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The Flow Lampworking E-Newsletter - Fall 2012

The Flow Newsletter Fall 2012  Edition

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Dear Readers,

November 8-10, 2012, marks ten years since Lewis Wilson's 2002 Flame Off, where

fifty-seven contestants eagerly gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

At that first flame off ten years ago, a fledgling publication introduced a small thirty-two-page "magazine" for lampworkers. It was a proud moment for Wil and me to release The Flow- - - A Lampworkers' Journal. There was a need for a full-color magazine to showcase the growing lampworking movement. We envisioned a journal to showcase, educate, and connect lampworkers of all types. Our publication was the first to include pipes alongside more traditional art glass. Anyone who has been in the game for ten-plus years has witnessed the acceptance of pipe makers as artists. It is a pleasure to feature a gallery that showcases beads, marbles, sculptures, and pipes.

This journey began as a dream-something that would manifest creativity and continue to inspire us as artists. Our community continues to inspire us, in turn, with the many talented and dedicated people who contribute. Thanks to everyone for having faith in and seeing a need for The Flow. We wanted our magazine to be a voice for the glassblowing community. You- - -our readers, contributing artists, advertisers, our family- - -have helped us make that happen. Can you believe that I used to worry that we would run out of articles to print? After ten years, I have realized that glass is so infinite in its possibilities, that it's not going to happen any time soon.

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

Jennifer Menzies

Upcoming Deadlines for Submission

Spring 2013 Culturally Inspired

Submission Deadline             December 15, 2012

Realease Date                             March 18, 2013

Summer 2013 Marbles and Paperweights

Submission Deadline             March 1, 2013

Realease Date                          June 19, 2013

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Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award
Jami is a jewelry designer who specializes in torchworked glass and sterling silver creations.  For Jami, the magic is taking an idea and making it happen! Visit to view more of Jami's glass art.
Nathan is a central Illinois lampworker and owner of Adami Glass Designs, and focuses on the medium of borosilicate glass. I was fascinated with glass art before I created it. I'm more passionate now than ever. The more pieces I make, the more I see my style grow and develop. To view more of Nathan's glass art visit

Quick Links
by Wil "Boxfan" Menzies
Wil demonstrates making collectible, minature hollow vessels that are made using borosilicate tubing and compatible colors.




by Kimberly Affleck

Kimberly creates a seahorse with dichroic strip corkscrew and applies it to a core bead.

GPQ Glass Expert Webinars
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New at GPQ! Please join our sister publication Glass Patterns Quarterly for live, in-depth, two-hour Webinars!  For more information on Webinar dates and time schedules visit
The Webinar for December 13, 2012
will feature Glass Artist, Tanya Veit.
Place your order today for this exciting Webinar with the Web link below:

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The Flow Fall 2012

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The Fall 2012 issue of The Flow reminds us that the concept of the flame off competition for lampworking artists was inaugurated ten years ago in November 2002 by Lewis Wilson and that The Flow was born out of that experience. This issue also brings readers six full-color, step-by-step tutorials that demonstrate using incalmo techniques to create dishes and medallions, making skull and barrel beads for Día de los Muertos jewelry, layering glass colors, fashioning pens, and making an imploded jellyfish marble. There are also loads of articles on how artists are inspired by poetry and the things in their everyday lives plus tips for having a well-organized studio. Bead artist, Jami Hamilton, and sculptural artist, Nathan Adami, are also featured as the latest nominees for the Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award. News on important flameworking events plus answers to your kiln questions round out this great issue.

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mid-December 2012.

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The Flow "New"  Bead & Jewelry 3 CD!

On this Bead & Jewelry 3 CD you'll find a collection of projects in PDF format. Most of the projects offer step-by-step instructions and include four-color photography. These articles are selected from The Flow Spring 2009 to Spring 2011 archives. Over 50 Bead & Jewelry tutorials and articles with two Women in Glass galleries showcasing over 200 glass artists as featured in The Flow. Plus, there are articles on the Glasscraft Emerging Artists and Nature Gallery. This CD is priced at only $20- - -a savings of 20 percent over retail price. This Bead & Jewelry 3 CD will make a great Holiday Stocking Stuffer!  Place your order today with the Web link below.

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We hope you've enjoyed reading our Fall 2012 Newsletter and welcome any comments or ideas for upcoming issues.

Jennifer Menzies, Editor

The Flow Staff

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