Fire in the Madhouse, fused glass. 3 panels. 2016
Where’s Chicken Little when you need him? Yea, I keep forgetting only a few listen to a conspiracy theorist; also, word is Homeland Security has Little on the no fly list. And most importantly what is falling from the heavens in my story are not acorns nor is the king ignorant of the ‘falling sky’ because in my story the royals are the conspirators.
My current glass art series entitled Fire in the Madhouse, especially this title piece, may seem chaotic and may agitate or perturb. Fine, too many people don’t recognize or especially want to see the seemingly vast array of serious threats in our world. I’m looking up from parched California into our sky and there are long threads of what appear to be clouds; some think contrails from jets but that just ain’t so. I have no factual data, just 66 years of observations as a native northern Californian. For data look here:geoengineeringwatch.org This particular cloud formation is a man made nightmare; instead of fantastic cumulus cloud animals & wild cirrus horsetails parading across azure skies it has the look of a gigantic unravelling fabric with giant discordant threads. Oh, nice metaphor and is western civilization unravelling?
People are zombies, heads bowed, praising almighty ‘Cellular’ contacts/content/friend me! Look up! A week ago while hiking I looked up to see a darkly painted jet aircraft ejecting it’s load into the blue sky as it headed from north to south and shortly after as I gazed skyward this same apparent craft was returning north with no contrails. Hm-m, what’s wrong with that picture. At the same moment farther to the west off the coast another sister jet aircraft was seen spewing it’s thread of noxious cloud materials. Never mind.
If the moral of the Chicken Little fable is don’t believe everything you hear then fine. Never mind and forget me, artistic sublimations, etc., because I think I hear your phone a ringing ding dinging and it could be your new friend Foxy Coxy, Ducky Lucky, or oh my god Turkey Lurkey.
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A quick overview of how to cast glass
Glass casting begins with an original clay sculpture with as much detail as possible. A damn is made around the sculpture so that liquid latex can be poured into it, over the clay, to create a negative mold.
Plaster is poured into the resulting latex mold, creating a positive mold that can withstand the heat of the kiln. The plaster cast is carved to smooth out any bubbles or other inperfections and for any embellishments such as added texture.
It’s then filled with sand, which is weighed to determine the exact amount of glass to exactly fill the mold.
The plaster mold is placed in the kiln, and filled with chunks of glass, broken billets. The “Reclining Buddha” required just under 20 pounds of glass. The kiln is heated to around 1500 degrees and annealed (cooled to room temperature) over a period of three days or more.
Once the piece has reached room temperature the plaster is carefully broken off and discarded. The glass is then cleaned with dental tools, toothbrushes, and lots of elbow grease. The final step is polishing. The latex mold can be reused.
Cast glass Buddha
For info on fused glass, see my blog post.
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Bohemian Falls, 31″ by 24″framed
See a couple of my pieces on display at Coffee Catz, home of fabulous java and good vibes, in Gravenstein Station, downtown Sebastopol. Through December.
“Bamboo Fantasy” and “Sunflowers” will be on display this weekend, Nov. 22 & 23rd in Occidental at the Joy Art Walk, in my wife Stacey’s area. She always shows pieces we collaborated on as well. See them the weekend afterward too, when Coffee Catz, local proveyor of culture and fine java, fills their cafe with work from three local artists.
November 22 & 23
11:00 AM-5 PM
2502 Joy Rd
Occidental, CA 95465. See this blog post for photos and more info.
Upbeat Artist’s Holiday Show at Coffee Catz
November 28 & 29
11:00 AM-5 PM
Coffee Catz – in Gravenstein Station
6761 Gravenstein Hwy
Sebastopol, CA 95472.
See you there! Leland (and Stacey)
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12″ by 16″
In this 3 hour class you’ll explore the use of photo decals in glass fusing, beginning with a small (but high resolution) image of your choosing. It could be a sailboat, a pet, a logo or other symbol, a flower, or (almost) anything you choose. Stacey will work with you to help you find an optimal image for this process given the technological constraints. She’ll then process the photo in Photoshop so it can be sent to the decal makers. They require 10 -14 days, so this step must be completed a couple of weeks before the class begins. But don’t worry, we’ll have some extra decals of our own designs made so those who want to join the class later will have something to play with.
During class, each person will create two small art pieces incorporating their photograph. Sized from 3″ by 4″ up to around 4″ by 6.” We’ll use frit (powdered glass), stringers (long skinny pieces of glass), sheet glass in transparent and opaque, and extra sparkly dichroic glass to embellish our designs.
Projects will be fired after class and available for pick up within a few days. We can also ship.
The cost for this fun day is $125, which includes everything you need (glass, use of tools and kiln firing) except for eye protection. Please bring safety glasses that fit your face. If you wear prescription glasses you won’t need extra eye protection. Class size is limited to three, so each person has plenty of space and attention.
Other classes we offer include: first fusing class, dichroic glass jewelry making and plant fossils in glass. Call or email for more info.
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Make a beautiful 6″ square piece of glass art with Plant fossils or Fossil Vitae for you Latin buffs.
Leland Dennick teaches this class in his home studio in Sebastopol, CA.
We’ll hit the trail right outside our studio to find foilage for the Leaf Fossil dish. Learn to use powdered glass, called frit, for lovely leaf impressions on iridescent glass.
More info coming soon…
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Working wtih frit & stringers
Fuseable glass is handmade by a handful of companies to expand and contract at the same rate. It comes in many forms including powder, sheet and stringers (long and skinny). This specially formulated glass is hand cut, assembled in layers and then melded together in a kiln at 1480 degrees or so. Paintings made from frit (powdered glass) may have many firings as images are built in layers.
A second firing is done to shape (slump) the piece from flat glass into a bowl or other three dimensional piece.
A third firing is done on pieces that are painted with glass paint.
“I feel like an alchemist when I open the kiln and see my layers of glass transformed into a luminous image.” – Leland Dennick
WHAT IS DICHROIC GLASS?
Dichroic glass Buddha mask
Dichroic glass is beautiful sparkly glass that was originally developed for the aeronautics industry. It must be manufactured in a vacuum chamber where an electron beam deposits many microscopic layers of metallic oxides, such as magnesium and titanium, on glass. This metallic coating absorbs and reflects different colors of light at different angles, making the glass multi-hued.
Because of the complexity involved in making it, dichroic glass is quite costly. It was originally created for satellite mirrors, but it now has many high-tech applications in fiber optics, infrared lasers, motion picture equipment and even sun glasses.
For more information on fusing and slumping, Warm Glass has free tutorials, an active bulletin board and an inspiring gallery. I also recommend Bullseye Glass Company’s online education program. Here’s a blog post with a link to a movie my wife and I made about raking glass.
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You asked for it, I’m offering private lessons in glass fusing at our studio in Sebastopol.
Here’s how it works. For an hour fee (two hour minimum) I’ll provide instruction and tools – cutters, grinder, tile saw, kilns, polishers, etc. You only need to bring your own eye protection (glasses or safety glasses) and wear appropriate clothing (including closed toe shoes). The fee includes some glass. Additional glass and materials are available for purchase. Buy just enough to complete your project. In addition to Bullseye brand’s vibrant color palette of 90 COE glass, my students can also use one of a kind components that I’ve made, incuding raked, painted and layered glass.
Learn a new technique, make gifts, have fun! Adults, and children age 8 and up with parental supervision. One to two people at a time.
BAKE AND TAKE PROJECTS
Here are a few project ideas to pique your imagination:
• Coasters – suitable for beginner to advanced
• Self portrait – great for kids
• Sushi plate- suitable for beginner to advanced
• Sun catchers and ornaments
• Pendants, cabuchons, and earrings
• Heart dish or wavy bowl
• Box with fused glass inset
LEARN NEW TECHNIQUES
• Basic fusing & slumping
• Frit imagery (using powdered glass)
• Using color reactions for texture and depth
• Create and fuse your own decals (additional supply fees apply)
• 22 Kt gold leaf inclusions (additional supply fees apply)
• Paint with Sunshine vitreous water based, non-toxic enamels
• The art of cold working with diamond polishers
• The Bubble up technique for creating organic patterns in glass
• Working thick – multi-layered imagery
Sound like fun? It is. Call or email for more information.
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