The Penland Book of Glass: Master Classes in Flamework Techniques

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9781600591860: The Penland Book of Glass: Master Classes in Flamework Techniques

For more than 75 years, the Penland School of Crafts has attracted the most creative crafters from across the globe‹and the Penland Book series is dedicated to showcasing the stunning work these very special artists create. This gorgeous new entry focuses on glass and the ten top contemporary flameworkers who have taught at the school, all of whom have areas of expertise that make them leaders in their field. These skilled masters offer a very personal perspective on their influences and work, with revelatory essays that present their views on flameworking and art in general. In photographic how-to sections of about 25-30 captioned images, each one demonstrates a particular technique, usually resulting in a finished piece. Liz Mears presents an assortment of surface treatments, showing four methods of sandblasting glass and ways to adorn the newly sandblasted surface. Paul Stankard conjures a naturescape in a phenomenal paperweight design, while Janis Miltenberger forms a majestic glass cage. The combined knowledge of these crafters, the thoughtful writing, and the one-of-a-kind pieces displayed in both the how-to sections and breathtaking gallery, will aid and inspire glass artists as well as collectors. The ten master-class teachers are Vittorio Costantini, Shane Fero, Ingalena Klenell, Kristina Logan, Elizabeth Mears, Janis Miltenberger, Susan Plum,Sally Prasch, Emilio Santini, and Paul Stankard.

 

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The thoughtful writing, technical expertise, artistic vision, and diversity of application make this an exceptional reference resource for flameworkers, glass collectors, and all enthusiasts of outstanding contemporary craft work.”

Craft Arts International

 

Lavishly illustrated Ten master flameworkers share their in-depth knowledge through essays on their artistic development and practical technical information. Interspersed between these highly detailed artist chapters are galleries that showcase the range of expression possible in the alchemical process of flameworking.”

Glass

 

It’s a wonderful book. From its concept of showing the techniques and thoughts of ten master flameworkers to the beautiful photographs showing their work and a gallery of other flameworkers’ creations, The Penland Book of Glass shows that flameworking has come of age and is the most exciting and affordable technique in glass today.”

Richard Clements, glass artist

 

The list of flameworkers who have taught at Penland reads like a who’s who’ of contemporary flamework-glass artists, and this book showcases some of the best. Great photography and interesting insights into the minds of ten carefully chosen masters make for fine reading and profound insight into the complexities of this medium.”
Robert Mickelsen, glass artist

 

The Penland Book of Glass draws on the expertise of the multitalented glass artists who have taught at Penland School of Crafts and delivers a volume that explains numerous glass techniques, which are precisely and lushly illustrated with wonderful photographs. The gallery of work by invited artists is truly inspirational!”

Kate Fowle Meleney, glass artist

 

 

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