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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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