Letter from the Editor
by Jennifer Menzies
Editor Jennifer Menzies recalls the very first Flame Off inaugurated by Lewis Wilson in 2002. The competition saw fifty-seven flameworkers compete, creating nine sculptures, eight goblets, twenty-four marbles, and sixteen beads in just thirty-six hours. That gathering was also the inspiration for the beginning of The Flow—A Journal for Lampworkers in November 2002 to fill the need to provide a place to showcase the growing flameworking movement.
Flow Fall 2012 Narrative Gallery
Featuring the collaborative work of seven hot glass artists
The work of seven talented flameworking artists is displayed in this fall narrative gallery. Included are sculptures, florals, marbles, and bottles that represent a wide variety of styles and techniques.
Glasscaster with Marcie Davis
Nancy Sutcliffe—Finding Inspiration in Two Different Worlds
by Marcie Davis
Photography by Artisan Studios Ltd., Barry Thomas, Kathryn Roberts, and Nancy Sutcliffe
As glass engraving artist, Nancy Sutcliffe, has followed her husband to various countries for his business, traveling mostly between the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, she has found inspiration for her work in the cultural differences between these two areas of the world. She is particularly interested in how different the light and shade are in Dubai compared to the United Kingdom, which she translates into her work.
Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award
Featuring the art of Jami Hamilton and Nathan Adami
This Fall 2012 Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award segment of The Flow features: Jami Hamilton, bead artist and jewelry designer, who specializes in torchworked glass and sterling silver creations, and Nathan Adami, sculptural glass artist, who focuses on the medium of borosilicate glass.
Genetically Modified Influence
by Snic Barnes
Photography by Anne Pettinati
Snic Barnes presents his sculptural work, Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), the narrative of a progressing age of human evolvement with technology and scientific knowledge. This is one of many pieces created by Snic that are influenced and motivated by the Industrial Revolution and its effect on his hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Chicago Project
by Becky Wheeler
Photography by Becky Wheeler and Chris Famelette
Becky Wheeler shares the highlights from the July 2012 Chicago Project, an event that brought pipe artists together to collaborate on work to be auctioned to benefit Smile Train, an organization that provides cleft lip surgery for children in Third World countries. This exciting weekend culminated in the artists creating a large collaborative aquatic scene.
Día de los Muertos
Text and Demonstration by Yvonne M. Padilla and Nate Parea
Photography Courtesy of Rio Grande
This demonstration features skull beads and barrel spacer beads for a necklace that celebrates the Hispanic holiday, Día de los Muertos. The skull and barrel beads are decorated with painted designs using Precious Metal Clay PMC3™ Silver Clay Slip/Paste, then strung on leather cord.
The Dish—A Practical Use of Incalmos
Text and Demonstration by Drew Zavinski
Drew Zavinski demonstrates techniques for creating dishes using the incalmo technique, which involves merging two or more “cups” into one contiguous form. Tips are included for making even walls for a smoother incalmo transition.
Kanji Medallion—Exploring the Hollow Disk
Text and Demonstration by William “Boxfan” Menzies
Wil Menzies demonstrates creating a small disk that uses all of the same principles of incalmo as larger-scale blown work. This medallion was made into a Kanji rubbing stone, but the technique could also be used to make a variety of items including pendants and rings.
Tips for Creating a Well-Organized Studio Space
by Natali Baird
An artist’s creative process can be made easier with a well-organized work space where tools and materials can be found quickly when needed. Everyday materials such as corrugated roofing and plumbing pipes can make good holders for glass rods and other materials. Also important is considering the best and safest ways to provide good studio ventilation.
Layered Glass Combination
Text and Demonstration by William “Boxfan” Menzies
Wil Menzies demonstrates a layered glass marble that begins by coating heavy wall tubing with one color, then adding an additional color and encasing both. Hobnailing is added before blowing out the bubble and working in the clear hobnails as part of the design. Many tips are offered along the way to produce success with this piece.
by Darlene Welch
Information on the latest in new glass types and colors, supplies and tools, kilns, books and 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.
The Kiln Corner—How to Get the Longest Life Out of Your Kiln’s Heating Elements
by Arnold Howard
Photography Courtesy of Paragon Industries
Arnold Howard, who writes instruction manuals for Paragon Industries, L.P., provides answers to questions from readers to help them learn the basics of how to test the heating elements when buying a used kiln and proper maintenance for extending the life of kiln elements.
Glass Pens—Creating an Elegant, Perfect Gift
Text and Demonstration by Jennifer Menzies
Jennifer Menzies demonstrates the creation of glass pens, which would make a perfect gift item for the holidays or other special celebrations. Tips are offered throughout to ensure success with this project, including the use of incalmo lines and gravity to keep lines clean and techniques for finishing the writing nib.
Poetry with No Boundaries
Text and Photography by Lin-hsiang Tsai
Lin-hsiang Tsai shares the 1,000-year-old poetry of Su Shi of the Chinese Sung Dynasty, explaining how it inspires her glass art. The beadwork that she has created to illustrate two of his poems describing flowers on a wall and a path away from the crowd where trees and flowers grow are illustrated along with the poems printed in the original Chinese characters.
Text by Kylee Koenig, Demonstration and Photography by Chris Geile and Kylee Koenig
Chris Geile and Kylee Koenig create an imploded marble featuring the tentacles and body of a jellyfish on the inside of the marble. The outside is decorated with the head and large eyes of a three-dimensional creature to complete the marble.