Letter from the Editor
by Jennifer Menzies
Jennifer Menzies, editor of The Flow, reminds readers that the Summer 2015 issue of The Flow is celebrating the alluring shape of the sphere. There is also a special tribute honoring renowned marble collector Bert Cohen, who introduced many families to the fun of hunting for marbles together.
The Flow 2015 Marble and Paperweight Gallery
The Flow’s 2015 Summer Marble and Paperweight Gallery features the work of thirteen flameworking artists. These intriguing works of glass art represent everything from geometric designs, megaplanets, and florals to swirls, skeletons, and vibrant color combinations.
Father of the American Marble Movement
by Darlene Welch with Ro Purser
Ro Purser discovered glassblowing in 1967, built his first glass shop in 1970, and made his first marble in 1973. For that, plus bringing the first contemporary marbles to the public in 1975, he is credited with founding the American Contemporary Marble movement.
Zac’s Lost His Marbles . . . Again!
Photography by Jake Ripley
Collector Zac Cohen locates, collects, and (sometimes) distributes marbles of all shapes, sizes, and materials. The Flow is happy to share the work of 41 marble and paperweight artists featured in a gallery showcase gathered by Zac for the Summer 2015 issue.
Josh Simpson’s 100-Pound Megaplanet
by The Staff of The Corning Museum of Glass
Glass Art Photos Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass
Studio Photos Courtesy of Josh Simpson Contemporary Glass
In April 2005, Josh Simpson was commissioned by The Corning Museum of Glass to create the world’s first 100-pound glass paperweight, which became part of Simpson’s series of solid glass spheres he calls “Megaplanets.” Like his other work, the piece was inspired by the natural world and the glass itself.
Remembering a Marvelous Marble Collector
A Tribute to Bert Cohen
Photography by Todd Austin
The glass art world was saddened by the loss of well-known marble collector, Bert Cohen, a generous soul who encouraged people to discover the fun to be had while searching for marbles. Some of his thoughts on these exquisite wonders are shared once again in this Summer 2015 issue.
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.
Using Glow Powder in Marbles
Text and Demonstration by Ron Bearer Jr.
Ron Bearer Jr. shares tips and techniques for using glow powder in marbles or any glass sculpture to create breathtaking results. Step-by-step instructions are offered for adding the glow powder, making the base marble, and adding the final decorations to the marble’s surface.
Introduction to Marble Runs
by Bandhu Dunham
Bandhu Dunham shares an excerpt from his book, Contemporary Lampworking, Volume III, that provides tips for achieving success when building marble runs. Techniques are included for connecting the run, making larger runs, slumping and installing the rails, and planning the design. Tips for proper annealing are also included.
Glow in the Dark Dichro Vortex Marble with Flower Back
Text by Andy Ray and David Sigler
Demonstration by David Sigler
Photography by Andy Ray
Andy Ray and David Sigler demonstrate how to add glow powder to a vortex marble to create striking results. This step-by-step tutorial also includes techniques for creating a floral design on the back of the marble and forming the marble lens.
Sand Carved Marbles
Techniques for Cold Working Frit-Layered Glass
Text and Demonstration by Nathan Gorman and Doug Whaley
Doug Whaley demonstrates techniques for creating marbles with multiple layers of colored frit. Precision and consistency is required when making these marbles for cold working artist, Nathan Gorman, who then carves unique, stunning designs into the marbles.
Start with the Simplest Kiln Repairs
by Arnold Howard
Photos Courtesy of Paragon Industries, L.P.
Arnold Howard, who writes instruction manuals for Paragon Industries, L.P., discusses how beginning with the simplest repairs for kilns can save time and money for the glass artist. Basic things to look for first when solving kiln problems are explored.