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Clear the Air Challenge Awards

Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to make the awards for the top three companies for the Clear the Air Challenge.

Step 1, Proposal:

The proposed award would be made with 3/8″ thick recycled glass bent into a gentle curve about 12″ wide by about 6″ high.  We would use the logo of the program and do a pseudo-screen print on the glass.  The winners names would be engraved on the front after the ceremony. Continue reading Clear the Air Challenge Awards

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Performing in Vegas

Not many of you know I recently had a brief performance in Las Vegas on the strip… at the convention center… as a booth assistant… at the ACRE show.  Yea, okay, it isn’t broadway or anything, but it was still pretty cool!

I went as slave labor with my dear friend Colleen of Turtles Wings Art wages payable in cocktails.  This was both of our first experience at a wholesale trade show.  Colleen, obviously made of sterner stuff than I opted to actually have a booth, whilst I just went along to watch.

Here is the view from our hotel room on the 10th floor of the Las Vegas Hilton.  Crazy blue sky like a giant inverted bowl.

and the other direction: Continue reading Performing in Vegas

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Red Butte Garden Glass Donation

Now here’s a whacking big pile of glass that won’t go to the landfill!  Approximately 3 cubic feet of glass that was replaced during the Red Butte Garden gift shop remodel weighing in at over 480 lbs.

Very exciting to have such a nice stash to work with.  And, the new gift shop is lovely, you should go check it out if you haven’t already.

Aren’t raw materials exciting?  Some are more fun than others!






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Recycled Glass Tile Molds

Often I get questions regarding the molds I use to make recycled glass tiles.  There are two types of molds that I use, stainless steel and ceramic. I make both types and each has its strengths.

Stainless steel molds are:

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Recycled Architectural Glass

Recycled glass art isn’t just for small projects. Large projects are particularly nice.  These pieces have trees sculpted in the reverse side.  Each  rectangle panel is about 30″ x 20″ and 1/4″ thick.  The frames are refinished old wood window frames. Projects this size are great for permanent installation.

Recycled Architectural Glass Tree Windows
Recycled Architectural Glass Tree Windows

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Prolific Paperweights

Follow along as we walk through all of the steps of creating 100 paperweights.

Step 1: Client meeting. Wendy found my website and asked if I would be interested in making a big ‘ole batch of paperweights for her.

After talking over the main feel, we made a few different styles for Wendy to consider.

Cast Recycled Glass Paperweight
Cast Recycled Glass Paperweight

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Recycled Glass Wave

Here is another photo of the recycled glass wave. This project is the brain child of Chris St. Jeor, if you’d like to see the surfer that will go with this wave, look here:

Recycled Glass Wave - Fresh from the kiln
Recycled Glass Wave, fresh from the oven

 

Recycled Glass Wave Sculpture
Recycled Glass Wave Sculpture

 

Recycled Glass Wave Sculpture
Recycled Glass Wave Sculpture






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Tale of Ten Tiles

Follow along as we walk through all of the steps of a custom recycled glass tile job.

Step 1: Client meeting. Bill and Susie were remodeling the main bathroom in their 1930’s Avenue’s bungalow. The entire room was gutted to the studs and redone. The overall feel will be open, with earth-tone ceramic field tile, marble counters and glass shower doors. They decided that they would like a few recycled glass tiles to serve as focal points and draw the eye into and around the room.

After talking over the main feel, we did a rough sketch of the layout of the bathroom to get an idea of how many tiles would be required and the best size of tile to use. In the end, we decided on 10 4″ x 4″ tiles.

Bathroom sketch
Bathroom sketch

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North Rose Wolcott High School, Student Work

Last January I had the pleasure of talking with Howard Skinner, the art teacher at North Rose Wolcott High School about the possibility of his students working with recycled glass. What a fabulous surprise to get photo’s of the projects. These students are doing some seriously cool glasswork.

From an artist’s point of view, this is really about the best thing that can happen. If my work and knowledge can inspire kids to branch out and explore, then I’m doing my job right! (of course, having an expert like Howard as your teacher helps too…)

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Windbreak and Best Actress award(s)

Windbreak
Windbreak

Windbreak

Windbreak started coming to Farmer’s Market with me during the summer of 2007. One of my favorite people (we’ll call him Don) came to visit it every week for quite a few weeks straight.

Towards the middle of the summer, Don’s wife (let’s call her Annette)decided to give Windbreak to Don for Christmas. At that point Windbreak didn’t have a base, so casually, during one of the weekly visits, I asked Don for advice on building the perfect base.

Turns out Don had definite opinions about that. Which I followed.

Well, this went on for the rest of the summer. Annette and I managed to keep a straight face until the very end.

The best/worst part was having to tell Don that Windbreak had been sold. Ouch!

Needless to say, Don was surprised on Christmas, and Annette and I should have gotten some kind of award for acting!

Windbreak measures 15″ wide and approximately 10″ tall. Hand-carved and slumped recycled glass 3/8″ thick. Mounted in a solid walnut base with LED lights.

 






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