Letter from the Editor
by Jennifer Menzies
Jennifer Menzies, editor of The Flow, reminds readers of the permanence of printed media versus the fleeting nature of information that is available on the Internet. That fact makes the printed pages of The Flow magazine a perfect place for sharing ways to begin or improve glass art with other members of the flameworking community.
Flow Summer 2013 Marble Gallery
Featuring the work of 13 flameworking artists
The work of 13 talented glass artists is displayed in this Summer 2013 marble gallery. Designs include eyes, landscapes, geometric designs, vortexes, and sculptures with marble elements that represent a wide variety of styles and techniques.
Glasscaster with Marcie Davis
Paul Stankard-A Reflection of Fifty Years in Glass
by Marcie Davis
Art Photography by Ron Farina
Photo of Paul Stankard by Lauren Garcia
Glass artist and educator, Paul Stankard, shares highlights from his fifty years of working with glass. He currently works in his studio three days a week creating new art, teaches students in the glass program at Salem Community College, plays a large part in planning the International Flameworking Conference in Salem each year, and still finds time to write books and magazine articles for the glass art community.
Artist Profile-Leslie Anne Bitgood
by Darlene Welch
Leslie Anne Bitgood 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.
The Elegant Artistry of Victor Trabucco
by Darlene Welch
Photography by Victor Trabucco
Victor Trabucco’s glass art is often inspired by nature, which is evident in the beautiful paperweights he creates that encase intricately formed fruits, flowers, and animals. He strives to make his work look effortless while executing control of this difficult material, making his finished sculptures communicate beauty and emotion.
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.
Finding More Creativity in an Organized Studio
by Janice Peacock
Janice Peacock has discovered that working in glass is more enjoyable and profitable when it’s done in an organized space. She shares questions that artists can ask themselves when trying to decide where and how to store necessities and what to eliminate. She also offers tips for ways to solve the special storage problems confronted by flameworking artists.
Marble 101-Cleaning Your Gather and Molding a Perfect MarbleText and Demonstration by William “Boxfan” Menzies
Wil Menzies provides a basic foundation for making a clean, round marble in this tutorial. He shares a glass “skinning” technique passed down to him by Lewis C. Wilson that can also be used in other forms of solid glasswork such as paperweights and sculptural pieces.
Text and Illustrations by Drew Fritts
Drew Fritts demonstrates the steps for creating Flame marbles, a variation of Double Fold marbles. The marble described in this tutorial is an intermediate-level tutorial that is excerpted from Drew’s book, Torchworked Marbles, Vol. 1: Beginner to Intermediate Techniques.
Defining a Vortex Marble
Text and Demonstration by Josh Mazet
Photography by Neill Crawford and Tim Mazet
Josh Mazet provides information on the hallmarks and essentials of what it takes to create a vortex marble and demonstrates the actual process. Included are instructions for the preparation and use of Rainbow dichroic glass triangles to form the vortex inside the marble.
Enhancing Form with Detail-Preparing and Applying Murrine to Your Glass Art
Text and Demonstration by Ken “Spider” Schneidereit
Photography by Sonya Schneidereit
Ken Schneidereit demonstrates adding a cold worked murrina to a prepared half sphere to create a borosilicate marble. The murrina is encased and applied to the hemisphere as Ken shares tips for success while using this technique.
Kiln Corner-More Controller Questions
by Arnold Howard
Arnold Howard, who writes instruction manuals for Paragon Industries, L.P., provides answers to questions from artists on troubleshooting problems with kiln controllers. Information is also included on how a kiln relay works.
Implosion Paperweight with Vacuum Encased Element
Text and Demonstration by Milon Townsend
Milon Townsend demonstrates creating an octopus to use as a design element inside a paperweight. Tips are also offered for using a Stump Sucker to encase the octopus. The tutorial ends with a step-by-step demonstration on creating the implosion components to finish the paperweight.