Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Equipment in the cold working room for cutting, grinding and polishing:
Flat lap or flat bed grinder
Rotary hand tool (dremelesque)
here are the basics for two companies who supply soda lime glass
The Effetre factory is situated on the Island of Murano in Venice, Italy. As well as lighting designs and architectural lighting they supply soft soda-lime glass products that their website refers to as ‘Murano’.
Originally the company was owned by the Moretti family hence the widely known name Moretti. According to one source the company changed hands in the 1980's and was bought by 3 brothers by the name of Ferro. The word Effetre stands for “three F’s”. Since then one brother has left the company.
All sources agree that the current name of the company is Effetre though the name Morretti is still understood to refer to the range of flame-working rod.
Effetre products for glass work: sourced from www.effetre.com
Rod is generally used for flame-work and lamp-work. Think beads and small sculptures.
Filligrana is a coloured rod encased in clear also used for flame-work and lamp-work, though by the pictures on the Effetre website possibly hot glass also.
Frit is suitable for either cold or hot working as they are not subject to to tension or breakages during smoothing and polishing. Any grade of frit can be supplied on request.
Millefiori is supplied in both rod and cut, in diameters from 2/3 mm to 14/16 mm. It can be used for flame work, warm and hot glass.
For specifications and colour chart go to
Uroboros glass manufactures are based in Portland, Oregon, USA and have been in operation since 1973.
Their website is extensive and comprehensive.
Uroboros products are: Fusion FX, System 96 & Art glass.
Uroboros has been producing tested-compatible fusible glass for nearly two decades. We run it through the industry’s most rigorous testing. Products at the 90 COE expansion point are tested compatible with Bullseye glass and, for glass blowers, with East Bay 91 and Spruce Pine 83. We continually introduce new and innovative 90 COE products for both beginning artists and top fusing professionals worldwide.
System 96 is a collaborative effort of two companies that compliments their individual strengths, Spectrum with its large scale/lower cost production facility, and Uroboros' with our lower volume/high product mix abilities. We chose 96 COE fusible glass because of its world-wide use, especially with glass blowers. It is compatible with East Bay “Special”, Spruce Pine 87, Glasma batch #71 and Glasma Studio Batch.
The strength of System 96 lies in its unique range of use; kiln fired pieces can be used with glass blowing, beadwork can be used in your kiln and your glass blowing, your glass works hard for you throughout your studio.
Since firing up our furnaces in 1973, our craftsmen have created the broadest range of sheet glass products available anywhere! On a regular basis we produce 163 colour combinations in 14 unique styles. Our colour combinations are available in many different styles or textures and we offer up to as many as seven colours in a single sheet! Each sheet is ladled from our furnaces and formed by hand using old-world techniques backed with modern-world technology and equipment.
Uroboros craftsmen form each glass sheet by hand. We ladle out each colour separately and mix them together carefully. Our goal is to give you glass with the complexity and character that only hand-casting provides.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Don't get me wrong i enjoyed every minute...but once my focus and concentration lapsed a storm of my own was brewing in my head.
Once home I rested my head with a light excluding flannel (special from Woolworths) and only surfaced briefly to see how the Thunder v's Lightening match was going.
Lightening as i have never seen before, massive strikes pouring horizontally across the sky, bolts and explosions leaping from cloud to cloud (the thunder was definitely losing this game)
I then retired to rest my head which seemed to house a mini version of the elemental "whose best" outside.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Reva Wolf, 'Homer Simpson as Outsider Artist or How I learned to Accept ambivalence (Maybe)'. Art Journal, Vol. 65, No. 3, 2006, pp. 101-111
I don't watch the Simpsons..there were some in class who remembered the episode "Mom and pop art" referred to. The article was easy to comprehend and interesting.
Our tutorial (after the lecture on originality) started off with the question "Is Homer an artist?"
'Outsider' artists were also discussed. I really don't like this term and the prejudice it seems to stem from. I hadn't heard the term until I was 'inside' hmmmm a bit snobby perhaps?
Murano, Its Glass and Its People
Reprinted by courtesy of both Vetri Murano: A Consortium of Glass Factories in Murano Island and the Venice Chamber of Commerce. Edited by Stanley B. Kruger
Start reading at chapter 2
'Despite the way the glass recipes and the working techniques were kept secret, every innovation soon became common knowledge in the island, thanks to a true network of industrial spying. The wile of Giorgo Ballarin, a poor Dalmatian boy called “ballarin” because of his lameness, is well-known. By pretending to be a simpleton, he was able to watch the preparation of the recipes by great master glassmakers without arousing suspicion. He then wrote them down, learned the glassmaking trade and set up his own business. When he died, he was one of the biggest glassmakers on the whole island, leaving generous bequests and paying for the erection of a magnificent tomb.'
'After the invention of crystal glass, the measures became more severe and it was soon established that only those who had full Murano citizenship could work glass as makers and as apprentices.'
well that's encouraging but no murderous skullduggery ...yet!
Contemporary fiction: haven't read them
Through a glass darkly / Donna Leon
The Glassblower of Murano / Marina Fiorato
mmmm...though as yet I don't know exactly where this information comes from
'At the time it was rumored that the Maggior Consiglio even hired assassins to capture or kill artisans who left the island.'
Words from our group's four objects:
organic, geometric, movement, direction, deconstruction, cutting, gluing, tearing, dense, delicate, translucent, natural, spirals, layers, textured, versatile, light weight.
Our concept was to start with a geometric form and then scramble organic forms over that. With balsawood, paper, glue, string and ground hebel brick our team of four set to...
The four original 'objects' and their collective 'child'
Vocabulary: Language of Object
Deconstruct, manipulate, code-meaning, text (object/artwork) symbol, design, signify, signifier, signified, appropriate, transform, distortion, transmute, infer, allude, camouflage, senes, sensory, materiality, metonym, rupture, resistance, tactility, mimic, confusion, erode, corrupt, multiplicity, resistance, distortion, metaphor, narrative, encrypted, rhythm, fluidity, surface, conceal, contain opacity, melt, opacity.
Obsession Yayoi Kusama..art as therapy. Object ration and Mental illness.
Aesthetic approach: abstract, literal, figurative, stylised, expressive, metaphoric, pragmatic...
Monday, March 23, 2009
Abundant: Highlights from the Australian pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibtion, Venice.
As an exercise 'in pairs' we chose a model and objectively described it.
My partner and I chose no. 21 by BKK Architects, VIC.
Inspiration from Buckminsters geodesic dome... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geodesic_dome
repeat naturalistic patterns
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Object 1. torn cardboard soaked in boiling water left to dry out a bit till damp.
A small glass wrapped in cling film was used for the mold.
ala cone moth style but adhered with PVA glue pieces were attached to one another.
Object 2. Imagine cross sections of an object. I cut out the flat pieces in cardboard from small to wide to small again stacked and adhered.
Object 3. woven cardboard.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So today I traveled to Avalon to meet up with my Mum and Nanna to visit a wonderful bead shop.
We dined 3 times at the cook's larder managing to sample a delightful array of food.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Glassyness project. This mind map was accompanied by Almond brittle, Amber and Damselfly wings..all kinda glassy
The amber reminded me a bit of Emma Varga's glass which I love.
Making brittle is very glass like in the way that it is liquid, you can mould it or pull it into long threads at the right temperature and when it cools you can shatter it like glass in its super cool liquid state.
We also presented the first bit of research on our time line,
i found that 30,000 bc was a tad early for any 'glass' as such but humans were using Obsidian.
a naturally formed glass from volcanoes
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Blown from a height
Chihuly is a maker even though he doesn't so much make, as direct his ideas now. He paints colouful concepts for his team and works with them through the blowing process. He has been accused and criticised of spectacular-ism (not such a bad thing in my book considering where that has pushed glass as an art medium) Such criticism is expressed adroitly in "thinking through craft" (Adamson 2007)
Bio from Dale Chihuly's web site
ccas link to Tevita
cast glass. "Glass as canvas"
"I see these forms as freestanding pictures that use light as their
canvas" Jessica Loughlin 2008.