Here are a few more photos of Davide. Here he is pulling some twisty cane, and picking up some murrine. the top photo shows two pieces put together. There was a third piece still to be made. The final result was his version of an ancient stringed guitar. Pretty wild.
I don’t have a picture of the final piece because I was too busy putting it away in the annealer.
That’s me in my fire proof gettup.
Boy, am I lucky. I just returned from a week-long class at The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. Davide Salvadore, a glass maestro from Murano, Italy, was teaching a course in murrine making, and how to pick them up on a blowpipe to make a piece out of it.
Murrine making is a technique that I use a lot, so it was a natural to take his class. He is a very generous man with his time and knowledge.
To make murrine, you bundle rods of color in a pattern that you choose, heat it all together, and then pull it like taffy, into a long, maybe 15 feet, rod. It then goes into the annealer, and the next day you slice it into 1/2″ chunks. The cross-section pattern is what you’re after.
I’ll explain more and show some examples in later blog posts. Suffice it to say, the technique is tricky at first, but the patterns and combinations of colors are only restricted by your imagination, and Davide Salvadore is a master at this technique.
Just added these two to my ETSY store.
I’ve been trying to come up with new words to put on these pieces. And it’s always important to stay positive, especially about our creativity. So, I thought Create and Dream Big, would be good places to start.
These would look great on your studio wall or in your office.
I’m glad to say I have a cartoon appearing in this week’s issue of The New Yorker, cover date is April 9. This is a cartoon they selected out of the first batch I sent in in the beginning of February. I was published in there yeeeeeeears ago, so it is especially great to be
back. I’m submitting every week, so I hope you’ll see me in there more often.
This is great. To coincide with their Roy Lichtenstein exhibit in May, the Museum Shop of the Art Institute of Chicago will begin selling my glass word balloons, the Conversation Pieces™. They’ll be the blank word balloons pictured here that you can write, draw, and doodle whatever you like.
So, tomorrow I go into the studio and start making 50 of these. Yeah, That’s a lot. It’ll take a couple of days, for sure. But I’m psyched.
If you’re in Chicago in May, stop in for the exhibit, of course, but also make sure you see the Museum Shop.