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Hugs and Kisses From Your Mummy

Halloween is lurking right around the corner. Invite this lively mummy plate into your home and you’ll have the perfect addition to your spooky decor. In my home, our Mummy offers the family a sweet reminder that they’re loved with, Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses.

It’s so simple, but this whimsical mummy plate is one of my favorite pieces of fused glass art. I love the construction simplicity and the freedom to create on a whim.

I made this mummy at a time when I was in the middle of several intense projects that required a lot of attention. One particular day I went out to my studio with the intention of working on a laborious commission. My creative spirit took flight and suddenly I was cutting a sheet of white glass into random scrap pieces. It was as if I was possessed by a need to just have fun and rekindle the joy and peacefulness that come with spontaneous creating. You could say I was haunted by my empty kiln. Or, you could say I was procrastinating. Both are likely true. Whatever the spark, on that crisp autumn day I sang while I cut glass, and a happy artist is always a wonderful thing.

Make your season cheerful. I hope making this seasonal dish brings you unbridled joy. The same thrill it brought me that year, and the pleasure it brings again this year.

How to make the Mummy plate.

Cut the black base glass to 7 in x 14 inch and set aside. Cut several 8 to 9 inch long wedge shaped strips out of white glass. Make some of the strips wide and some narrow for a nice variety of shapes to pick from when you’re assembling the mummy.

Make the mummy’s eyes.

Cut 2 small ¼ inch size squares of white glass. Cut 2 small 1/8 inch size squares of dichroic on black glass. Stack the dichroic on the white. Fire the 2 pieces to a full fuse temperature using the guide below. The small pieces will ball up when fired giving you 2 bright round eyes for your mummy.

Arrange the white strips on the black base. It’s okay if you have narrow gaps. The black glass will show through adding extra detail to the finished plate. It’s also okay if the white strips hang over the black base. Just arrange the pieces to make a pleasing random pattern.

Decide where you want to place the mummy’s eyes. Cut a piece of clear glass to cover the black base in that area. Arrange the white strips around the clear glass. continue to place white strips on the black base until it’s covered.

Once the base is covered lay a ruler along one edge. Using a maker, draw a line to indicate where to cut the excess white glass away. Cut the excess glass off the first side. Then draw a line on the opposite side and cut the excess glass off so the white strips match the size and shape of the black base glass below.

For a festive pop of color, cut opal orange stringers to size and then tuck them between the white strips.

Make the spider.

Using a candle, bend black stingers to make the spider’s legs. Cut a small pear shaped spider body out of dichroic glass on black. Nip the  bent stringers to size. Arrange the spider legs and body on the white glass. Hold the spider pieces in place with a tiny bit of fuser’s glue.

Fire the assembled project to a full fuse temperature using the guide below.

Slump the fused project in a shallow plate mold using the guide below.

Hugs and Kisses from Your Mummy Glass & Materials

7 x 14 Inch Plate

Black glass, 1 1/2 sq. ft., for base layer

White glass, 1 ½ sq. ft., for mummy

Clear glass, scrap for eyes

Dichroic eyes

Orange opal stringers, for accents

Black stringers, for spider legs

Dichroic scrap, for spider

7 ½ inch x 15 inch slumping mold

Fuser’s glue

Fusing Guide

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1300 hold 30 min.

Segment 2: Ramp 500F/hr to 1465 hold 10 min.

Segment 3: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 hold 40 min.

Segment 4: Cool to room temperature.

*As fast as possible

Slumping Guide

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1265 hold 10 min.

Segment 2: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 hold 40 min.

Segment 3: Cool to room temperature.

*As fast as possible

NOTE: Kilns fire differently. Test fire these guides in your kiln and then adjust as needed.

 Watch the New Hugs and Kisses From Your Mummy video here https://youtu.be/ZUccNVy7hIw

 

 Lay out your candy carrying Mummy proudly. Display it in a place of prominence where it’s spooky presence reminds you to have fun and enjoy the unbridled joy of creating with glass.

 Happy Halloween!

Lisa

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NEW WEBINAR!

 Lustrous Lanterns Webinar November 17, 2020

 Register here: https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1499-lustrous-lanterns-with-lisa-vogt-november-17-2020.html

Light up with me! Create colorful luminaries to brighten your home, office, porch, or anywhere else you’d enjoy the comforting glow of a dazzling accent light.

In this comprehensive live event, I’ll show you how to make 6 sparkling fused glass lanterns. You’ll learn how easily you can construct and build stunning 3-D lamps. I’ll guide you step-by-step through the many stages of construction, including pattern preparation, glass cutting, project assembly, fusing, slumping, and how to “cold fuse” the lanterns together.

You’ll also be shown how to finish the lanterns with custom, professional quality glass display bases. In addition, I’ll share how to utilize ready-made clear glass candle shelters to make fast and easy pick-me-ups. I’ll also show several quick and simple methods for lighting your beautiful new creations. Along with detailed instruction, you’ll receive 6 full-size lantern patterns, my project-specific firing guides, and supply list.

 Beginner, intermediate, and advanced glass fusers alike will love the wide variety of unique shapes and elegant new patterns, custom designed to enrich any décor. Join me to rekindle your creative spark with lustrous lanterns designed to set your artistic imagination aglow.

New Class Date! 

 Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop February 9-12, 2021

Register today! 2 seats available. Register here!  

Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.

This is the turning-point workshop you’ve been waiting for.

It’s hard to describe what it’s like when I’m feeling the creative flow. Time flies. Hours pass in what I thought were minutes. My naturally distracted mind is focused on what my hands are doing, and nothing else. I get lost in my own world. When I return to reality, I feel rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted. That’s why I like sharing my studio space with others. I try to give them that experience and hope they feel the same inspiration and fulfillment I do. -Lisa

This class is for you! Any skill level can attend. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike will learn how to advance their glass fusing skills and expand their artistic style.

 Join me and I’ll show you all the pro tips and tricks I use to make stunning 3-dimnesional art. You’ll learn how to combine advanced techniques in new ways to create extraordinary sculptural pieces of art.

You’ll leave class with several completed glass sculptures, my custom firing guides and a deeper understanding of sculptural fused glass fabrication. You’ll have the knowledge, confidence, and inspiration you’ve been craving to take your artwork to the next level.

Materials are included, that’s a $150.00 value!

Here’s what the students from my recent September 2020 class are saying about the workshop.

 “My favorite part about the class was the non-stop building and the generous amount of materials available.”  -Christine 

“My favorite part about the class was the variety of projects we made.” -Monica

 “What surprised me about the class was how full the schedule was. Usually, you do 1 project. We did 5 in 4 days.” -Christine

 “What surprised me was the number of projects we completed.” -Monica

 “Thank you so much for your generosity.” – Christine

 “Awesome experience – will come again in the future.” Monica

 Did you feel comfortable with the classroom setup and the cleanliness of the studio?

 “Yes, super.” Christine

 “Yes! – Monica

 Student comments from previous classes.

“Instruction was clear, help was always available, and Lisa’s explanation of the equipment was great.” -Sherry

“My favorite thing about the class was the friendly atmosphere that encouraged open thoughts and sharing ideas.” -Lyn

“I enjoyed making all the projects, especially the flow piece and the freedom to be creative with our work.”  -Joy

“My favorite thing about the class was the ability to see multiple pieces of art that originated from concepts taught.” -Vicki

“Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and freakishly talented. House, art, mosaic, her work – really fun and beautiful.” -Lorna

 “Incredible class. Lisa shared her artistic knowledge of color flow and her technical knowledge of glass.” -Larry

 “I had so much fun! Lisa is a great teacher!” -Brenda

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

 

Check out my eBooks for elegant patterns and detailed fusing instructions. 

 

 

 

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Live a Little

Lage George, NY

Here in Florida, it’s hard to shake summer when our daytime temperatures are still in the mid 80’s. A road trip to New York state earlier this month has me blissfully lingering in a sweet candy colored autumn state of mind.

I was a little concerned about traveling, but we managed to stay safe and have a great time. Getting out of the heat and out of town was rejuvenating for us all. Now that I’m back home, I’m feeling pleasantly refreshed and eager to start new projects.

For those of you who can’t get away for a vacation, let me take you on a pictorial trip to beautiful New England. I took almost 2000 pictures! I sorted through them and still have almost a thousand favorites. It was hard to narrow them down to just a few. I hope you enjoy the scenic tour up north.

When was the last time you went apple picking? It’s been years for me. We visited an orchard where we could pick ripe apples. In advance of going, we looked dessert recipes up online. It turns out there are a lot of apple varieties and several of them are good for cooking. You want a certain texture and sweetness or tartness for specific recipes. Each type of apple has its own special characteristic that make them suitable for certain uses.

At the orchard, we were given a map that showed us where we’d find the trees with the apples we wanted. It was like walking through a delicious maze with tempting fruit hanging within easy reach on either side. I was surprised by the incredible number of apple clusters that hung from the bent and twisted tree limbs. We limited ourselves to one bag for good reason. Once you start picking it’s so fun, it’s hard to stop. And you can only eat so many juicy apples.

The orchard also had a pumpkin patch with round orange globes of all sizes nestled in a network of leafy green vines. The vivid colors and bold shapes were a striking in contrast to the brown dirt and fading blades of grass. The high contrast landscape was a magical location for taking pictures that echo the dramatic heart of the changing season.

 

With a loaded bag of apples, we then continued our journey to Lake George. My family gathers there almost every summer. I haven’t been there in the fall for a long time. It’s a spectacular time of year to travel to the mountains. We were lucky, the leaves were turning, and the daytime temperatures were brisk and in the mid 60’s. That’s luxurious sweater and fuzzy boot weather for us cold sensitive Floridians. It was the perfect temperature for long walks in the woods and bundled up boat rides on the lake.

Call me silly, but I love to take nature pictures of wild animals. You learn quickly that it’s easy to take a picture of an animal’s back side as it flees your intrusive presence. Taking pictures of animals while they behave without interruption, now that takes patience and a zoom lens, both of which I have. The chipmunk was the most elusive of the northern woodland creatures. I framed dozens of shots but only have one or two pictures I really like. The squirrel was another hard to capture resident. They were busy, busy running around gathering acorns for the long winter. I managed to get a few action shots, but nothing National Geographic worthy.

The real star of my photographs was the colorful, fall foliage. On the trail, the ground under my feet was blanketed with a soft layer of velvety red, golden orange, and sunny yellow leaves. There were tranquil moments, in the woods when I was transported to a wonderland where the wind sang soothing lullabies, and the forest floor appeared to be sprinkled with candy. As I walked, I looked for dramatic compositions with unique shapes and vivid colors that were brought to life by the warmth of filtered light.

The lake is always a captivating subject for my pictures. I can’t take enough pictures of the lake.  The landscape of the area, with the far reaching lake, cupped by towering mountains is so different from the tropical scenery we have here in Florida. While I’m there I try to capture the beauty and tranquility of the rolling water. I think, absorb the spirit of the waves and somehow, you’ll carry that restorative energy with you until next year.

We’re all trying to navigate life and slowly rebuild pieces into it from our former existence. I’m starting with the most basic pieces, the small elements that make me happy and feel alive. That includes a mix of quality family time and special me-time. When I’m taken care of, I have the strength to take care of others. This trip was a string of small, simple activities. The accumulative result of a change of scenery lifted my spirit and has left me pleasantly refreshed.

 

Don’t wait. Go on an exciting trip, big or small, near or far, it doesn’t matter. Change your scenery and shake up your routine for a few days. It’s time to live a little.

 

Enjoy the little things,

Lisa

 

 

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Spooktacular Ghost Plate How-to

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the wide variety of fun designs we can make to decorate our homes with a seasonal flare. I like this particular plate for its free-form shape. The graceful curve around the ghost’s head make it jump off the counter. But don’t let the unusual shape scare you. The subtle contours are actually easy to cut. And you can always grind the edge to fine tune the shape. Let’s get started.

How-to:

Cut a 10 inch clear circle for the base layer. Using the pattern as a guide, cut the clear glass circle to match the irregular pattern shape. Grind the glass to remove sharp edges and smooth the shape.

Cut white glass to match the clear base layer. Using a wet saw, cut the background around the ghost’s head and arms away.

Pro Tip: No saw needed. If you don’t have a saw, the white ghost layer can be made up of pieces. OR Cut the white layer to match the clear base layer. Then make the shapes that outline the ghost’s head and arms just like the eyes and mouth, with cut navy blue glass.

Tack glue the white layer onto the clear base with a small amount of fuser’s glue. Let the glue dry before moving to the next step. Gluing keeps the white glass from sliding around when you apply the frit.

Glue Tip: I like to use Elmer’s white glue. I apply the smallest amount of glue possible with the tip of a toothpick. The tiny, pin head size dots of glue burn off during firing without leaving a distracting haze between the glass layers.

Cut the ghost’s eyes and mouth out of navy blue glass. Grind them to improve the shape. Set them aside.

Color Tip: When possible, I prefer to use dark, navy blue instead of black. Black creates a visual hole in the artwork. While the dark blue adds a nice tonal quality that gives the art a more interesting look.

Cut the letters out of bright, seasonal colors. Grind the letters to smooth out the edges. Set them aside.

Once the glue holding the white layer in place is dry, apply the frit. Using a spoon, pour power navy blue frit into the spaces that outline the ghost’s head and arms. Leave enough room to add fine aventurine blue for shading. Next add fine, aventurine blue. Concentrate the darker color on the right side of the openings to create a moody shadow effect.

Using a small, dry paint brush clean any excess frit off the white glass. Be meticulous with your clean up. It’s this type of attention to detail that will make a huge difference in the visual quality of your finished pieces.

Frit Tip: Pile the frit as high as the white glass that contains it. This gives the transparent material strong color saturation, which in turn produces the dramatic, high contrast effect we’re trying to achieve. If you ask yourself, is it enough, add more frit.

Stack the cut glass eyes and mouth on the white layer. Arrange the cut glass letters on the bottom in a semi-circle.

Fire the assembled project to a full fuse temperature using the guide below.

Slump the fused project in a shallow plate mold using the guide below.

Spooky Ghost Plate Glass & Materials

10 Inch Round Plate

Clear glass, 1 sq. ft., for base layer

White glass, 1 sq. ft., for ghost layer

Navy Blue glass, large scrap, for eyes, mouth and shadows

Orange opal glass, scrap, for letters

Teale opal glass, scrap, for letters

Marigold yellow opal glass, scrap, for letters

Amazon green opal glass, scrap, for letters

Navy blue, power frit, for shadows

Aventurine blue, fine frit, for darker shadows

10” slumping mold

Fuser’s glue, small paint brush, spoon

Firing Guides for COE 96

Fusing Guide

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1300 and hold 30 min.

Segment 2: Ramp 500F/hr to 1465 and hold 10 min.

Segment 3: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.

Segment 4: Cool to room temperature.

*As fast as possible

Slumping Guide

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1265 and hold 10 min.

Segment 2: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.

Segment 3: Cool to room temperature.

*As fast as possible

NOTE: Kilns fire differently. Test fire these guides in your kiln and then adjust as needed.

Keep being creative. You’re doing great!

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

Follow my blog for more tips and tricks!

Website www.LisaJVogt.com
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhOifd7wukk
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Twitter https://twitter.com/lisajvogt

Instagram @lvogt_originalsinglass

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 NEW WEBINAR!

 Lustrous Lanterns Webinar November 17, 2020

 Register here: https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1499-lustrous-lanterns-with-lisa-vogt-november-17-2020.html

Light up with me! Create colorful luminaries to brighten your home, office, porch, or anywhere else you’d enjoy the comforting glow of a dazzling accent light.

In this comprehensive live event, I’ll show you how to make 6 sparkling fused glass lanterns. You’ll learn how easily you can construct and build stunning 3-D lamps. I’ll guide you step-by-step through the many stages of construction, including pattern preparation, glass cutting, project assembly, fusing, slumping, and how to “cold fuse” the lanterns together.

You’ll also be shown how to finish the lanterns with custom, professional quality glass display bases. In addition, I’ll share how to utilize ready-made clear glass candle shelters to make fast and easy pick-me-ups. I’ll also show several quick and simple methods for lighting your beautiful new creations. Along with detailed instruction, you’ll receive 6 full-size lantern patterns, my project-specific firing guides, and supply list.

 Beginner, intermediate, and advanced glass fusers alike will love the wide variety of unique shapes and elegant new patterns, custom designed to enrich any decor. Join me to rekindle your creative spark with lustrous lanterns designed to set your artistic imagination aglow.

New Class Date! 

Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop February 9-12, 2021

Register today! 2 seats available. Register here!  

Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.

This is the turning-point workshop you’ve been waiting for.

It’s hard to describe what it’s like when I’m feeling the creative flow. Time flies. Hours pass in what I thought were minutes. My naturally distracted mind is focused on what my hands are doing, and nothing else. I get lost in my own world. When I return to reality, I feel rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted. That’s why I like sharing my studio space with others. I try to give them that experience and hope they feel the same inspiration and fulfillment I do. -Lisa

 This class is for you! Any skill level can attend. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike will learn how to advance their glass fusing skills and expand their artistic style.

 Join me and I’ll show you all the pro tips and tricks I use to make stunning 3-dimnesional art. You’ll learn how to combine advanced techniques in new ways to create extraordinary sculptural pieces of art.

You’ll leave class with several completed glass sculptures, my custom firing guides and a deeper understanding of sculptural fused glass fabrication. You’ll have the knowledge, confidence, and inspiration you’ve been craving to take your artwork to the next level.

Materials are included, that’s a $150.00 value!

Here’s what the students from my recent September 2020 class are saying about the workshop.

 “My favorite part about the class was the non-stop building and the generous amount of materials available.”  -Christine 

 “My favorite part about the class was the variety of projects we made.” -Monica

 “What surprised me about the class was how full the schedule was. Usually, you do 1 project. We did 5 in 4 days.” -Christine

 “What surprised me was the number of projects we completed.” -Monica

 “Thank you so much for your generosity.” – Christine

 “Awesome experience – will come again in the future.” Monica

 Did you feel comfortable with the classroom setup and the cleanliness of the studio?

 “Yes, super.” Christine

 “Yes! – Monica

 Student comments from previous classes.

“Instruction was clear, help was always available, and Lisa’s explanation of the equipment was great.” -Sherry

“My favorite thing about the class was the friendly atmosphere that encouraged open thoughts and sharing ideas.” -Lyn

“I enjoyed making all the projects, especially the flow piece and the freedom to be creative with our work.”  -Joy

“My favorite thing about the class was the ability to see multiple pieces of art that originated from concepts taught.” -Vicki

“Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and freakishly talented. House, art, mosaic, her work – really fun and beautiful.” -Lorna

 “Incredible class. Lisa shared her artistic knowledge of color flow and her technical knowledge of glass.” -Larry

 “I had so much fun! Lisa is a great teacher!” -Brenda

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

 

Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

 

Check out my eBooks for elegant patterns and detailed fusing instructions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frit is Small But Powerful!

 

Frit has many different applications that can transform ordinary fused glass pieces into extraordinary pieces of art. All it takes is a little forethought when designing your artwork, plus a steady hand and an eye for the extravagant.

Frit is ground fusible glass. It’s available in a variety of sizes including power, fine, medium, course and mosaic. Each size has its own special characteristics and uses.

Powder is great for filling in tight spaces and for a smooth appearance. Fine gives fast, even coverage and leaves a slight grainy look to the art. Medium fills larger areas well. But it can leave tiny gaps that allow the color of the base glass to show through. It leaves a granular pattern that resembles beach sand. Course is great for filling in large areas, but it also leaves spaces. I usually fill those spaces in with medium frit of the same or contrasting color. It’s also great for creating design accents and details like the dots on the dogs muzzle. Mosaic gives you fast coverage on large areas. It leaves a more stylized pattern that can resemble the veining in marble. I often use the different frit sizes in combination to achieve the specific look I want.

I love frit for its versatility. While sheet glass offers striking solid colors, frit in contrast can be used to make subtle color changes and add dramatic shading. The resulting artwork has a surprisingly beautiful, painterly quality that surpasses craft and lingers on the threshold of fine art.

Adorable pets and majestic animals are some of my favorite subjects for my fused glass art. Animal faces can be difficult to render using just sheet glass alone. The end result can be flat and lifeless. But with the application of frit, I can add highlights, shadows and intricate details that give the subject personality and bring it to life.

Meet Rocco, a spunky little French Bull Dog.

From the beginning the plan was to use frit to render this dog’s face. Frit would give me the flexibility to build the color gradually and add contours as needed to fill out the pup’s head.

Let’s build this little guy.

I started with a cute digital picture of the subject. The image is imported into the Glass Eye 2000 computer design program where I draw over the picture. Once the outline is done, I test different color combinations with the drawing program until something fun comes together. Then I move into the fabrication phase.

The first step is to cut the base layer. This project is built on an 8” x 8” piece of white glass. Then the blue background is cut to size using a full size paper pattern as a guide. I selected a high contrast, solid blue color for the background to frame in the dogs face and to contain the frit.

Wherever I want strong control over the line quality, the frit placement and the color of a specific design detail I cut the glass according to the pattern. The position of the eyes, nose and chin are critical. If they aren’t in the right place it throws off the symmetry. This can result in a bizarre, alien looking creature instead of an adorable pup. Here, I cut the blue background, eyes, nose, chin, ears and collar. I then grind the cut pieces to improve the shapes and remove any sharp edges. I clean and dry the glass then glue it to the white base with a small amount of fuser’s glue. At this point, I wait for the glue to dry so the pieces don’t slide around when the frit is poured on the glass.

Frit tools: I use a plastic spoon to apply the frit. Small, dry paint brushes are used to move the frit around and to blend the hard edges where two colors meet.

Once the glue is dry, fine yellow opal frit is poured on the white base. Shadows and contours are created with medium size, dark blue and black frit. Orange frit is added to round out the dog’s head and body. The strong colors are then blended with a dry paint brush to soften the hard edges. Pink frit is applied on the forehead and between the eyes for added interest and fullness. Medium bark blue frit dots are placed on either side of the nose for additional detail.

The assembled glass is fired to a full fuse temperature. The fused glass is then glued into a black frame fitted with a hook for wall mounting.

Pet themed designs are always fun to make. And drawing this type of pattern on the computer is easy. Remember, your drawing doesn’t have to look exactly like your pet. Give yourself credit for trying and enjoy the unique spin you can put on your own artwork.

This small format, 8” x 8” project is the perfect size to try this frit technique. There’s just enough space to get comfortable with frit without getting overwhelmed. I hope Rocco inspires you to give it a try. You’ll love the process and the results.

Quick tips for working with frit:

Don’t be skimpy. For strong color saturation and solid coverage, pile the frit up as high as the cut glass. If you are asking yourself, is that enough? Add more.

Use both transparent and opal frit to create contrast and increase visual depth.

Be meticulous about the cleanup. Brush any stray fit off the cut glass before firing.

Here’s the link to the software I used to draw this pattern. Glass Eye 2000 Design Software for Glass https://www.dfly.com

For more artistic tips and creative tricks for getting the most out of your frit please join me for my Fusing with Frit Webinar, this Thursday October 1, 2020.

Watch the Fusing with Frit Webinar YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/NTNMeg9IA9o

Keep creating. You’re doing great!

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

Follow my blog for more tips and tricks!

Website www.LisaJVogt.com
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhOifd7wukk
Facebook www.Facebook.com/LisaJVogt

Twitter https://twitter.com/lisajvogt

Instagram @lvogt_originalsinglass

NEW Instagram @through_the_artists_lens

Let’s get together and fuse glass!

Fusing with Frit Webinar

October 1, 2020

Register here: https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1477-fusing-with-frit-with-lisa-vogt-october-1-2020.html

Watch the Fusing with Frit Webinar YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/NTNMeg9IA9o

Ramp up the visual intricacy of your glass art!

Clever glass fusers know that using strong line quality and bold color saturation in combination is an effective way to create stand-out works of art.

Now take such trustworthy techniques and sprinkle in gradient blends and subtle shading achieved using frit. You’ll be amazed just how quickly your artwork advances to a new, exciting level of sophistication.

In this comprehensive webinar, Lisa will show you how to apply several methods she employs to add the striking, painterly-quality she’s developed to improve the impact of your glass fusing projects.

I’ll demonstrate SEVEN projects in this Webinar, from sea turtles to flowering trees to beach scenes and more!

You’ll learn: how to evaluate a design to maximize the imagery, steps for successful fabrication and practical tips for building professional quality, finished pieces.

Along with my step-by-step instruction, you’ll also receive complete material lists and project-specific firing guides.

New Date! 

Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop

February 9-12, 2021

Register today!

3 seats available. Register here!  

Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.

This is the turning-point workshop you’ve been waiting for.

It’s hard to describe what it’s like when I’m feeling the creative flow. Time flies. Hours pass in what I thought were minutes. My naturally distracted mind is focused on what my hands are doing, and nothing else. I get lost in my own world. When I return to reality, I feel rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted. That’s why I like sharing my studio space with others. I try to give them that experience and hope they feel the same inspiration and fulfillment I do. -Lisa

 This class is for you! Any skill level can attend. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike will learn how to advance their glass fusing skills and expand their artistic style.

 Join me and I’ll show you all the pro tips and tricks I use to make stunning 3-dimnesional art. You’ll learn how to combine advanced techniques in new ways to create extraordinary sculptural pieces of art.

You’ll leave class with several completed glass sculptures, my custom firing guides and a deeper understanding of sculptural fused glass fabrication. You’ll have the knowledge, confidence and inspiration you’ve been craving to take your artwork to the next level.

Materials are included, that’s a $150.00 value!

Here’s what the students from my recent September 2020 class are saying about the workshop.

 “My favorite part about the class was the non-stop building and the generous amount of materials available.”  -Christine  

“My favorite part about the class was the variety of projects we made.” -Monica

 “What surprised me about the class was how full the schedule was. Usually, you do 1 project. We did 5 in 4 days.” -Christine

“What surprised me was the number of projects we completed.” -Monica

 “Thank you so much for your generosity.” – Christine

 “Awesome experience – will come again in the future.” Monica

 Did you feel comfortable with the classroom setup and the cleanliness of the studio?

 “Yes, super.” Christine

 “Yes! – Monica

 Student comments from previous classes.

“Instruction was clear, help was always available, and Lisa’s explanation of the equipment was great.” -Sherry

“My favorite thing about the class was the friendly atmosphere that encouraged open thoughts and sharing ideas.” -Lyn

“I enjoyed making all the projects, especially the flow piece and the freedom to be creative with our work.”  -Joy

“My favorite thing about the class was the ability to see multiple pieces of art that originated from concepts taught.” -Vicki

“Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and freakishly talented. House, art, mosaic, her work – really fun and beautiful.” -Lorna

 “Incredible class. Lisa shared her artistic knowledge of color flow and her technical knowledge of glass.” -Larry

 “I had so much fun! Lisa is a great teacher!” -Brenda

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

  

Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

  

Check out my eBooks for elegant patterns and detailed fusing instructions. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art Studio Refresh

Fall fever in Florida is a lot like spring fever for folks who live up north. As the weather shifts from sticky hot to dry crispness, I’m increasingly motivated to create new art in my studio. This surge of activity inevitably also leads to cleaning and rearranging supplies to improve efficiency and convenience.

This month I have the added task of preparing for my upcoming 4-day, hands-on Sculptural Fused Glass class. As much as I want the class to have it’s traditional rhythm, I’m stepping up my setup and organization to accommodate comfortable social distancing all while preserving the personal one-on-one attention my students look forward to. Thankfully, I have plenty of space and a system in place to maintain a safe, clean, limited contact experience for all. As always, I’m committed to ensuring each student has an exceptional educational experience in a relaxed, encouraging environment.

A good cleaning makes the creative juices flow.

Some of our pre-class prep included giving my worktables a fresh coat of white paint. We do this every few years. I love how this small housekeeping touch up transforms the entire building. The clean, clutter free work area makes the space even more inviting for creating. It’s like a huge blank canvas is calling me to design my next great masterpiece.

I’d paint the tables more often, but that means I have to clear the tables off first. The clutter may look like a collection of random supplies, but every pile is a special work-in-progress. I find the mass of ideas scattered about comforting. Each pile has the  potential to become something unexpected and spectacular. It’s like surrounding myself with magical treasures that I have the thrill of revealing.

 

Studio tools like saws and grinders were cleaned, tuned up and they’re now ready for action. The grinders have been moved apart to allow extra space between users. Hand tools and miscellaneous supplies have been organized into color coded sets. Each student will be assigned their own personal color for the entire week. There’s an upside here, no more bickering over who owns a particular Sharpie marker. And when a cap is left off and the marker dries out. Mm-hm. No passing the buck. You own it. It’s a good thing I have a pack of 12 on hand just in case we need extra.

 

 

We extended our cleaning efforts to include my glass inventory. We organized the sheet glass by color so it can be accessed quickly and easily. I like the way the glass racks look when they’re neat and tidy. It makes finding just the right color a breeze. We organized the scrap bins as well. We dumped the tiny pieces that clutter the bottom of the bins and then straightened the usable size pieces. The added level of organization makes access to small size pieces simpler and safer.

 

Color is my life.

I love frit! It may be small, but used creatively it can have a huge influence on the visual  impact of your fused glass art. I have no idea how many jars I have in stock, but it’s a lot. Over time, the shelves became a disorganized mix of colors and sizes. It was to the point where I only used the bottles in front. I gave up putting them away in any particular order. We took all the bottles off the shelves and sorted them by color and then by size. Oh my goodness what a difference that made in my workflow! Now, it’s a pleasure to collect bottles of frit for a project. I can find the glass color and frit size I want in seconds instead of agonizing minutes. Plus, it’s easier to maintain an accurate supply of my favorite colors.

 

 

Never a dull moment here.

Once the studio was clean and organized it inspired me to start a new project. In addition to preparing for my students I’ve been working on designing and building projects for a new webinar that will be available in November. The title and theme are still a work-in-progress. I promise, more details will be available soon. And so for now a creative storm has taken over my studio. There’s not an open space on the tables. They’re covered, corner-to-corner with projects in varying stages of completion. Some projects are made from a pattern I drew. Those usually represent complicated, multi-faceted assemblies. They can be time consuming, but thanks to the pattern they generally go together smoothly.

Then other project directions are material driven. I gather materials, pile them on the table and let them sit there until they generate an idea. I’m a multi-tasker. Working two different fabrication methods at the same time works for me. It keeps the lengthy process of developing an entire webinar engaging and fun, even when some of the project assembly is repetitive.

Sometimes, the best way to get re-inspired to work with your glass, is to just get out there and tinker. Leave expectations and rules at the door. Clean, organize, cut glass, or build a project. Do whatever draws your attention first. Soon, you’ll be gleefully lost in thought and on the marvelous path of discovery. There you’ll find the flame that first attracted you to the art and it’ll ignite your creative spirit.

Wherever you are in your creative journey you’re doing great! We develop at our own pace. Success is never giving up. Keep going. I believe in you!

Happy fusing!
Lisa

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Fusing with Frit Webinar

October 1, 2020

https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1477-fusing-with-frit-with-lisa-vogt-october-1-2020.html

Ramp up the visual intricacy of your glass art!

Clever glass fusers know that using strong line quality and bold color saturation in combination is an effective way to create stand-out works of art.

Now take such trustworthy techniques and sprinkle in gradient blends and subtle shading achieved using frit. You’ll be amazed just how quickly your artwork advances to a new, exciting level of sophistication.

In this comprehensive webinar, Lisa will show you how to apply several methods she employs to add the striking, painterly-quality she’s developed to improve the impact of your glass fusing projects.

I’ll demonstrate SEVEN projects in this Webinar, from sea turtles to flowering trees to beach scenes and more!

You’ll learn: how to evaluate a design to maximize the imagery, steps for successful fabrication and practical tips for building professional quality, finished pieces.

Along with my step-by-step instruction, you’ll also receive complete material lists and project-specific firing guides.

New Date! 

Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop

February 9-12, 2021

Register today!

3 seats available. Register here!  

Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.

This is the turning-point workshop you’ve been waiting for.

It’s hard to describe what it’s like when I’m feeling the creative flow. Time flies. Hours pass in what I thought were minutes. My naturally distracted mind is focused on what my hands are doing, and nothing else. I get lost in my own world. When I return to reality, I feel rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted. That’s why I like sharing my studio space with others. I try to give them that experience and hope they feel the same inspiration and fulfillment I do. -Lisa

 This class is for you! Any skill level can attend. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike will learn how to advance their glass fusing skills and expand their artistic style.

 Join me and I’ll show you all the pro tips and tricks I use to make stunning 3-dimnesional art. You’ll learn how to combine advanced techniques in new ways to create extraordinary sculptural pieces of art.

You’ll leave class with several completed glass sculptures, my custom firing guides and a deeper understanding of sculptural fused glass fabrication. You’ll have the knowledge, confidence and inspiration you’ve been craving to take your artwork to the next level.

Materials are included, that’s a $150.00 value! Plus, a professional photo shoot of your artwork is also included.

Here’s what the students are saying about the workshop.

“Instruction was clear, help was always available, and Lisa’s explanation of the equipment was great.” -Sherry

“My favorite thing about the class was the friendly atmosphere that encouraged open thoughts and sharing ideas.” -Lyn

“I enjoyed making all the projects, especially the flow piece and the freedom to be creative with our work.”  -Joy

“My favorite thing about the class was the ability to see multiple pieces of art that originated from concepts taught.” -Vicki

“Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and freakishly talented. House, art, mosaic, her work – really fun and beautiful.” -Lorna

 “Incredible class. Lisa shared her artistic knowledge of color flow and her technical knowledge of glass.” -Larry

 “I had so much fun! Lisa is a great teacher!” -Brenda

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

Check out my eBooks for elegant patterns and detailed fusing instructions.