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Saturday, January 30, 2010

McMow Art Glass Society of Dreamweavers

Announcing the formation of the McMow Art Glass Society, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the glass arts through support for glass artists, ongoing education and training in the glass mediums, developing support and patronage for the glass arts and providing a network for artists, patrons, vendors and suppliers to exchange ideas and opportunites.

The Society welcomes everyone interested in the glass arts, amateurs and professionals, students and instructors, suppliers and vendors as well as those who wish to learn more about the ancient and lively glass arts. We will be offering Demonstrations, Guest Speakers, Show and Tells, Contests and Special Events.

First Meeting, Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 6:30pm
and thereafter on the first Tuesday of each month.

McMow Art Glass
701 North Dixie Highway
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
on the corner of Dixie Hwy and 7th Avenue North

Please R.S.V.P. to 561-585-9011 if you will be attending the premier organizing meeting on Tuesday February 2nd.

Guest Instructors, Petra and Wolfgang Kaiser

McMow Art Glass is excited to present world renowned glass artists and published authors, Petra and Wolfgang Kaiser for a very special two day class all about interesting fused glass projects using Kaiser Lee Board and the KLB mold block system. This very versatile material is easy to cut and carve and is reusable countless times. Dot, Mimi, Stan, Katrina, Debbie, Karen & Michelle are the smart and lucky Dreamweavers who signed up for this highly informative and inspirational two day class with Petra and Wolfgang Kaiser.

McMow Owner Phil Materio with Wolfgang and Petra Kaiser
McMow Dreamweaver Debbie

Dreamweaver Michelle

Dreamweaver Katrina
Dreamweaver Dot

Dreamweaver Karen
Dreamweaver Mimi

The slideshow below shows Day One, becoming familar with the material, creating a mold and working with the glass.

Dreamweaver Elizabeth Berryman

It's always a pleasure when Dreamweavers come by the McMow Art Glass Studios to show their latest work. Dreamweaver Elizabeth Berryman graduated from the Beginners Class last Fall and recently completed this gorgeous piece. Wow, is that pretty!

"Indy" Dreamweavers at McMow

Making the McMow Art Glass studios available to independent Dreamweavers is another way the Dreamweavers at McMow support and encourage local glass artists. For a nominal fee, artists can come and work on independent projects utilizing the well equipped McMow studios. The McMow professionals are always on hand with admiration and advice. Here are a few of the independent Dreamweavers who came to work this morning on their own beautiful projects. We will catch up with Nancy, Jim, Sonia, Linda, Magda & Joe again when their beautiful work is completed.







Beginners Class of Dreamweavers

We are privileged to follow the newest Beginners Class of Dreamweavers from beginning to end. Over the course of five weeks, each of these new Dreamweavers learn the secrets of transforming light and color in the art of stained glass. Special Thanks to Dreamweaver Instructor Natalie Goff and to Dreamweavers Michel, Ann Marie, Rich, Carolyn, Denise, Norma and Leah for allowing us to accompany them on the amazing journey they have begun.

In Week Four,The Beginners Class of Dreamweavers has moved their projects onto the big light tables at McMow. Here they will complete all the foiling and soldering. Next week we will get to see each and every one of these finished and beautiful pieces.
Week Four

Now in Week Three of the Beginners Class, the Dreamweavers advance their individual projects. Most of the cutting and grinding has been completed and some have begun the foiling application. Next week, soldering.
Week Three

The latest Beginners Class at McMow began on Saturday, January 9th. In that class, all the Dreamweavers created their own Butterfly and in the process learned the fundamental techniques of cutting, grinding, foiling, assembling and soldering stained glass. Each is now ready in Week Two to pursue more advanced expression that will allow their new skills to be refined and perfected in a project of their own choosing.
Week Two

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Where does Art Glass come from?

A new shipment of art glass has arrived at McMow from Art Glass makers across the USA with names as colorful as their beautiful glass; Spectrum, Wissmach, Youghagany, Kokomo, Pilkington, Uroboros and Bullseye
The crates are carefully opened and the different glass is sorted and placed in storage.

Some of the glass received will find a place in McMow commissions and some will be used by the many glass artists in our area who depend on McMow for their materials.

Sheets and sheets of stained and texured glass ready for transformation.
Layer upon layer of beautiful stained glass and as always, there's a McMow Dreamweaver standing behind every product.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Dreamweaver Barbara Wolfe

Meet Dreamweaver Barbara Wolfe, an artist who found and follows her own dream of bringing light to life through the art glass medium. Barbara is a Dreamweaver who began to develop her skill in Art Glass five years ago in a Beginners Art Class at McMow. For the last year, she has been working in her spare time to build a stained glass lamp from the famous Tiffany "Peony" pattern.

The Peony pattern was created originally by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The pattern below represents one third of the lamp. Notice the dark blue areas. Those represent the spaces that will come together to form the "turban shape" for the finished shade, much like flattening out a globe to see a flat map. Each of the three repeats requires 274 individual cut pieces for a total of 822 precision cuts.

Applying color to the pattern allows Barbara to determine how the colors she has chosen will work together in the overall design.

Primary colors of rich blue, yellow and crimson are framed with vibrant tones of green. The softer pink and lavender tones add just the right balance and sophistication to the pallette. Here are all the pieces for this section cut and fit together on the pattern.

The next step is to take each of the cut pieces and form the "turban" shape. The pattern has been transferred to the mold and the pieces will be applied with "tacky wax" to hold the pieces in shape. This is a necessary step to transform 822 individual pieces of flat glass into one beautiful and complex contoured shape.

All the cut pieces have been assembled on the Peony mold. The next step is to take each piece, one by one, off the mold and apply copper foil to the edges.

After foiling, each piece is re-tacked to the mold. At this point, any of the flat edges that don't perfectly meet the adjoining glass are adjusted with wax filler to make the surface completely smooth before the solder is applied.

Barbara shows us here where this tiny piece was raised with a bit of wax to make it meet up precisely with the larger pieces around it. This is a critical process especially at points like this where the outer curve of the top of the lamp curves inward to meet the bottom band.

All the pieces have been foiled and re-tacked and are now ready for soldering.

This photo best illustrates why it's necessary to "tacky-wax" the pieces on the form and why the form is fixed to a tilt table.

Soldering is the process whereby solid lead is liqufied with heat and applied to the edges of the glass that have been foiled. The foil accepts the molten lead to seal the edges together on the top and in between the pieces.

As each portion is completed, Barbara shifts the mold on the tilt table so she can work on the most horizontal surface a little at a time. The bottom three rows that form the border will not be soldered to the upper lamp at this time because with the inner curve of the bottom border, it would be impossible to remove the shade from the turban shaped mold.

Here the lower edge has been removed and set aside.

This is the outside of the lower portion after it was removed. Notice the unsoldered edge around the perimeter.

The inside of the lower edge will be soldered next and reattached to the upper portion later on.

The "tacky-wax" holding the upper lamp to the mold is softened with heat to loosen the lamp from the mold.

Phil Materio and Tricia Beasley from McMow lend a hand with this delicate process.

A piece this large and complex requires heat to be applied inside the mold as well as outside so the mold will slip out easily and not damage the glass that has only been soldered on the outside.

Ahhhh! Success!

Phil holds the unfinished lamp up to the light to give a hint of how wonderful the final shade will be. The entire interior of the lamp still has to be soldered and bottom rows attached.

Barbara has joined the top and bottom sections and soldered them together on the outside. Now it's time to solder the interior.

Like all great Dreamweavers, Barbara patiently applies the same precision and careful attention to detail when she solders the interior of the lamp.

This beautiful lamp will be hung as a chandelier in Barbara's home when she returns later this Spring. To give us a picture of how lovely this finished lamp will look above her dining room table, Barbara installed the piece on a lamp base. It's just beautiful. Congratulations Barbara and Thank You for sharing this magnificent work in progress.