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Whimsical and Wonderful – On Cloud Nine

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

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

Trust yourself.

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

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

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

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

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Getting started.

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

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Assembling the art.

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

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

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Take it a step further.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

Follow my blog for more tips and tricks!

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/lisajvogt

Instagram @lvogt_originalsinglass

NEW Instagram @through_the_artists_lens

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Make a Fused Glass Sink Webinar, August 27, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wait…there’s more!

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

Currents, As seen in Sculptural Fused Glass Video

New Date! 

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

November 10-13, 2020

Register today!

Only 1 seat available. Register 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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 Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You Can Draw Custom Designs. Really!

No Drawing Experience Needed. It’s Easy!

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

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

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

5 Reasons to Draw Fused Glass Designs on the Computer

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

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

Why design on the computer?

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

Rori Horse

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

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

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

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

Clean, clear deigns are a powerful sales tool.

4 Afterglow 6' x 5' Lisa Vogt

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

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

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

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

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

I believe in you.

Lisa

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

Dragonfly Software, Glass Eye 2000

Happy creating!

Lisa

Follow my blog for more tips and tricks!

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/lisajvogt

Instagram @lvogt_originalsinglass

NEW Instagram @through_the_artists_lens

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Make a Fused Glass Sink Webinar, August 27, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wait…there’s more!

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

Currents, As seen in Sculptural Fused Glass Video

New Date! 

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

November 10-13, 2020

Register today!

Only 1 seat available. Register here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things that surprised the students about the class.

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

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

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

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

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

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

Video covers - Copy 

Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

Book covers

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweet Lemon Tray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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This is your opportunity to be the artist.

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

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

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

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

9 Lemon Set

Full Fuse Guide

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

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

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

Segment 4: Cool to room temperature.

*As fast as possible

Slump Guide

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

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

Segment 3: Cool to room temperature.

*As fast as possible

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

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

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

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

Happy creating!

Lisa

Follow my blog for more tips and tricks!

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/lisajvogt

Instagram @lvogt_originalsinglass

NEW Instagram @through_the_artists_lens

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Make a Fused Glass Sink Webinar

August 27, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wait…there’s more!

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

Currents, As seen in Sculptural Fused Glass Video 

New Date! 

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

November 10-13, 2020

Register today!

Only 1 seat available.

Register www.lisavogt.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things that surprised the students about the class.

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

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

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

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

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

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

Video covers - Copy 

Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

Book covers

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate Diversity – Pride in Colors

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

That’s our superpower.

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

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

Nothing changes until you change something.

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

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

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

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

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

BT Pride in Colors

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

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

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

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

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

Happy creating!

Lisa

Follow my blog for more tips and tricks!

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/lisajvogt

Instagram @lvogt_originalsinglass

NEW Instagram @through_the_artists_lens

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Make a Fused Glass Sink Webinar

August 27, 2020

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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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New Date! 

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

November 10-13, 2020

Register today!

Only 1 seat available.

Register www.lisavogt.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things that surprised the students about the class.

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

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

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

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

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

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

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Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Tips to Get into Your Creative Zone

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

You look to me for artistic motivation and inspiration. I count on your for validation that my teaching efforts make a difference in your artistic growth. We need each other. We’re all emotionally healthier and happier as a result of the relationship we share.

I’m checking in to ask, what are you doing to take care of yourself and make yourself feel better?

Now more than ever, focus is a problem. I know it’s difficult to grant yourself permission to feel good and experience the happiness of creating when the future is uncertain. I’m here to tell you it’s okay to lose yourself in your work and have fun doing it. Here are some tips to spark your artistic flame.

The creative zone is a wonderful place where new ideas are conceived, advanced techniques are tested, and innovative pieces of art are brought to life. In the creative zone time doesn’t exist. It’s a beautiful realm full of wonder and surprise. It’s a place of magic we all want to visit. So, how do you produce the right environment to get to this artist’s heaven on-demand? Here are some tricks to fast-track you to the zone.

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1 Find your sweet spot.

Identify when you feel most productive creatively. Don’t fight it. Not everyone is meant for a 9:00 to 5:00 workday. For me, my most fruitful hours are between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. And, I like to work even later if I’ve gained momentum that’s getting projects in the kiln. My day starts a lot earlier than 11:00, but I like to work-out and clean a little before I get serious about glass work. Then, I can focus on artsy tasks without distractions.

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2 Free-play without a critic.

Play with your glass colors without a rigid plan. Allow your spontaneous artistic mind to wander and explore new ways to combine glass colors to make interesting blends. I pull scrap glass out and arrange it on the table in random color schemes. Then I mix them up to get even more unique design palates. This exercise is a process. Once you’ve exhausted the routine combinations, it’s amazing how new fresh ideas reveal themselves.

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3 Take a break.

Look outside for inspiration. Exciting original art is the product of artists who actively seek out stimuli to generate new ideas. Take a walk, go to the beach, the mountains, the zoo or the park. The exercise and fresh air nurtures your creative spirit and promotes action.

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4 Sketch design ideas on paper.

You don’t have to be good at drawing for this exercise to work. The process of doodling frees your mind and hushes the internal sensor that holds you back. Forge ahead. Be bold. The idea is to let the drawings come naturally. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much this simple act empowers your artistic style. Try it!

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5 Dedicate time to developing your art and your talent.

Commit to branching out and trying new techniques and methods that challenge your skills. In this uncharted territory you’ll find renewed energy that’ll quickly translates into exciting new pieces of art.

Excelling in your craft is the dream of every dedicated artist. The creative zone is where we find and fine-tune our own personal style. It’s where we identify with ourselves and that’s what makes you the incredible artist you are.

Remember, you have an amazing talent. Nurture and be kind to yourself. Keep trying. Always, push ahead! No matter where you are in your artistic journey, you’re doing great!

We’re all in this together. Your good metal, emotional and physical health is important to all of us. I count on you to take care of me, as much as I take care of you. Now, get going. Do something today to lift your spirits.

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Start by counting your blessings. Live in the present. Take time to appreciate all the good, positive aspects of your life.

To keep my positive energy strong, I’m heading out to my glass studio to create  beautiful pieces of art.

I’m here for you to help keep your artistic spirit alive and well.

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

Follow my blog for more tips and tricks!

Watch the Fusing for the Adventurous YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/UXXf5kU_5VQ

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

Follow my blog for more tips and tricks!

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NEW Instagram @through_the_artists_lens

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Need a lift? I’m home. You’re home.

Let’s get together and fuse glass!

LIVE! Today! There’s still time to register.

Fusing for the Adventurous Webinar, Tuesday 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.

Watch the Fusing for the Adventurous YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/UXXf5kU_5VQ

Currents, As seen in Sculptural Fused Glass Video

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

November 10-13, 2020

Register today!

Only 1 seat available.

Register www.lisavogt.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things that surprised the students about the class.

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

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

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

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

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

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

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Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

  Book covers

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

 

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