Letter from the Editor
by Jennifer Menzies
Jennifer Menzies, editor of The Flow, reminds readers that contemporary marbles are smooth and round on the outside. On the inside, however, they contain their own universe of patterns and colors and achieve harmonious diversity that captures the viewer’s attention.
The Evolution of the Paperweight
Text and Photos Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass
The history of paperweights covers a long period of history dating back as far as the mid 1840s. Paperweight makers of that era revived many ancient glassworking techniques. Those later led to the development of new techniques by such renowned glass artists as Louis Comfort Tiffany and, more recently, Josh Simpson and Paul Stankard.
The Flow 2014 Marble and Paperweight Gallery
Featuring the work of 20 flameworking artists
The work of 20 outstanding flameworkers is displayed in this Summer 2014 gallery. Designs cover a wide range of techniques and include everything from nature themes and celestial bodies to geometric figures and whimsical, unique patterns.
Ocean Bottom Marbles on the Ocean Bottom
Photographing Underwater Marbles
by Keith Bryan
Keith Bryan shares techniques he has discovered for photographing glass marbles underwater that he has learned through experimentation during his personal scuba diving expeditions. Besides the proper ways to create the images, safety for divers and concerns for the environment are paramount aspects of the process.
The Michigan Glass Project-Jumping In to Save a City
by Colleen Bryan
Photography by Chris Famelette/Red Shamrock Studio, Owen Strzelewicz/one-39.com, and Studio Anonymous
Sean Mueller, founder of The Colorado Project, encouraged glassblowers from Urban Pheasant Glass Studio to establish The Michigan Glass Project. They jumped at the chance and now hold annual charitable events that have raised $24,000 thus far to help rebuild the city of Detroit, Michigan, and support other worthy charities.
Zac Cohen-Marble Collector Extraordinare
Glass enthusiast and marble collector, Zac Cohen, began collecting glass around 2009 and hasn’t looked back since. He loves the tangible nature of glass and enjoys watching the artists at the torch as he works with them to promote their artwork through his company, Zac’s Lost His Marbles.
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.
Sidewall Encasement Techniques-Encasing Advanced-Shaped Opals
Text by William “Boxfan” Menzies, Demonstration by Nate Thatcher of Profound Glass
Nate Thatcher, better known as Grandpa, demonstrates how to encase opals that have advanced shapes, such as stars and skulls, without trapping pesky air bubbles. Techniques for pushing the opal into the glass and surrounding it in the tubing are included. The importance of correct annealing times when using opals is also covered.
Text by William “Boxfan” Menzies, Demonstration by Koichi Yajima
Koichi Yajima demonstrates creating reticello marbles, a technique that leaves little room for error but is mind-boggling when executed properly. Transforming the reticello into a solid orb demands the skill set of a practiced hand and proficiency in both hollow and solid disciplines.
Fumatrapacinno Marble Technique
Text and Demonstration by Ryan Gabel
Ryan Gabel demonstrates the fumatrapacinno marble, a technique that was inspired by George O’Grady. It’s a great marble for every level of expertise, from beginner to advanced, and offers infinite variations including layered clear dots trapping the fume to the twisted pattern demonstrated in the tutorial.
Text and Demonstration by Josh McDaniel
Photography by Hannah Mayorga
Josh McDaniel demonstrates decorating marbles using large coin murrine, millefiori, and Blue Stardust rod, which provides a sparkly effect. Techniques to ensure success when cutting the murrine chips and tips for applying them to the marble are included. Patience is a virtue when creating these marbles.
Text and Demonstration by Marc Kornbluh
Marc Kornbluh demonstrates creating hollow marbles that contain cremated remains of a friend or loved one. The marbles are formed from heavy-wall tubing and decorated by adding frit and latticino or other favorite canes to make these small, beautiful shrines.
Kiln Corner-Preventive Kiln Maintenance
by Arnold Howard
Photography Courtesy of Paragon Industries, L.P.
Arnold Howard, who writes instruction manuals for Paragon Industries, L.P., lists the important aspects of maintaining a kiln for safe and proper performance including checking the stand, keeping the elements clean, and checking the condition of the power cord and kiln wash.
Text and Demonstration by Filip Vogelpohl
Filip Vogelpohl demonstrates creating a vortex marble, a technique that was passed on to him in a class taught by Kevin O’Grady. The technique has infinite possibilities for patterns and designs. The size of the marble is determined by the length of rod used.