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FLOW Fall 2018


Letter from the Contributing Editor

by Milon Townsend

Contributing editor Milon Townsend recalls his journey as an artist and how important it is for experienced glassmakers to share what they have learned in their own glass adventures with new artists. Having a forum where techniques can be revealed is essential to meeting new challenges, aesthetically as well as technically.

The Flow 2018 Functional Glass Gallery

The Flow Fall 2018 Functional Glass Gallery features the work of 16 flameworking artists. Showcased is a collection of beautiful and innovative glass art that includes goblets, mythological creatures, jewelry accessories, pipes, a chandelier, and wall decor.

The 2018 World Series of Glass Gallery of Winners

Photography by Doug Baldwin Photography

Glass Vegas presents a gallery of the winners in its 2018 World Series of Glass featuring the work of over thirty functional glass artists. First, second, and third place winners were announced in four different categories including collaborative art, solo work, a mille category, and innovative shot glasses.

CHAMPS Trade Shows Glass Games Winners Gallery

Photography by Sly Vegas and Dankman Photography

CHAMPS Trade Shows recently awarded eight winners in its Glass Games for functional glass artists. The best and brightest stars earn their places in the CHAMPS Glass Games by winning one of the organization’s other events. The winning art featured abstract, mythological, political, and floral themes, and space oriented designs.

Pipes in the New Glass Review

Conversations with Three Glass Artists

by Hethre Larivee

Photography by Weird Kid Media, Jeff DiMarco, and Jawn Owens

New Glass Review, an annual publication by The Corning Museum of Glass, continues to document contemporary, innovative glass art. NGR set a new precedent by featuring several influential pipe makers. Kim Thomas, Eusheen Goines, and Dan Coyle share how their glass art has developed in this interview with glass artist Hethre Larivee.

The 2018 Glass Art Society Conference

Historic Days in Murano

by Sara Sally LaGrand

Photography by Russell Johnson

Murano, Italy, was host to nearly 1,800 attendees at the 2018 Glass Art Society Conference. It was a monumental effort that took years of planning by many people, including renowned Italian glass artists, Cesare Toffolo and Lino and Marina Tagliapietra. This conference is considered one of the most memorable in GAS history.

Robert Mickelsen

A Second Act in Functional Glass

by Shawn Waggoner

Robert Mickelsen’s second act in glass not only pays homage to his early career in flameworking but couldn’t have happened without it. The artist has gracefully transitioned from sculptural to functional glass, promoting his artwork to an entirely new fan base and resulting in the most successful years of his career.

Elevating Functional Glass to Fine Art

An Interview with Banjo

by Shawn Waggoner

Photography by Wind Home and Alex Reyna

Widely regarded as one of the godfathers of the functional glass community, Banjo works glass in a torch to create mind-blowing psychedelic sculpture that transcends its functionality. With over 191,000 followers on Instagram, hungry collectors devour his new work the minute it appears online.

A Quick Inside-Out Production Pipe with David Mullen

Text and Tutorial Photos by Jenny Newtson-Schick, Demonstration and Photos of Finished Work by David Mullen

David Mullen, who creates and sells his work under the name Yoshi Glass, has been a production pipe artist for almost two decades. The artist works mainly in borosilicate glass, but he has also worked in soft glass and neon. This inside-out pipe is one of his standbys for his production work.

Kiln Corner

The Mystery of the Overfired Kiln

by Arnold Howard

Photography Courtesy of Paragon Industries, L.P.

Arnold Howard discusses problems that can cause a kiln to overfire. One of the main things to check when this problem occurs is to be sure that the thermocouple wires are connected to the correct thermocouple terminals.

Wrap and Wake Fishing Lure Chillum

Text and Demonstration by Jillian Jiggs

Photography by Maximillian Scotti

Jillian Jiggs uses her interest in fishing to find inspiration for making this fishing lure chillum. The body is made from green glass rod and shaped in the flame into a traditional lure shape. To finish, eye mille pieces are used to give the lure its large, bright eyes.

Tips for Becoming a Successful Artistic Entrepreneur

Building a Glass Art Business in a New Territory

by Jason Michael

When artists move to a different area, it takes time to develop relationships with new galleries and local artists. Setting business goals for success includes getting to know retailers by locating at least six shops in the area, visiting those shops, and comparing what they carry to the artist’s glass stylings.

What’s Hot

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.

Parallels Between Hot Glass & Human Existence

by The Village Iterate

Pearls of wisdom are offered to help flameworkers navigate the fascinating world of glass art. Suggestions include rapidly evaluating the situation during an unexpected crisis, moving immediately to solve the problem, and practicing patience while working with glass.

Octopus Decanter

Text and Demonstration by Milon Townsend

If you’re willing to take the time to create enough interesting and well-made components that are based on a thorough plan and get them all together, you can come up with some amazing pieces like this octopus-shaped decanter. The tentacles are created using clear tubing, and suckers are created using clear rod.

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