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Fire & Ice by Lisa Vogt

NEW Fire & Ice Webinar August 4, 2022

Hot techniques for cool projects!

Get fired up for advanced design techniques that invigorate your artistic spirit. You’ve loved making all the simple projects. Now experience the thrill of breaking away from familiar shapes to create striking free-form fused glass designs. 

It’s easy! In this comprehensive webinar, I will guide you step-by-step from beginning to end. I’ll share my methods of glass selection, show how to lay out organic shaped projects for success, and offer fabrication tips for professional quality results. I’ll also demonstrate how to beautifully and safely display your sculptural artwork.   

Join me and I’ll show you how to create free form projects that ramp up the visual elegance of your work. You’ll love my easy-to-follow instruction and seeing how I create intricately detailed designs in just a few steps. You’ll be amazed by the shortcuts and construction tips I offer that result in polished works of art with a gorgeous three-dimensional flair.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced fusers alike will enjoy applying the many simple, yet effective techniques I share in this in-depth, live event. 

I include my custom firing guides, project patterns and materials list in PDF form. 

Get excited about your glass work again! Attend this inspiring event and you will leave with the burning excitement and the cool confidence to create your own striking pieces of art. You’ll be eager to break out of your comfort zone and reinvent the possibilities while taking your glass art in a new and exciting advanced design direction.   

Fused Glass Sculptures Webinar August 23, 2022

Creating striking sculptural fused glass forms is easy when you know the professional tips and tricks!

Join me in this comprehensive webinar and learn how easily you can put tried and true methods to use in unlikely ways, to create extraordinary sculptural art.

Enjoy the thrill of limitless possibilities.

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 I share.

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 my 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.

You’ll have the burning desire, and the cool self-confidence, to take your passion to greater heights.

Lustrous Lanterns Webinar September 1, 2022

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 will 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 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.   

Fused Glass Sink Workshop, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop September 13-16, 2022

You’re invited to join me for this intense workshop held in my private studio in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Class size is limited to 3. All class materials are included with the exception of full sheets of dichroic glass!

Kiln formed sinks are the hottest functional, art glass accent! In this class I’ll show you the many advanced techniques I use to make lavish basins. I’ll cover how to build large bowls, concepts for design, color selection and much more.

Students will learn how to design and cut glass for a sink that reflects their own design style. While the sink is firing, you’ll build several small, projects using a variety of advanced techniques.

You’ll learn how to load the fused glass into the sink slumping mold, how to drill and countersink the drain hole, as well as finishing techniques. In class we’ll go over kiln requirements, my project specific firing guides and helpful installation tips.

Intermediate and advanced students alike will gain valuable knowledge that they can apply immediately to push their work to an exciting, new level of sophistication. Each student will leave class with a sink, several smaller projects, process outlines, and the technical information needed to fire at home. With the professional tricks and secrets revealed, you’ll be ready to dive in and take the fused, sink plunge!

Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop, October 18-21, 2022

Register now. Class is limited to 3 students and held in my private studio in Wesley Chapel, Florida. All class materials are included.

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.

You’re invited to join me for this intense workshop held in my private studio in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

In this comprehensive class you’ll learn how to design, build and creatively display multiple stunning pieces of art that reflect your personal style.

You’ll push the boundaries glass imposes. You’ll use innovative approaches to design and combine multiple advanced techniques to construct original sculptural art. You’ll enjoy: the one-on-one instruction, making large scale projects, the well-equipped classroom, and the intimate class size.

Its hard-core fusing in a nurturing, relaxed environment. You’ll love the concentrated, in-depth study and creative momentum you’ll gain while actively producing nonstop, for four consecutive days. You’ll also learn how to design and build custom art glass displays that enhance your original work.

You’ll leave class with several completed sculptures, a working knowledge of kiln operation and custom project-specific firing guides. You’ll have the design confidence and hands-on experience to rise above and take your work to the next level.

This is the turning point workshop you’ve been waiting for! Let’s get fired up!

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Advanced Glass Fusing 4-Day Hands-on Workshop, November 1-4, 2022

Register now. Class is limited to 3 students and held in my private studio in Wesley Chapel, Florida. All class materials are included.

In this class, you will push the boundaries art glass imposes. Students will explore innovative approaches to design and combine multiple advanced techniques to construct original art that reflects their own personal style. You’ll enjoy: the one-on-one instruction, making multifaceted projects, the well-equipped classroom, and the intimate class size.

You’ll love the concentrated, in-depth study and creative momentum you’ll gain while actively producing, nonstop for four consecutive days. You’ll leave class with a working knowledge of kiln operation, custom project specific firing guides, and the inspiration you’ve been craving to go bigger and do more elaborate works of fused glass art!


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Let’s get together and fuse glass!

New Sink Class and Advanced Glass Fusing Workshops for 2022!

Upcoming Webinars

Fall Leaf from Lustrous Lanterns

Lustrous Lanterns Webinar November 9, 2021

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.

Sheer Power Fusing with Frit

Fusing with Frit Webinar December 7, 2021

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, I’ll show you how to apply several methods I employ to add the striking, painterly-quality I’ve 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 4-Day, Hands-on Classes for 2022! 

New Sink Class and Advanced Glass Fusing Workshops for 2022!

You asked for it! Let’s get hands-on!

Liquid Sun sink by Lisa Vogt

Back by Popular Demand

Fused Glass Sinks Workshop, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop January 25 – 28, 2022

Kiln formed sinks are the hottest functional, art glass accent! In this class I’ll show you the many advanced techniques I use to make lavish basins. I’ll cover how to build large bowls, concepts for design, color selection and much more. 

Students will learn how to design and cut glass for a sink that reflects their own design style. While the sink is firing, you’ll build several small, projects using a variety of advanced techniques.

You’ll learn how to load the fused glass into the sink slumping mold, how to drill and countersink the drain hole, as well as finishing techniques. In class we’ll go over kiln requirements, my project specific firing guides and helpful installation tips.

Intermediate and advanced students alike will gain valuable knowledge that they can apply immediately to push their work to an exciting, new level of sophistication. Each student will leave class with a sink, several smaller projects, process outlines, and the technical information needed to fire at home. With the professional tricks and secrets revealed, you’ll be ready to dive in and take the fused, sink plunge!

What are you waiting for? It’s time to take your glass fusing to the next level!

Weave by Lisa Vogt

Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop February 22-25, 2022

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!

You Asked For It!

Golden Aspen by Lisa Vogt

Here’s the class my Sculptural Fused Glass workshop students are asking for.

Advanced Glass Fusing 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop March 22 – 25, 2022

Join me for this intense workshop held in my private studio.
Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.


In this class, you will push the boundaries art glass imposes. Students will explore innovative approaches to design and combine multiple advanced techniques to construct original art that reflects their own personal style. You’ll enjoy: the one-on-one instruction, making multifaceted projects, the well-equipped classroom, and the intimate class size.

You’ll love the concentrated, in-depth study and creative momentum you’ll gain while actively producing, nonstop for four consecutive days. You’ll leave class with a working knowledge of kiln operation, custom project specific firing guides, and the inspiration you’ve been craving to go bigger and do more elaborate works of fused glass art!

Join me and take your glass fusing to the next level!

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Endless Summer! Fish Plate

What better way to keep the warm, carefree days of summer flowing than with a fancy tropical fish plate. The cool thing about this brightly colored reef dweller is it combines easy cutting techniques along with a freestyle approach to assembly that make it fast, easy and fun to make.

Here’s how

Fish Plate How-To 12” x 9”

  1. Using the pattern as a guide cut a base out of clear glass. Cut as much as possible by hand. Use a wet saw to cut the deep inside curves. If you don’t have access to a saw, the base can be made up of pieces. Grind the base to remove sharp edges and improve the shape.
  2. Cut ¼” wide strips of color glass for the fish body. I used both opal and transparent glass. Spread the glass out to create an interesting color arrangement.
  3. Use the pattern as a guide to cut the head and tail out of opal glass. Cut the fins out of transparent glass. Grind the glass as needed.
  4. Arrange the strips on the paper pattern between the head and tail pieces. Include a few pieces of twisted cane between the glass strips for a trendy detail. Mark the glass strips and cut them to size.
  5. Bend stringer in a candle for a fun wavy pattern.
  6. Stack the head, tail and fins on the base layer. Glue the cut glass to the base with fuser’s glue. Add the eye and side fin.
  7. Detail the fish with an assortment of black and clear dichroic scrap and wavy stingers. 
  8. Fire the fish to a full fuse temperature.
  9. Slump the fish into a shallow mold.
  10. Enjoy!

Fish Plate Pattern

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

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 make adjustments as needed.

Fish Plate as seen in my Fun and Fanciful Fusing video.

Fun and Fanciful Fusing with Lisa Vogt.
“I LOVE the creative projects and use of color in this video. So inspiring!”

This exciting video is all about having fun! It’s about working with vibrant glass colors, making new project shapes, and getting excited about glass fusing again!

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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Creative Slumping with Lisa Vogt Webinar

Upcoming Webinar and Class

Creative Slumping September 7, 2021

Join me and see how thinking outside the box and using ready-made molds in new ways offers numerous and exciting opportunities to produce unique forms. I’ll challenge and motivate you to try new advanced techniques. 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!

In this comprehensive webinar, you’ll rethink the way you slump and drape glass. 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. You’ll love seeing how easily you can elevate your work from ordinary to extraordinary.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to get together and fuse glass! I hope to see YOU on September 7, 2021!

Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop September September 21-24, 2021

Due to a last minute change there is 1 seat available in my September class

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

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

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!

Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop October 19-22, 2021

Only 2 seats left

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

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!

May 2021 Student Testimonials 

“My favorite thing about the class was the creative freedom – we were not required to make the same thing the same way. I was surprised by the variety and number items we made and the flexibility we had to go our own way with our projects. The glass studio was very comfortable and very clean with plenty of room.” -Ron

“My favorite thing about the class was the projects were tailored to our interests with user specific glass choices and design options. This makes the best type of learning environment. I loved the continued technical information that was used in daily discussions. Loved the amount of space we had for working and the use of top-quality tools and the hands-on assistance Lisa gave each one of us. You will hear and see me again. Thank you for your time and talent.” – Donna 

“My favorite thing about the class was the creativity – putting things together in new ways – using different materials – and how welcome I felt. I was surprised how much we were able to get done and by Lisa’s ability to coach those of us on different levels. My least favorite part was that the class ended. The classroom setup was excellent – well organized. I really feel like Lisa gave me the tools to advance to a new level. It was worth the cost of the workshop, airfare, B&B, animal care and house sitting! Can’t wait to put what I leaned into practice and return for another workshop.” -Sue

Read more student testimonials on my website.

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Get it now! Start fusing today!

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How to Make a Glass Sink Polishing Stand

It’s amazing how much art and engineering have in common. Art concepts are born from a small spark. But it takes hot, burning desire, coupled with ingenuity, to actually transform such obscure ideas into physical reality. 

There’s got to be an easier way.

I’ve been making fused glass sinks for years. In the beginning, I constructed them using the layered method. This type of construction has a beautiful, round finished edge when the fused glass comes out of the slumping mold.  

It wasn’t long before I expanded my techniques and started building sinks using the cast method. This sink style is much thicker. The glass comes out of the mold with a slightly texture edge. This type of sink construction requires grinding and polishing to make the edge smooth and shiny.  

Sinks are advanced projects that involve a considerable amount of time to construct, a sizable amount of material and a skilled craftsman to complete successfully. When it comes time to cold-working your masterpiece, you want to feel confident that the job will go smoothly. And so it was our intention, to build consistency into this otherwise unstable task. That’s why we modified a readily available carpenter’s roller stand, into a customized sink support/guide that would provide us with reliable results time after time.   

If it worked for me, it’ll work for you.

This new, re-purposed tool significantly streamlined my workflow and improved my success rate. Here’s how you can make your own sink stand/guide.  

Start with your standard, home improvement store variety roller stand. Remove the metal roller. It comes off easily by depressing two buttons, one on each end of the roller. The mechanism works similar to toilet paper roll holder. Cut a 2” x 2” block of wood to fit between the uprights. Secure the wood in place with wood screws, one on each end. Cover the surface of the wood with a strip of nylon, like the white cutting board used in your kitchen. The nylon holds up longer than the bare wood and it won’t scratch your glass as the edge becomes shinny. Hold the nylon strip in place with two wood crews. Be sure to countersink the screws so they don’t come in contact with or damage your glass. Pre-drill two holes for the dowels behind the nylon strip. Press two hardwood dowels into the holes in the wooden base. These dowels serve as stops that help you maintain a consistent distance from the grinding wheel throughout the grinding and polishing process. Tip: Don’t glue the dowels in place. They wear out quickly, and therefore will need to be replaced every few sinks.  

Once you have one of these stands, you’re certain to find multiple uses for it. So don’t hesitate to add this handy tool to the supply of tools in your studio.

Supplies

Roller stand

Wood screws

2” x 2” strip of wood cut to size

1”- 1 ½” wide strip of nylon cut to size

3/8” thick hardwood dowel cut to size

Excerpt from my Make a Fused Glass Sink Webinar

For more in-depth information on making sinks and large vessels, join me for my next webinar. All the pro tips and tricks will be revealed. Plus, you’ll get my custom firing guides for fusing and slumping sinks and large bowls.  

Let’s get together and make sinks in my Make a Fused Glass Sink webinar Tuesday July 27, 2021.

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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Make a Fused Glass Sink with Lisa Vogt Webinar

Upcoming Webinar and Class

Make a Fused Glass Sink with Lisa Vogt Webinar July 27, 2021

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.

In addition, I’ll demonstrates how to make a glittering dichroic sink. I’ll 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.

Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop October 19-22, 2021

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!

May 2021 Student Testimonials 

“My favorite thing about the class was the creative freedom – we were not required to make the same thing the same way. I was surprised by the variety and number items we made and the flexibility we had to go our own way with our projects. The glass studio was very comfortable and very clean with plenty of room.” -Ron

“My favorite thing about the class was the projects were tailored to our interests with user specific glass choices and design options. This makes the best type of learning environment. I loved the continued technical information that was used in daily discussions. Loved the amount of space we had for working and the use of top-quality tools and the hands-on assistance Lisa gave each one of us. You will hear and see me again. Thank you for your time and talent.” – Donna 

“My favorite thing about the class was the creativity – putting things together in new ways – using different materials – and how welcome I felt. I was surprised how much we were able to get done and by Lisa’s ability to coach those of us on different levels. My least favorite part was that the class ended. The classroom setup was excellent – well organized. I really feel like Lisa gave me the tools to advance to a new level. It was worth the cost of the workshop, airfare, B&B, animal care and house sitting! Can’t wait to put what I leaned into practice and return for another workshop.” -Sue

Read more student testimonials on my website.

Artwear T’s by Lisa Vogt

Artwear Designed for Artists by Artists Tell them how you really feel with bold T-shirts, Eco-conscience tote bags and sassy mugs.

Artwear Eco-totes by Lisa Vogt
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Fused Vessel Sinks with Lisa Vogt Video Download

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Stay-cation Summer 2020

Most summers we go on a week-long family vacation to Lake George in New York State for quality time with my family and fun water activities. This year we planned to spend our vacation week with Joe’s side of the family.

Last week we were supposed to be in West Virginia for a family reunion to celebrate his dad’s 80th birthday. Unfortunately, Pop was reluctant to travel and so the trip was canceled. So instead, we stayed home and enjoyed activities that bring people from other states to sunny Florida.

Beach

It took me half the week to forget about work. By Wednesday though, I was weaned off my computers and happily engrossed in a new book. We relaxed on the beach and cooled off in the sparkling turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico. While there, my husband went fishing on the pier where he caught mackerel and lost his live bait to playful dolphins. We had a picnic and drank iced beer from a cooler. It was wonderful to “get away,” and be rejuvenated by the therapeutic power of the ocean.

kayaking

Another day we went kayaking in salty mangroves. We saw majestic osprey gliding in the blue sky and a mama manatee and her baby drifting in the warm channel. Our dogs were happy to be included. They love car rides, boating and just being with the family.

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To liven up our paradise style vacation, we dressed in bright Hawaiian prints and went out to dinner to an island themed restaurant. We listened to island music, drake sweet cocktails and ate crispy coconut shrimp.

Crafts are a summertime tradition for me. When I was a kid my family and I spent our summers in a tiny cabin nestled deep in the tall pines of the Adirondack mountains. Each year my mom would let me pick out a craft project to pass the time between my friends visits. I continued the craft tradition with my girls, and so we took a trip to the craft store to buy art supplies. We haven’t made the mosaic tray yet, but we have that project to look forward to.

Sketch

For my craft project I set aside time to draw. I know, I draw all the time. This was different though because it had nothing to do with making glass art and it wasn’t a drawing intended for another medium. I kept it simple. The sketch was the art. And even better, I drew an image from a summertime childhood memory I’ve saved in my mind for years. It’s not done yet, but I can see the finished scene as clearly as if it were already popping off the page.

Me

My creativity didn’t stop there. I also worked on a personal essay I’ve been writing for months. Last week I dedicated time to make it tighter and put a polish on my words. It was a huge accomplishment to finish it, as I plan to submit the essay to a competition in September.

In the kitchen we cooked culinary delights you’d expect to find in gourmet restaurants. We cooked tequila marinated chicken and served it with tangy, homemade mango salsa. Another night we broiled scallops and had crab stuffed mushrooms on the side.  My family really enjoyed the new flavorful dishes. I know because everything was gone in minutes.

puzzle
YES! A piece is missing! Lost and gone forever.

When was the last time you assembled a jigsaw puzzle? It’s a family vacation thing we do every year. The kids built a round puzzle on the coffee table. The intricate image featured a vibrant underwater scene with tropical reef fish and dolphins. I’m always amazed how much fun it is to find the right piece and lock it in place. Building puzzles is therapeutic. It takes your mind off your problems. Plus, it’s a terrific group activity where all ages can participate and proudly contribute to the finished puzzle.

Niki and Cru

Our family vacation week wouldn’t be complete without a horse day. We loaded chairs and a cooler into the truck and drove to the barn for my daughter’s lesson. It was hot, but the shade of big oak trees kept us cool and out of the sun. Niki had a productive ride with improvements on every level. After the lesson, Jessie and I had fun playing with the frisky kittens that live there.

Towards the end of the week we enjoyed working in the yard. I weeded the front beds while Joe trimmed the hedges. I’m not sure if Jake, my awesome son-in-law, enjoyed the yard work as much as we did. He pressure washed the driveway and sidewalk. Let me tell you, our driveway is long, and it gets longer when you start to pressure wash. He did a great job. The pavement is now bright and clean. After the yard work we soaked in the hot tub and watched songbirds swing from my bird feeders.

The last day we designated as a relax day. That was the hardest day of all. Sitting around is exhausting for doers like us. I’m glad we forced ourselves to lounge around and chill. In the end, those small changes in routine are what made the week different and special.

At the end of the week my screen time was down 30%. My emails piled up, but that’s okay. Even though we didn’t change states, the change of attitude along with the vacation atmosphere we created relaxed and rejuvenated our spirits. I’m now inspired and excited to start and complete new projects that I’ve been planning.

The lesson I learned is this, don’t underestimate the power of little things to elevate your mood. Make time to nurture yourself. Restructure your days. Find joy in ordinary things and it will improve your perspective and overall well being.

You got this!

Get creative,

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.

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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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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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Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

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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.

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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

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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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November 19, 2019

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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

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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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Advanced Design Tips: How to Create a Light Source

You may know, I studied fine art in college. Art classes were the only classes I excelled in and so I filled my schedule with everything from art history to weaving. Art history was an 8:00 am class I slept through more than I should have. While my oil painting class in the afternoon always had my full attention. To this day, I love the smell of paint and the limitless possibilities of a dripping brush in my hand.

Now, I apply the art theory principles I learned all those years ago in my painting class to the development of my fused glass artwork.

You can too! It’s easy.

You just have to put purposeful thought into how you approach your glass work.

There are several design tips I consider using when I start a project. Creating a light source is ideal for patterns with realistic subject matter like this octopus. As you can see, the addition of highlights and dark shadows opposite them really bring this exotic ocean dweller to life. So, how do you achieve this level of sophistication?

One step at a time.  

Frit is an amazing tool for glass artists who want to give their pieces gradual color changes that produce one-of-a-kind designs with a painterly quality.

I drew this octopus design for a large mosaic project. It turned out beautifully. The stretching image was so powerful I knew I had to find another use for this whimsical pattern.

This specific design is also a great example of how easily you can repurpose a pattern. You can make the pattern smaller and use a different glass assembly technique to get further enjoyment out of a favorite design.

At first glance, this design looks busy and difficult to make. But if you break down the stages into steps, the creative process is manageable and even fun.

When deciding exactly how to build this design, it made sense to cut the blue background out of sheet glass. This would give the design a pleasing solid field of color that would enhance the fluid movement of my focal point, the octopus.

It would have been time consuming and difficult to cut sheet glass for the octopus tentacles and body. I decided the fastest, easiest, and most visually exciting way to render these areas would be with the application of frit. With frit I could create shading and visual texture that would beautifully contrast and pop out from the sharp confines of the blue water background. This piece is made using two layers of fusible glass. The base layer is white. I cut the second, blue glass layer with a wet saw. The cut blue layer is then stacked on the white base layer and held in place with a small amount of fuser’s glue. Once dry, the glue prevents the blue glass pieces from moving. This is an important step as it ensures you have clean edges and strong line quality around the octopus body and tentacles.

Applying the frit.

My daughter did a fabulous job applying the frit. We started with a course orange opal frit on the right side of the octopus’s body and tentacles. Moving to the left, we gradually added a fine orange opal followed by a fine marigold yellow opal frit. We then added fine bright yellow opal, concentrating it on the left side of the tentacles and the upper left side of the octopus’s head. This bright yellow established the direction of the light source in the upper left hand corner of the design. The use of different shades of color and different frit sizes increases the visual depth and fullness of this design.

Now for the shadows.

Highlights like these are stronger and more effective when contrasted by deep shadows. We applied fine dark red opal frit on the right side of the tentacles and where the tentacles join the body. Fine purple frit was used to create darker shadows where the tentacles overlap and where they disappear behind the octopus’s body.  

This artwork was full fused. The completed piece was glued into a 15 inch metal serving tray. This pattern can easily be made smaller, and you will have the same great results.  

Tips for working with frit.

Apply larger size frit first then fill in the gaps with smaller frit of different color.

Start with a small amount. You can always add more as needed.

Apply the frit with purpose. Plan your direction and the way the colors will transition from one to another.

Create color gradients using different shades of the same color frit.

Mix colors for added interest.  

Don’t be skimpy. Apply a thick layer to hide the white glass base layer below.

Take your time and enjoy watching your colorful design develop.

Be bold. Have fun!

You got this!

I hope this artistic insight empowers you to work with frit and create striking original pieces of art.

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop, February 21-24, 2023

Register now. Class is limited to 3 students and held in my private studio in Wesley Chapel, Florida. All class materials are included.

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.

You’re invited to join me for this intense workshop held in my private studio in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

In this comprehensive class you’ll learn how to design, build and creatively display multiple stunning pieces of art that reflect your personal style.

You’ll push the boundaries glass imposes. You’ll use innovative approaches to design and combine multiple advanced techniques to construct original sculptural art. You’ll enjoy: the one-on-one instruction, making large scale projects, the well-equipped classroom, and the intimate class size.

Its hard-core fusing in a nurturing, relaxed environment. You’ll love the concentrated, in-depth study and creative momentum you’ll gain while actively producing nonstop, for four consecutive days. You’ll also learn how to design and build custom art glass displays that enhance your original work.

You’ll leave class with several completed sculptures, a working knowledge of kiln operation and custom project-specific firing guides. You’ll have the design confidence and hands-on experience to rise above and take your work to the next level.

This is the turning point workshop you’ve been waiting for! Let’s get fired up!

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Fusers Guide to Frit – 5 Frit Sizes, Limitless Possibilities

Frit is your friend!

Fusing glass is amazing. We fusers cut glass and super heat it to make cool designs all our own. Solid colors make bold projects, but once you start playing with frit and see all the new and exciting possibilities, you’ll be eager to add this small material to all your big projects.   

Frit is crushed fusible glass. Oceanside Compatible frit comes in 5 grain sizes: powder, fine, medium, course and mosaic. Each size is available in 8.5 oz. and 4 lb. jars. Each frit size has unique visual characteristics that you can push to ramp up your fused glass projects. Let’s go over the many possibilities one size at a time.

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Powder

Powder has the silky consistency of confectioners’ sugar. It appears smooth and has uniform color coverage after fusing. Powders can be used as filler between cut glass pieces, to add shading, to add patterns and even as a repair tool. I use powder when I want super strong color saturation along with multiple color blends.

Shere Power is a great example. Wherever I wanted tight control over my line quality and solid color saturation, I used cut glass to represent the design. The cut glass was fixed to a clear base glass with fuser’s glue. The glue keeps the pieces from moving when applying the frit. Once the glue was dry, I poured powder frit between the pieces and blended the colors with a wide, dry paint brush and a palate knife. The blended powders give the art a beautiful painterly quality that dramatically contrasts the solid color fields surrounding it.

Other fun uses include using powder to add shadows to a solid base color. Apply medium and dark green powder on top of light green glass to add shading to your design. Or sift the powder over a stencil to add a crisp and intricate pattern to your project.

One of my favorite uses for powder is to fill inconvenient gaps between my cut glass pieces. Think of it like grouting tile. It’s easy and effective. Work a small amount of powder into the gaps with a narrow paint brush. For added pop, use a bright color that contrasts your design’s color palate.   

Powder Pros: It’s fast and easy to create subtle or dramatic color blends that support your specific creative vision. Adding shading and pattern is a snap.    

Powder Cons: Cleanup is time consuming. The powder requires meticulous cleanup to ensure the surrounding solid glass color isn’t muddied. After removing any excess power with a brush, I go over the surface of the glass with the corner of a damp towel or a damp Q-tip depending upon the size of the surface area being cleaned. 

Tips for working with powder

Don’t be skimpy when you use powder frit. For bright vivid colors, it’s necessary to fill the space between your cut glass pieces to the top edge, in effect making the frit 1/8 inch thick. 

Be daring and use high contrast colors, they display better in the finished piece.

Opal glass colors tend to give a more dramatic effect than transparent colors. 

Know your glass colors. Powder frit specifically, looks lighter in the jar than the actual glass color. Light blue and dark blue look the same just as transparent light green and opal dark green look the same. If you’re not sure of the intensity or opacity of a powder, look at a larger size frit like, medium or course. Or find a piece of sheet glass with the same color code number, compare it to the frit and the frit color and shade will be obvious.   Powder in high concentration, like in a casting mold, looks milky after fusing. If you want to use powder in a mold, layer it with clear in medium, course or mosaic size frit. Using this technique will improve the transparency of the cast glass project.

Fine Frit

Fine frit has the consistency of granulated sugar. It appears grainy, like small uniform dots after fusing. Like powder, fine can be used to fill gaps between cut pieces of glass. The larger grain size makes it faster and easier to clean up than powder. Fine is also great for shading when you want a slight textural look to the shadows.

Fine Pros: Cleanup is fast and easy. In the same application, it takes less material to do the same job with fine than it does with powder. Fine is a great filler to use between larger frit. It gives you complete color coverage and prevents the base glass from peeking through.

Fine Cons: Color blends within this same size have a grainy appearance after fusing.   

Tips for working with Fine

Use both transparent and opal glasses together for greater visual depth and to create shading.  

Use fine frit together with other frit sizes to produce visual textures.

Medium Frit

Medium frit has the texture of course sand. When fused, medium frit retains the sand-like visual appearance. I use this size frit when I want to fill in larger areas with strong color quickly. It can also be used to create shading and color blends provided you welcome variations in the coverage which depend on how much frit or how little frit is applied.

Medium Pros:  Medium frit provides you with quick, easy coverage of large areas with strong color saturation.

Medium Cons: This frit has a grainy look, and the base glass may peek through the frit unless your layer is thick.

Tips for working with Medium

Use both transparent and opal glasses in combination for greater visual depth and to create shading.  

Use medium and fine frit together for new color blends and to add visual texture.

Course Frit

Course frit has the consistency of small pebbles. The pebble look remains after fusing. This frit is great for filling large areas where you want visual texture to contrast solid fields elsewhere in the project.

Course Pros: Course frit covers a lot of area fast, and it leaves an appealing pattern behind after firing.

Course Cons: The base glass will be visible between this larger size grain.I fill in around course with both medium and fine frit to intensify the color and hide the base.

Tips for working with Course

Use both transparent and opal glasses in combination for greater visual depth and to create shading.  

Use fine and medium frit together with course to produce pleasing textures.

Mosaic Frit

Mosaic has a wide variety of glass shapes and sizes within the jar. This frit leaves a vein-like impression after fusing. I use mosaic when I have a lot of space to fill and when I want to create an organic pattern. 

Tips for working with Mosaic

Clear glass layered on top of a color dilutes the color below. It’s like adding water to paint. I like to put clear mosaic pieces on top of select elements in my work to create subtle, lighter variations in the original glass color. 

During assembly, glue the mosaic pieces down with fusers glue so they don’t move when you fill in the spaces in between.

Use both transparent and opal glasses in combination for greater visual depth and to build interest.   

Use fine, medium and course frit to fill gaps and produce interesting color combinations and exciting textures.

Put it all Together

Frit is a terrific medium for making landscapes or other images where you want to create an engaging depth of field. In nature, objects in the distance are lighter in color, and they visually have less detail. When making landscapes, I use the different frit sizes to emphasize those subtle differences.

I use powder to render the sky because I can get smooth, gradual color changes. I use fine frit to create the tree line and other filler foliage in the distance. The grain size stands out in front of the powder and yet doesn’t compete with the foreground. Medium frit works well for the mid-range elements that require more intricate detail, like bushes or flowers. Course frit is well suited for objects in the foreground, such as flowering plants or sweeping trees. These design elements carry more visual weight and tie the design together. Mosaic frit is great for specific up-close subject matter like a path or bridge. Such solid, recognizable focal points lure the viewer into the design.

Oceanside Compatible frit comes packed in 8.5 oz. and 4 lb. jars. For the larger sizes like course and mosaic you may consider crushing your own frit. The advantage to working from the jars though, is you have uniform sizes within the jars and one single color throughout. Plus, there’s no risk of contaminants like dirt or metal shavings that are present when you crush your own glass. Personally, I prefer to jump right into the design and fabrication phases rather than spend time swinging a hammer and sifting glass.  

I hope this round-up entices you to start incorporating frit in your new work. It’s such a versatile and easy to apply material. You’ll love the creative flexibility if affords.

Want to learn more?

Join me in my upcoming Fusing with Frit webinar.  

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to SEE how you can use frit to jazz up your artwork. Join me and I’ll show you how to work with frit in a LIVE Fusing with Frit Webinar. I hope to see YOU Thursday!

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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Fusing with Frit Webinar, November 10, 2022

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, I will show you how to apply several methods I employ to add the striking, painterly-quality I developed to improve the impact of your glass fusing projects.

I demonstrate SEVEN projects in this Webinar, from sea turtles to flowering trees to beach scenes and more! You will 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.

Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop, February 21-24, 2023

Register now. Class is limited to 3 students and held in my private studio in Wesley Chapel, Florida. All class materials are included.

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.

You’re invited to join me for this intense workshop held in my private studio in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

In this comprehensive class you’ll learn how to design, build and creatively display multiple stunning pieces of art that reflect your personal style.

You’ll push the boundaries glass imposes. You’ll use innovative approaches to design and combine multiple advanced techniques to construct original sculptural art. You’ll enjoy: the one-on-one instruction, making large scale projects, the well-equipped classroom, and the intimate class size.

Its hard-core fusing in a nurturing, relaxed environment. You’ll love the concentrated, in-depth study and creative momentum you’ll gain while actively producing nonstop, for four consecutive days. You’ll also learn how to design and build custom art glass displays that enhance your original work.

You’ll leave class with several completed sculptures, a working knowledge of kiln operation and custom project-specific firing guides. You’ll have the design confidence and hands-on experience to rise above and take your work to the next level.

This is the turning point workshop you’ve been waiting for! Let’s get fired up!

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Advanced Glass Fusing Class in February

Sculptural Fused Glass 4-Day Workshop Update

Here’s what last week’s students say about the class.

“Outstanding workshop! I loved the organization of class and materials and the individualized instruction. Lisa is able to keep each student with different abilities moving along and creating beautiful pieces. I was surprised how much we accomplished in the class.” – Susan D.

“My favorite thing about the class was everything! Really enjoyed the diversity of the projects and getting to work on so many in one week. I was surprised by how much I learned and how quickly time passed each day. I also enjoyed the personalized instruction.

“Lisa, you did an awesome job of keeping on task during the workshop and also it was very inspiring and relaxing to create in your atmosphere.” – Lisa R.

“My favorite thing about the class was learning how to make sculptures, the different techniques, and all the different aspects of working with the glass. Lisa was very informative and very knowledgeable. She is an excellent teacher, and I will come back for another class.” – Terry G.   

Are you ready to take your glass fusing to the next level?

My next Sculptural Fused Glass class is February 21- 24, 2023

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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Fusing with Frit Webinar, November 10, 2022

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, I will show you how to apply several methods I employ to add the striking, painterly-quality I developed to improve the impact of your glass fusing projects.

I demonstrate SEVEN projects in this Webinar, from sea turtles to flowering trees to beach scenes and more! You will 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.

Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop, February 21-24, 2023

Register now. Class is limited to 3 students and held in my private studio in Wesley Chapel, Florida. All class materials are included.

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.

You’re invited to join me for this intense workshop held in my private studio in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

In this comprehensive class you’ll learn how to design, build and creatively display multiple stunning pieces of art that reflect your personal style.

You’ll push the boundaries glass imposes. You’ll use innovative approaches to design and combine multiple advanced techniques to construct original sculptural art. You’ll enjoy: the one-on-one instruction, making large scale projects, the well-equipped classroom, and the intimate class size.

Its hard-core fusing in a nurturing, relaxed environment. You’ll love the concentrated, in-depth study and creative momentum you’ll gain while actively producing nonstop, for four consecutive days. You’ll also learn how to design and build custom art glass displays that enhance your original work.

You’ll leave class with several completed sculptures, a working knowledge of kiln operation and custom project-specific firing guides. You’ll have the design confidence and hands-on experience to rise above and take your work to the next level.

This is the turning point workshop you’ve been waiting for! Let’s get fired up!

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6 Advanced Design Tips For Exciting Art

Excerpt from my, How to Think like an Artist Lecture.

You’re artistic, crafty, gifted, talented, whatever title you favor, like me, you’re a hands-on creative who loves making exciting art. Being a veteran member of this inspired group, it’s likely you already apply some of these design concepts in your work and in your everyday life. My intention here is to bring to light the increased value of purposefully incorporating these ideas in all of your artistic endeavors. 

Stand-out glass art is the result of careful planning and mindful execution. Yes, it takes forethought. But once you see the incredible benefits a little preparation can bring, you’ll actually enjoy the process as much as I do.  

Elements of good design that’ll take your glass artwork to the next level.

1. Rule of thirds.

This rule refers to the way the artistic composition of a piece of art is planned and laid out. Begin by dividing the project shape into three even pieces vertically and horizontally. Think of it like the lines of an imaginary tic-tact-toe board are superimposed over the project. Then place design elements along the imaginary lines, or better yet where two lines intersect. This placement creates desirable tension that engages the viewer and therefore holds their attention much longer.

Unless the design is geometric, avoid placing design elements in the center of the artwork. This type of symmetry creates a calming setting that’s easily ignored.

Rule of thirds.

2. Work in odd numbers.

When designing your pattern include an odd number of design elements. If you’re drawing flowers, have 3, 5 or 7 blossoms. This pleasing setup meets the viewer’s expectation, plus it amps up the tension and the repeat adds continuity to the overall design. 

Work in odd numbers.

3. Include a focal point.

Every design can benefit from having a focal point. The focal point can be literal and pictorial like a bird or tree. Or it can be abstract like a specific design element, an unexpected shape, a field of contrasting color or an unusual texture. Focal points anchor the viewer to the art. They lure them in and invite them to stay awhile and look around to see how the focal point relates to the remainder of the artwork. 

Include a focal point.

4. Place design elements in a triangular fashion.

Placing design elements in a triangular pattern creates a visual flow that encourages the viewer’s eyes to move around the design. Your artist guidance, in the form of strategically placed design elements, is a personal invitation to interact and communicate with the viewer. That’s powerful stuff!  

Place elements in a triangle.

5. Repeat shapes, elements, and patterns.

If you use a shape, design element or pattern in one place consider repeating it two more times. For example, if a circle appears in one place, add two more. This level of planning shows your commitment to your design and the confidence you have in your work. Plus, it adds continuity that raises the sophistication level of the work as a whole.

6. Repeat colors.