Modeling Glass Tips and Tricks
Every month I'll be writing about how to use Modeling Glass in your work, and hopefully answering some questions that will help you get the results you want. There's always a learning curve with a new product, and there are considerations working with frit and powder that you don't have when firing sheet glass. There is a full set of FAQs on the Modeling Glass website at www.modelingglass.com . You can also find back issues of all my e-newsletters there!
Adjusting to a global pandemic has affected my creative energy, and I know I'm not alone in this. I wrestle with an almost overwhelming urge to get into my car and drive...anywhere, far away. It's taken effort to channel that desire to escape being trapped by quarantine. Instead, I work on art projects, and have been getting outdoors as often as possible (fortunately I live in rural New Mexico, with plenty of nearby public lands to safely explore in a socially-distant manner.)

This issue is labeled April/May because last month I just couldn't conjure the focus to write an e-newsletter while working on my current big project: the new e-book! Exploring Modeling Glass:
The Basics and More will be coming out in the next few weeks, and I'm very excited by how it's shaping up. I've worked in publishing for 30 years, and have written books myself, but this was the first project where I didn't have a publisher pushing me, no hard deadline, etc. That made for a bit of "project drift." But I'm back on track now!

The e-book is part of a new approach I plan to take regarding teaching the techniques I have developed with my product, Modeling Glass. I spent the last couple of years traveling and teaching, and I produced two instructional videos with AAE Glass (see below for more info on those videos). I have enjoyed the workshop circuit, but it's draining and inefficient, in that only people who can spare a fair amount of money and time to take a 3-day workshop could benefit. I think broader outreach projects like e-books and videos are the way forward. They are more accessible to people, far more affordable, and in these days of disrupted travel and life, a more sustainable way to teach. Since most of the workshops for 2020 are not happening, it's a good time to direct my energy in new ways. I anticipate the disruption of events will continue into 2021, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of the chapters in my ebook. They may shift slightly, but this is essentially what will be in the book:
Exploring Modeling Glass: The Basics and More
Introduction: what is Modeling Glass and where did it come from?

Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Heat and Color
Chapter 3: Making Forms
Chapter 4: Fondant Fun
Chapter 5: Enamels and Modeling Glass
Chapter 6: Working with Fine Frit
Chapter 7: Nothing is Ever Lost
Chapter 8: Coldworking and Slumping
Plus: Firing Schedules, Templates, and more!
The book includes a ton of examples, step-by-step projects, firing schedules, etc. I'm excited to share the many amazing effects you can achieve with Modeling Glass, and the e-book is intended to give basic instruction and inspiration for you to incorporate Modeling Glass into your own art. You will be able to order the e-book on the Modeling Glass website soon!
This mask draping form was designed from my original prototype and produced by the great folks at Creative Paradise for my AAE video project. Order yours from AAE Glass HERE.

D&L Art Glass now also carries this new mold. You can order it from them HERE .

This life-size mold makes a Mardi Gras-style half-mask, and measures 8.5"w x 10"h x 2.25"d
2020 Workshops
Due to the Coronavirus situation, workshops are subject to change or cancellation. Here is a list of where I'll be teaching and when:

September 16-18 Denver, CO at D&L Art Glass

October 15-17 Frederick, MD at Anything in Stained Glass

October 23-25 Phoenix, AZ at Milkweed Arts
Modeling Glass
This new product was developed by Lois Manno of Glass Bird Studios. It is a two-part system made of a powdered binder and liquid medium that, mixed with frit or powders along with a little water, turns the powder into a material that can be sculpted like clay. It is featured in the workshops she teaches.
Want to purchase Modeling Glass? A list of retailers is available on the website. The list keeps growing, so check back. Ask your glass retailer to add Modeling Glass to their stock if they don't have it!
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