Today I worked with Brandon, the videographer, to experiment with his sound equipment. We recorded a voice over for the videos we filmed in the hotshop. I am excited to see how it turns out.
I have also been drawing images for one of my newest chapters: How to Shield. Once again, minor details but important.
On another note,
I am interested to hear what you guys think about the following pages. It is one of several sections in the chapter: How to Prevent an Off Center Bubble. Does it make sense?
Stickers just arrived in the mail!
Come find me if you are at SOFA Chicago this year.
Have good night!
More successful filming in the studio was accomplished today for the Kickstarter. The footage will also double as content for a super top secret residency application that has the potential to produce a DVD that coincides with techniques from the book. Wish us luck. More info to come...
I want this book to reflect the spirit of the glass community I know best. This profession has brought me to all corners of the country. Everywhere I find the same kind and selfless individuals eager to share knowledge about everything glass. This book is a product of the wealth of knowledge offered throughout my glass education which continues to this day. The majority of information comes from my personal observation and note taking. Those few of you who I have had the pleasure to take classes with have seen my notes, even traded for them. To keep it short and sweet, I have witnessed only a small portion of the studio glass movement in America, but what I have experienced, is a personality that inspires exponential growth for the future.
As promised, I will be sharing several pages of my book. Please leave comments and criticisms. Many of the pages describe very basic but important details of common glassblowing processes.
To all of those who do not know, I am one year deep into writing an intermediate and advanced glassblowing technique book. The first book to be released in 2017 is titled Life on the Rails: Intermediate Glassblowing Techniques. Hand drawn freeze frame process shots will be accompanied by detailed explanations of various common glassblowing techniques. My goal is to teach a technical foundation that serves as inspiration to push individual expression with glass to the next level.
Originally, it was titled Verbalize and Visualize. There are 400 stickers floating around with this title. Think of them as a necessary step in the creative process...
This blog will be dedicated to connect and interact with the glass community as I finish up the book. As things progress, I will be posting images and pages. I would love to hear suggestions and feedback. My hope is for this book to be a work of art that doubles as a teaching tool. The cover page, full page illustrations, and process images are all hand drawn.
I am still waiting to hear back from a publisher who is interested in my project. Either way, if I commit to a publisher or self-publish, funds will need to be raised to finance the first print run. I am currently working with a videographer in Phoenix, AZ, Brandon Paschal, to create the video for my Kickstarter project. It may seem like I am getting close to getting this book out into the glass world but there is still tons of work ahead of me. I have learned so much already!
The next month will be quite busy for me. I am part of five person group exhibition at Ken Saunders Gallery in Chicago opening Oct. 7th. Then I fly to Turkey. I was invited as an international visiting artist to be a part of the 4th International Glass Symposium! Finally, I return to Chicago for SOFA!
Thank you to everyone out there who is supporting me with this endeavor. I couldn't do it without you!
Behind the Scenes
I was raised in Calumet City, IL. My professional glassblowing career led me to Phoenix, AZ where I was given the opportunity to teach glassblowing classes. Notes and chalk drawings of different techniques for the students resulted in my current book project.