Tuesday, July 10, 2018

YIKES! We’re in month 7. Reality Check.



Have you achieved the fusing goals you set for yourself in 2018 yet? 

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.  

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 videos, 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 room for growth and there’s always something new to learn.  


I consider myself to be experienced. But I’m no 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. 

Before moving forward make a list of things you’ve accomplished so far this year. This exercise is so valuable. It confirms that there has been growth, no matter how trivial. It gives you self-confidence knowing you did actively accomplish goals. And you can and will continue to gain ground in the remainder of the year. 



Artistically, where do you see yourself at the year end? 

It’s not too late to get serious about your fusing goals for 2018. Then in December, when you look back at your revised list of accomplished goals you’ll cheer your progress and success.  

Get going!
Lisa 
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Advanced Glass Fusing
4-Day, Hands-on Workshop, Wesley Chapel, FL
November 6-9, 2018

This class will change you!

Here’s what students are saying about the workshop.

I took Lisa's Advanced Fusing class. 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. 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.


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September 20, 2018



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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Quality Control - It’s in the Details




We’re having our typical rainy summer. It rains almost every day which makes it difficult to plan fun outdoor activities with the threat of thunder storms looming. I’m happy to have a big mosaic project that I can work on between office tasks. The mosaic gets me outside and in my happy place, my studio. Plus, friends and family have gotten into the act and I’m thrilled to have them creating right alongside me. 



A mosaic of this scale can easily become tedious. And so, I’ve designed several fun focal points into the project to keep it interesting. I also try to vary the shapes of glass used for individual subjects. Again, this keeps the project moving smoothly forward and it gives each focal point its own unique look. One of the focal points in this ocean themed piece is a mermaid. I thought it would be fun to represent her tail with iridized, scale shaped pieces of glass. 






I drew a paper pattern of her tail and then cut the pieces of glass. I spent a lot of time planning the subtle color changes and the direction of the scales. I laid the cut glass out on the full size paper pattern to ensure I had enough glass cut. When it came time to apply glue and affix the glass to the wood substructure, it was a breeze. The glass fit beautifully. The colors looked great. I focused light colors on the right side to create a light source. Darker colors were placed on the left side to create a sense of fullness and shadow. I loved the results…until the next day after sharing my progress all over the web. I was admiring one of the pictures I took when it hit me like a tsunami.


The mermaid’s scales were glued on upside down! 


NO WAY!

Yes. I was so intent on having them fit well and chatting with a friend, I don’t get to see often enough, that I didn’t double check the direction of the scales. For a split second I thought about leaving them upside down. No one would notice, right? Then, I thought of the mermaid. How could she swim with upside down scales? She’d have so much friction against the water that she’d flounder. No. I had to remove the scales and re-glue them. Surprisingly, it only took about 2 hours to remove the scales, clean the dry glue off and reapply them to the base.


The real reason I re-glued the scales is this. I don’t want to go down in history as the glass artist who doesn’t know which way fish scales go. If I’m going to be remembered for a mistake let it be for something that couldn’t have been changed or was out of my control. No one’s perfect. But that doesn’t have to stop us from trying. 


Here’s my mantra. Do your best work. Show your best work.


I hope you’re enjoying seeing the work-in-progress on this colorful mosaic. Next up is the moon lit side of the sky and filling in the octopus.   

Happy fusing,
Lisa

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Advanced Glass Fusing 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop
November 6-9, 2018

Register here: http://www.lisavogt.net/products.aspx?id=477

This is the turning point experience you’ve been waiting for.

Join me for this intense workshop held in my private studio.
Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.


What makes this class different?
In this class, you will push the boundaries art glass imposes. Students explore innovative approaches to design and combine multiple advanced techniques to construct original art that reflects your own personal style. You’ll enjoy: the one-on-one instruction, making large scale projects, the well-equipped classroom, and the intimate class size.
Its hard-core fusing in a nurturing, relaxed environment.
You'll love the concentrated, in-depth study and creative momentum you’ll gain while actively producing, nonstop for four consecutive days. You’ll leave class with a working knowledge of kiln operation, custom project specific firing guides, and the inspiration you’ve been craving to go bigger and do more!

Seats are limited.

Upcoming Webinars
 


Fusing for the Adventurous Webinar
July 24, 2018




Make a Fused Glass Sink Webinar
August 2, 2018




Fusing with Frit
September 20, 2018




Learn at home at your own pace. Instructional Videos are here!

How librarians spend their summer.

Check out my new writer’s blog.
Writer – Instructor – Artist

Relationships fascinate me, and so I have another blog dedicated to the weird and wonderful ways we interact with each other.