Speaking of Tiffany... it's interesting to see the current exhibit from The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass includes an exhibit of sheet glass and pressed glass from Tiffany's own furnaces. With my humble experiments in making glass for my stained glass I've gained a greater appreciation of Tiffany's accomplishment in creating sheet glass for their own windows. To my knowledge no other studio in the modern era (≈150 years) has made their own sheet glass - the sheer volume of it, let alone the quality, is just mind-boggling.
Finally had a chance to stop in and look at the windows at Second Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. Nice group of Tiffany windows - including this rather somber figure of 'Faith' -
These Tiffany windows are more indicative of later Tiffany, with large areas of plated glass and small detailed areas using highly colored chunks of glass, such as the little wreath of flowers draped on the left hand. This church is going to be a part of the G.A.S. pre-Conference stained glass tour on June 14th.
Finally, after years of being asked "Do you do workshops?", I've set up some workshops. 'Computer-aided Stained Glass Design using Adobe Illustrator' is on June 13th, just before the G.A.S. Conference and 'Screenprinting for Stained Glass using the Xpresscreen system' is on June 18th, the day after the conference. More information on the Current Projects page of my website.
the first image from the glassblowing experiments -
Just playing around for now, trying to get something different. This came out a bit misshapen because the blue side melted at a lower temperature than the yellow side. Still, I like misshapen.
The American Glass Guild has posted the registration and lodging info for its July 2006 conference in Albany, NY. The AGG is a new stained glass organization and the people who are involved in it are top quality, so I'm not surprised that the conference schedule is very impressive.
I'd love to go as I personally know many who are participating and presenting, but it's probably not in the cards this year. Maybe I'll get someone to do a guest conference blog...hmmm.
I went yesterday to see the new exhibit, Impressionist Camera, at the St. Louis Art Museum. It's rare these days for me to see an exhibit for something interesting that I had never heard of, but I had never heard of "Pictorial Photography". It was interesting in the sense that these were artists who essentially did manipulated photography, not unlike what I've done with photography incorporated in stained glass. Though in the exhibit photos, almost all involve a manipulation of the chemical process of photography. In general, I like the spirit of technical experimentation in the service of creating new types of artwork.
from the cover of the exhibit brochure - and a detail of my own Eight Faces