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The Flow Lampworking E-Newsletter - Fall 2011

The Flow Newsletter Fall 2011 Edition

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Dear Readers,

It's not always an easy or predictable road that we are on as glass artists, but it is an absolutely satisfying and rewarding one. The desire to continue to pursue our passion and our need to create something meaningful or expressive can allow us to view our experiences with renewed insight. The creative process can help cope with stress and be very meditative. For me, glass could be considered my therapist or counselor, so . . . no torch time = grouchy.

With production work, I've found that I can lose myself in the piece that I've made so many times and zone out on the flame. This leaves me with the mental space to quietly consider problems or difficult situations I am having trouble working out that have nothing to do with glass. There are other times, though, that I have a concept of my own that I feel I need to express. It may take me a while to work out the process in my head, but the longing won't go away until the piece is done. The feeling that I get is much different from that of prodo. There is a release of emotion.

The ability to adjust and shift between what we want to make and what sells can be precarious, especially in this economy. I find great satisfaction in making utilitarian objects. This is helpful when the economy is down, because with most purchases our "wants" are outweighed by our "needs." I enjoy the idea of glass being used every day instead of just being placed on the shelf. Glass that serves a purpose allows art to seep into our everyday lives.

So whether you use glass for your own selfish, therapeutic purposes as I do or are suffering from creative block, keep lighting the torch. If you don't know what to make, just put a rod in the flame and it will come to you.

As always . . . Keep your light shining and your torches lit!

Jennifer Menzies

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Winter 2011 Seventh Annual Women in Glass

Release Date                      December 17, 2011

Spring 2012 The Forms of Function

Submission Deadline          December 30, 2011

Release Date                      March 16, 2012

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Submission Deadline          March 30, 2012

Release Date                     June 14, 2012

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The Flow Fall 2011
Lisa is a resident artist at The Workhouse at Lorton, Virginia. She was classically trained in art education at the University of Maryland. With graduate courses in Glass Technology at the University of Kansas, Lisa has been working with hot glass since the 1970s. Working under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lisa studied glassblowing and engraving at the Jon Meyer Studio as well as with artisans from Steuben in Corning, New York. To learn more about Lisa's art work e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Linh Le was born in 1982. At the age of three, her siblings exposed her to drawing, painting, and every medium in between. Today Linh focuses her study to butterflies and metamorphosis, since butterflies and their life cycle embody change and development. Linh uses glass to explore her creativity, and fixates on color, depth, and composition. This allows her to truly express the beauty of nature through her inspired vision. To view more of Linh's art work visit www.etsy.com/shop/synergyglassstudio.



Emma Gerard

Emma's adventure into the professional craft world started when she enrolled in the ceramics program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. When she arrived, she was bitten by the glass bug and has been addicted to glass ever since. Her glass art is a balance between conceptual work that displays a touch of humor and fun and playful production work. It explores the fine line between the planning and research that goes into the conceptual side of art and experimentation in the studio. She is inspired by personal experiences and her environment. With this intention, she has set out to make work that is both well designed and thought provoking. To view more of Emma's glass art visit  www.emmagerard.com.

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Aymie McKesson shares technical information for working with Boro Stix, which are functional for a variety of applications including surface work, implosions, and tube pulls. A discussion of how the colors react plus tips on creating a Stick Stack are covered. The use of Glow Stix is also included.

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The 3rd Annual Glass Art Conference Cruise starts January 15, 2012, aboard Celebrity's Elegant Ship Solstice.. For more information or to book this cruise, call Herb Weiner at 1.760.603.8646
E-mail us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit, www.KBWfoundation.org. This Fundraising Cruise is Sponsored by KBW Educational Glass Art Foundation.
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Fall 2011

Art With A Purpose Issue


The Fall 2011 issue of The Flow provides a window into the world of "Art with a Purpose." You'll find articles from Milon Townsend, Robert Mickelsen, and the Corning Museum of Glass, plus an introduction to Beads of Courage, which supports children with serious illnesses. Full-color, step-by-step tutorials from Milon Townsend, Deb DiMarco, Henry Grimmett, James Spehler, and Dave Jordan cover everything from Chianti scent bottles and sculptural bud vases to working with Tailor-Made cane and making an affordable polariscope. The three latest Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award winners, coverage of important industry events, and answers to your kiln questions round out this great issue.


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We hope you've enjoyed reading our Fall 2011 Newsletter and welcome any comments or ideas for upcoming issues.  Look for our Winter Newsletter in February 2012.  Happy Holidays!

Jennifer Menzies, Editor


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