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  • A Glass Blowers Companion Helping Today's Glass Artist Think Like an Artistic Entrepreneur The WyzGuy Radio Show, hosted by 16-yr Lampworker J.Michael , journeys through the stories of today's top talents in the world of glass sharing their successes, failures, and their passion for this medium. Whether a glass artist, collector, or retail owner, we have a ton of fun in store for you. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

    GBC Ep.18- Madeline Rile Smith: Pushing the Personal Bubble Through Glassical Instruments - A Glass Blower’s Companion with Jason Michael -Helping Today's Glass Artist Think Like an Artistic Entrepreneur

    A Glass Blowers Companion Ep.18-Madeline Rile Smith      This episode features the talented Madeline Rile Smithwho's current focus is creating glass musical instruments that push the boundries of human comfortability. Merging the scientific glass blowing with creative instrument making, Madeline's has created a body of work that creates a intimate experience between glass instruments and the musicians who play them.  Find Madeline on Instagram @madhotglass Artist's Bio-Madeline Rile Smith is an American artist working in glass, specializing in flameworking and performance. She earned an MFA in glass at Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BFA in glass from Tyler School of Art. Madeline draws upon her musical background to create glass musical instruments which explore physical connection between players. She utilizes hot glass as a performative medium to consider notions of intimacy and compromise. Madeline started working with glass in 2007 as a high school student. At the time she was a dedicated musician, planning to become a professional violist. But her passion for glass took over and she decided to devote her life to glass art. Madeline’s sculptural glass work has been exhibited in venues throughout the US and featured in New Glass Review 41 and 35. She has instructed glassworking in schools and institutions throughout the east coast, including Salem Community College, UrbanGlass, The Crefeld School, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Support the show via Patreon  Follow us on the socials: Instagram Twitter Facebook
    1. GBC Ep.18- Madeline Rile Smith: Pushing the Personal Bubble Through Glassical Instruments
    2. Glass Blower’s Companion ep.17- Robert Mickelsen: From Fine Art to Degenerate Art
  • Talking Out Your Glass Podcast Former editor of Glass Art magazine Shawn Waggoner interviews internationally respected artists and experts in hot, warm, and cold glass. Talking Out Your Glass podcast features conversations with glass artists working in glassblowing, fusing, kiln forming, flameworking, torchworking, stained glass, and architectural glass. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

    Lynn Basa and Bullseye Glass - Talking Out Your Glass podcast

    Public art projects present many technical and aesthetic challenges including, first and foremost, how the artist conveys her concept to a broad swath of the general public. When considering the Multnomah County Central Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, Lynn Basa took on the challenge of translating the principles of hope for users of the new building. She says: “The American justice system is ultimately based on hope – hope that if you do something wrong and get caught, that you’ll get a fair trial; hope that if you go to trial you won’t get convicted; hope that if you get convicted, you’ll get a light sentence. Judges hope that they will be fair and impartial. Underpinning all of this is the hope for rehabilitation, to re-enter society, to lead a productive life.” The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) selected Basa to create a 25’ x 71’ glass artwork for the lobby of the new 17-story Multnomah County Central Courthouse. Designed by SRG Partnership / CGL Ricci Greene, the new courthouse is located at Southwest First Avenue and Madison Street. The artist chose Bullseye Studio to fabricate her 1,775-square-foot work – a series of 120 5′ tall x 3′ wide panels composed entirely of kilnformed glass. The panels required more than 200 firings and three years to complete. Basa’s design for the two-story artwork—viewable from the lobby, the second and third stories of the building, and from the building’s exterior—was inspired by conversations with the project’s Artist Selection Panel, courthouse judges and employees, as well as formerly incarcerated community members. The focus of the artwork is a landscape that reflects the rippling passage of behavior, through redemption and rehabilitation, that is sought in the community justice process. Basa says: “The composition reads from left to right. It starts out hot and in turmoil then becomes cooler and calmer. The crime and the criminal run hot. The job of the justice system is to treat that heat with cool rationality, to calm the waters. On another level, the artwork is a landscape. Living in the Pacific Northwest means living with the constant awareness that you’re on top of a volcanic chain, contrasted by being surrounded by water. The Wilmette River runs next to the courthouse and, of course, Portland’s famously rainy climate.” Throughout the country, Basa has completed numerous public art commissions in mosaic, glass, steel, terrazzo, and light. In her studio, she paints with an ancient medium called encaustic that is a mix of beeswax and oil pigment. She is the founder of the Milwaukee Avenue Alliance, a community organization dedicated to the equitable cultural and economic reawakening of three blocks of the vintage, working-class main street where her storefront studio is located. With an undergraduate degree in ceramics from Indiana University, the artist earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and an MPA in public art policy from the University of Washington. Basa’s book called The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions, is based on a class she developed and taught at SAIC. In order to create effects similar to those of encaustic painting, her primary medium, Basa elected to use glass for the Multnomah County Courthouse project. Bullseye Studio developed a process for translating between the mediums, then executed the work in colored crushed glass on canvases of opalescent white glass. She chose to work with Bullseye Studio to translate her imagery from encaustic to glass based on the success of her prior work with Bullseye’s team creating mosaic columns for TriMet’s Orange Line stations.  Funded by Multnomah County Percent for Art and managed by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), Bullseye Studio worked closely with SRG, RACC, Multnomah County, Hoffman Construction, and the engineering firm KPFF to realize this massive project. Installation of the artwork was performed by Artech.  
    1. Lynn Basa and Bullseye Glass
    2. Julie Conway
  • Waggle Dance The Glassblowing Life Waggle Dance, Canadian artists of Bee Kingdom Glass, Ryan, and Phillip, share an overview of their glassblowing studio practice and discuss various aspects of their studio and share their experiences from starting out as naive art students to established Canadian glass artists. Click play_circle_filled to listen to an episodecancel

    Live Lecture at ACAD, October 30,2018 - Waggle Dance from Bee Kingdom Glass

    This is a live recording of an evening lecture at the Alberta College of Art and Design given by Ryan and Phillip to the professional practices class about how Bee Kingdom brands and promotes themselves and how to develop and maintain professional relationships.
    1. Live Lecture at ACAD, October 30,2018
    2. Inflatable Art: Blowing More Than Just Hot Glass!
  • HowStuffWorks How Glassblowing Works The practice of blowing glass may seem hip and modern if you've recently hit up an art exhibition by Dale Chihuly or Harvey Littleton. But the history of glassblowing is actually long and rich, dating back to the Roman Empire. cancel
  • DMG School The Glass Blowing Process - DMG School Glass blowing is a glass forming technique that humans have used to shape glass since the 1st century B.C. The technique consists of inflating molten glass with a blowpipe to... cancel
  • Viator The Top 5 USA Glassblowing Classes Check out Viator's reviews and photos of USA tours cancel
  • Viator The Top 10 Europe Glassblowing Classes Check out Viator's reviews and photos of Europe tours cancel
  • UrbanGlass UrbanGlass, the New York City based nonprofit established in 1977, fosters experimentation and advances the use and critical understanding of glass as a creative medium. cancel
  • Glass Art Magazine Glass Art is the magazine for the professional glass artist working in hot, warm, or cold glass. Everything from etching, painting, engraving, and stained glass to fusing, kilnworking, glassblowing, and flameworking is included in its pages as world-renowned artists share aesthetic and technical information, how they are adapting to current shifts in global business, and what they have learned from their successes and failures. cancel

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