July 29, 2011

Netflix Envelope Doodler

I guess I'm famous now. I have officially made it into the pantheon of Netflix Envelope Doodlers. Fun idea. I like.

Friends of Eddie Coyle, July 2011

Posted by Tom at 09:13 PM

July 24, 2011

American Glass Guild Conference - Day 4

In the morning went to the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, then saw the last of the conference talks in the afternoon. These are just 2 images from the members exhibit. Not many panels in the exhibit this year, but all good ones.

I thought I made small panels, but these are 6 individual autonomous panels, each about 1.25" x 2", by Marie Pascale Foucault-Phipps.

Nicely painted panel by J. Kenneth Leap.
Yes, it is Harry Potter.

Posted by Tom at 10:36 PM

July 23, 2011

American Glass Guild Conference - Day 3

Day 3 - Talks - Highlights after a blurry day - Virginia Raguin showing wonderful painted details throughout SG history, Robin Neely on conservation painting, Lindsy Parrott on Tiffany Lamps, all ending with the 2011 AGG Auction. I would be very surprised if the auction this year is not a record breaker. [update - 8/4/11, the auction did indeed set a record, raising $20,500! wow.]
2011 Auction highlight - Self Portrait by Tim Carey. Tim works for the Judson Studios, out of Los Angeles, CA. Tim is a man of many self portraits.

Posted by Tom at 11:45 PM

July 22, 2011

American Glass Guild Conference - Day 2 - Maitland Armstrong Window

Today - Tiffany Lamp Exhibit, The Cathedral of All Souls at Biltmore Village, and the start of conference talks.

Detail of Palm Frond Window, by David Maitland Armstrong/Helen Armstrong
The Cathedral of All Souls
Biltmore Village, Asheville, North Carolina
click on image to for closer view

Posted by Tom at 10:53 AM

July 21, 2011

American Glass Guild Conference - Day 1 - Penland

Visited Penland with Alice Johnson, Nancy Nicholson, And Gwyneth today. Beautiful place.

Glass Chicken by William Bernstein, Penland Gallery

more pictures to follow.

Posted by Tom at 11:46 PM

July 17, 2011

Beware of the God

Beware of the God, at Daniel Blau Gallery in London, featuring stained glass windows by UK artist/illustrator Neal Fox.

These are 2 of the 12 figures depicted in stained glass by Fox. The panel on the left depicts Albert Hofmann, who was the chemist who discovered LSD, while the other panel is of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, the singer who discovered... well... Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

How the panels look installed in the gallery -

Yes, they do appear to be actual stained glass windows, fabricated by Mayer of Munich. In the 12 panels, 11 pop culture figures plus the artist's grandfather are depicted in stained glass windows. Why stained glass? It is because of the whole "stained glass = religion" idea. Because of the religion association, the figures automatically signify 'religion'. I have mixed feelings about this approach, whether it's in the Hard Rock Cafe windows or the old 33 Dunster St (now John Harvard Brew House) windows from the 70's.

The Neal Fox windows interest me more as another sign of comix and outsider art creeping into the general stained glass consciousness, with the increasing influence of comix artists like Daniel Clowes, R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Charles Burns, plus a dose of Joe Coleman and Robert Williams. There is also the not-so-outsider art of Gilbert & George in the mix as well.

If nothing else, they are pretty wild looking stained glass windows, and I'm all for that.

Posted by Tom at 02:15 AM

July 15, 2011

Joseph Cavalieri at Northlands Video Demo

Good video especially for showing process, and evolution of a design, and some process of execution.
Joseph Cavalieri at Northlands Glass In Scotland
stained glass demonstration. Joseph Cavalieri., from the northlandscreative YouTube channel

Posted by Tom at 02:02 PM

July 12, 2011

Gwyneth Butterfly Panel

New panel designed and painted by my daughter Gywneth -

A Happy, Naturey Panel.
This will be going into the American Glass Guild Auction in 2 weeks.

She designed the piece, chose the glass and painted it. I cut half of the pieces and I fabricated in copper foil with a good strong tinned-lead frame.

Posted by Tom at 04:10 AM

July 11, 2011

Kokomo Glass Videos

In the past 2 months several videos have popped on YouTube showing how Kokomo Glass makes their machine rolled sheets of glass. The best ones are from Komo's own YouTube Channel, kogvideo.

Rolling Glass

Annealing Glass

Short but interesting to note that their sheets only take 45 minutes to go through the annealer. Surprisingly short period of time.

Below the fold are an assortment of other Kokomo Glass related videos, of varying interest and quality...

Posted about mid-June 2011, by YouTuber roguepuppet
A group of videos recorded on phones depicting the process of making rolled sheet glass at Kokomo Opalescent Glass. More interesting insight, even if the image quality is rough and the videos are short.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory, making sheet glass, up close - short (just 45 seconds). Shows how the gatherers place the molten glass on the bed and the mixer mixes the colors and places it into the rollers.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory, pulling cooled sheet glass off the line

Another short video, with different angle of gatherers bringing molten glass to the roller.
Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory, prepping glass for roller

Not terribly exciting to see, but unusual to see a roller change on the machine.
Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory, prepping glass for roller

Posted by Tom at 11:06 PM

July 09, 2011

Victoria & Albert Conservation Issue

Hadn't seen this until recently. There is a lot of interesting stuff to read about and it's good that it's online, but I still don't like the way that the new V&A is displaying their medieval stained glass. I hate hate hate the white surround. It's just... wrong.

Conservation Journal, Autumn 2009 Issue 58 special edition

Posted by Tom at 11:27 AM

July 07, 2011

East Window at Eldridge Street Museum Video

Today is new video day.
A new video about the Kiki Smith East Window at The Eldridge Street Museum.

and another called "A Landmark Restoration", which deals partly with the restoration of the other stained glass at the museum.

Posted by Tom at 11:36 AM

July 06, 2011

Thinking Outside the Coffin

More palaver from Judith Schaechter, and good palaver it is.

Thinking Outside the Coffin

I think the section in the middle about "Body Dysmorphia" is perhaps the best part, certainly the most interesting in light of Judith's work.

Much to mull over.

[update - In the comments section for the blog post, there is a link to an article from last month on the Wall Street Journal website, called The Art Assembly Line, about the increasing use of assitants by contemporary artists. Scroll down to see an interesting graphic that notes artists through the ages who have used assistants. No mention of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his stained glass I notice.]

Posted by Tom at 10:51 AM