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Summer 2018 **Print**

Summer 2018 **Print**
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FLOW Summer 2018

Features

Letter from the Contributing Editor
by Freddy Faerron
Contributing editor Freddy Faerron reminds readers of the valuable platform that The Flow provides artists for sharing their techniques, studies, and knowledge base with fellow glass enthusiasts. Established artists have a responsibility to pass along what they have learned to the next generation of artists, who will, in turn, share their own new discoveries.

The Flow 2018 Marble and Paperweight Gallery
The Flow Summer 2018 Marble and Paperweight Gallery features the work of 23 flameworking artists. This collection showcases beautiful and innovative glass art that includes designs featuring florals, geometric designs, insects, caricatures, and nature themes.

Marbles for Hope
by Freddy Faerron
Photography by Ben Ramsey
Many marble artists came together to create work from the heart in order to publish a community calendar, Marbles for Hope. When the photos of all the contributions were completed, the marbles themselves were sold at auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to help the El Paso Children’s Health Foundation.

Humboldt Marble Weekend
by Sara Sally LaGrand
Photography by Rowdy Kelly
Starting with an entrepreneurial spirit and culminating in some hard work, Humboldt Marble Weekend was born in February 2018. The brain child of Ruth Sturtevant and Topher Reynolds, the event drew over 2,000 visitors, and over 650 marbles were hidden to find as attendees enjoyed the beautiful location.

The 2017 Marble Weekend at Wheaton
Text and Photography by Dave Hollander
Each year at the beginning of September, glass enthusiasts gather in Millville, New Jersey, to take part in the Marble Weekend at Wheaton. The 2017 Weekend was the East Coast’s largest family friendly glass show, highlighting marbles and other works from 30 attending contemporary glass artists.

Kiln Corner
A Kiln Maintenance Checklist
by Arnold Howard
Photos Courtesy of Paragon Industries, L.P.
Arnold Howard provides answers to questions from readers on various aspects of proper kiln maintenance techniques that are essential to keeping kilns working at their best. After every 10 to 15 firings, kilns should be inspected carefully and cleaned inside and out, including the cord insulation, wall outlets, and the plug.

Mobile Glassblowing Studios
From a Small Town to the Wide World
Photography by Justin Hodges
Mobile Glassblowing Studios, LLC is a company that is rapidly growing to meet the demands of glassblowers around the world. The company manufactures rugged, affordable, portable glassblowing equipment and has shipped over 100 furnaces to customers in the United States and all over the globe, including Australia, Canada, and various European countries.

Why Should We Buy Locally Created Art?
by James Stone
Art is an important part of most people’s lives. When we shop for art that has been created by local artisans and crafters, the positive impact is directly measureable. For every dollar spent locally, 67 cents stays right in the community to help support growth, create local jobs, and boost the local economy.

The Contemporary Glass Collection at the Flint Institute of Arts
by Kathryn Sharbaugh
Artwork Courtesy of the isabel Foundation
Photos by Douglas Schaible Photography
Contemporary glass at the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) has been enhanced over the years through a multitude of gifts. The Isabel Foundation’s loan of 142 works of contemporary glass at the FIA, however, marks a significant milestone in contemporary glass at the FIA. An entire wing is opening to celebrate highlights of this collection.

GlassBarge Mobile Glassblowing Studio
Celebrating 150 Years of Glassmaking in Corning
by The Staff of The Corning Museum of Glass
Photography Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass
In May 2018, The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) launched a statewide deployment of GlassBarge, a floating mobile glassblowing studio, along New York State waterways. Free public glassmaking demonstrations are scheduled at each stop during the four-month tour. CMoG will also be offering related programming in Corning as well.

Color Layering for Small Flower Implosion Marbles
Providing Variety through Experimentation with Color
Text and Demonstration by Andrew S. Gray
Glass Photography by Wendy Gray
Artist Portrait by Christopher Comstock
Andrew Gray demonstrates techniques for preparing layered cane to use in small flower implosion marbles. A few of the normal techniques for a compression marble are modified, and the flower design is compressed toward the middle of the maria by heating the edge of the maria while hanging it vertically.

Dichroic Image Marbles
Adding Interest to Tiny Spheres
Text and Demonstration by Polly Toombs
Tutorial Photos by Dina Bell
Polly Toombs demonstrates how small dichroic images can be used to make a one-inch marble. The image is carefully placed on a small maria, and clear is carefully wrapped around to seal the image. Color is then added to the side and back. To finish, the marble is given a final shaping in the mold.

Tips for Becoming a Successful Artistic Entrepreneur
The Benefits of Selling through Distributors and Retailers
by Jason Michael
When artists are starting out to sell their work, selling to a few select shops can help to find the right pricing for the artwork based on the feedback received from the shops’ customers. Artists can then fine-tune their lines and become more consistent as they approach different catalog companies.

What’s Hot
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.

Parallels Between Hot Glass & Human Existence
by The Village Iterate
Pearls of wisdom are offered to help flameworkers navigate the fascinating world of glass art. Suggestions include modifying tools so that they served the artist’s needs, becoming fluent in the language of the glass, and figuring out what specifically what an artist doesn’t like about a creation and working to fix it.

Retrospective
by Clinton Smith
Photography by Katie Malone
Clinton Smith shares how he became interested in working with hot glass and discovered making encapsulated paperweights as he worked for glass studios helping them make high-end gallery pieces. Through many trial-and-error experiences, he has worked tirelessly to hone his techniques for creating paperweights that tell a story.

Crystal Compositions
Text and Demonstration by Clinton Smith
Photography by Katie Malone
Clinton Smith demonstrates using Preciosa optic quality crystal to create encased paperweights. Powdered glass is paced inside a vacuum cup assembly to serve as the base for the premade design elements, and techniques are shared for encasing the design. Techniques for the snap-and-stick method are also provided.

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