Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Holidays



Just for fun, I’m sharing a timeless list that celebrates the passionate dedication of all glass artists, no matter what their chosen technique may be. 

Glass Addict! 
By Lisa Vogt

I’m one. Are You?

You know you’re a glass addict if…

You see a spectacular sunset and say 14splp.
You think the perfect score is stripping alone with your glass cutter. 
Your idea of venting involves a kiln.
No crack means you had a great day.
You brag about the size of your glory hole.
You write notes on shelf paper.
You tell friends you got diamonds for your birthday and you mean a grinder bit.
You buy Band-Aids at Sam’s club.
You used to park in the garage.
You prefer the company of a Hot Head over anyone else.
You believe if it doesn’t breathe you can mosaic it.
You’re okay with looking look through peep holes.
There aren’t any wheels on your favorite hot rods. 
You’re okay with pulling your hand from your pocket with a piece of glass stuck in your fingertip.
Your idea of getting some fresh air is a trip to the welding supply.
You hate to get up for work, but will jump out of bed to check on your kiln.
You think striking is a good thing.
You know that latticcino is not something you order at Starbucks.
You ask your partner to hold you for 5 minutes than ramp you up to 1450 as fast as they can.

I’m one. Are You?

Let's celebrates our diversity and our shared love of creating, art and glass. We artists are so fortunate to work in a field that inspires broad-minded thinking. Take pride in your uniqueness, your originality and your creative flare. Then pass it on.   

Happy Holidays!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday enjoying family, friends and some time cozying up to your kiln. May you have a happy, healthy and productive new year. 

Cheers!
Lisa  

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February 6 – 9, 2018
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Exceed your expectations! This workshop is ideal for ambitious glass fusers determined to go bigger and explore more in-depth kiln forming techniques! Join me in this comprehensive, 4-day workshop and enjoy, one-on-one instruction, step-by-step guidance to develop your own design style and an individualized project program - make what inspires YOU!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Painting with Frit Bulldog Panel




I love frit for its versatility and ability to transform static designs into living, breathing pieces of art. When I make detailed images like this Bulldog, frit is my go to material. It affords me the flexibility I crave to maximize my creative flow.

This bulldog project is perfect for the painting with frit technique. With frit, I can render the subtle color shifts and shadows that make the dog’s expression so loveable. To contrast the frit’s shading, I chose a solid, jewel tone color for the background. The simple background frames the dog in and complements the soft colors in his face. There are other advantages to using a plain background for this type of construction. It outlines an intricately shaped subject beautifully, it ensures the accuracy of the shape and it contains the frit. Plus, the smooth background contrasts the visually textured subject matter. 


For complex images like this, I draw my pattern on the computer using Glass Eye 2000 from Dragonfly Software. I bring in a photograph with the add background option and then draw over the image. The nice thing about working from a photo on live subjects is I can use more interesting poses and perspectives with confidence. When the drawing is done, I know the shapes of the body parts and their proportions are accurate. Once I’m satisfied with the line drawing, I test different color combinations until I get a mix I like.  


This project is intended to hang in a window. Therefore, I built the dog on a clear glass base so when back lit, light would shine through the dog’s face. I used opal frit colors for the first layer of the dog’s face. This way the face would appear solid and not disappear when the finished piece was on display. Opal and transparent colors were used to detail the dog’s markings and to create soft shadows in the dog’s coat. 


Most of my frit projects are completed in one firing. But for this adorable pup, I wanted to bring out the warm undertones around his eyes and mouth, so it was fired twice. I laid medium, opal brown down with a heavy hand. After it was fired and permanent, I added a thick layer of the Champagne opal on top to match the picture more closely. The layering gives the art a more realistic quality. I then added tiny details around the eyes and reshaped the mouth. The project was then fired a second time.



The fused panel is framed in brass U channel with hooks installed to hang it securely from heavy duty line. 


Tips for working with frit.

Don’t be skimpy! If you must ask is it enough, add more. The frit should be 1/8” thick for strong color saturation. 

Know your colors. Consult the manufactures catalog or larger frit sizes to confirm the powder or fine colors you’ve selected are indeed the colors you want to use. 

Be meticulous about the clean-up. Nothing ruins an image faster than sloppy fabrication. You can do better! 

Pour it on! Frit may be small, but even small applications can have a huge, positive impact on your work. 


My favorite thing about the finished project, the detail that I feel really brought Cooper to life, was the addition of the catch light on his eyes. They’re made with strategically placed tiny specs of white frit. It’s this kind of attention to detail that makes pieces special. 

Approach even your simplest projects with that level of commitment and passion and you’ll see exciting results as your art rises to the next level.       

Watch the Painting with Frit Bulldog video here
 
Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

Lisa

Follow my blog for more tips and tricks! 


Upcoming Events


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

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

Go bigger and explore more in-depth kiln forming techniques! Join me in this comprehensive, 4-day workshop and enjoy, one-on-one instruction, step-by-step guidance to develop your own design style and an individualized project program - make what inspires YOU!

Check out the New Advanced Fusing Workshop video here