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New Glass Fusing Premium Videos are Coming!

September is here and I am working feverishly in my studio and in my office to get an exciting  new project launched for you. I’m hopeful it will be ready by the end of this month. Being the right brained person I am, I’m juggling several different big tasks at one time. Sometimes it seems I’m not getting anywhere. Then all of a sudden things miraculously come together and WOW! I have a polished new offering to show and share.

Truth is, I’ve been planning this for more than a year. I’m really excited to tell you all about my new Glass Fusing Premium Video series. However, it’s not a competed package yet so the details about the membership levels has to wait for now. Though it seems I’ve been a quieter online lately, I assure you I’m firing my kilns regularly to bring you sparkling new, fun-to-make projects you will love.

You may know, Joe and I owned a stained glass gallery and retail store for 20 years. In the store we sold supplies, and we taught classes. We also produced and installed commission glass art for residences and public buildings. I enjoyed the daily interaction I had with fellow glass enthusiasts. I loved getting feedback on my creations from our clients and students.

Now, by design, I’m a full time studio artist working alone in my private studio. I love the artistic freedom it gives me to spend my days being a productive designer. I create when my muse strikes and not by the clock. I’m able to keep artist office hours too. You won’t get an email from me 9 am on a Monday morning. It’s more likely to arrive at 9 pm on a Thursday or Friday night after studio time.  

I’d like your help!

There is an enormous amount of behind-the-scenes tasks that have to be completed before I can launch my new videos. And so I’m asking you, my fellow glass lover for help. Would you share your thoughts and give me feedback on some new graphic designs I want to share on my website and in my new eBooks?

Which glass fusing graph do you like best? Does the whimsical color version or the simple black and white one make you happy? 

There is no right or wrong answer here. I thought it would be fun for you to help me shape the building blocks of my new videos and new eBooks.       

#1 – 96 COE

For me, I’m an artist first and fabricator second. Color is my life. I don’t follow the crowd. I trailblazer forward without looking back. The color graph engages my fun loving visual learning mind.

I became interested in glass fusing because I was excited about the variety of beautiful art I could make. I learned about the technical aspects and restrictions later. It’s fun to think, my love for art made me an unlikely scientist who literally runs her own crazy experiments.

#2 – 96 COE

I’m aware that many glass enthusiasts have a different approach. You’re a fabricator first and artist second. You fell in love with glass fusing because you’re drawn to the dependability of the technical aspects. Plus, you get a thrill out of melting glass in a kiln to make amazing pieces of art. I get you. The simplicity of having your information delivered clearly in black and white is comforting.

I’ll also post these images on Facebook. Please click over there and vote for your favorite ones.

Here’s another comparison I’d like your feedback on.

Believe it or not, I don’t have a logo. After thirty five years as a working professional in the art business I thought it was time to change that.

Which one do you like best?

#1 Yellow Square Logo
#2 Colorful Round Logo

Thank you in advance for your help and feedback.

Don’t miss out! Make sure you sign up for my newsletter and follow my blog to get my new premium video series launch announcements and special insider invitations.   

As always, it’s fun to hang out with you. Thank you for including me in your busy day.

More exciting news to come soon.

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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NEW Lecture

How to Think Like an Artist

September 29, 2022

Essential Design and Color Theory for Every Artist 

Exceptional art is no accident. It is the product of a strategic plan that employs thoughtful design and color decisions, made by a skilled artist. Outstanding art is the result of informed choices applied to a work of art from its conception and then carried out through to its completion. 

In this comprehensive lecture, I’ll show you how to lay out your design to establish impactful compositions. I’ll explain how and why you should use color to create a light source, add visual depth, and create a sense of mood. You’ll learn how to use high-contrast colors to influence the viewers engagement with your art. You’ll see the importance of including recognizable subject matter and a focal point. 

No matter where you are in your journey, your artistic approach will benefit significantly from the easy-to-develop practices outlined in this in-depth presentation with one of today’s most prolific and respected artists. 

Don’t miss this fast-track opportunity to learn the age-old, hidden secrets employed by the great masters. Enjoy renewed artistic freedom with an understanding of the proven methods they used to create unforgettable original works of art. 

Join me for this intimate, conversational live event to ignite your dormant creativity and experience a renewed awakening of your personal artistic strengths. 

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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Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

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Spark Your Imagination with Lustrous Lanterns

Where do you get your design ideas? I’m asked that question all the time. I honestly don’t know. When it comes time to put a new webinar project together, I simply open myself up to inspiration. Suddenly, I see new design concepts in random places like in drifting clouds or in the organized repetition of sheet glass stacked on shelves in my studio. In time, the assortment of fresh ideas jell into a cohesive whole and boom, a new webinar theme is born.   

When the concept of making fused glass lanterns came to mind, I was thrilled. It’s really exciting to develop fused glass art that goes beyond being purely ornamental. This series of lanterns is so much more than decorative. These 3-D creations are brilliant models of functional art that can be used anywhere, anytime to create a comforting glow and festive atmosphere all year long. Another terrific aspect of these colorful free-standing pieces is they give us passionate artists another way to incorporate art glass into our everyday lives. If that’s not enough incentive to spark your imagination, you’ll be delighted to know that my step-by-step assembly instructions make these trendy lights even more enticing as they’re actually fun and easy to make. And displaying these colorful beauties is even easier.

Before you get fired up, here’s a friendly note:

Here’s the honest truth. These lanterns are not made with your standard or basic construction methods. They will challenge your artistic skills and test your self-discipline to follow through and complete them. At times they’ll frustrate you and maybe even bore you to tears. I’m here to tell you, don’t quit or give up. Applying these multiple advanced techniques in combination is a valuable learning experience that’ll elevate your working knowledge and build your confidence. These lustrous lanterns are spectacular when finished. They’re well worth every minute it takes to produce the intricate details that make them so special.

I believe in you and your dedication to being a lifelong learner. You embrace growth even when it means hard work to achieve your goals. Tricky or not, you can make these lanterns. Trust me, you’ll be glowing as brightly as your luminous glass lantern when you light one in a place of honor or give it as a thoughtful, personal gift.

You’re invited to join me.

Thursday September 1, 2022 I’m presenting my webinar, Lustrous Lanterns. In this comprehensive event I show step-by-step how to make 6 shimmering fused glass lanterns. The event is live which means we get to hang out together and talk about our favorite topic, glass fusing. What makes a live event different and beneficial? You benefit from the guided in-person instruction, and you’re able to ask your specific questions and I answer them for you right away. Plus, you’re among other enthusiastic glass artists from around the world who make up our generous and colorful community. In addition, you’ll have exciting new holiday season gift ideas for family and friends. And we all know hand-made, personalized gifts shine brightest as their the most memorable and loved gifts of all.  

Let’s get together and fuse glass!

I hope to see YOU in my webinar, Lustrous Lanterns on Thursday September 1, 2022. 

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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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.   

NEW Lecture

How to Think Like an Artist

September 29, 2022

Essential Design and Color Theory for Every Artist 

Exceptional art is no accident. It is the product of a strategic plan that employs thoughtful design and color decisions, made by a skilled artist. Outstanding art is the result of informed choices applied to a work of art from its conception and then carried out through to its completion. 

In this comprehensive lecture, I’ll show you how to lay out your design to establish impactful compositions. I’ll explain how and why you should use color to create a light source, add visual depth, and create a sense of mood. You’ll learn how to use high-contrast colors to influence the viewers engagement with your art. You’ll see the importance of including recognizable subject matter and a focal point. 

No matter where you are in your journey, your artistic approach will benefit significantly from the easy-to-develop practices outlined in this in-depth presentation with one of today’s most prolific and respected artists. 

Don’t miss this fast-track opportunity to learn the age-old, hidden secrets employed by the great masters. Enjoy renewed artistic freedom with an understanding of the proven methods they used to create unforgettable original works of art. 

Join me for this intimate, conversational live event to ignite your dormant creativity and experience a renewed awakening of your personal artistic strengths. 

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!

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

Artwear T’s by Lisa Vogt
Artwear Eco-totes by Lisa Vogt

Artwear Mugs by Lisa Vogt

Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

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Fused Glass Sculptures Made Easy   

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 pastime.

I’m a hobbyist when it comes to other popular activities like singing, flower arranging and astronomy. 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. 

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.

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.

Want to jump start your sculptural glass fusing? Join me Tuesday August 23, 2022 for my Fused Glass Sculpture Webinar.

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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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.   

NEW Lecture

How to Think Like an Artist

September 29, 2022

Essential Design and Color Theory for Every Artist 

Exceptional art is no accident. It is the product of a strategic plan that employs thoughtful design and color decisions, made by a skilled artist. Outstanding art is the result of informed choices applied to a work of art from its conception and then carried out through to its completion. 

In this comprehensive lecture, I’ll show you how to lay out your design to establish impactful compositions. I’ll explain how and why you should use color to create a light source, add visual depth, and create a sense of mood. You’ll learn how to use high-contrast colors to influence the viewers engagement with your art. You’ll see the importance of including recognizable subject matter and a focal point. 

No matter where you are in your journey, your artistic approach will benefit significantly from the easy-to-develop practices outlined in this in-depth presentation with one of today’s most prolific and respected artists. 

Don’t miss this fast-track opportunity to learn the age-old, hidden secrets employed by the great masters. Enjoy renewed artistic freedom with an understanding of the proven methods they used to create unforgettable original works of art. 

Join me for this intimate, conversational live event to ignite your dormant creativity and experience a renewed awakening of your personal artistic strengths. 

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!

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

Artwear T’s by Lisa Vogt
Artwear Eco-totes by Lisa Vogt

Artwear Mugs by Lisa Vogt

Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

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How to Fire Glass and Identify When You’ve Achieved the Best Artistic Results

 Firing your own projects is exciting. It empowers you to make your own decisions and gives you the freedom to try new advanced techniques. The best way to gain confidence in your fusing is to build consistency into your firings. You want to get to know how your particular kiln works and define the results you want to achieve. At first, you’ll make mistakes and have varying results. That’s okay. You’ll learn something valuable from every firing. Plus, you’ll gain experience and learn to trust your process.    

Start with project assembly.  

How projects are assembled has a direct effect on the durability and, “look” of the finished piece. Most of my projects are assembled using two full layers of glass.

Glass settles at a thickness of ¼ inch when it’s heated to the full fuse temperature. By assembling with two layers of glass, I maintain control over the size and shape of my finished piece.

Fusing one layer of glass will cause the project to shrink. And it will have a fragile, sharp, irregular edge. While fusing three layers of glass will result in the project growing in size, which changes the original shape considerably.

Since two layers is my go-to type of assembly, the projects I made for these comparisons are made with the 2 layers of glass. If your go-to is a different type of assembly, you’ll want to duplicate that for the following firing comparisons.

I fired several 6” x 6” square projects made with 2 layers of glass for these comparisons.

Characteristics of a terrific full fuse firing.

The full fused glass retains its shape and original size. It also has a uniform thickness, smooth surface, rounded edges, and a clean back side. The design accent details melt into the top layer giving the project a shiny, smooth surface. 

Characteristics of an under-fired full fuse firing.  

An under fired project will retain its rigid shape and its original size. The edges are hard, angular, and sometimes sharp. Since the two layers are not completely fused together, a seam may appear on the edge showing how the layers were stacked. The back side of the project is clean and smooth. Design details, like frit have texture and are not fully melted into the top layer.

The solution to an under fired project is to re-fire it a little hotter. To get more heat results, I usually add ten degrees to the target temperature. The target temperature is the temperature that gives me the desired results.

Firing Target Temperatures for 96 COE & 90 COE.

Full Fuse: 96 COE 1465°F (796°C), 90 COE 1480°F (804°C), hold 10 minutes

Tack Fuse: 96 COE 1365°F (741°C), 90 COE 1385°F (752°C), hole 10 minutes

Slump: 96 COE 1265°F (685°C), 90 COE 1265°F (685°C), hold 10 minutes

Characteristics of an over-fired full fuse firing.

An over fired project will grow in size. The outside edges will round out. The glass will lose its square shape and be larger than the original 6 inch by 6 inch size. Kiln wash may stick to the backside and may be difficult to remove. The design details, like frit will be completely fired in giving the project a smooth shiny surface.

The solution for an over fired project might be to grind the edges to regain the square shape. Or you can remake and re-fire the project at a lower temperature.

Characteristics of a successful slump.

A successfully slumped glass project conforms to the shape of the mold. It also retains a clean shape and the sides of the project retain their height.

Characteristics of an under-slumped project.

An under-slumped project does not conform to the mold. The glass project doesn’t have enough drop and so the piece is shallow. The piece may also wobble on the table because it didn’t come in contact with the flat bottom of the mold like it should have.

The solution is to re-fire the glass in the mold and hold it at the target temperature a little longer than the first time. I usually add 10 minutes hold to the original program.   

Characteristics of an over-slumped project.

The backside of an over-slumped project will pick up unwanted texture from the mold. It also loses some of its shape because the sides slide down into the mold. The result is an uneven top edge or rim. The solution is to call it something new or remake the project.

Tack fusing test.

I made three different size nuggets to make a bowl that would look like it was made out of rocks. I cut a bunch of round shapes out a grey glass. Then I cut matching pieces out of clear glass. I capped the grey with the clear and fired the stacked glass nuggets to a full fuse temperature. The pieces came out great.

Don’t hesitate to customize your programs.

Then I arranged the fused glass nuggets on a kiln shelf to make a circular design. I tried using the Auto Mode on my kiln and set the controller to tack fuse the glass together. The finished project looked great, but the pieces didn’t stick together. In Auto Mode the kiln didn’t fire hot enough to tack the glass pieces together while they were resting next to each other.  The lower temperature was intended to tack fuse glass pieces stacked on top of each other.

The solution was to enter my own program in the kiln controller and re-fire the glass to a hotter temperature. It worked! I then slumped the tacked piece to make a shallow bowl. The finished art was a beautiful success!

Take notes.

I recommend taking notes outlining how you assemble your pieces and on your firing steps. This way you can easily reproduce your successes and learn from the pieces that didn’t come out as you expected.

You can do it. I believe in you!

It takes a time to get comfortable firing a kiln on your own. The upside is you’ll learn new and exciting things every step of the way. Relax and enjoy your process. No matter what your results are be grateful for your creative development. And take advantage of the opportunity to make your own personalized pieces of art. 

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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NEW Webinar

Fire & Ice by Lisa Vogt

REPEAT! 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.   

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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Hot Techniques for Cool Projects

     

Fire & Ice   

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.

The fastest and easiest way to make free form project profiles is to reinvent the square, rectangle, and circle. Start simple with the basic shapes and add your own twist. Put notches in a square, put curves in the straight edges of a rectangle, give your circle a free form shape. Using exciting new shapes will elevate your fused glass from functional to fine art.

Take it a step farther and get creative combining slumping molds to make one-of-a-kind bowls and vases. Design your projects with these concepts in mind and you’ll immediately see an increase in the visual intricacy of your artwork. The possibilities are endless. 

A Winning Combination

Combine different unique shapes and your work will go from ordinary to extraordinary. Then reshape the fused glass by slumping or draping it on a combination of molds and other kiln furniture. There are no rules. Just make it your own and you’ll come out a winner. 

Once you integrate these design concepts into your work, you’ll be amazed how quickly your work rises to a higher level of sophistication. And in the process, thinking in a broader scope will open the door to all new, exciting possibilities.

Excerpt from: Fire & Ice Hot Techniques for Cool Projects Webinar Tuesday July 19, 2022.

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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Hot techniques for cool projects!

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!

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

Artwear Mugs by Lisa Vogt

Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.