Leslie Rowe-Israelson and Ryan Bavin demonstrate the techniques they have developed for creating and using color bars to form their mountain-inspired work. The sphere and vessel forms created by the artists are a personal reminder of memories forged with time, places, and people they have met along mountain pathways.

Parallels Between Hot Glass & Human Existence
The Village Iterate
Pearls of wisdom are offered to help flameworkers navigate the fascinating world of glass art. Suggestions include developing a deep understanding of how glass reacts, working toward muscle memory, using repetition to learn skills, and making sure there is good bridgework on which to build finished work.

Space Tech with Multiple Windows, Blow-In Style
Text and Demonstration by Dr. Whitestone and Rhoades Glass
Photography by Bobby Coutu, Q2 Photos
In the first half of the tutorial, Dr. Whitestone demonstrates techniques for creating the tubing that is often necessary for various creations including cosmic pendants or spacey vessels. In the second half, Stephen Rhoades of Rhodes Glass demonstrates a window tech with multiple windows using the tubing created by Dr. Whitestone.

Collaboration in Fiber and Glass
Sharon Peters and Shirley Cook
by Sharon Peters
Photography by Len Cook
Sharon Peters works with Murano glass rods, flame, cultural ideas, and puns to create graphic cartoon characters. Shirley Cook works with hanks of wool and a vision of color to form felted art. Together the artists have created a wonderful, cohesive collection that embodies work that is both whimsical and down to earth.

The Curious Glass Eye
An Historical Tutorial
Text and Demonstration by Eric Goldschmidt, Flameworking and Properties of Glass
Photos Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass
Eric Goldschmidt presents a history of the develop of prosthetic eyes over the centuries. He also demonstrates techniques for making prosthetic glass eyes using Lauscha glass ranging from 104 to 178 COE. Red stringers the width of a human hair are required for replicating the tiny blood vessels found in the human eye.

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