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The Flow Lampworking E-Newsletter - Summer 2013

The Flow Newsletter                                                                             Summer 2013  Edition


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Dear Readers,


Welcome to another exciting marble and paperweight issue from The Flow. While you're trying to beat the summer heat, we know that you'll still want to keep things your studio hot! The tutorials from five of flameworking's finest-Milon Townsend, Drew Fritts, Josh Mazet, Ken Schneidereit, and our own Wil Menzies-are designed to help you do just that as you take your skills and creativity to a new level. You'll also find inspiration from renowned artist and educator, Paul Stankard, who in his own words has been "cajoling glass" for fifty years as well as from the thirteen artists who are represented in the marble gallery and the elegant paperweight display from Victor Trabucco.


The Flow has always sought to provide a bond among members of the lampworking community. It also provides a resource for making  new techniques and insights available to artists the world over-for everyone from the experienced flameworker to those of you who are just beginning to discover the thrill of creating in hot glass. The magazine has continued to grow since its inception and now has the largest subscription base of any flameworking periodical. We're happy to hear from our subscribers that they read every issue of The Flow cover to cover, share it with other artists, keep their copies for future reference, and can't wait until the next issue comes out for more great ideas. In the midst of this digital age in which we live, I'd say that's a huge accomplishment.


Printed media still has a very important place in the scheme of things. Undeniably, the Internet provides a quick fix for finding info, but what's there today can just as easily be gone tomorrow. Print media, on the other hand, offers a permanence that keeps on giving and a very satisfying physical interaction that you just can't get online. Studies have shown that readers are more engaged when reading printed materials and that print media can create a lasting impression that might otherwise be ignored. What better place to share the tips and tricks with other flameworkers that you have learned while creating your own glass art treasures.


Let me encourage you to make The Flow your go-to place for sharing with our community by submitting tutorials and articles that can help all of us take our art to a better place. Visit and click on the "Submit Content" link in the drop-down menu under "Magazines" for a submission form and guidelines plus a list of upcoming issue themes. If you need more help, you can e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions. I can't wait to see what new insights you'll be sharing with our incredible body of hot glass artists.


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


Jennifer Menzies





Upcoming Deadlines for Submission


Winter 2013  

9th Annual Women in Glass
Submission Deadline September 1, 2013


Spring 2014

Marine and Aquatic

Submission Deadline June 1, 2013


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The Flow Artist Profile

Leslie Anne Bitgood  
Leslie has worked with glass in various forms for over twenty years, including stained glass, fusing, and jewelry. She and husband Chuck started Crazy Woman Glass in 2007 and continue to create their own artwork while providing students with one-on-one instruction in basic, intermediate, and specialty classes
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of Leslie's beads, jewelry, marbles, and glass sculptures.
      Design by Troy Bennett & Andrew Brown

Krista Hanny takes a look at how artists approach glass art when they are collaborating on a piece through the eyes of Andrew Brown and Troy Bennett and their experience with long-distance collaborations.
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                    Paul Stankard's Legacy

 Over the past fifty years, Paul Stankard has become one of the most recognizable names in contemporary glass. His contributions and achievements are vast and span over four and a half decades.
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The Flow Summer 2013
Marbles and Paperweights 
The Summer 2013 issue of The Flow is the place to go for inspiration and information to take your flameworking skills to a higher level. Five full-color, step-by-step marble and paperweight tutorials show you how to mold a perfect marble, decorate glass art with murrina slices, understand the tricks behind vortex marbles, and create an implosion paperweight with a vacuum encased element. A "Glasscaster with Marcie Davis" interview featuring artist and educator, Paul Stankard, galleries displaying distinctive glass art, tips for organizing your studio space, and answers for successfully operating your kiln controller round out this great issue.

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We would like to invite you to become a subscriber of The Flow magazine. The Flow is a quarterly magazine and will be delivered to you four times a year. Subscribe today and start your subscription with the Spring 2013 issue. We hope you enjoy our magazine and thank you for subscribing to The Flow! 


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We hope you've enjoyed reading our Summer 2013 Newsletter and welcome any comments or ideas for upcoming issues.    

Jennifer Menzies, Editor 


The Flow Staff 

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