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New Watercolor Technique and Advanced Fusing Design Webinar

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Watercolor technique. That’s fun to say. It immediately paints a picture in my mind. I see soft color washes detailing the delicate images of a dreamy scene.

For artists familiar with the mechanics of glass fusing creating a painterly quality in glass is an exciting new concept. We’re comfortable with the rigid, linear appearance of our geometric designs. And why not, they’re easy to build and they deliver visually dramatic results.

I’m here to tell you that creating pictorial scenes, decorated with nature themed subjects is equally as rewarding and satisfying to fabricate and display. At first glance, these projects appear tedious to build. But once you see how easy it is to make lush backgrounds and three dimensional florals you’ll be hooked.

Finding inspiration.

I’m always on the lookout for inspiration for new design ideas and new techniques to try. When I’m actively on the hunt for fresh material I silent the conformist and let my muse run free. I look more closely at everyday items and routine scenes to find a hidden perspective I can build off.  It’s especially fun when two unrelated items, that are unrelated to glass, merge and solidify a design image in my mind. My Succulent series was born as a result of such an unusual pairing.

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I purchased a bowl that I thought would look pretty on my kitchen countertop. When we cut fresh vegetables for dinner we put the trimmings in the bowl. Later, the contents are dropped in our compost bin in the back yard. I liked the bowl for the edgy floral pattern. The soft cranberry and green colors also attracted me. It inspired the beginning of a design, but it wasn’t enough. I wanted more than just flowers. I wanted to create a sense of space and a feeling of peaceful joy. I found the inspiration I was seeking on the label of a bottle of organic dog shampoo! My daughter bought it for our happily spoiled pups. One day the bottle was sitting on her bathroom counter. The label’s leafy design and earthy colors caught my attention. I liked the green and yellow colors and the shapes of the plant. I thought the vertical design direction would be the perfect complement to round shape of the succulent flowers.

Advanced fusing design.

I took what I liked from each design and merged them together. I believe the spontaneity of the combination is what gives the artwork it’s refreshing appeal. Designing engaging patterns greatly adds to the pleasure of building personalized, original art. This approach to glass fusing is easy to apply once you allow yourself the freedom to reimagine the possible. Once you learn to trust your creative spirit, innovative ideas flood in.

Want to learn more?

I’m excited to announce that I’m presenting a brand new webinar. In this LIVE event I share how to apply my watercolor technique and advanced fusing design concepts in person. I hope you’ll join me for this energetic, inspiring and educational event this Thursday, May 28, 2020.

 

Watercolor Techniques & Advanced Fusing Design Webinar, Thursday May 28, 2020

Register today: https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1455-watercolor-techniques-advanced-fusing-design-with-lisa-vogt-may-28-2020.html

Watch the, Watercolor Technique and Advanced Fusing Design Webinar YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/jOU4pEECegA

I hope to see YOU Thursday!

Lisa

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LIVE! This Thursday!

NEW “Watercolor” Technique Webinar!

Watercolor Techniques & Advanced Fusing Design Webinar, May 28, 2020

Register today: https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1455-watercolor-techniques-advanced-fusing-design-with-lisa-vogt-may-28-2020.html

Take your fused glass designs to an exciting new level!

Learn how to make gorgeous, vividly decorated nature themed fused glass designs in this comprehensive webinar. Master the art of design, pattern, and color.

Join me and I’ll show you how quickly and easily you can ramp up the visual intricacy of your work in just a few steps. I’ll share my personally developed, “watercolor style,” approach to shading and highlighting glass.

You will love the easy-to-follow instruction and seeing how I create elaborately detailed works of art with a gorgeous three-dimensional flair.

In this webinar you will learn how to use advanced artistic techniques like a pro. Beginner, intermediate and advanced fusers alike will enjoy applying the many simple, yet effective techniques I share in this in-depth, live event.

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Fusing for the Adventurous Webinar, June 9, 2020

Register here: https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1449-fusing-for-the-adventurous-with-lisa-vogt-june-9-2020.html

Get ready to push boundaries, challenge trusted techniques and enjoy the thrill of limitless possibilities. Join me in this comprehensive hands-on webinar and learn how easily you can put tried and true methods to use in unlikely, innovative ways to create original art.

You’ll learn how to successfully employ different techniques to produce dramatic effects and take your work to an exciting, new level of sophistication.

Beginner and advanced fusers alike will find inspiration, motivation and renewed artistic freedom from the combination of techniques shown. In addition, you’ll receive a detailed outline with project specific guidelines and my custom firing guides.

Armed with your newfound skills, you’ll be eager to experiment and incorporate these techniques to turn your creative visions into reality. You’ll have the burning desire, and the cool confidence, to take your passion to greater heights.

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Now Registering! 

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

September 22-25, 2020

Register today!

Only 1 seat available.

Register www.lisavogt.net

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

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

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.

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

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

Things that surprised the students about the class.

“I was surprised by the photo booth demo-it was very helpful.” -Joy

“I was surprised by the limitless glass we had access to, for our projects.” -Lyn

“The valuable education on glass art photography surprised me.” -Sherry

“I was surprised by the hominess of your hospitality!” -Vicki

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.

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

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2020 Get Fired Up for Fusing!

Fearless, As seen on my website.
Fearless, as seen on my website.

To wrap up 2019 and inspire you for a productive 2020, I’m sharing my favorite glass art pictures of 2019.

 

Over the holidays I enjoyed quality time with family and friends. I took a few days off to relax and refresh my creative spirit, but now I’m ready to take 2020 on and make exiting new glass art.

Whispering Woodlands As seen on my website.
Whispering Woodlands, as seen on my website.

Before jumping ahead and making a bunch of resolutions, I like to list some of my accomplishments from the previous year. This simple exercise is a huge boost to my self-esteem. It’s tangible proof that my efforts, no matter how small, are making a difference. And what’s better, is the satisfaction I feel knowing that I’ve made progress. And that’s a powerful motivator for building forward momentum toward new goals.

Shattered As seen on my website.
Shattered, as seen on my website.

Take a minute and list the things you accomplished in 2019. Then think about your process. What steps did you take to achieved success? What worked? What didn’t? How can you improve your results? Now, take time to be proud of yourself. Any progress is positive.

River Rock Bowl, As seen in Creative Shapes Video.
River Rock, as seen in Creative Shapes video.

You did a great job! Cheers!

Paradise Cove, As seen on my website.
Paradise Cove, as seen on my website.

Then think about the future. What do you want to be able to list this time next year? What steps can you start taking right now, today, to guarantee your success at the end of this year?

Ice, As seen in Creative Shapes Video.
Ice, as seen in Creative Shapes video.

As for me, I’m proud to say I built, and now manage my new website. I’m amazed how well my website has been received. And I’m thrilled that it’s been a wonderful vehicle to connect with so many established and new glass artists. Also, in 2019 I completed several custom art glass installations, produced three new instructional videos and wrote several glass related articles. Plus, I entered a few short stories in competitions. That’s fun stuff!

Glacier, As seen in Creative Slumping Webinar.
Glacier, as seen in Creative Slumping webinar.

In 2020 I intend to practice yoga more regularly and add meditation to my weekly routine. I plan to produce two new instructional videos utilizing newly developed advanced glass fusing techniques. I’m also going to design more original, sculptural commissions. And, I’ll write more regularly and finish my novel.

Garden Party, As seen in Fun & Fanciful Fusing Video.
Garden Party, as seen in Fun & Fanciful Fusing video.

If improving your glass skills and growing your artistic style are on your 2020 list, I’m here to help you achieve success. It’s a pleasure to share in your progress and a joy to see you develop your own personal flare.

Everglade, As seen on my website.
Everglade, as seen on my website.

I hope these images spark your imagination and motivate you to try new designs, use advanced techniques and invest time in your artistic growth in 2020.

Dancer, As seen in Sculptural Fused Glass Video.
Dancer, as seen in Sculptural Fused Glass video.

Here’s to another creative year!

Cotton, As seen in Creative Shapes Video.
Cotton, as seen in Creative Shapes video.

Cheers!

Lisa

 

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NEW WEBINAR for 2020

 All new projects and exciting techniques you can apply immediately to take your art to the next level.  

Fused Glass Sculpture, Webinar January 14, 2020 https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1400-fused-glass-sculptures-made-easy-with-lisa-vogt-jan-14-2020.html

In this in-depth webinar, you’ll learn pro tips and tricks for better glass cutting. See how to mix different fusible materials to make more elaborate designs.

You’ll be amazed how using standard slumping molds in unique ways can drastically improve the shape of your art. You’ll be inspired by the innovative combination of ordinary techniques Lisa shares.

You’ll be confident to fuse glass after seeing how easy it is to load, program and fire a kiln. Best of all, you’ll have an exclusive technical advantage with the advanced understanding of Lisa’s dependable firing programs. And you’ll love the stunning three-dimensional results you can achieve by fusing all of these concepts together.

Beginner and advanced students alike will find inspiration, motivation and renewed artistic freedom from seeing the step-by-step construction of more than 5 sculptural projects in this webinar.

After this exciting webinar you’ll have the professional knowledge and increased confidence to incorporate these innovative methods in your new work. In addition, you’ll have a working knowledge of kiln operation, custom firing guides, and a deeper understanding of sculptural glass fusing fabrication.

LOOKING AHEAD TO SPRING 2020

GCB EXPO Book 2020 

Glass Craft & Bead Expo 2020!

April 1 – April 5, 2020

Get more info here.

See you in Vegas! I’m teaching the following classes.

Register today! Classes are filling fast!

SOLD OUT! Fired Up! Fusing for the Adventurous

SOLD OUT TH-08 Painting with Frit

SOLD OUT FR-18 Breaking Through – Making Exhibition Quality Art

2 SEATS LEFT SA-22 Sculptural Fused Glass Art

4 SEATS LEFT SU-01 NEW Sculptural Fused Glass DESIGN Made Easy

Currents, As seen in Sculptural Fused Glass Video
Currents, as seen in Sculptural Fused Glass video.

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

May 12-15, 2020

Register today! ONLY 2 SEATS LEFT!

Register www.lisavogt.net

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

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

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 shot of your artwork is also included.

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

Wonderous, As seen in Sculptural Fused Glass Video.
Wonderous, as seen in Sculptural Fused Glass video.

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

“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

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.

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

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Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

Book covers

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

Bountiful Harvest, As seen on my website.
Bountiful, as seen on my website.

 

 

 

 

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Festive Fall Pumpkin How-to

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What better way to usher in Autumn and welcome the bountiful harvest of Fall than with a spicy pumpkin bowl? And this tasty treat is so fast and easy to bake you’ll be tempted to fuse up an entire field full. Don’t let the subtle shading and intricate details of this piece fool you into thinking this project is time consuming. The beauty of this seasonal bowl is the speed and ease at which you can bring a rich combination of materials together to make a striking arrangement.

To make this elegant pumpkin bowl draw a 10 ½ inch circle on paper. Give your pumpkin shape be adding a few curves to the top and bottom of the circle. Using the pattern as a guide, cut layer 1 out of Marigold. Cut a second piece of glass, for layer 2 the same shape and size out of Yellow patterned glass. Cut a stem shape out of opal green glass for layer 3. Grind the cut pieces and test the fit for accuracy. After grinding, be sure to clean and dry all the ground glass pieces. I use plain water and a cotton towel. A single edge razor blade works well to remove any stubborn glue or paint based marker.

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Create lush shadows and contours with frit.

Use a sifter to apply an even layer of red powder frit on top of the marigold layer. Concentrate the frit and make gradual curved lines that accentuate the plump roundness of a vine ripened pumpkin. Use a small, dry paint brush to perfect your curves. Stack the yellow pattern glass on the frit coated marigold base. Add the green stem and fuse. Slump the fused glass in a shallow mold.

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Note: The finished size of this delightful pumpkin bowl is 10 ½ inches. The fused glass is slumped into a shallow 11-inch ceramic mold. You can make the pumpkin larger or smaller to fit any size or shape mold you have.

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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, adjust as needed.

Pumpkin Patch Bowl, 10 1/2 Inch

Oceanside Glasstile Uroboros Glass – System 96®

Marigold Opal, 60-355-96, 1 Sq. FT. for Base

Yellow Stringer & Frit on Clear, 13-2602-96, 1 Sq. Ft. for Top

Oasis Green Opal & Dark Green Opal, 60-77-96, Scrap for Stem

Cherry Red Transparent Frit, F1-151-96, Powder

Supplies Dust mask, sifter, 11-inch slumping mold

Check out the Pumpkin Patch Bowl Video! Pumpkin Patch Bowl Video Tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgeNgieip6Y

Happy fusing!

Lisa

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Now Registering!

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

October 15-18, 2019

Register www.lisavogt.net

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

Exceed your expectations!

This workshop is ideal for ambitious glass fusers determined to go bigger and explore more in-depth kiln forming techniques! Join me in this comprehensive, 4-day workshop and enjoy, one-on-one instruction, step-by-step guidance to develop your own design style and an individualized project program – make what inspires YOU!

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. You’ll love the creative momentum you gain from working four consecutive days.

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

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.

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Creative Slumping Webinar

November 19, 2019

https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1240-creative-slumping-with-lisa-vogt-november-15-2018.html

Reshape the way you slump and drape glass!

See how thinking outside the box and using readymade molds in new ways offers numerous and exciting opportunities to produce unique forms. Learn how to make your own graceful, free-form shaped molds from readily available materials. Learn how to use these different new approaches, in combination, to transform ordinary projects into inspiring, sculptural pieces of art!

You’ll learn how to make your own graceful, free-form shaped molds from readily available materials with no laborious measuring or messy mixes needed. Taking you one step further, I’ll show you how to use these different approaches, in combination, to transform ordinary projects into inspiring, sculptural pieces of art!

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Watch it NOW! Start fusing today! Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

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Sculptural Fused Glass – Take Your Artwork to a Higher Level

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What does sculptural fused glass mean anyway?

Sculptural fused glass is the creation of three-dimensional forms that rise above a flat plane. Artists create 3-D works by using multiple methods and techniques with complete freedom of materials and process.

Sounds exciting, right? All you have to do is stand your art up and it’s miraculously sculptural. Sure, you can do that. The word sculptural sounds exotic. Add it to any piece of art and suddenly it has a mysterious aura surrounding it and a significantly higher perceived value. But like most really exceptional work that looks easy, there’s more to making impressionable art than just erecting a flat piece of fused glass.

The real difference between art and craft is the depth of immersion the creator puts into the creation of their art.

Hobbyists copy. They follow outlined directions and build pretty pieces according to a pre-tested recipe. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with doing that. Hobbyists want to know they’ll be successful and have beautiful results. Especially after all the time and money they’ve spent on a pass-time.

I’m a hobbyist when it comes to other popular hobbies like music, bird watching and video games. That’s how we learn. By following the pros and picking up their tricks, we learn how to make things we’re proud of and admire.

And if you become hooked, maybe you take your hobby a step further. You try new techniques and experiment by mixing techniques or combining ideas that inspire you. This is the threshold of advanced learning and the blossoming of self-discovery. You wonder, what can I do? What can I make? How far can I go? And the real question is, what am I capable of artistically.

Hobbyists often start a hobby to relax and enjoy quiet time. They are content to stay in the shallows where it’s safe and they are successful. And that’s admirable.

Artists, on the other hand, take their commitment more seriously. They’re drawn to a medium by an invisible magnet. From the start they’re compelled to learn as much as possible about that art form. They have every intention of progressing, to work on bigger, better, more advanced projects. They head for the deep end without looking back and, sink or swim, give it all they have.

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What does this have to do with sculptural fused glass?

Sculptural fused glass is the product of such artists. They’re the ones who go above and beyond. They challenge convention and push boundaries.

You may think it takes extensive experience and an impressive glass studio to be one of those pioneers. You’d be wrong. Your most valuable assets are a positive attitude, insatiable curiosity and a fearless willingness to try. Just try. Trying is worthy of celebration and cheers.

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How to get started.

I recommend making small 2 inch x 2 inch samples using different, new techniques that intrigue you. This gives you construction and firing experience with these new methods to see how they fire in your kiln. Then consider mixing methods that you’d usually do independently. Take these component pieces and cut them up. Then put them back together in a new way.

Slump plain clear fusible glass over molds in unique ways. Try combining different shapes to make sculptural groupings all your own. Again, start small. You can always take a successful project larger. Once you have a winning combo slump your component pieces the same way.

Take notes and pictures so you can repeat your successes and learn from mistakes.

Your biggest obstacle is likely you. Get out of your own way. Start small. Make tiny changes. Results are results. They don’t have to be monstrous to have enormous value.

If you’ve come this far in your craft, if you’re continually seeking inspiration, knowledge and community, I believe you have it in you to create your own unique sculptural fused glass.

You got this!

Happy fusing!

Lisa

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I’m offering a 4-day workshop with a focus on sculptural fused glass. You’re invited to join me and take your fused glass to a sculptural level.

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

October 15-18, 2019

Register www.lisavogt.net

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

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.

In this class 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.

But it’s so much more than that! You’ll get personal instruction. I’ll show you pro tips and tricks to improve your glass cutting. We’ll mix different fusible materials.

On day 1 you’ll make a free flow. You’ll be firing your first project before lunch. Learn how to use Skutt’s Touchscreen Controller and the KilnLink app. Then you’ll design and cut glass for a combed piece.

On day 2 you’ll comb molten glass and weave glass. You’ll love the personalized class structure. You get to pick your own glass colors and get to choose the style and shape of the sculptures you make. I cater the class to each individual student’s skill level, plus their unique needs and artistic goals. I have 35 years’ experience teaching glass art. It’s what I love to do.

On day 3 you’ll design, build and fire your sculptures. You’ll also slump components for complex pieces. I’ll show you how to use slumping molds in new ways to create unique shapes.

On day 4 you’ll put your slumped components together and learn how to photograph your art. In this hands-on class you’ll learn how to load, program and fire kilns. You’ll fuse, slump and tack glass together. Plus, learn how to make graceful glass stands to display your pieces of art.

You’ll love the stunning three-dimensional results you get from combining all these concepts.

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

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.

Come to my glass studio and we’ll make beautiful sculptural art together. This is the turning-point workshop you’ve been waiting for.

Join me October 15-18, 2019 and we’ll get fired up!

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Creative Slumping Webinar

November 19, 2019

https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1240-creative-slumping-with-lisa-vogt-november-15-2018.html

In this detailed Webinar, I’ll reshape the way you slump and drape glass. See how thinking outside the box and using readymade molds in new ways offers numerous and exciting opportunities to produce unique forms.    

You’ll learn how to make your own graceful, free-form shaped molds from readily available materials with no laborious measuring or messy mixes needed. Taking you one step further, I’ll show you how to use these different approaches, in combination, to transform ordinary projects into inspiring, sculptural pieces of art!

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Grape Tulip How-to

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Project excerpt from my Creative Shapes video.

I love it when the simplest little changes have a huge impact on the look and feel of a finished piece of art.

Grape Tulip is a terrific example of how using tried-and-true techniques, in slightly different ways, can give you amazingly refreshing results. This finished piece of art has a unique profile and graceful form that make it stand out from the usual vase and base projects. The secret to this dazzler lies in the fused glass shapes and the way they’re slumped. It’s amazing how these slight variations in method influence the outcome. Once you see how easy the setup is, you’ll be eager to try new combinations of your own.

Here’s how its made.

This project is made up of two components that are cut, fused and slumped separately and then later glued together to make the sculptural art. The two components are made with two layers of glass. The base layer of each is clear glass.

Flower: 10-inch x 8 ½-inch, Leaf: 10-inch x 3 1/2-inch

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Tools to have handy.

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Using the pattern as guide cut the clear base glass for the flower. Cut as much as possible by hand to minimize the amount of grinding needed.

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Grind the clear flower base to remove sharp edges and improve the shape.

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Draw the deep inside cuts with a marker. Cover the marker with lip balm to keep it from washing away when using the wet saw.

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Cut the deep inside notches with a wet saw.

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Using the pattern as a guide cut the clear base for the leaf.

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Cut up the paper patterns.

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Use a glue stick to fix the paper pattern pieces to the purple glass.

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Using the pattern as a guide, cut the glass flower petals.

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Grind the cut glass petals to improve the edge quality and shape.

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Grind the cut leaf to smooth the edge.

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Cut the notches in the leaf with a wet saw.

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Glue and stack the purple petals on top of the clear base. Glue and stack the green leaf on top of the clear base. Use the smallest amount of glue possible so it burns off without leaving any trace.

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Detail the flower petals with blue opal frit.

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Use a small dry paint brush to clean any excess frit off the glass.

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Use a sifter to apply powder blue opal frit to the leaf.

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Give the powder frit a leafy pattern with a small dry paint brush. Work powder green frit into the leaf notches.

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

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The glass components after fusing.

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Place the fused glass on the molds. Place a small ceramic bowl in the kiln upside down. Position a small stainless-steel floral form mold on top. Center the fused glass flower over the stainless-steel floral former mold. Position the fused glass leaf diagonally on the stainless-steel S mold.

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Fire the glass to a slump temperature using the guide below.

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Detail of the slumped flower.

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Detail of the slumped leaf.

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Glue the cooled flower to the cooled leaf using clear silicone adhesive or a similar clear drying glue. Hold the flower in place with jars of frit, or other prop, while the glue dries.

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Flower pattern. Enlarge to 10-inch x 8 ½ inch

26 Grape Tulip Leaf Pattern

Leaf pattern. Enlarge to 10-inch x 3 ½ inch.

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Grape Tulip.

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I love it when the simplest little changes have a huge impact on the look and feel of a finished piece of art.

Here, the addition of a fluted edge on the flower component, plus the ceramic bowl riser under the stainless-steel mold, gives an otherwise ordinary floral former vase a totally new elegant appearance. The cut petal shaped rim has less mass than a circular rim.  Therefore, the glass hugs the mold and curls in giving the vase a lovely, fluted finish.

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Then the combination of the leaf’s free-form shape and the clever positioning over a standard S mold makes a stylish, free-standing base for the flower. The two components in combination make a beautifully graceful statement that’s incomparable.

Next time you’re brainstorming a new project consider using some of your trusted techniques and favorite molds in new ways. You just might create a surprisingly unique beauty like Grape Tulip.

Project excerpt from my Creative Shapes video.

Fusing Guide

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

Segment 2: Ramp 500 F/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

Gentle Slumping Guide

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1225 or 1265 (depending on your kiln) 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.

Glass and Materials: 1 ½ sq. ft. clear glass for the flower base and leaf base, 1 sq. ft. transparent purple glass for the flower petals, 1/2 sq. ft. opal green for the leaf, Blue opal frit, fine or medium size to accent the flower petals, Blue opal frit, powder to accent the top of the leaf, Green transparent, fine frit to accent the slots in the leaf

You will need: 4-inch tall stainless steel floral former mold, 5-inch wide ceramic bowl mold, Small stainless-steel S mold. Fuser’s glue, Adhesive to glue the two slumped components together

I hope this fun project inspires creative thinking and exciting fusing.

Watch the Grape Tulip video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3k7QAzlF4M

Happy fusing!

Lisa

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Kitten Quarantine Countdown – Part 1

For me, writing is like dancing in the rain. It’s blissful time spent spinning my random thoughts into fantastic stories. Creative writing is the carrot I dangle in front of myself. It’s my reward for completing mundane tasks like laundry or updating my mailing list. I haven’t felt like writing anything other than art tutorials in months. I’ve been in an uninspired slump due to my fears about the pandemic and all that it has changed. I was truly surprised that my ability, or in this case inability to write colorful stories that unveil new and artistic perspectives, hinged on my inner happiness and emotional health.

Kittens gave me my voice back.

Tiny kittens gave me a reason to write and reflect on our evolving situation. I first began taking the kittens’ pictures to have something positive to share with family and friends. I wanted to make them smile because seeing the kittens and momma kitty taking care of them made me smile. To date, I’ve taken hundreds of pictures of them every week for 18 weeks. After a few weeks, I recognized parallels between the kittens’ growth and my struggles to grasp what was happening to us. Despite world crisis they were tiny reminders that new life and hope are possible. Each week I recorded their growth with my camera. I witnessed their steady transition from helpless dependents, to adventurous thrill seekers, to lazy adolescents.

The kittens, and the enormous number of pictures I collected inspired me to write. Wouldn’t you know, once I started writing, the words flowed like water from a faucet. What I thought would be a short account has become a complex winding journey of discovery, revelation, and hope. And so, I offer you my story in parts. Please enjoy my Kitten Quarantine Countdown – Part 1.

Taking kitten pictures turned into a physical calendar of sorts. It was a way to track the passing weeks with hope.

Before I go on you should know momma kitty, Sissy Cat and her kittens are well taken care of. The barn owner is keeping them all. She has four young children who love the kittens and give them lots of attention. Horse owners who board their horses at the barn hold them when the kittens are in the mood to cuddle. Momma kitty and all her kittens were spayed or neutered when the kittens were old enough.

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March 16, 2020, 1 Week Old

On March 9, 2020 six tiny fur balls were born in the soft shavings of a horse stall at the barn where we board my daughter, Niki’s horse. The adorable kittens stole my heart on sight. It was their one week birthday when we met. They’d been moved to the safety of the tack room and were snuggled tight in a feed bucket. I took pictures of the squirming pile of fur as they kneaded and pawed for position on momma kitty’s belly. Sissy Cat was a proud and devoted mother from the beginning. She tirelessly fed and cleaned her babies. When visitors stopped by to admire her new family, she’d take a break and circle your legs for attention.

At one week old, the newborn kittens’ ears and eyes were closed. Their physical immaturity and defenselessness against outside threats in a new world echoed my own unpreparedness. Like the kittens, I didn’t want to hear or see the bad news-the certain reality that COVID-19 was spreading across the US at an alarming rate. Like the kittens, we isolated ourselves and found consolation with the comfort of family.

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March 22, 2020, 2 Weeks Old

Sad news. There were only five kittens this week. One was weak. Despite efforts to nurse it back to health the kitten died. Thankfully, the remaining kittens were growing strong. They were more active, but contained by the steep walls of the feed bucket. Still blind and deaf, they struggled to get a grip on the slippery rubber feed bucket. They blindly swam around the bottom of the bucket on their bellies going by smell and feel until they found the security of their mom and siblings.

I reminded myself every day to be grateful that my family was together. We were safe and healthy.

Likewise, we were fumbling around trying to grasp the unfathomable. We were blindsided by the unfolding news about the devastating significance of the pandemic’s long term effect on life as we knew it. We stress-ate comfort foods, having meals of French fries and ice cream, while lettuce wilted in the crisper drawer. We slept longer, waking bone tired from the sustained duress of uncertainty and conflicting news reports. I tried to stay positive and reminded myself every day to be grateful that my family was together. We were safe and healthy.

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March 30, 2020, 3 Weeks Old

The kittens had a home upgrade from the small feed bucket to a spacious crate. Their eyes and ears had opened. They were curious observers now. They explored the corners of the crate walking sideways on wobbly little legs, as if they were on a listing boat. Momma kitty was happy to have human company in the tack room. She was tired of the constant care of five in a confined space. Whenever I entered the tack room she circled my feet and rubbed against my legs asking for attention. She loved being scratched under her chin. When I’d pet her back, I’d be rewarded with sleepy eyes and her soft purring. Meanwhile, the kittens were piled up in the corner of the crate watching and learning how momma skillfully worked the simple human.

In the future, when I look back on that pivotal time, I hope I see myself as a role model to my kids that I’m proud of.

The death toll from the virus was rising at a frightening rate and it showed no signs of slowing. I was staggering on uneven ground gathering as much information as possible to keep my family informed, safe and healthy. I was happy to have momma kitty’s attention. Like her, I was fatigued by the constant care of my family in a confined space. At home, we were all being considerate of each other to a fault. Saying please and thank-you for every small gesture of service. Was our compassion for each other real or an illusion? It’s possible I manifested it to cope with the growing reality that people were dying. Just like that, life as we knew it changed in an irreversible way. In the future, when I look back on that pivotal time, I hope I see myself as a role model to my kids that I’m proud of. I hope I was an unselfish, nurturing, teacher, equal to momma kitty with her kittens.

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April 1, 2020, 4 Weeks Old

Eating and sleeping were still the kittens primary activities. Between snacks and naps they wandered around the inside of the crate investigating the corners. They walked a little steadier, with more purpose this week. Their eyes were bright and curious. They mildly liked being held, tolerating cuddling and cooing for a few minutes, then they’d squirm to be released. They were starting to play with each other, chewing each other’s ears and batting swishing tails. When momma kitty was inside the crate the kittens hungrily climbed all over her, she had no room to get away or space for herself. Whenever we were in the tack room, momma pleaded with her eyes to be let out for a few minutes. She’d circle my feet and rub herself against my legs purring for attention. She was cotton soft and warm in my hands.

April Fool’s Day was canceled. Jokes and clever tricks held no humor or amusement. No one was in the mood to laugh when the Governor announced the state was closing. I work from home and love my living and working space. I didn’t mind having to stay home. I did mind not having the option to go out, or to shop, or to feel comfortable in a store around strangers who no longer make eye contact or smile.

I didn’t mind having to stay home. I did mind not having the option to go out.

We were told to stay home, shelter-in-place. Only go out to buy essential items. This brough up the question, what’s essential? Food, of course. Toilet paper, yes. Hand soap, hard yes. Clothes, maybe. If we’re not going out, I could wear old T-shirts and baggy shorts. Plants? Flowers? Gardening supplies? For me that was a definite, yes. So why did I feel a pang of guilt when I bought those things?

At Home Depot I worried the shopping cart police would pull me over and confiscate my purple petunias. At the checkout I felt judged by the young cashier. I felt bad that she had to work in public while I had the luxury of working in the comfort of my home office and private art studio. She obviously needed the job. No one would work under those conditions, wearing a hot face mask and sweaty gloves in the garden center in 90-degree weather if they didn’t need the income. Then I thought, my purchase was keeping the store in business. In a small way I was helping her.

How did this relate to the kittens? I became pinpoint focused on my family’s most primary needs: food, shelter, and safety. We gathered together and supported each other with kindness and love, and a little ear biting, when necessary. For the most part, I’m proud of how my family was handling the stress and forced togetherness. It wasn’t always easy. Tempers flared, mostly sparked by fear and emotional exhaustion. The looming threat of the virus was exhausting. It’s a ghost in the darkness. You know it’s out there, haunting you; it’s just a matter of time before it jumps out and grabs you.

Horses are to Niki what flowers are for me. Essential. Therapy. Necessary.

Another question came up. Should we continue to go to the barn for my daughter, Niki’s weekly riding lessons? Horses are to Niki what flowers are for me. Essential. Therapy. Necessary for a happy, healthy outlook on life and the future. Heaven knows we needed all the positive energy we could find at that time.

It really wasn’t a question at all. Niki adores her horse, Glorie. If Niki had a choice, she’d live with Glorie instead of me. One day soon, she will. Niki supplies feed and maintains Glorie’s routine care. Of course, we’d continue going to the barn. We’d maintain safe distances, wash our hands, and socialize outside six feet apart.

Being the devoted barn mom I am, the minute we arrive I clean the barn bathroom as well as all the doorknobs and light switches with disinfectant. Just so you know, I did that before the pandemic. Barn bathrooms are the worst! No offense to any barn owners, but barn bathrooms should be painted the color of dirt. Oh, and don’t get me started on the spiders. Warning don’t look up in the corners.

As the weeks turned into months there were many times that I was extremely thankful to have the barn to go to. The only other place we went was the grocery store and there was nothing pleasant about grocery shopping anymore. Prices were high, shelves were bare, the tension between people hangs in air like stale cigarette smoke, and I can’t hear a thing anyone behind a mask is saying.

The barn was a relaxing destination. The drive was nice, just long enough to feel like we went somewhere, and it got us out of the house. It was our weekly routine. We’d get breakfast on the way, then I’d watch Niki’s lesson, then I’d do a photo shoot with the kittens while Niki groomed Glorie. The barn property has huge beautiful old oak trees that cast giant pools of shade. The scenery is picturesque. Horses and ponies graze in green fields. Chickens run around like they have somewhere to go. The barn is a lovely, peaceful, quiet place to enjoy being outdoors. And of course it has adorable kittens. No flowers yet, but I’ll work on that.

Special thanks to Kiper Farms for giving us a safe and friendly place to go when we needed space to breath.

Take a few minutes to do something special for yourself. Small distractions really do improve your outlook and wellbeing. Look at the positive impact tiny kittens had on me, and now hopefully you.

What are you doing to find balance?  

Wishing you good health and happiness,

Lisa

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Week 6- I took a few priceless pictures that captured the pure essence of kittens and their perfected balance of innocence and badass.

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Whimsical and Wonderful – On Cloud Nine

Creating sculptural artwork is really exciting because your art can take any form. You’re limited only to your imagination. Your pieces don’t have to serve a practical function. They exist solely to engage and intrigue the viewer. It’s freeing to build without boundaries and create simply for the sake of enjoyment. On Cloud Nine is one of those playful pieces that purely entertains, with its crisp color palate and elegant freeform shape.

The great thing about this spontaneous style of assembly is having the artistic freedom to let the  shape of the art develop organically. I let the cut glass shapes and materials suggest the design direction and composition of the art. The majority of my really exceptional pieces originated this way, with a wild spark of inspiration and very little planning.

Trust yourself.

If you’re a hard core planner and haven’t thrown caution to the wind or tired letting yourself go, you’re missing out on a thrilling artistic experience. You’re denying yourself the opportunity to advance your skill level and boost your confidence. It’s time to break free and try something a new way. On Cloud Nine is the perfect project to test the waters. It’s a manageable size, it has just enough flowing form to be interesting and it’s fast and easy to make.

On Cloud Nine is a loose S shape. You can make your piece any shape. Be creative. Be bold. Be a little wild. Most importantly have fun with it.

One of the characteristic of this piece that I feel makes it even more intriguing is the open-air feel of the project. It reinforces my intention as the artist that this is decorative. It’s artwork. It’s function is to enhance the given space with beauty, light and intriguing form. It’s not a functional piece, a serving tray or other household knickknack.

If you’re ever asked, “What is this piece for?” you’ve failed as artist. It’s your job as the artist to make it clear, from first glance, what you intend the function of your piece to be. If it’s a spoon rest, put a spoon on it. If it’s a sculpture, make it obvious with an appropriate display stand.

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Getting started.

Using scrap glass cut a variety of different size circles and ovals. For the bigger pieces, I cut two pieces, one out of wispy white glass and the other one out of clear glass. I stacked the white on the clear for a two layer assembly. I then cut small squares out of red, black and dichroic glass. These pieces were made up of only one single layer. The glass was then arranged on a primed kiln shelf and fired to a full fuse temperature of 1465 degrees and held there for 10 minutes. At this temperature and hold, the rough edges of the circles and ovals rounded out during the fusing stage. Likewise, the small, single layer squares balled up to make darling little dots. Since these pieces were going to be used in an organic type of design the slight variations in the finished sizes and shapes was a welcome plus.

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Assembling the art.

I drew the S shape I wanted on a primed kiln shelf. The fused glass pieces were laid out with the larger pieces in the middle and the smaller pieces around the perimeter. I arranged the pieces, so the edges were touching to ensure they’d stick together. I used the tiny decorative dots to add a splash of color and in some places to bridge gaps. The glass was fired to a tack fuse temperature of 1365 degrees and held there for 10 minutes. At this temperature, I retain the multi-layer texture that makes this piece so flashy. In addition, the glass retains its shape and its heated enough for the pieces to stick together securely.

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The assembled glass was then slumped over an S mold to further enhance the graceful form and sculptural quality of the glass. The glass was heated to a temperature of 1265 degrees and held there for 10 minutes.

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Take it a step further.

Sculptural fused glass art benefits from a custom, decorative display base. A well thought out base lifts the art off the table giving it lift so light can illuminate the piece more attractively. A good base, also supports and secures the piece so it’s stable while on display.

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The base is made by slumping a single piece of clear ¼ inch thick glass over a ½ inch thick piece of fiber board. The vertical piece is glued to the clear base with E6000 adhesive.

This project required four firings. In the first one I made the smooth glass nuggets. In the second firing the nuggets were bonded together. In the third firing the glass was slumped to give the art a graceful curve. In the fourth firing I slumped the clear base.

It seems like a lot of effort for a small, simple looking piece. Here’s something I’ve learned with my over 35 year experience as a glass artist. The truth is: the simpler a piece looks the more effort it took. It also means the piece is well executed and has a finished quality that draws admiration. So don’t underestimate the value of simple. It’s a compliment to the artist and your commitment to excellence in your art.

Don’t let this multiple process assembly deter you. Every firing is an exciting step toward a beautiful sculptural piece of art all your own.

Watch the On Cloud Nine video here: https://youtu.be/4HWh90KPgaA

Except from my Sculptural Fused Glass video. https://lisajvogt.com/product-category/video-downloads/

Wherever you are in your artistic journey, you’re doing great! Keep up the terrific work.

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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Make a Fused Glass Sink Webinar, August 27, 2020

https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1473-make-a-fused-glass-sink-with-lisa-vogt-august-27-2020.html

Creating a stunning dichroic glass sink is easy when you know how!

In this comprehensive Webinar, I’ll guide you step by step through the time-tested processes I use to make large-scale, functional vessels.

You’ll learn safe handling techniques for cutting oversized circles, how to fuse and slump thick pieces to retain consistent bowl height, plus trade-secrets for worry free drilling.

In addition to fabrication know-how, you’ll receive a complete supply list, specifics on kiln requirements, source information for the slumping mold and drill kit, as well as helpful installation tips.

With all the professional tricks revealed, you’ll gain the confidence and knowledge needed to make your own dazzling beauty.

Wait…there’s more!

In addition, I’ll demonstrate how to make a glittering dichroic sink. I’ll also show you how to make a cast glass sink from nipped glass pieces, dichroic bits and frit. Plus, you’ll be guided through the various cold-working steps I use to finish the cast glass sink edge to a glamorous, professional, quality polish.

Currents, As seen in Sculptural Fused Glass Video

New Date! 

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

November 10-13, 2020

Register today!

Only 1 seat 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

Things that surprised the students about the class.

“I was surprised by the photo booth demo-it was very helpful.” -Joy

“I was surprised by the limitless glass we had access to, for our projects.” -Lyn

“The valuable education on glass art photography surprised me.” -Sherry

“I was surprised by the hominess of your hospitality!” -Vicki

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

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You Can Draw Custom Designs. Really!

No Drawing Experience Needed. It’s Easy!

Creating lifts your spirit and gives you a more positive perspective and hopeful outlook on the future.

Artists are doers. We may be stuck at home, but that doesn’t diminish our passion for creative development. Here’s a productive way to take advantage of this quiet time, strengthen your skills and learn a new approach to design that’ll greatly advance your artistic range.

Watch the step-by-step drawing video here: https://youtu.be/IzwnK2VGvqI

5 Reasons to Draw Fused Glass Designs on the Computer

One of my favorite things about glass fusing is how easily I can jump right into construction with little or no planning. If the mood strikes, I can design spontaneously looking only to the materials for inspiration and come away with a striking new project. This artistic freedom usually produces loose, freestyle patterns I love, but sometimes I want more intricate images or designs that develop slowly from concept to construction. When that’s the case, I draw my designs on the computer.

Initially, it’s time consuming to draw on the computer, but there are several advantages and reasons you might like to give it a try.

Why design on the computer?

  1. Drawing on the computer greatly expands the range of your design complexity. It’s easy to draw unique compositions you might otherwise be afraid to try. You can import a photograph of a herd of horses for example. You can then draw over the picture including as much or as little detail as you want. Say you like one horse more than the others. It’s easy to copy and paste that one horse several times, customizing the design to meet your vision.

Rori Horse

Once you’ve put in the effort to draw the first horse, you can repurpose the drawing for any number of uses. Maybe you want to make a piece with only a horse head. The computer drawing is quickly edited and resized for a totally new project.

  1. It’s easy to test unusual color combinations on a computer-generated pattern without any waste. I’m much more likely to use a wild color palate if I can see it in advance of cutting any glass. This feature alone, has awakened an all new level of artistic expression for me.

4. Create an image library. As a commission artist I’m frequently asked to make the same or similar designs. Often the design is driven by regional themes. Tropical herons, dolphins, coral reef, and beach scenes are popular subjects with my local clients. My commission work is one-of-a-kind. I don’t make the exact same design twice. But I do borrow elements from previously drawn designs for new patterns. I take a heron from here, a fish from there, sea oats from another design. The elements are resized and regrouped to make a new original design.

Having an inventory of designs is a great way to accumulate popular images you can recycle over and over to make fresh, new compositions.

Clean, clear deigns are a powerful sales tool.

4 Afterglow 6' x 5' Lisa Vogt

  1. Clients have trouble imagining what a design will look like based solely on a verbal description. It’s easier to have a meeting of the minds and ensure customer satisfaction with a color rendering. I email the designs to my clients for review and approval. And if they want to make changes, they can be done quickly on the computer before I’ve invested labor or materials into building the job.

I use the Glass Eye program from Dragonfly Software. It’s intended for drawing stained glass patterns, but it works equally as well for fused glass patterns. I draw small simple projects as well as huge, complex commissions with the program. For the small pieces, I print a full-size pattern and build directly on that. For large scale works, I print a scale version of the design to use as a reference. Then I draw the full-size pattern by hand with a pencil on paper.

You don’t have to be a professional glass artist to benefit from expanding your design approach. Whatever your skill level, beginner to advanced artist, you’ll find the time spent learning how to develop designs electronically is valuable. It’s an investment in yourself that’ll enhance your artistic style.

Watch the step-by-step drawing video here: https://youtu.be/IzwnK2VGvqI

I know, focus is hard right now, but it’s important to take care of yourself. Together we’ll keep our artistic spirit alive and well.

I believe in you.

Lisa

Except from my Fused Art Design video. https://lisajvogt.com/product-category/video-downloads/

Dragonfly Software, Glass Eye 2000

Happy creating!

Lisa

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Website www.LisaJVogt.com
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhOifd7wukk
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Instagram @lvogt_originalsinglass

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Make a Fused Glass Sink Webinar, August 27, 2020

https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1473-make-a-fused-glass-sink-with-lisa-vogt-august-27-2020.html

Creating a stunning dichroic glass sink is easy when you know how!

In this comprehensive Webinar, I’ll guide you step by step through the time-tested processes I use to make large-scale, functional vessels.

You’ll learn safe handling techniques for cutting oversized circles, how to fuse and slump thick pieces to retain consistent bowl height, plus trade-secrets for worry free drilling.

In addition to fabrication know-how, you’ll receive a complete supply list, specifics on kiln requirements, source information for the slumping mold and drill kit, as well as helpful installation tips.

With all the professional tricks revealed, you’ll gain the confidence and knowledge needed to make your own dazzling beauty.

Wait…there’s more!

In addition, I’ll demonstrate how to make a glittering dichroic sink. I’ll also show you how to make a cast glass sink from nipped glass pieces, dichroic bits and frit. Plus, you’ll be guided through the various cold-working steps I use to finish the cast glass sink edge to a glamorous, professional, quality polish.

Currents, As seen in Sculptural Fused Glass Video

New Date! 

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

November 10-13, 2020

Register today!

Only 1 seat available. Register here

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

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

 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.

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

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

Things that surprised the students about the class.

“I was surprised by the photo booth demo-it was very helpful.” -Joy

“I was surprised by the limitless glass we had access to, for our projects.” -Lyn

“The valuable education on glass art photography surprised me.” -Sherry

“I was surprised by the hominess of your hospitality!” -Vicki

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.

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

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Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

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Sweet Lemon Tray

Beautiful art and good food have a lot in common. Art is memorable when it exceeds a purely visual purpose. Extraordinary art engages the viewer, stirs their emotions, and frees their sense of wonder. Skilled artists create art that draws attention visually and then stimulates a personal connection with the viewer for a mind and body experience. Likewise, gourmet chefs know presentation is everything. They pair foods with complementary flavors and pleasing colors to appeal to all the senses. Top cooks know a truly delicious meal experience begins with the anticipation of the first savory bite.

When designing new pieces of art, I apply these multifaceted concepts from the beginning. I select a pleasing shape that enhances my design idea. Then I pair a complementary color palate with an engaging subject matter.

Before I drew the design, I imagined this vivid lemon tray brightening up my dark kitchen counter. I felt the cluster of yellow lemons and bright green leaves arranged on the royal blue background embodied the essence of lighthearted cheer. I believed the giving fruit would bring the joy and comfort that we enjoy during family meals to the hard-surfaces.

You can make art that lifts the mood in your home too. Here’s how to make the Lemon Tray.

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This tray is 7 in. x 14in. It’s made with two layers of glass plus accents.

Tip: Clean the sheet glass prior to cutting. I wash the glass with plain water and dry it with cotton towels.

Base Layer: Cut a 7 inch by 14 inch rectangle out of clear glass for the base layer.

Design Layer: Cut 4 –  ½ wide strips of opal orange or yellow glass for the outer border. Cut the strips to size. Cut the blue background glass to 6 inch by 13 inch.

 

Arrange the yellow border and blue background on the clear base. Glue the pieces in place with fuser’s glue. The glue keeps the glass from sliding when you load the assembled project in the kiln. Set the glass aside and let the glue dry.

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Enlarge this lemon drawing to 5.5 in. x 5.5 in.

Accent Layer: Draw the lemons and leaf pattern on paper. Cut the pattern up with scissors. Use a glue stick to affix the cut paper pattern pieces to the appropriate glass. Use opal yellow glass for the lemons and opal green glass for the leaves. Grind the cut glass to remove any sharp edges and improve the glass fit. Clean the ground glass with water. Dry the glass with a towel.

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Arrange the cut lemon and leaf pieces on the  blue background. Glue them in place with fuser’s glue.

Tip: Use the smallest amount of glue possible so it burns off without leaving any residue behind.

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This is your opportunity to be the artist.

Decorate the background with fusible materials that you have on hand. Cut squares. Use stingers or noodles. Don’t worry about duplicating my design exactly. Instead, have fun with it. For best results, I recommend using high contrast colors and opal glass for maximum visibility and impact.

Here’s how I decorated the background. Cut twisted cane to size. Arrange the cane on the background. Snip murrine into pieces with mosaic nippers. Place the murrine on the blue field to create dots. Cut a narrow strip of white glass into squares. Arrange them between the cane.  Glue the decorations in place so they don’t roll when you carry the assembled project to the kiln. Sprinkle clear, medium size frit on the lemons. This gives the flat yellow glass the illusion of texture.

Fire the  assembled project to a full fuse temperature using the guide below. Slump the fused glass into a mold using the guide below.

When making your next piece of art dig deeper than the obvious. Great art is more than eye candy. Consider what you want your art to convey beyond being pretty. It can stimulate good moods, add a refreshing airiness to your space and bring positive energy to your life.

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Full Fuse Guide

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

Segment 2: Ramp 500 F/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

Slump 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.

Art Full Home Glass Fusing with Lisa Vogt video DVD front cover

Lemon Tray as seen in my Artful Home Video available on my website.      

Watch the Lemon Tray video here: https://youtu.be/Kl9OGUwgfYU

Happy creating!

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

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Make a Fused Glass Sink Webinar

August 27, 2020

https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1473-make-a-fused-glass-sink-with-lisa-vogt-august-27-2020.html

Creating a stunning dichroic glass sink is easy when you know how!

In this comprehensive Webinar, I’ll guide you step by step through the time-tested processes I use to make large-scale, functional vessels.

You’ll learn safe handling techniques for cutting oversized circles, how to fuse and slump thick pieces to retain consistent bowl height, plus trade-secrets for worry free drilling.

In addition to fabrication know-how, you’ll receive a complete supply list, specifics on kiln requirements, source information for the slumping mold and drill kit, as well as helpful installation tips.

With all the professional tricks revealed, you’ll gain the confidence and knowledge needed to make your own dazzling beauty.

Wait…there’s more!

In addition, I’ll demonstrate how to make a glittering dichroic sink. I’ll also show you how to make a cast glass sink from nipped glass pieces, dichroic bits and frit. Plus, you’ll be guided through the various cold-working steps I use to finish the cast glass sink edge to a glamorous, professional, quality polish.

Currents, As seen in Sculptural Fused Glass Video 

New Date! 

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

November 10-13, 2020

Register today!

Only 1 seat available.

Register www.lisavogt.net

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

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

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.

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

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

Things that surprised the students about the class.

“I was surprised by the photo booth demo-it was very helpful.” -Joy

“I was surprised by the limitless glass we had access to, for our projects.” -Lyn

“The valuable education on glass art photography surprised me.” -Sherry

“I was surprised by the hominess of your hospitality!” -Vicki

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.

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

Video covers - Copy 

Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

Book covers

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate Diversity – Pride in Colors

Artists are colorful and creative people. We come in all colors, shapes and sizes. We come from different backgrounds and comfortably identify with our own true self. I believe artists accept each other’s differences knowing we ourselves are unique and special. We’re all misfits, perfectly content to be ourselves just the way we are.

That’s our superpower.

It’s that self- confidence and naïve open-mindedness that sparks our imagination and fuels the creation of original art. We are deaf to the stubborn doubters, those who live by routine. We dream big, in full color. Yes, we have crazy ideas. That doesn’t stop us. We’re confident that our fantastic visions will one day be a reality. We just haven’t found the right technique that works yet. We’re relentless in our pursuit of Shangri-La. A remote beautiful imaginary place where life approaches perfection. Whatever that looks like to us individually we support each other in the journey.

I consider myself fortunate to be among you, my friends, my fellow artists. It’s been my pleasure to work with you for more than 30 years. I’m proud of you for always being true to yourselves. You inspire me to keep creating and to share my artistic techniques. We have a bright future ahead of us to look forward to. We are strong. We are resilient. And best of all we are here for each other. When all else fades away, art and our compassion for humanity will remain.

Nothing changes until you change something.

It’s time to start rebuilding. Don’t worry about what life has been like for the last four months. You can’t change the past. Focus your energy on what you want your new life to look like in the future. Be the change you want to see.

It’s true, things will never be the same. But we’re artists. Re-imagining the possibilities is our specialty.

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It’s seems appropriate to share, Pride in Colors in this week’s post as a symbol of our unity in our pursuit of mutual respect and equality. Several years ago, I made this vibrant piece and donated it to, Equality Florida. This advocacy group advocates for civil rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) residents of Florida.

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When invited to donate glass art to an organization there are a lot things I consider before cutting glass. I strive to create original art that reflects the organizations mission. I visit the group’s website and read their social media posts for insight into their objectives. The rainbow is a universal symbol for, LGBTQ+ pride. This lead me to the concept for the intricate combed glass pattern, with the full spectrum of colors, I included in the middle of the design. The wide array of colors are representational of diversity and unity.

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Another criteria I consider is where the art will be displayed at the fund raiser. l want my piece of art to make a bold statement. A flashy, well-made piece of art draws attention and encourages higher bids from attendees. But the reality is, donations are often arranged on dark, cloth covered banquet tables in convention halls with subdued lighting. Therefore, I designed my piece to have a vertical shape that would stand above lower profile submissions. When selecting materials, I purposely choose colors that make an impact in low light. I combined transparent glass that glows brightly along with reflective materials to add sparkle.

BT Pride in Colors

Donations are handled a lot, sometimes by inexperienced volunteers. Durable construction and adequate display are key to the art surviving storage, display at the crowded event and the trip home with the lucky winner. I design my donation pieces to fit easily in a decorative iron stand that I supply. The inclusion of a quality iron stand shows my commitment to the success of the event and my professionalism as an artist. An ornamental display also adds to the charm of the art increasing its value. More importantly, a sturdy stand gives me peace of mind that the art won’t sustain damaged while on display.

Watch the Pride in Colors video here: https://youtu.be/n4BMXIwJeOk

Pride in Colors is one of several fused glass pieces you can learn how to make in my Breaking Through video available on my website.

Life is complicated right now. Thankfully, we have each other to lean on. I hope this deeper insight into what goes into my art inspires you to get back to creating. It may seem small and insignificant compared to the challenges we’re facing, but it’s our contribution. As an artist, it’s our calling to encourage change for the better through our art.

I hope you’re having a great day, stay kind.

Happy creating!

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

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Make a Fused Glass Sink Webinar

August 27, 2020

https://www.glasspatterns.com/glass-patterns-quarterly-store/product/1473-make-a-fused-glass-sink-with-lisa-vogt-august-27-2020.html

Creating a stunning dichroic glass sink is easy when you know how!

In this comprehensive Webinar, I’ll guide you step by step through the time-tested processes I use to make large-scale, functional vessels.

You’ll learn safe handling techniques for cutting oversized circles, how to fuse and slump thick pieces to retain consistent bowl height, plus trade-secrets for worry free drilling.

In addition to fabrication know-how, you’ll receive a complete supply list, specifics on kiln requirements, source information for the slumping mold and drill kit, as well as helpful installation tips.

With all the professional tricks revealed, you’ll gain the confidence and knowledge needed to make your own dazzling beauty.

Wait…there’s more!

In addition, I’ll demonstrate how to make a glittering dichroic sink. I’ll also show you how to make a cast glass sink from nipped glass pieces, dichroic bits and frit. Plus, you’ll be guided through the various cold-working steps I use to finish the cast glass sink edge to a glamorous, professional, quality polish.

Currents, As seen in Sculptural Fused Glass Video

New Date! 

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

November 10-13, 2020

Register today!

Only 1 seat available.

Register www.lisavogt.net

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

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

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.

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

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

Things that surprised the students about the class.

“I was surprised by the photo booth demo-it was very helpful.” -Joy

“I was surprised by the limitless glass we had access to, for our projects.” -Lyn

“The valuable education on glass art photography surprised me.” -Sherry

“I was surprised by the hominess of your hospitality!” -Vicki

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.

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

Video covers - Copy 

Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

Book coversCheck out my eBooks for elegant patterns and detailed fusing instructions.