June 30, 2010

Coldworking for the Glass Artist

This is part 1 of a talk on Coldworking Glass by Robert Stephens of His Glassworks, out of Asheville NC. The audio can be a little jumpy in the transitions from slides to filmed lecture, but in general the talk is very clear and well done, as well as extremely informative. I've only seen up to part 3 (of 8), but I know this will be worth the time to see the whole thing. Certainly anyone who does beveling or engraving will definitely gain from it.

You can see the other parts at the His Glassworks YouTube channel.

oh, by the way, one reason that I find this interesting is that a portion of this talk deals with flex shaft engraving, which I've been doing a lot of recently. Engraving and fire-polishing though.

A work in progress, after engraving and fire-polishing, but before painting -

Posted by Tom at 09:57 AM

June 22, 2010

Sándor Nagy (1869-1950) - stained glass

From the blogger A Polar Bear's Tale, the stained glass of Sándor Nagy, Hungarian artist (1869-1950). I managed to find a brief bio, plus small galleries on his stained glass, graphic work, andpaintings.

The so-called Kisfaludy glass window, 1907
Local History Collection, Gödöllő

Add his name to the group of eclectic artists all of whom were born between 1867 and 1869 and who had highly varied careers and who all made some kind of mark on the art of stained glass.

Frank Lloyd Wright, born June 8, 1867
Johan Thorn Prikker, born June 5, 1868
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, June 7, 1868
Stanisław Wyspiański, born January 15, 1869
Henri Matisse, born 31 December 1869
Sándor Nagy, born 1869

Posted by Tom at 04:51 PM

June 16, 2010

Inspirational Journey

More on Jon Kuhn's collaboration with Salem Stained Glass, and especially about Jon's upcoming presentation of one of his Sacred Cross series to the Pope.

Posted by Tom at 10:37 PM

June 12, 2010

Verriere de Saint Just video

I found this video about Saint-Just glass, and posted it on YouTube to help with their promo. Saint-Just glass is some of the very best handblown sheet glass around, especially the flashed glass.

A Saint-Just label.

Some of their very lovely red on rose flashed glass.

I used the red on rose in the multi-layer panel, Drawn Face

Posted by Tom at 10:20 AM

June 11, 2010

Sigmar Polke 1941-2010

Apprenticed in stained glass early in his career, and returning to stained glass late in his life, the artist Sigmar Polke has died at the age of 69.

click to see larger image in new window

photo from a press kit released by the Grossmünster

Posted by Tom at 02:54 PM

June 09, 2010

Luna Parc on Rare Visions

A video of Ricky Boscarino's Luna Parc, from the Kansas City based series Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations. Rare Visions is the series that first turned me on to the Bottle Wall/Bottle House phenomenon.

There are glimpses of stained glass and a bottle wall structure in the making in this video.

Posted by Tom at 12:13 PM

June 06, 2010

Stained Glass at Canterbury Cathedral

LearnHistory's YouTube channel showing a short part of a longer documentary on "Britain's Middle Ages". Again, short and sweet. If nothing else, the detail images are very nice for a TV doc.

Posted by Tom at 10:40 AM

June 05, 2010

UNESCO video on Chartres Cathedral

Video on Chartres Cathedral by UNESCO. Short and sweet. There are many more tiny snippets of important European historical sites documented on the website.

Posted by Tom at 10:01 AM

June 04, 2010

The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York

In the latest issue of the American Glass Guild newsletter, I created a page devoted to the involvement by stained glass artist Nancy Nicholson in something called "The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York". There were only a few details about the program when I put that together. Well, now there is an official The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York website, from Parsons and LVMH. The most interesting part to me are all the videos, including these two (plus 1) that are stained glass related.

Video on 'Stained Glass Artist' Nancy Nicholson. FYI: I've known Nancy from way back when, in the Boston days we worked shoulder to shoulder... 25 years ago now.

Craft Nouveau from Art of Craftsmanship on Vimeo.

I also found (on vimeo) this simple 55 second shot of Nancy's workspace panning over to see her working on the LVMH design. As much as I like the official edited piece on Nancy, I would love to see more of this.

Untitled from Conway L @ Parsons on Vimeo.

This is the video on 'Stained Glass Restorer' Thomas Venturella. I have met Tom, and I even visited his studio once, though it was almost 20 years ago.

T.R.E.M.L. from Art of Craftsmanship on Vimeo.

Artwork from The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York, including Nancy's panel, is on display at Governor's Island, New York, on Saturdays and Sundays, June 5 - June 27, 11 AM - 5 PM.

If you want to get more exhibition details, plus the names of the student team award winners, check out The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York official press release.

Posted by Tom at 07:05 AM