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Lino Tagliapietra: The Maestro of Murano
by Shawn Waggoner
At 12 years old, when Lino Tagliapietra informed his mother, a talented lace maker, and his father, a fisherman, that he would be dropping out of school to work in a glass factory, they were less than thrilled. But at age 21, when he became a Glass Maestro, it seemed like a pretty good plan after all. Now age 73, Tagliapietra's artistic mastery and vision continue to influence Studio Glass artists around the world.
Redesigning Your Web Site to Keep a Competitive Advantage
by Ann Sanborn
Ann Sanborn reports that an average of 60 percent of online merchants have redesigned their e-commerce sites in the past year to keep their Web sites attractive and to make it easier for customers to find merchandise and make purchases. Better product and page organization and smoother navigation took top priority, followed by adding rich media (enhanced picture and product detail features) to their Web sites.
Kobe Lampwork Festa
by Bandhu Dunham
Bandhu Dunham reports on the International Lampwork Festa held in Kobe, Japan, October of 2008, "a rewarding experience, full of creative stimulation." The Festa was sponsored by the Kobe Lampwork Glass Museum and the Japan Lampwork Society.
Casting: Part VI
Making a Silicone Rubber Mold with a Mother Mold
by Milon Townsend
The next two articles in Milon Townsend's series on kiln casting glass will focus on the creation of a large-scale work made using 30 pounds of glass. The first article will illustrate the making of a mother mold, and the second will demonstrate how to make the glass casting itself.
A Little of This and That
by Butch Young
What do a veterinarian's assistant, a welcome sign, a T-shirt, a piece of molding and a comic book have in common? All provided inspiration for sandblasted projects pictured and discussed in Butch Young's next installment.
Killing the Kiln Myths: Heat Rises
by John S. Hohenshelt
This is the first installment of a regular column by John S. Hohenshelt, President of Paragon Industries, L.P. The title for the column will be "Killin' the Kiln Myths." The column has two purposes. First, it will explain why some information readily passed on in the art glass world about kiln operation is a myth. Second, it will explain the technical reasons behind why some ideas or methods that seem strange have accurate technical underpinnings.
Sculptural Works by Rik Allen
by Shawn Waggoner
On November 17, 2008, Experience Music Project| Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) opened "Innersphere: Sculptural Works by Rik Allen." This Seattle exhibition featuring glass and metal sculpture inspired by Allen's life-long fascination with technology and science fiction, runs through April 25, 2008. Learn about the processes that bring Allen's rocket ships to life.