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high5 glass: kristina logan at work

The video clip below is a teaser for acclaimed bead artist Kristina Logan’s Master Class DVD from the Corning Museum of Glass. I love that she purposefully creates subtle differences on each side. In this clip she talks about why she leaves herself options – something to think about!

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Kristina Logan’s Disc Bead Collection

 

Links:

Kristina Logan’s website
About the DVD
Purchase the DVD
Corning Museum of Glass Glass Masters At Work Series
Kristina Logan’s Craftcast interview

High5 Glass Series

About the High5 series here

High5 Glass features Mary Van Cline

High5 Glass features Lino Tagliapietra Makes a Cane

High5 Glass features Michael Janis

High5 Glass features Bountiful Beads

High5 Glass features Kate Fowle Meleney
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high5 glass: kate fowle meleney’s electroformed glass beads

When I look at Kate Fowle Meleney’s beads I feel as though I am looking through a window pane into a world of riotous color and pattern – makes me want to open the window, lean out, look around and say “Good Morning World!”

 

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Copper Blue Anthropomorph
lampworked glass, copper leaf, enamels, frit, stringers, electroformed, liver of sulfur

Fowle Meleney came to glass by way of metal, with an early body of work that consisted of electroformed enamel on copper. Watching a lampwork demonstration in 1990 changed her direction and she poured her energy into learning how to work with glass. A year later it paid off when Fowle Meleney became the first person to electroform on a glass bead and since that time her main focus has been electroforming onto glass beads.

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Japanese Double Pod
lampworked glass, enamels, glass frit, electroformed copper skin, patinaed

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Double Garden Pod
lampworked glass, enamels, copper leaf, electroformed copper, liver of sulfur

Fowle Meleney uses roofing copper from the hardware store to create her Biotech series –  nature inspired forms captured in electrofomed ‘skins’. She enjoys working copper because she can achieve a deep, dulled patina to complement the glossy beads. Do take your time in the gallery section of her website –  the beads featured here represent a small selection of her styles, which include mud cloth, trapezoids and protozoa.

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Red Sea Pod
lampworked glass, enamels, frits, stringers, electroformed copper, liver of sulfur

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Yurts
lampworked glass, enamel, electroformed copper cages

Links:

Kate Fowle Meleney’s website
Kate Fowle Meleney’s DVDs
Kate’s Tips – Electroforming Beads

Etsy shop here

Read more about Kate in this article on the Copper.org website

Kate’s book: The enamel and electroform decorated beads of Kate Fowle Meleney

The High5 Series

About the High5 series here

High5 Glass features Mary Van Cline

High5 Glass features Lino Tagliapietra Makes a Cane

High5 Glass features Michael Janis

High5 Glass features Bountiful Beads

More glass bead images from the DAM archives:

Stephanie Sersich’s Pod Glass
Dustin Tabor’s Flaming Hot
Michal Silberberg’s Beads
BeadArtist.org’s Glass Beads Galore
Dora Schubert’s Hot Rings

victoria scholes: escape from the things that bind us

Victoria Scholes knows something about transformation.  Trained as a pharmacist, Scholes worked in that industry for several years before deciding to become an Anglican priest.  She describes what happened next, her departure from the church to follow her true calling as an artist, as “a growing realization that I wanted to spend my life doing what I wanted to do, not what I ought to do”, something a friend of Scholes’ calls “hardening of the oughteries”.

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Scholes’ website showcases her installations, mixed media sculptures, drawings and jewelry, including the coldworked glass beads shown here.  The beads wear enamel image transfers – she calls them “tiny theatres of the soul” – each one exploring the dual possibility of captivity and escape.

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I am drawn to the smoky mystery of the image on the glass, and to this fragment of thought, culled from the full quote below:  “…transformation; seeking a different perspective; looking for escape from the things that bind us.”

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For those struggling with difficult circumstances today, I hope you find a moment of comfort in the spaces between the words…in the images within the glass.

My work is all about transformation; seeking a different perspective; looking for escape from the things that bind us. Have you every tried to open your eyes underwater?  Ever since I was small, I’ve found this an irresistible, magical and often painful pleasure.  Everything is somehow the same, but magically and strangely different.  It is something of this perspective that I seek in my work, exploring the places where the imagination can transform what we think we already know into something new and different. I believe that it is in these spaces that the seeds of change are sown, and new ways of thinking and being are opened up.

link via Vickie Hallmark

Scholes’ beads in the Tempest Glass Bead Exhibition
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