Is This the Largest Glass Art Object In The World?
I believe it is likely the largest glass art that is visible from one vantage point. Certainly it must be one of the largest creations of its type. See the man in the high lift (screen shot 2nd picture) under the incredible glass ceiling? This gives you the scale of this beautiful creation by Narcissus Quagliata. Also called “Dome of Light”, the massive dome of glass art (including the pillars) is called “Wind, Fire, and Time” and is located in the central train station in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I had one picture of this amazing glass creation a year or so ago on CraftingGlass.com. Here is another picture and a YouTube video showing more views and some of the creative process involved in making this. Derix Glass Studios in Germany was used by Quagliata to help fabricate the large panels that he designed.
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Learn about the possibility of blowing glass at home with this glass blowing video. Expert: Todd Hansen
Hello, my name is Todd Hansen. We are here at the fire Art of Fire Temporary Glass Blowing Studio in Laytonsville, Maryland. We’re at www.artoffire.com. I’ve been a glass blower for about twelve years now. I’ve got several different lines of glass work that I work on and I’ll be talking to you about glass blowing. If you wanted to do glass blowing at home, you could probably do it on a really limited budget with a very small space. You’d have to be really careful how you handle this equipment because you’ve got a lot of heat, you need adequate ventilation. Really, you are generating a lot of BTU’s so it’s going to be, uh, it might be a little bit cost prohibitive so you want to be careful how you do it because it really does take a lot of time and take a lot of energy. You can get a small, uh, a small electric furnace, a small electric kiln, to melt coalit, which is clear glass that has already been melted, so you’re basically recycling somebody, uh, someone’s clear glass to make yours. Small glory hole, you could build that, uh, maybe 8 or 10 inch diameter but it’s going to run through a lot of propane so I’d be careful about how you handle your material and how you handle your energy. Don’t forget you need something you can also kneel with. And an electric kneeler is something you need to run. It’s not only cooling the glass down after you’ve made it but it’s going to have to run while you’re making the pieces as well. So you’re going to have to look at 12 or 14 hours of running an electric furnace or electric kiln while you’re cooling your glass. So there are a lot of factors to consider. Electric consumption isn’t the only concern but it’s probably the biggest chunk of the budget you’re going to have after you buy your equipment. So you’re going to need a lot, you’re going to have a lot to think about and people do it but it just takes a serious element to the art.
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The history of Murano glass was born in 1295 when Venetian Republic ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano.
Murano glass industries were soon to become very important on an international level, especially for blown glass and vases.
Murano glass industries is one of the most important, especially for blown glass and vases.
In this scenario many artisans has been famous for its works.
Fabiano Amadi and Rita Cardi are really famed in Murano and in all Venetian Lagoon.
Fabiano was born in Venice in 1962 and now live in Murano, where he has founded a furnace 15 years ago.
Amadi have a great experience, because he study the glass techniques since 14 years old. Now he have over 30 years of experience in this kind of art.
Fabiano now collaborates with the most famous designer in different kind of markets, such as house furnishing, design objects, and so on.
The most famous creation of Amadi is probably the vase. Very often the vases of Fabiano are a huge and heavy creation. He like especially black and gold glass vases, but Amadi works are not a serial production because he as an artist, not a factory.
An example of Amadi’s creation is Gilded vase with vertical waves, especially vase that only Fabiano can create. This pot is 45 kg (99 lb) weight ! There dimension are 55 cm (21,65 inch) of height and 30 cm ( 11,80 inch) of diameter. It’s really awesome.
Rita Cardi was born in Venice and now live in Cavallino-Treporti, where she have an artisan laboratory with a magic atmospehere.
The specialization of Rita are the pearls. With them she create fantastic necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more jewels. All workglass of Rita Cardi are handmade using the lampworking technique. Rita use every kind of mineral, such as topaz, amethyst, and each bead contains a 24k gold leaf in typical Murano style.
Rita use also a wide range of color, such as different kind of red, emerald, gray, blue, and so on.
This little video just below shows some interesting techniques in making glass material for a ring. Short and sweet…less than 2 minutes long. Enjoy
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One of our skilled artisans makes a Dichroic Glass piece for a ring. You can see the layering technique involved in the production of Dichroic Glass.
Go to http://www.mexico925.com/ to purchase this ring or other Dichroic Glass Jewelry pieces.
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In the two videos just below this post a glass crafter and a glass artist demonstrate the use of some simple glass tools. The tools in the first video are some that most any person working in glass would have. Cutting thicker glass, like the plate glass in the video, requires a somewhat different technique than cutting the glass normally used in stained glass work and in fusing. The second video shows the use of a basic power tool (the glass grinder) that is so helpful in smoothing the edges of glass before handling it in stained glass or other work. Enjoy!
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On this video from www.myglasstrades “glass chat” it will show you how to cut plate glass in various ways. Some of the glass tools, glass equipment seen here are avalible on http://www.myglasstrades.com
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If you have rough edges on your glass pieces, learn how to use a glass grinder to smooth edges in this free video clip about using copper foiling for stained glass art.
Expert: Anna Comly
Bio: Anna Comly started doing stained glass in early 2001. She is skilled in the design and construction of leaded windows, copper foiling, and mosaics.
Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA
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I’ll have a new post in a day or two about a glass category but today I wanted to tell all of you of my new web site (or blog) about getting and staying healthy (the site is GettingHealthy-Naturally.com). My goal in starting this blog site is to showcase true stories of adults (especially those over age 50) who boosted and kept their health without pharmaceutical drugs. Maintaining optimum health by “natural means” has always been an interest of mine. Isn’t it better to have good health now and keep it rather than trying to get it back after loosing it? Please visit my other site soon. I encourage you to leave comments. Please tell us (the readers) how you maintain good health, and if it applies, tell us how you recovered from an illness without any powerful drugs.
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First featured several years ago on CraftingGlass.com, this video is so good, IMHO, that I want our new visitors to see it (and I hope those who have seen it watch again)!
In the video/slide show (In the House of Stone and Light) just below this post you will see some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in the world, IMHO. These lovely pictures were taken by Klaus Volpert, Ph.D.(a member of the Bryn Mawr Church in the pictures). The background music is “religious” but very beautiful. I believe you’ll find it very unique and “easy on the ear”.
Now please look at the video in the post below.
An example of a beautiful, modern Stained Glass Window. Guy Kemper, artist
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