FLOW WINTER 2015
Volume 13 Number 4
Letter from the Editor
by Jennifer Menzies
Jennifer Menzies, editor of The Flow, welcomes the imaginative, innovative work of over 90 female glass artists to the 11th Annual Women in Glass issue and reminds readers of several upcoming Glass Expert Webinars™ featuring outstanding artist instructors.
11th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass
The Flow’s 11th annual gallery of Women in Glass features the work of over 90 female flameworking artists. This collection showcases beautiful and innovative glass art that includes beads and other jewelry plus sculptural pieces in floral, nature, geometric, and contemporary themes.
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 glass can be found in the What’s Hot section of The Flow.
The Poor Woman’s Dichroic
Tinting Foils in Soft Glass
by Deb Crowley
Veteran flameworking artist/instructor, Deb Crowley, shares her tips and techniques for coating foil with soft glass to create a shimmering look that is reminiscent of dichroic glass. Tips for working the beads and encasing the foil are included along with an encouragement to artists to experiment with different colors.
Readers share their thoughts on profiles, articles, and tutorials featured in recent issues of The Flow.
Text and Demonstration by Rocio Bearer
Photography by Rofranna Parra
Rocio Bearer demonstrates techniques for creating a sculptural off mandrel bead in the shape of an ancient scroll. The bead features a music staff and notes. Its antique appearance is enhanced with silver fuming rod and foil leaf plus a stamped seal.
Text, Demonstration, and Photography by Laurie Ament
Laurie Ament demonstrates how she combines her fish sculptures with small bottles. The base bead, which is created from three stacked colors, is rolled in frit to enhance the look and dimension of the fish body. Clear glass is used to add the bottle handles and fish fins, which are textured with shears.
Why Circuit Breakers Trip
by Arnold Howard
Photos Courtesy of Paragon Industries, L.P.
Arnold Howard, who writes instruction manuals for Paragon Industries, L.P., discusses various problems that can cause circuit breakers to trip when firing a kiln. Causes can include overloaded or overly sensitive circuits, loose or corroded connections, or a dead short.
Text and Demonstration by Sabina Boehm
Photography by Jennie K. Stephens, Emily Blodgett, and Sabina Boehm
Sabina Boehm demonstrates using boro rod, frit, and silver fuming to create a nontraditional seahorse ornament. Tips are included for letting gravity help when shaping the body, Clear dots are added for wings and along the spine to complete the look.
Sea Urchin Shell
Text and Demonstration by Kylee Koenig
Photography by Leslie O’Dell
Kylee Koenig demonstrates using clear tubing as the base for a spherical sea urchin shape. Colored stringer stripes are applied to the base, which is then blown into a sphere. A top opening is formed, and rows of clear dots are added to the color stripes for texture and interest.
Fused Stringer Micromosaic Glass Designs
Text and Demonstration by Lori Greenberg
Lori Greenberg demonstrates a technique for making stringers, then snipping and placing them on a clear base following a colored pattern. Once the stringer pieces are placed, they are tack fused together in the kiln. This technique can be used to create any kind of design, including portraits.