I am speechless holding this book in my hand...all I can do is smile.
This book and the people in it mean so much to me.
Looking back on the past 19 months, I moved to three different places. Each of them I called home; twice in phoenix and back to Cal, City, IL. I travelled to Turkey, filmed Life on the Rails: The Video in North Carolina, visited Mt. Mitchell: the highest peak in mainland eastern North America, became an uncle, and snowboarded the Rockies. All inspired the creation of this book in some way. Words of encouragement from so many people made it all possible.
For the remainder of the year, I will slowly piece together an international book tour in the US, Canada, and Europe. In 2018, I am honored with a residency in Australia. After that, I’ll find a new home to write the Advanced Book!! I’m not sure where it’ll be yet, but I’m excited about it.
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Time to start shipping books!!!!!
Enjoy the weekend! I know I will.
May is arriving faster than I thought!
All the little details are coming together. I've been polishing the book title, intro, acknowledgments, afterword, author bio, and back cover. The last piece of information is to organize the index and send it to the press!
I am starting to collect for the first print run!
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The following is an example of the chapter art!
Thanks for all the support!
Hi glass peeps,
The illustrations are finished!!
Over many years and primarily in life drawing classes, charcoal on toned paper became my favorite medium to draw with. The fifteen full page charcoal illustrations scattered throughout the text are dedicated to only a few of the many people who have inspired my glass life in some way. The following are my favorite moments of a few. Each is accompanied by a hand written calligraphy caption.
Have a good one!
I recently contacted many of the major glass suppliers for permission of their inclusion in the book.
More full page illustrations are underway as well as continued tweaking of information. I am finalizing the intro, acknowledgments, and index.
I am excited to present a new standard for glassblowing technique books! Everything is still on track for a book release in May.
Don't forget to flash your glass,
Coming at you from the wonderful city of Louisville!!
Brandon, SaraBeth, and I completed nine successful days of filming at Pablo Soto's studio in North Carolina. Life on the Rails: The Video will directly coincide with the chapters laid out in my intermediate glassblowing technique book. I learned a lot about my own technical abilities throughout the filming. I am also coming away with a number of additions and edits to the book. This was an important and necessary experience to personally run through all of the information I will soon share with the glass world.
Pablo's studio was the perfect atmosphere that enhanced an inspirational mindset for shooting this video. Teaser videos are coming soon!
I am taking my time on the road headed back to Cal City, IL. I spent a day in Asheville checking out the glass scene, a day in Knoxville with Matt Cummings at the Pretentious Glass and Beer Co. and now a couple days in Louisville to reconnect with old friends. Soon, I'll be back at my desk to tie up all the loose ends of the book and FINALLY get it released in May!!!!
Thank you for all the continued support,
Don't forget to wet your newspaper!
Day one of filming starts today!
I got the chance to take some long exposure photos of the studio the other day on a warm night.
Today I got Pablo's furnace lit with the help of Nick up at Penland. If all goes as planned, we will be filming in four to five days!
We got a couple inches of snow here. It's quite wonderful.
Have a great day!
Hello wonderful people,
As promised, here's the table of contents as it currently stands. I still have to do some fidgeting, but would love feedback on the order and organization.
Today was dedicated to illustration edits of trimming a vessel. The following is a sample page.
The end of the month I am headed to North Carolina for three weeks to film a downloadable video that coincides with the book!
I will throw together a table of contents soon to give everyone a better idea of the entire scope of the book.
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.