So last year a group of my friends went to Burning Man and I made about 100 hearts for them to trade and give out to people that they met. When they returned they told me so many stories of how much people loved receiving the hearts, so this year I’m creating a new token for them and learning about another aspect of glass at the same time.
There are many ways to shape glass, and a mold is one of them. Then again there are many many types of molds. Some you drop the glass in, others you clamp down, and some you stamp into the glass.
My idea is to make necklace pendants out of glass that have the symbol of burning man stamped on them.
So the first thing I did was carve the symbol into a piece of graphite:
Burning Man symbol carved in graphite
Graphite is a friend to glass! It can take a lot of heat and not leave any residual marks on the surface of the glass.
Next I hastily built my own handle out of some scrap wood…and voila! I have a stamp:
The first stamp
Now I take a really fresh hot glob of glass and drop it onto a steal plate and then stamp the symbol in!
Burning Man Medallion first attempt
I initially like how it looks, but I am going to construct another stamp to get an even better design. This has been really fun so far and I’m looking forward to doing these in a lot of different colors!
I will keep you updated on the progress of this project and if you are going to Burning Man and would like some medallions of your own…don’t hesitate to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently returned from Toledo, OH where I was attending the annual GAS (Glass Arts Society) Conference. This was my first year going and it was a really eye opening experience. There was so many great lectures and demonstrations, below is a link to my photobucket album:
This year was the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement in America. It was started by Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino in Toledo, when they held the first studio hot glass class ever. Many of the first students including Fritz Dreisbach and Marvin Lipofsky, who went out to teach their own classes were at the conference this year. Because I was with Randy Strong, who has been doing glass for 44 years, I really benefited by being able to meet a lot of the Old Timers from the glass movement.
If you are involved in glass or would like to be, this is definitely an event you don’t want to miss!
Thank you to everyone who came by my booth at the Live Oak Park Fair! You truly made my first show a wonderful experience!
Your support and comments about my work have really inspired me to get back in the studio, make more work and do more shows! I hope to see all of you again and again. I will be posting photos from the fair soon, but I am excited to share that the Daily Californian featured a picture of two of my sculptures in their online photo album from the fair! Check it out here: Daily Californian
My next definite show will be the KPFA Arts Festival in December, but I will be applying to others in the interim.
My booth at the Live Oak Park Fair
At the moment I am on my way to Toledo, OH to attend the annual GAS (Glass Art Society) Conference. This is my first year and it is expected to be a conference of special significance as it is the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement in America. I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone there and seeing some great demonstrations!
I am looking forward to getting my glass out there and hearing responses from people at the fair. I will be displaying my figurative sculpture, paperweights, glassware and some special gifts for upcoming Father’s Day.
The fair is on Saturday and Sunday June 9-10 and located at Live Oak Park in Berkeley, CA at Berryman St and Shattuck Ave. www.liveoakparkfair.com
If your in the area come down to the fair, I would love to meet you and talk about my work!
For the last year and a half while working at R. Strong glass I have been learning how to
make hearts. These paperweights began as a Mother’s Day present from Randy Strong to his mother, and continue as a permanent product in the R. Strong Glass line.
I really enjoy making them because whenever someone buys one or is given one as a gift, you can see their whole face light up with happiness. The gift of something beautifully handmade is truly like no other.
So far in my heart making adventures, Along with making hearts for R. Strong glass, I have made 100 crystal hearts for the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2011 conference in San Francisco and I have made 90 for friends to bring to Burning Man and give as gifts to people they met there. Everyone comes back with stories of how much people loved the hearts and sometimes were in near tears when receiving them. I really believe that hearts are a powerful symbol and I will probably continue to make them for the rest of my days in glass.
For me making these hearts has been an interesting journey. When your making them you always have to be critical of what your are doing and really see the design as you are making them. It has taken me since I started here to really get the process and design down, but all the realizations I have had while making hearts have helped me gain more knowledge about everything else I do in glass.
I would like to share with you my journey and relationship with glass starting with today. I have been working at R. Strong glass for the past year and a half in Berkeley, CA. Working here and learning from glass master Randy Strong has been such a crazy experience. I have learned so many new things it is hard to wrap my head around them.
Sometimes I will be making a piece of glass and then start thinking, wait a minute, I was studying economics in San Diego, how the hell did I get here? What’s this thing at the end of this stick I’m holding?
This is, I have found, the nature of glass. You start with a little bit and then all of sudden 5, 20, or 60 min later you have a thing! For Example:
Today I started with this
And ended with this
The glass is always moving. I still have so much to learn about how to work with it, but I feel like it has already taught me a lot about myself. I hope to share my work, realizations and experiences.