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Glass Blowing – necking glass with jacks

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in video | Comments Off on Glass Blowing – necking glass with jacks

Glass Blowing – necking glass with jacks

A short video clip of Bernard Katz and his glass blowing team working on a custom glass sculpture. This video clip shows the glass blowing team necking glass during the blowing process. Using a glass blowing tool called “jacks”, Bernard is creating a “neck line” in the glass sculpture. This is important because when the piece is eventually transferred to the punti from the blow pipe, this creates a break point in the glass piece. If this were a traditional vase, the break point would become the top of the vase or opening. In the video you can hear a little...

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Glass Blowing – using torches on glass sculpture

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in video | Comments Off on Glass Blowing – using torches on glass sculpture

Glass Blowing – using torches on glass sculpture

A short video clip of Bernard Katz and his team blowing glass during one very hot humid day in August. This video clip shows the glass blowing team using bench torches to spot heat a piece in progress. While working on a custom glass sculpture with custom colors using the bench torches helps keep areas of the piece hot. This can keep a glass piece from cracking if areas get too cold. We also use this torching method to add extra heat to parts of the piece we are working on. We use these bench torches extensively between trips to the glory hole when working. They are an important tool in...

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Glass Sculpture from Clay Sketch

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in video | Comments Off on Glass Sculpture from Clay Sketch

Glass Sculpture from Clay Sketch

Creating our glass sculpture begins with a thought, idea, and concept of direction. I develop these thoughts and ideas in a number of ways before actually creating them in glass. Almost everything I make has had its origin in the form of  simple quick sketches on paper. These quick sketches may be derived from a past glass sculpture series I want to explore further. Sometimes these quick sketches open the door to new ideas and direction… And sometimes these sketches are attempts to resolve ongoing concepts. My glass sculptures are 3-dimentional… They have “volume”....

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Why People Buy Art

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in our blog | 3 comments

Why People Buy Art

There are many reasons why people buy art. But for the collector who is passionate about art, one reason looms large. A collector always talks about the story or their “experience” of how they acquired a particular artwork. These stories range from visiting an artist’s studio to stumbling upon a hidden gallery while traveling. I watch and listen to collectors beam with emotion as they reminisce about how a particular artwork came into their lives… Sometimes never talking about the actual artwork. The artwork is important to them, but the “experience” they...

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William Morris Glass Sculpture and Influence

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in our blog | 2 comments

William Morris Glass Sculpture and Influence

The glass sculpture by William Morris is usually the first thought I have when asked about which contemporary glass artists do I like. This is the type of question I could easily create a large list of artists and glass work. I could populate that list with glass blowers showcasing their technical skills and talent. I could include glass artists with a wonderful sense of aesthetic. I could “comb” through photos of amazing glass sculpture. I could even create categories based on functional and non-functional works in glass… But William Morris ‘s work and approach...

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