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Together, we can take my glass art from the "garage to the gallery".  As an incentive, you'll receive handmade, original glass artwork.
Together, we can take my glass art from the "garage to the gallery".  As an incentive, you'll receive handmade, original glass artwork.
Together, we can take my glass art from the "garage to the gallery". As an incentive, you'll receive handmade, original glass artwork.
147 backers pledged $12,797 to help bring this project to life.

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Keeping it Glassy!

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 My Story

I’ve been a glass artist for 15 years.  This is my passion.  I have worked on my glass art essentially every month since I first discovered it around the year 2000.  I've put in over 10,000 hours testing and experimenting with glass that I've gone from hobbyist to semi-professional.  I believe that this Kickstarter campaign will bring me into the professional realm.  

My love affair with glass art began when I purchased mosaic kits from my local craft store.  Soon afterwards, I transitioned over to making stained glass windows when a friend gave me a box of glass fragments and a few rusty hand tools.  Eventually, I purchased a kiln and my interest in fusing glass took off.

Through fusing, glass goes up to extremely hot temperatures (1500 degrees) before returning back down to room temperature.  During the kiln's hottest period, art glass melts and achieves a honey-like consistency, sticking to other glass it touches.  The results are layered, organically designed artwork.  

Sometimes when the glass reaches its maximum temperature then cools back down, there can be sharp and pointy edges that need to be removed for safe handling of the artwork.  

These prickly edges, or "needle points" make handling the glass a real challenge.
These prickly edges, or "needle points" make handling the glass a real challenge.

The removal of these prickly edges is called coldworking and that is exactly what I’m hoping to do with my glass art; Coldwork the glass, bringing a Museum quality to the work.

With your donations, I’ll be able to build a coldworking studio to rival my ambitions.

The equipment I’m most interested in acquiring are the three workhorses for the coldworking enthusiast.  These are the tools that will help my glass art develop and evolve while doing it safely, cleanly and efficiently.

• A glass/tile saw

A lapidary, or “Lap”  wheel

A glass belt sander

The MK-100 glass saw

This tool is crucial to my glasswork.  The blade on this saw is water cooled & lubricated so glass won’t crack or shatter when sliced apart.  When glass blocks are cut open, the cross-section heart of the block is revealed.  It is these cross-sections of glass that intrigue me the most in regards to my art.  

Without this saw, I’m unable to develop an important aspect of my glass art.

MK-100 glass saw
MK-100 glass saw
A glass block is sliced apart.
A glass block is sliced apart.
After the block was cut apart, the slices were arranged into the above design.
After the block was cut apart, the slices were arranged into the above design.

Covington Belt Sander

Rough edges are typical in fused glass work.  While they’re more common than one might think, there are simple ways to eliminate them from the final pieces of art.

One way to rid glass of sharp edges is to grind them off via this belt sander.  Holding a piece of glass to this machine’s continuous, circular loop smoothes the prickly spikes effortlessly.  This belt sander is capable of sanding glass that has minor curves, allowing for a more natural and free-flowing edge to the artwork.  It’s something I’m excited to bring to each of my pieces from this point forward.

Covington Belt Sander
Covington Belt Sander
This beveled edge was ground down on the belt sander.
This beveled edge was ground down on the belt sander.
This panel was fire-polished in the kiln after the grinding was finished.
This panel was fire-polished in the kiln after the grinding was finished.

Covington Flat Lap Wheel

A flat lapidary wheel is the unspoken hero of the cold working/art glass world.  The circular action revolves so quickly that rough, uneven glass edges turn flat and silky smooth in minutes.  The attached, varying grit pads create an edge to the glass ranging from sandpaper rough to glossy smooth.

The goal is breathtaking, crystal-clear pieces with a little elbow grease and a reasonable time commitment.  I’ve spent many hours hunched over this machine that I’m aware of its capabilities and powerful nature.  Being water lubricated, the microscopic glass shavings are easily contained within the attached catch-all basin, keeping my studio free of unseen and unsafe splinters.

Covington flat lap wheel
Covington flat lap wheel
Here I am, at a friend's studio, where I held 110 panels of glass to this machine for weeks.  Without this machine, the task of sanding all of the panels would've been near impossible in the timeframe I was afforded.
Here I am, at a friend's studio, where I held 110 panels of glass to this machine for weeks. Without this machine, the task of sanding all of the panels would've been near impossible in the timeframe I was afforded.

Now you might be asking yourself why should you help to grow somebody's art studio and I have a few answers to that.  First and foremost are the glass objects I'm offering as rewards for a financial donation.  These are beautiful pieces that not only look attractive to the eye, but they are all "functional" pieces of arts as well.

Additionally, you'll be donating to a worthy cause and helping small businesses.  And finally, you'll be supporting the arts.

I wanted to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for considering a donation to this Kickstarter Campaign.  I appreciate it.

Omni Hotel, Los Angeles. This installation was comprised of more than 305 square feet of fused glass panels (110 In total).  A glass bamboo forest was the original vision.
Omni Hotel, Los Angeles. This installation was comprised of more than 305 square feet of fused glass panels (110 In total). A glass bamboo forest was the original vision.
Omni Hotel, Chicago.  This 49' "Vine" sculpture was suspended from the ceiling.  It was comprised of 38 stained glass "leaves".
Omni Hotel, Chicago. This 49' "Vine" sculpture was suspended from the ceiling. It was comprised of 38 stained glass "leaves".
Omni Hotel, Chicago.  These booth partitions were made up of fused glass and wire.  The "Chain Maille" effect was created by attaching all of the glass pieces together, forming a type of netting.
Omni Hotel, Chicago. These booth partitions were made up of fused glass and wire. The "Chain Maille" effect was created by attaching all of the glass pieces together, forming a type of netting.

Here are the rewards I'm extremely proud to offer with a donation:

This Kickstarter campaign wouldn't be possible without the gracious support from:

Eric King, Mike Hammeke, The Transcenders and Sharyn Gersh

When all is said and done, This is NOT your Grandmother's stained glass.

The image of the glass artwork at the top of this Kickstarter campaign is not one of the rewards and is therefore not available.

Risks and challenges

There are minor risks involved with supporting this Kickstarter campaign, but I believe there aren't any risks that can't be overcome.

Generally, I believe my timeframe is realistic and I don't foresee any major risks to my campaign funding completely. Production delays or setbacks are always possible, but I'm not planning on slowing down until all of the rewards are fabricated and delivered.

I'm thrilled that there's a real possibility my glass artwork will end up in your hands. Therefore, getting your reward to you is at the top of my priority list.

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    Reward #1

    I appreciate you support! Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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    Reward #2

    Glass Magnet
    This magnet proudly displays my artwork. Copper wires, stripped from an extension cord were sandwiched in between pieces of glass and a drops of red colored glass were added to make this reward a unique and attractive item

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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    Glass Pendant - White
    This pendant uses Copper wires, stripped from an extension cord. They were then sandwiched in between pieces of glass and fused in place. A hint of red tops this piece off.

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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    Reward #4

    Glass Pendant - Orange
    This pendant has red streaks of glass running through it. I've added a few drops of color towards the top of this pendant to give it an impression of flowers.

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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    Money Clip - gray & white
    This money clip, perfect for the stylish man in your life, is ideal if you want to carry a bit of artwork in your pocket at all times. The clip is strong enough to hold as many bills as you possess while the art glass attachment shows others that you respect and care for the arts. The subtle gray color scheme is for the more discriminating of tastes.

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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    Money Clip - black & red
    This money clip, ideal if you're a stylish man-about-town, shows a bit of modern art while also being a functioning addition to your wardrobe. The clip was designed to hold all your folding money while remaining a conversation starter and a reminder that you're thoughtful enough to support the arts. The bold look will draw your gaze for hours.

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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    Glass Belt Buckle
    This belt buckle, black with a striking red highlight will surprise you with its ability to look great dressed down with a pair of jean or dressed up with a tuxedo. This is a way to make a statement about your stylish attitude while remaining one of the most functional elements of your attire. The metal buckle, adhered to the glass via glass epoxy is going to remain a perpetual favorite item of yours for the foreseeable future.

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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    Reward #8

    Two glass pendants
    With a $50 donation, you'll receive BOTH of the glass pendants I'm offering as a reward. You can either wear the pendants together or separately. The white pendant encases copper wires to create a bold and unique look. The orange pendant has a vague representation of flowers, a style that has proven time and again to be an eye-catcher.

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

    The chain is not included.

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    Reward #9

    White Dish
    This fused and slumped dish has an unexpected shimmer to it that creates a real WOW factor. The iridescence is something special here. Perfect for a set of keys, money clip and wallet, this will be your go to object at the end of a long day and at the beginning of a new day.
    It measures 5" x 5".

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

    The stand is not included.

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    Reward #10

    Turquoise Dish
    This colorful fused and slumped dish has an unexpected shimmer to it that creates a totally unique look. It is up to you how you will use this object as I'm sure you'll find many ways to enjoy it.
    It measures 5" x 5".

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

    The stand is not included.

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    Reward #11

    White Valet
    This fused and slumped glass plate is absolutely perfect to hold all of the current contents of your pockets. It's an attractive object that will become a new favorite of yours. The options are endless as to how you'll treat this item's usefulness.
    It measures 9 ½" x 6 ½".

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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    Reward #12

    Turquoise Valet
    This fused and slumped plate will become your new best friend. It handsomely holds a cell phone, wallet & keys, making for a central hub of your daily accoutrements. You'll find the practicality of this piece to be a perfect addition to your daily routine.
    It measures 9 ½" x 6 ½".

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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    Reward #13

    White Platter
    This fused and slumped glass platter is a real winner. It's possible that this shiny, iridescent piece of art will become your most treasured belonging. Resembling an abstract garden comprised of red-blossomed flowers, you'll surprise yourself with its functionality. WIll it be used to serve food upon? Will daily mail be placed on it? Will it be a wedding gift for that nice, stylish couple that you received the invite from? The choices are up to you.
    It measures 14 ½" x 9 ½".

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

    The stand is not included.

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    Reward #14

    Turquoise Platter
    This fused and slumped glass platter will take your breath away. This shiny, iridescent piece of art has all the makings of a real conversation starter. It's up to you whether you want to display it, keeping objects off of it or if you'd like it to serve a function. Serving platter? Sushi tray? Table centerpiece? The options are endless how you'll be able to appreciate this platter.
    It measures 14 ½" x 9 ½".

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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    Reward #15

    One-on-one, FOUR HOUR glass fusing class.
    Ever wanted to learn how to fuse and slump glass? This is a great opportunity to learn from me in my studio. You'll be welcomed to use my glass and equipment as you discover your inner glass artist.
    This class, taught in an operational glass studio, will open your eyes to so many different kinds of glass making techniques that I think it's a no-brainer reward for the curious learner.

    You'll learn so much while still walking away from the experience with the glass objects you've just created!

    We will need to be in touch to schedule the time you'll attend this exciting class.

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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    Reward #16

    CUSTOM GLASS ART

    This is the reward for you if you're interested in receiving a custom, handmade, one-of-a-kind piece of art glass.
    If there's a favorite color of yours, let me know. If there's a favorite theme you're gaga over, let me know.
    If there is a design in your "mind's-eye", best realized in fused glass, let me know and we will plan your reward accordingly. This will be a layered and intricate item you will cherish.
    This is the opportunity to go from glass concept to completion using my glass, tools, studio and expertise.
    A true "Reward" for any glass enthusiast.
    Your piece will roughly be 24" x 24", give or take an inch here or there.

    Additionally, Your name will appear on my website, www.andygersh.com, where I'll have a "Wall of Gratitude" set up. You'll be placed alongside other Patrons of the Arts in a strong showing of support.

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