Letter from the Editor
by Jennifer Menzies
Jennifer Menzies, editor of The Flow, reminds us of the wonderful flameworking possibilities that come from the imaginations of female glass artists the world over. This issue’s gallery presents the bead and sculptural work of 124 ladies who cover a multitude of themes. An interview with Edith Franklin, who was present at Harvey Littleton’s famous “Toledo Workshop” class, and a look at the sculptural work of Laurel Marie Hagner demonstrate the impact of female artists. Three great tutorials, including techniques for creating amphibians and reptiles from award-winning artist, Jennifer Umphress, round out this exciting issue.
8th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass
Featuring the work of 124 hot glass artists
The work of 124 talented flameworking artists is displayed in this Winter 2012 Women in Glass gallery. A multitude of designs that include everything from florals, geometrics, nature, jewelry and edibles to liturgical and fantasy themes represent a wide variety of styles and techniques.
Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award
Featuring the art of Demetra Theofanous and Astrid Riedel
This Winter 2012 Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award segment of The Flow features: Demetra Theofanous, borosilicate artist, who pioneered an approach for casting pâte de verre components and attaching them to flameworked sculpture, and bead artist, Astrid Riedel, who uses a hollow bead technique that allows her to put designs on the inside of her beads.
Taiwan, an Environment for My Endurance - My Working Trip to Taiwan
by Deborah Carlson
Deborah Carlson shares the lessons she learned as she traveled to Taiwan to teach American flameworking techniques and help set up a torchworking studio. A visit to Hsinchu City Glass Museum provided her with a look into the history of glassmaking in Taiwan and its involvement in lost wax casting techniques.
Glasscaster with Marcie Davis
Edith Franklin—La Grande Dame of the Arts
by Marcie Davis
Photos Courtesy of 20 North Gallery and the Toledo Museum of Art
Edith Franklin, an outspoken supporter of the arts and arts education until her passing in 2012, shares her experiences as an artist. While best known for her pottery, Edith was one of the ten students who participated in the famous “Toledo Workshop” class taught by Harvey Littleton that is commemorated as the beginning of the American Studio Glass movement.
Serendipity - Finding Celebrity in the Midst of Giving
by Susan Hood
Photography by Kerstin Alm and Phil Holbrook
Susan Hood, lampworking artist, shares a unique way in which she was able to gain publicity for her studio in exchange for providing gifts of bead jewelry to celebrities at the Golden Globe awards. Her trendsetting beadwork was presented at a invitation-only gift suite and modeled by the celebrities, which in turn provided photos that showcased her work and provided exposure that can’t be bought.
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.
Preparing Reactive Cane
Text and Demonstration by Christina Burkhart
Christina Burkhart demonstrates techniques for preparing canes and stringers from reactive glass, which stays more vibrant when pulled out thin. Making these canes also offers a great way to use up some of the old shorts that are lying around.
Laurel Marie Hagner - Capturing the Power of Nature in Woven Glass
Text and Photo of Laurel Marie Hagner by the Staff of Glassometry Studios
Laurel Marie Hagner, owner and artist behind Glassometry Studios draws on her considerable experience as both student and teacher to develop her intriguing glass designs and architectural art. One of her latest commissions gave her the opportunity to explore her strong interest in melding her sculpting skills and love of hot glass into an expression of the power of the patterns found in nature.
Sea Pod Beads
Text and Demonstration by Meital Plotnik
Photography by Alberto Plotnik
Meital Plotnik demonstrates sea pod beads, a design that started out as sea shells and grew into imaginary sea creatures. The design allows for great variations in the use of colors and shapes by simply changing one or more elements and also provides practice for stringer control. Beginners will enjoy working with this project, since the design is very forgiving.
The Kiln Corner - Using the Multimeter to Test a Kiln’s Elements
by Arnold Howard
Photos Courtesy of Paragon Industries, L.P.Arnold Howard, who writes instruction manuals for Paragon Industries, L.P., provides answers to questions from readers to help them learn the basics of working with a multimeter and testing a kiln’s heating elements with an ohmmeter. Ways to check for the accuracy of an ohmmeter are also included.
Text and Demonstration by Jennifer Umphress
Jennifer Umphress shares tips and techniques for creating amphibians and focuses this project on frogs. Glass shards are created and used to decorate the frog’s body, and tips for success when forming and connecting the body parts are included. The techniques presented could also be used for creating various reptiles such as lizards.