Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fused Glass Vase Hard at Work

Lucky for this vase, which I made over the winter, the elementary school around the corner from my house has raised beds of flowers that they encourage neighbors to pick. So after almost becoming a change jar during the frosty winter...pardon me...icy winter months, I am happy to say the cityscape flower vase will be put to work full-time for the next couple summer months.

The process of draping fused glass to form this vase required me to create a large fused glass square. I then tack fused it (which means to fuse at a lower temperature), setting it on a stainless steel cup so that it dripped over the edges and formed this vase-like shape.

CityScapes, Not a Starry Night 
fused glass

CityScapes, Not a Starry Night (2)
fused glass

And now let's see the lovely wildflowers..

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WEIRD SCIENCE Art Show...Now Showing!

WHAT: Weird Science Art Show; a group show containing artwork depicting the theme of weird science and the only additional guidelines were that it be wired and ready to hang.

WHERE: Arts Alive Gallery, 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT (Main Street Landing, Union it what you will)

WHEN: July 13, 2014 - August 30, 2014

I just knew my paper-mache sculpture of the redwood burl had a place in the fine art world! The first of its kind, unique in its nature, this is what you can look forward to seeing in person if you attend the show...(you can even touch it, I don't care what anyone says):

Burl Mount
3'h x 1.5'w
paper mache and acrylic

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rain Barrel Raffle!

This Saturday, July 19th the rain barrels that are currently installed in Maple Street Park in Essex Junction, VT will be raffled off. In preparation for the Essex Block Party and Street Dance (from 5-10 pm on 7/19) the barrels will be uninstalled and names will be draw to determine the winners at 7 pm that evening.

This is your last chance to enter to win! It's free and all the barrels look amazing. So why not save some water this summer with a hand-painted rain barrel by a Vermont artist.

Click here to enter!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lions Made of Bikes...Oh my!

A project put on by Middlebury Art's Walk with the help of donated bikes from Local Motion in Burlington, VT, this bike lion was mine and my brothers contribution. The only addition of products, aside from the dismantled bike, was mechanics wire, some epoxy and automotive paint.

Bike Lion
bicycle paints

And some detail shots:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My New Obsession: Fused Glass

I'll spare you the excuses...I've been delinquent when it comes to posting. And while I spend entire 8 hour work days writing blog post after blog post, some of them even preaching about the value a blog has to a business and how the most important aspect is to post frequently because that's what search engine algorithms like and it's what your followers like and it's the only, only way to get more people to follow your blog, I am embarrassed to say I've been guilty of hypocrisy.

I am also, in fact, quite embarrassed of the fact that my website and blog commitment is sub-par at best. The crazy part is..I know better. I have a lot of artwork to share. I've been busy as shit actually; creating tons of things I'm excited about all while neglecting my blogging responsibilities.

So here goes:
Today I pledge to blog regularly, even if it involves automatically scheduling posts in advance (which I find to be tedious). 

This spring I took my first class in fused glass and I'm excited to say I'm sort of obsessed. I have a lot of ideas brewing, and I've spent the past few months experimenting with technique and tools trying to develop some skills. I have learned: 
  • glass is expensive. 
  • cold working (or sanding by hand for detail) is meditative. 
  • sandblasters require a lot of electricity.
  • and..
french vanilla colored glass reacts with pure silver and that particular blue colored glass in very unique ways.

Reactive Sushi Dish
fused glass and silver