Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Creative Slumping Ideas

My favorite thing about glass fusing is its limitless possibilities. Beyond the basics, there are countless ways to work with this medium and get surprisingly unique results every time. There’s always something new to try and learn.

Another thing I love about glass is the three-dimensional aspect. We have the power to change the shape of our art and take it from flat to fabulous. Drop out molds are great props you can use to express your artistic flare in exciting, new creative ways. 

What makes drop molds different?

When fused glass is slumped into a typical mold we retain the original design unchanged but now with a gentle three-dimensional shape. Whereas the process of reshaping glass by allowing it to fall through the hole in a drop out ring changes, and adds to the visual features of the design. As the glass drops through the ring the design elements blend and stretch which gives the illusion of movement in the finished project.  

As the glass falls through the mold it stretches. Because dropping glass adds detail to the pattern, I’ve found that when it comes to the vase design less is more. Keep the design simple. An over complicated pattern makes the vase look clumsy and heavy instead of graceful and light.

See how this vase is made on YouTube

 Want more creative slumping ideas? 

Join me Thursday for my Creative Slumping Webinar!
Creative Slumping Webinar
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Webinars are a wonderful way to stay connected to other fusers and keep the creative flow strong between hands-on workshops. In this webinar, I show you how to use materials you likely already have in innovative ways to make new and unique shapes. You’ll be amazed at how simple combinations can transform ordinary shapes into sculptural works of art. I hope you’ll join me for this fun and informative live event.

As a life-long learner myself, I know it sometimes takes a change of scenery, a challenging new educational experience and the encouragement of an experienced instructor to advance my skills and help me grow. 

Are you ready to grow? This class is for you!

Advanced Glass Fusing, February 6-9, 2018
Due to a last-minute cancellation, one seat is available.
4-Days, Hands-on Workshop
My private studio, Wesley Chapel, FL

Striking glass work is the result of combining multiple, advanced techniques in innovative ways to produce exceptional art. In this comprehensive, 4-day workshop, I’ll show you how to combine different methods of assembly to make original, fused glass art that’ll make you standout. Techniques include: my Free-Flow, combing, weaving, embossing, advanced layering, designing artistic shapes, plus creative and deep slumping. You’ll also learn how to change the shape of thick, fused glass with various saws, slitters and drills. In addition, you’ll learn kiln operation plus how to make unique display stands. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Artists See the World Through a Kaleidoscope

Get Serious - Fusing Goals for 2018

A new year is about fresh starts. It’s about identifying goals for the upcoming year, and, it’s about following through to reach those goals. 

Resolutions suck. The rigidity of the all or nothing attitude makes it too easy to fail. Instead, I prefer to make a list of things I’d like to accomplish in the new year. I then make small strides to achieve those goals as soon as possible. 

But before jumping ahead. I make a list of things I’ve accomplished in the previous year. This exercise is so valuable. It confirms that there has been growth, no matter how trivial. It gives me self-confidence knowing I did actively move forward in 2017. And I can, and will continue to gain ground in the new year. 

Some of the items on my 2017 list included: I expanded my design style and took my art in a sculptural direction. I produced 2 new videos, 1 new webinar and several YouTube videos. I bought new office furniture and reorganized my work space for greater efficiency. I launched a writer’s website. We painted the guest bathroom, replaced the rollers on the sliding glass door and bought new pot holders for my kitchen, among other things. The list validates that big and small things do happen if I continue to work toward my goals. 
For the new year, I make a new list of goals. I prioritized the list. I estimate when items can be started, as well as how long each might take to complete. Then I dedicate time every week to completing some portion of the list.  

Artistic style won’t grow in a vacuum. 

Artists are continually exploring. We see the world through a kaleidoscope. Everything is colorful and ever changing. Being in such a constant state of flux, we seek understanding. You can float around in this happy bubble looking for answers forever, but your artistic style won’t grow in a vacuum. To reach your greatest potential as an artist it takes constant study, regular creative exercise and the dynamic company of like minds.  

Artistically, where do you see yourself next December? 

The best way to get on the fast track to elevating your technique is to seek new learning opportunities. Get involved on social media, read articles, watch a video, take a webinar, attend a class or go to a conference. 

Set aside a few minutes every day to dedicate to growing your artistic mind. No matter where you are in your creative journey, there’s always something new to learn. 
I consider myself to be experienced. I’m not an expert. I continually seek out new information, new classes and workshops to better my art and my writing. 

As artists, we’re driven to interpret our version of the ordinary and then share it for others to enjoy. If you want to elevate the quality and creativity of your art in 2018 start now. Seek ways to nurture your creative mind through new learning opportunities. 

Then next year, when you make your list of goals accomplished you’ll cheer your progress and successes.  

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Creative Slumping Webinar, January 18, 2018
Reshape the way you slump and drape glass!

Advanced Glass Fusing Workshop
February 6 – 9, 2018
Wesley Chapel, Florida
4-Day, Hands-on

There’s still time to register!

Here’s what students are saying about the workshop.

I took Lisa's Advanced Fusing class in November. She says this class will take you to the next level, but it was so much more than that. The pieces I did in the class are easily 3 levels better than what I’d been doing (I thought I was doing pretty well!). She gave us numerous design tips and display ideas, and suggested a number of projects for the course, but we students decided between us what to focus on (and she gladly shipped pieces that finished firing after we left). We combed, cast, made drop-out vases, and learned creative ways of converting scrap into masterpieces. We made frit paintings and thick block sculptures. And of course, we got to use great equipment, far better than what I have at home.

Her spacious, welcoming home studio is easy to work in, and her home itself is full of gorgeous pieces she's done over the years. 

In summary, a great class, and I'm looking forward to doing it again!     -Pat M.