Although most of my work in glass has kept me in or very near the sandblast booth, I do enjoy every opportunity to “work in the field”. The locations where glass art goes also tend to be highly interesting in many other ways, and so it can be somewhat educational regarding interior design. It’s also good to just get out of the studio once in a while, but the main reason I like it is purely practical.

Not until it is finally installed is glass art in it’s fully finished form. That it is translucent means that characteristics of whatever environment it is in affects the glass in a big way. Glass Artists who only see the piece in the studio, can’t be sure how it ends up looking onsite for the customer. What if it looked great at the studio, and ends up not as great onsite? Having the opportunity to figure out why is invaluable for becoming a more knowledgeable artist. So, if the option to go is there, I go.

Opportunities to work with other glass artists seem most often to come in the form of installation. Many of the photos in this first slideshow are pictures fellow glass artists sent to me after I had helped them out.

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Smoke Revoke

SRUpdateI am now using our app Smoke Revoke in it’s first publicly released form. It is available for purchase in the App Store We have a facebook page, (please give it a “like”), and what the heck while I’m at it, please follow us on twitter at @SmokeRevoke. Currently, what I am experiencing is that with every failure to wait until it’s “time to smoke” comes a little piece of guilt. That guilt grows – and so there becomes a natural compulsion to begin to micro-manage the scheduling using the built-in editing functions. (In the photo you can see I’ve begun moving the smokes a little closer together in the morning). This brings your smoking into your full awareness.

I have a lot already written about the app that will be added to this post (coming soon) but for now consider the post to be “under construction

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Work Space Design

Balancing Mobility and Immobility

As workers, our desires to increase our work production in the work space tend to bring tools and materials closer to us to the point where everything is within reach. The resulting space capsule effect is fun to design, fun to build and ultimately even fun to look at. Space saving is also essential toward solving square footage restrictions, and who doesn’t have that? We certainly did when we set up to do Christmas ornaments in our small two car garage back in Phoenix. (More Soon)

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Polished Edge-Work

Just made a couple samples for an upcoming job. It’s 3/8″ clear plate with what’s called a “chiseled edge”, or sometimes a “chipped edge”, or most often a “scalloped edge”. There are special tools (not a chisel) designed specifically for this effect. I don’t have the special tool so here’s proof you don’t necessarily have to have it.

It’s important to finish the edge to the point it is 100% safe to touch. This of course means using your own hand to thoroughly test it when you think it’s finished.

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Thinking-out-loud on Paper

Illustration or drawing is a part of everything I do as a working artist, but it goes beyond that into all parts of life – everything from brainstorming, problem solving, communicating ideas, or preparing for any project… things like organizing a workspace, a remodeling project, or of course designing a glass etching. I’m always grabbing paper and pencil, as a way to organize thoughts – anything from a simple idea for the yard, to capturing a difficult to describe item from the imagination, or even something remembered from a dream, and that’s the best thing really – bringing into view something that cannot otherwise be seen.

It does go into three basic overlapping directions – illustration as a tool for thinking, as a tool for communication, and also as a finished form of art. The latter is the one I rarely get to enjoy, and have explored the least. Illustrating Meet Ron Paul was a major leap forward in that direction. It taught me exactly what I needed to know – that illustrating books is something worth looking into. I’m looking forward to pursuing it more when I get the chance.

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