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Latest 2020 Studio Glass ECS Posts

March 11, 2020

Studio Glass ECS | House of Art and Glass

Our day began with a trip to a glass-blowing studio called The Little Tomato. Located in a small complex of art studios among which there are many metal-workers, photographers, and other glass artists, this studio is used by two glassblowers and their assistant who often collaborated with other artists in the area. We saw examples of lamps made with both metal and glass that were only possible to create due to the two studios’ close proximity. Here, they create all their pieces without molds...
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March 10, 2020

Studio Glass ECS | Flowers from Hot Glass

Today we had a jam packed day beginning at Vitreluxe, a studio owned by a professional artist. At this studio we saw many examples of glass blowing such as vases, bowls, plates and cups created with a variety of different techniques to gain a variety of shapes and designs. The two studio assistants led the demonstrations, including creation of a “Prince Rupert Drop’, which is a large drip of molten glass quickly chilled in water that exploded to dust when its tail was snapped.  They told...
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March 09, 2020

Studio Glass ECS | Artisan Glass

Today we traveled to the Bullseye Glass Company in Portland. This company is known for making large sheets of artisan glass of many different colors, and what is called frit which is basically crushed for glass projects. All of this glass is compatible with each other, so if you melt them together they won’t break. We use this glass back at school for glass projects so it is interesting to be able to see where it comes from. We were there all day, doing two workshops and getting a tour...
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March 07, 2020

Studio Glass ECS | Hummingbirds

In the studio today we began with three tutorials performed by Deb Crowly (seashell),  Joy Munshower (horse bead), and Suellen Fowler (perfume bottle). Each piece ended up looking stunning and impossible to make as always, but unlike the past couple of days, we were not required to make these items. Today was not only unique  because it was our last day in the studio; it was a free project day where we could make whatever we wanted. After the demos I chose to make a piece that proved...
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March 06, 2020

Studio Glass ECS | 'Simple' Glass

To start off our day, we began with an entirely different realm of glass art. This new realm was at first very challenging for most of us due to the new techniques that challenged our focus and understanding of glass so far. This new form was glass blowing, which involved using our breath to inflate borosilicate glass gathers on the end of tubes. What we were tasked to do was make a “simple” glass ornament with a long stem that would be looped in order to hang it. For many of us, the glass...
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March 05, 2020

Studio Glass ECS | Today Was Special

   Today was special. Waking up to the sea breeze in my hair and a chill touch to my face I rolled out of bed to the sound of a thousand voices, my 18 family members. Well, at least for the next two weeks.Today was a special day for many reasons, for one we got to work with a different type of glass, borosilicate glass. Borosilicate is a form of glass that has a COE (Coefficient of Expansion) of about 34. Meaning that it requires more heat in order to melt! Today the day seemed to fly...
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March 03, 2020

Studio Glass ECS | Our First Day

On our first day in Newport, Oregon, we left our rental house and headed to Deb Crowley’s studio and home. When we arrived, we were welcomed by our four new teachers - Joy Munshower, Deb Crowley, Suellen Fowler, and Jody Welch - who would be showing us the ropes. We started with making spacer beads. Our first step was turning on the torch. Then we grabbed our glass rods and our mandrel. A mandrel is a stainless steel rod dipped in clay, called bead release. They are used as utensils to help...
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February 17, 2020

Studio Glass | Course Description

Studio Glass | Emergence of a New American Art Form Essential Question: How has the artisan glass movement in the U.S. influenced the development of newtechniques and materials to build a thriving and diverse culture of glass artistry?Course Description: Almost everyone has seen sculptures by Dale Chihuly, or admired by the beauty ofglass art on display in galleries and people’s homes. Until the 1950’s, in this country, glass artists werelimited to fragments of information smuggled out of...
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More recent posts

March 10, 2020

Studio Glass ECS | Flowers from Hot Glass

Today we had a jam packed day beginning at Vitreluxe, a studio owned by a professional artist. At this studio we saw many examples of glass blowing such as vases, bowls, plates and cups created with a variety of different techniques to gain a variety of shapes and designs. The two studio...
» read more
March 09, 2020

Studio Glass ECS | Artisan Glass

Today we traveled to the Bullseye Glass Company in Portland. This company is known for making large sheets of artisan glass of many different colors, and what is called frit which is basically crushed for glass projects. All of this glass is compatible with each other, so if you melt them together...
» read more
March 07, 2020

Studio Glass ECS | Hummingbirds

In the studio today we began with three tutorials performed by Deb Crowly (seashell),  Joy Munshower (horse bead), and Suellen Fowler (perfume bottle). Each piece ended up looking stunning and impossible to make as always, but unlike the past couple of days, we were not required to make these...
» read more
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