Enjoy Free Admission And Free Parking At Boca Chapter Of Southern Handcraft Society’s “Holiday Harvest 2018” October 5 & 6

The Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handcraft Society announces “HOLIDAY HARVEST 2018”.  The public is invited and it is FREE TO ATTEND.  Shop and meet the artists and artisans who create affordable handmade gifts that are heirloom worthy.  Friday, October 5th, with evening hours and Saturday, October 6th at the Boca Raton Community Center.  Gifts for all ages and occasions.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos from last year’s event.

 

 

 

 

SOUTHERN HANDCRAFT SOCIETY
Boca Raton Chapter
Presents

“HOLIDAY HARVEST 2018”

Friday, October 5th – 1:00 to 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 6th – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

 Free admission    Free Parking

Boca Raton Community Center

150 Crawford Blvd.   Boca Raton, FL

(East of I-95 Just North of the corner of Palmetto
Park Rd. and Crawford Blvd).

Free Admission

Free Parking

Most vendors will accept cash or check only

 

SHS meets on the first Monday of the month (excluding September and December) at 7 PM at Patch Reef Park Community Center, 2000 W.Yamato Rd.( just west of Military Trail), Boca Raton, FL 33431. Enjoy the yummy desserts and snacks at each meeting as well as show and tell, demonstrations, lectures, “make it and take it”, gift drawings, Pot luck dinners, an annual retreat and much more! COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!

 

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

 

“Our purpose is to support and enhance the interests, talents and abilities of our members as well as making new friends. Our goals are to provide educational opportunities, preserve and enrich creative arts, stimulate public awareness of the creative arts and provide group sponsored social activities. Our variety of talent, ladies and crafts are second to none and totally awesome! YOU ARE INVITED”!

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

All the shows are decorated by members and admission is always free. “We craft a variety of handmade quilts, jewelry, soap making, greeting cards and paper gifts, yummy food treats, wood gifts, hand painted ornaments and gifts, home decor and much more! Talent, camaraderie and fun is what makes a great group even better”!

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

For more information:

www.shsboca.com

 

 

 

 

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McMow Art Glass Announces NEW Classes And Two Special Sale Dates

McMow Art Glass announces an exciting NEW class lineup for September and October! McMow offers the very best in art glass education, in a dedicated teaching facility. Learn from the masters, and have some FUN!   NEW CLASSES: Fused glass cereal bowls, Bas-Relief, Mastering Mosaics, and Flower bowls. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. Don’t miss September 8th, the Back To School Special Sale and then Trick or Treat At McMow for their special Howl-A-Day SALE on Saturday, October 27th!

 

 

McMow Art Glass, Inc.
701 North Dixie Hwy.     Lake Worth, FL 33460
Phone  (561) 585-9011   Fax Number: (561) 586-2292

www.mcmow.com            https://www.facebook.com/McMowArtGlass/

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2018 SPECIALTY CLASSES:

 

 

SEPTEMBER:

 

 

 

NEW Fused Glass Cartoon CEREAL BOWLS
Saturday, September 8th from 9am – 3pm with Patti $95 *Cutting Experience Required*
Learn to adapt your favorite cartoon characters to create fused glass cereal bowls! In this super fun, fast-paced class, students will create two cereal bowls inspired by cartoon characters. Have a cartoon you love – maybe something nostalgic…or one a child or grandchild would love? Let us help you find the perfect image to work with. All materials and kiln firings are included. BONUS! Bring a friend a receive 10% off EACH!

 

 

   YOUR CHANCE TO GIVE BACK!!!!!

 

 

 

 

BACK TO SCHOOL! Saturday, September 8th from 9am – 3pm: Special sales offers, and free give-a-ways. Free and open to the public! 10% of the day’s sales will be donated to Highland elementary to help with school supplies!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSING

Wednesday, September 12th from 6:00 – 8:00pm $75.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

 

 

In observance of Yom Kippur no Class will be offered Wednesday, September 19th, 2018. If you are in our regularly scheduled Beginner or Intermediate classes a make-up session will be provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW! BAS-RELIEF with McMow Master Phil

Saturday, September 15th   9am-3pm $250 Intermediate level –Fusing Knowledge preferable

Learn to create sculptural glass with this unique technique! What is a Bas-relief? According to Webster, it is a kind of sculpture in which shapes are carved so that they are only slightly higher than the flat background. This shallow space created gives the artists a plethora of design opportunities including playing with light, texture, negative space, depth, and so much more. In this class students will create (2) 6” X 6” sculptural pieces. Includes all materials and kiln-firings.

EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE – Learn the Bas-Relief technique in three styles. McMow Master, Phil will teach you how to create a bas-relief with more than just the standard fiber paper technique. Students will additionally learn how to use molds and plaster to create their compositions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE – THIS ONE SELLS OUT FAST!

Great for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students looking to take their cutting technique to the next level!

Wednesday, September 26th 5:30 – 8:30PM    $85.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the do’s & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back by popular demand! FUSED GLASS CACTI *Beginner Level*
Wednesday September 29th 6-8pm $75- Patti *Cutting Experience Required*
Design and create your very own cacti garden! In this fun & creative class students will create two potted fused glass cacti. Students will use sheet glass, wire, murrine, and other fused glass accessories to create these charming southwest inspired “plants.”  All materials and kiln firings included.

OCTOBER:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO FUSING

Wednesday, October 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00pm $70.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image created by a McMow Mosaic student!

 

MASTERING MOSAICS with Taylor – THEME: Fall Inspiration
Saturday, October 6th 9:00am – 3:00pm $150.00 *Beginner Level*
This class is an introduction to a double direct method of mosaics which uses face taping instead of gluing each piece separately. This method allows for more versatility and a cleaner application. The gluing takes place at the completion of the project. This workshop is open to beginner and intermediate levels. This class includes all materials.

GET READY FOR SOME FESTIVE HOLIDAY FUN!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Back by popular demand** GHOST VASES
Wednesday, October 10th 6-8pm $65.00 *Beginner Level*
It doesn’t matter if you are new to glass, or a skilled artisan – this class is going to be a fun one! Create a fanciful art glass vase using sheet glass, frit and stringer. BONUS: Learn to cut circles!!!! Create designs inspired by the holiday spirit! All materials and kiln firings included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLOWER BOWLS with Patti  *Cutting Experience Required*

Saturday, October 13th 9:00 – 3:00pm $125.00

This is the perfect class to create a stunning gift for any host or hostess! Learn to first fuse a bountiful bouquet of flowers and then turn it into a functional piece of art. Each student will create a beautiful bowl including all materials and kiln firings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND*  TIE DYE FUSING Techniques with McMow Master Phil
Wednesday, October 17th from 6-8pm $75 *Beginner Level*
Remember those tie dyed shirts you wore in the sixties, well now you can transfer that fun on to glass. Too young to remember that wonderful time? Then maybe it is time to learn a new art glass technique!! Learn how to create this SUPER-FUN tie dye from fused glass, frits and powders! This class includes all materials and one kiln firing – options to create plates etc available with the purchase of slumping firings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAB SERIES: FRAMING & FINISHING TECHNIQUES *Beginner Level*
Saturday, October, 20th 10am-12pm $25.00
Great for ALL Skill Levels – Watch & Learn Experience

BONUS – 15% Off Framing Materials and Labor – Bring in your finished piece and get a special discount to have it framed, then learn how to do it yourself! Take your skills to the next level with the AWESOME Lab – even better receive double points when you register for ANY of our labs!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howl-A-Day  is Saturday, October 27th 2018! Trick or Treat with us from 9am – 3pm!

ALL ORANGE & BLACK GLASS WILL BE 15% OFF THIS DAY ONLY!!!

TREATS INCLUDE- $5 off classes, 15% off coupons, $2 off solder coupons and more!

EVERYONE GETS A TREAT!!! Dress up in something festive for fall or Halloween & receive 15% off any item of your choice! NOTE: This discount cannot be combined with any other discount or offer and cannot be used on grinders, saws or kilns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back by Popular Demand! PATTERN BAR CASTING with McMow Master, Phil – this is a two-part class

Wednesday, October 24th & November 7th 6-8pm Part 1 of 2 $150.00 *Experience Required*
Learn how to construct and cast pattern bars in this two part class. Specific firing schedules and formulas will be discussed. Students will choose from a variety of Bullseye glass to use when creating a rectangular shaped cast piece. This is an advanced level fusing class; introductory kiln forming knowledge and cutting experience are required. All materials are included.

 

 

 

For details about these classes,workshops and events and to schedule special tours please contact:

Taylor Materio
McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011 x108   Fax: 561-586-2292
taylor@mcmow.com   www.mcmow.com
https://www.facebook.com/McMowArtGlass/

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art Of Creative Gift Giving Starts At Artisans On The Ave With Over 40 Artists’ Handmade, One-Of-A-Kind Pieces

A gift of handmade art is just about as unique as one can give. A variety of amazing items created by local artisans is on display daily at Artisans on the Ave Gallery in downtown Lake Worth. The gallery features an eclectic mix of artwork such as paintings, woodwork, glasswork, pottery, jewelry, sculpture and so much more. If you are looking for that oh-so-special gift that can never be duplicated, this is definitely the place to shop!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

 

 

 

 

 

The  Art  of  Creative  Gift  Giving

 

 

Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue   Lake Worth, FL 33460
561-762-8162      561-582-3300

Gallery Hours:
Open 7 days a week
Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 9am – 7pm

 

 

A gift of handmade art is just about as unique as one can give. A variety of amazing items created by local artisans is on display daily at Artisans on the Ave Gallery in downtown Lake Worth. The gallery features an eclectic mix of artwork such as paintings, woodwork, glasswork, pottery, jewelry, sculpture and so much more. If you are looking for that oh-so-special gift that can never be duplicated, this is definitely the place to shop! 

 

 

When you visit the 3 showrooms within our gallery, you will be amazed at the selection of the exquisite art of the 40 artists the gallery features.
Visit this opening night for an evening fun.
Meet the artists!!!
Celebrate our wonderful Gallery and enjoy yourself!

 

For more information about this exhibit, classes or how to become part of this gallery please call: 561.762.8162
Artisans On The Ave
630 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460
www.artisansontheave.com

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

McMow Art Glass Announces Spring And Summer Classes, Special Trips And Workshops For All Levels

McMow Art Glass takes pride in teaching exciting, technique oriented art glass classes! The Rickie Report shares the details of upcoming Spring and Summer classes, specialty workshops and an intimate visit to the Boca Museum of Art for the “Glasstress Exhibition”.  There is something for every level of glass artist, including art lovers!

 

 

 

 

701 N Dixie Hwy,     Lake Worth, Florida 33460

(561) 585-9011     www.mcmow.com

 

 

 

Join us for our Art Glass Classes TODAY!

SPRING-SUMMER BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE STAINED GLASS

BEGINNER’S STAINED GLASS CLASSES:

Tuesday, March 7th – March 28th from 5:30 – 8:30pm

Saturday, March 25th – April 15th from 12pm – 3pm

Tuesday, April 4th – April 25th from 5:30 – 8:30pm

Saturday, April 29th – May 20th from 12:00-3:00pm

 

INTERMEDIATE STAINED GLASS CLASSES:

Tuesday, March 21st – April 18th from 6-9pm (Available for registration on 3/3/17)

Wednesday, March 22nd – April 19th from 6-9pm (Available for registration on 3/3/17)

Thursday, March 23rd – April 20th from 1-4pm (Available for registration on 3/3/17)

NEW! Thursday, March 23rd – April 20th from 6-9pm (Available for registration on 3/3/17)

 

SPRING-SUMMER 2017 SPECIALTY CLASSES
MARCH-JUNE
MARCH:

INTRODUCTION TO FUSING
Wednesday March 1st 6:30-8:30pm $95.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

BEGINNER MOSAICS w/Taylor
Saturday March 5th 9am-3pm $150.00 *Beginner Level*

Create a beautiful mosaic glass piece of art in this one day class. The class will work together to design unique compositions as well as learn the process of mosaic glass cutting technique, adhesives and grouting. This unique technique will get you excited about all the possibilities the glass arts have to offer! Includes all materials.

COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE
Wednesday March 8th 6-9pm $85.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the dos & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools!

 

 

 

NEW BULL-CHIPPING & FUSING w/Phil
Saturday March 11th 9am-3pm $175.00 *Experience Required *

Learn three techniques to create one incredible art glass design! Learn the art of FUSING, SANDBLASTING & GLUECHIPPING alongside McMow Master, Phil Materio. Never-before taught – this class will fill up fast! All materials included. Previous kiln-forming knowledge and cutting skills are required for this class.

 

 

 

GLACIER GLASS
Wednesday March 15th 6:30-8:30pm $95.00 *Beginner Level*

This is going to be a fun one! Learn how to create this unique look as Patti walks your though the secrets of Glacier Glass. This fusing technique is great way to use clear scrap glass – which we all have!

 

 

 

NEW MOSAIC STEPPING STONES w/Taylor
Saturday March 18th 9am-3pm $150.00 *Beginner Level*

Dimensional, art glass mosaic for Beginners!!!! All materials included.

TASTE OF FUSING
Wednesday March 22nd 6:30-8:30pm $75.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two hour session participants will learn about the basics of glass fusing, and work with a variety of glass materials including glass frits, powders, and stringers. You will complete your very own fused glass coaster. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind functional piece of art. The completed fired pieces will be available for pick-up the following week. All materials are included

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL CAMING with McMow Master Jurgen – THIS ONE SELLS OUT FAST!
Saturday March 25th 9am-3pm $150.00 *Experience Required*

If you are an intermediate student looking to take your work larger OR create professional looking panels, then this class is for you! With more than 30 years of experience, Jurgen will walk you through this ancient process step-by-step. Glass and came is supplied, but you will need to bring your stained glass tools. Leave the class knowing the techniques of Old World Masters and with your very own leaded panel. This is an intermediate level stained glass class; students must be proficient in cutting & soldering techniques. Additional tools may need to be purchased.

 

 

EXPERIMENTING WITH BULLSEYE GLASS: Reactive Potential
Saturday March 28th 6:30-8:30pm $95.00 *Experience Required*

Learn to harness the reactive potential of Bullseye glass! Bullseye glasses are made with a variety of basic chemistries. When some of the glasses are combined with one another or with certain metal foils, the chemistries interact and produce special effects. Reactive effects can range from subtle to dramatic and can prove quite versatile in art and design. Learn more about the basic chemistries behind these effects and how to harness (or prevent) them to enhance your work. In this class you will study an extensive collection of samples and finished works and will make your own samples, using many forms of glass and foils. Basic glass cutting skills and kiln-forming experience. All materials and kiln firings included.

APRIL:

LET’S GET 3-DIMENSIONAL!!!! Take your art glass to the next level with these 3-D techniques

NEW Saturday, April 1st – STAINED GLASS FLOWER VASES with Faith 9am-3pm $75.00 *Copper-Foil Technique Required*

 

 

 

Create a beautiful, functional piece of art in this one day class. Learn how to take your copper foil art three-dimensional and apply this technique to future projects. Faith will guide you through this process with ease! All materials are included! Basic copper-foil technique is required including cutting, foiling and soldering.

Wednesday April 5th INTRODUCTION TO FUSING 6:30-8:30pm $75.00 *Beginner Level*

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

Saturday April 8th FOILING AND SOLDERING LAB with Faith 10am-12pm $25.00 *Beginner Level*

In this two-hour lab learn how to perfect your foiling and soldering technique. This lab is perfect for beginner as well as intermediate level students looking to take their copper foil skill level up a notch! This lab is a watch and learn experience.

 

NEW Wednesday April 12 TRICKS WITH TRANSPARENCIES with Patti 6:30-8:30pm $95.00 *Beginner Level*

In this class students will create two 8” X 8” Dishes learning a variety of unique techniques to utilize Bullseye transparent glass. Among other skills – students will learn how to dilute dark, transparent glass to create work with bright, vibrant colors. Please note: McMow Art Glass learned this technique from Helios Glass Studio, and is excited to share it with you!

Saturday April 15th & April 22nd KILNCASTING with Phil & Faith 9am-3pm $350.00 *Beginner Fusing Experience Encouraged*

Two Day Course 9am – 3pm

– 30 minute lunch break

In this intermediate to advanced level class, students create three-dimensional glass sculptures. Students learn the process of casting glass from two highly skilled instructors who walk you step-by-step through the mold making and glass firing processes. A wide-variety of materials are used included glass billets, frits, powders and hand pulled stringers. Students will leave with in-depth knowledge of the glass arts and mold making. Beginning level fused glass is encouraged. Students must wear closed toe shoes.

NEW Wednesday, April 19th KILNCARVING with Phil at the Armory Arts Center 6-9pm $65 *Beginner Level*
TO REGISTER PLEASE CONTACT The Armory Arts Center at: 832-1776

 

 

Interested in glass fusing?? This is the perfect way to try a new art form, while learning from a master! An introduction to kiln carving and slumping. If you are already fusing – add this exciting technique to your skill set! Create your designs and patterns using simple materials to create contours and textures into the glass Firing takes place after the workshop, so your finished piece will be available for pickup a few days after class. No previous experience necessary.

 

Saturday April 22nd KILNCASTING with Phil 9am-3pm $350.00 *Experience Required* this is a two-part class. PLEASE SEE ABOVE TO Saturday April 15th FOR DETAILS

 

 

Wednesday April 26th STAINED GLASS WINDCHIMES with/ Patti 6:30-8:30pm $65.00 *Copper-Foil Technique Required*

A fun way to use all of that left over scrap glass you have laying around! Create a beautiful wind chime in this make it and take it class – perfect for gift giving! All materials included.

NEW Friday April 28th – GLASSTRESS EXHIBITION at the Boca Museum of Art 10am Enjoy a Docent Led Tour! $10

 

About Glassstress: Part of a new curatorial initiative to examine areas traditionally considered ‘craft,’ but which present alternative mediums of increasing interest to contemporary artists, Glasstress features 25-30 glass installations created by contemporary artists from around the world in collaboration with the international organization Glasstress, Venice and the master glass artisans of Berengo Studio, Murano. The results challenge our notion of glass as a ‘beautiful’ material and encourage us to explore the bold, political, and sometimes less than pristine aspects of the medium. Works included in the Glasstress Boca Raton exhibition incorporate performance, video, interactive media, design, and even video games, and delve into substantial content, from race, identity, and colonialism to themes of science and nature and issues of biological diversity, global hunger, and climate change

NEW Saturday April 29th COLOUR DE VERRE –Fused Glass Boxes w/ Special Guest Irene 9am-12pm $150.00 *Beginner Level*

Merging the age-old art of glass casting with modern technology and contemporary design, Colour de Verre molds can be filled with glass powders, pate de verre, glass frits, or cut sheet glass. In this class students will create stunning 3-dimensional Colour de Verre cast box. Even better – the class includes the Colour de Verre mold so you can continue to create with this unique technique. All materials and firings included. No experience necessary!About Irene: Irene has working as a glass artist for the past12 years and owns Palm Beach Smashing Glass. Her art glass has been shown in numerous galleries here and around Florida. Her creations include both fused and cast glass sculptures, jewelry, Judaiica, and items for the home.

MAY:

Don’t Miss the MOST EXCITING Event of the Year GLASS QUEST 2017!

 

Wednesday May 3rd INTRODUCTION TO FUSING 6:30-8:30pm $75.00 *Beginner Level*

 

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

NEW Saturday May 6th PUDDLE & DICHRO JEWELRY TECHNIQUE w/ Patti 9am-3pm $150.00 *Beginner
Level*

 

 


In this full-day students will learn a multitude of jewelry design techniques that can be achieved using dichroic glass, as well as NEW puddle glass cabochon technique! The instructor will demonstrate techniques such as reverse etching, using a dremmel tool, and decal application. A variety of methods for making your fused dichroic and puddle glass pieces wearable will be covered as well. Students will create four pendants. All materials are included. Introductory level fusing knowledge is encouraged.

Wednesday May 10th COMPREHENSIVE CUTTING COURSE 6-9pm $85.00 *Beginner Level*

In this three hour course Phil will teach students about different cutting & breaking tools, how to cut glass, and the dos & don’ts of cutting glass. The class will end with a brief overview of a helpful cutting tool, The Morton System. This class is perfect for students who have taken an entry level fusing, mosaic, or stained glass class and are looking to improve or brush up on cutting skills. After taking this course, students should be comfortable enough with cutting to start working on pieces on their own. A 15% discount will be offered on cutting tools!

NEW Saturday May 13th REVERSE METHOD MOSAICS w/Special Guest Debbie Davis 9am-3pm $150.00 *Beginner Level*

This class is an introduction to a reverse method of mosaics which uses tape instead of gluing each piece separately. This method allows for more versatility and a cleaner application. The gluing takes place at the completion of the project. This workshop is open to beginner and intermediate levels.

 

About Debbie Davis: Davis is a mosaic artist from North Palm Beach, Florida. She was recently accepting as an emerging artist at Artigras 2017. She has trained with several well-known mosaic artists, but is mostly self-taught, drawing from the inspiration of Antoni Gaudí, and other great mosaic artists of the past. Through her art, Debbie would like to inspire others to express passion, love and simplicity in all they do.

Saturday May 20th INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS 9am-3pm $150.00 *Experience Required*

 


Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

NEW: May 26th, 27th, 28th, 2017: GLASS QUEST 2017

 

 

 

Join your fellow ART GLASS enthusiasts for the opportunity of a lifetime at GLASS QUEST 2017.
Enjoy a weekend of education, inspiration and engagement for glass enthusiasts of all types. Incredible networking opportunities, as well as overall engagement in the evolving world of art glass education & advocacy! Meet & partner with other glass artists as we push the boundaries of Glass as a Contemporary Art Form! LAUNCHING: May 26th, 27th, 28th, 2017 in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach, Florida.

Register Today at: www.Glassquest2017.eventbrite.com

JUNE:

NEW NEW NEW: New Labs & Classes Below!!!!

 

NEW Saturday June 3rd LAB: Finishing Techniques for Art Glass Projects w/Patti 10am-12pm $25*Beginner Level*

Tired of the same old expensive glass stands and displays? In this workshop, we will demonstrate methods to create your own displays for your work with readily available materials and a little imagination. The possibilities are limitless and will allow you to take your pieces to the professional level!

Wednesday June 7th INTRODUCTION TO FUSED GLASS 6:30-8:30pm $95.00 *Beginner Level*

 

Gain elementary knowledge of kiln formed glass in this two hour course. Fundamental fusing terminology, techniques, and principles will be covered. The class begins with a lecture and remaining time is spent creating a set of four fused glass coasters. This is an entry level fused glass class, no experience is necessary. After completing this class, students will be eligible to register for our intermediate level fusing classes. All materials are included.

NEW Saturday June 10th DEMO DAY! Cold Working Techniques w/Phil Free! 10am-12pm *Beginner Level*

In this FREE demonstration, participants will learn how to safely use a variety of coldworking tools to shape and bevel the edges of a fused glass piece, as well as how to sand and grind the top and bottom surfaces of a kilnformed object. Students will be introduced to the tile saw, belt sander, lap wheel, angle grinder, loose grit, lathe, diamond hand laps and sandblaster. The demo will also include a discussion on the effects of fire polishing coldworked surfaces.

 

Wednesday June 14th DOTS & STRIPES Fusing with Rods 6:30-8:30pm $75.00 *Beginner Level*

 

 


Explore a new form of glass: rods! In this two-hour project-based class, you’ll work with a huge palette of opalescent sheet glass and rods to create two stylish square plates, one with stripes and another with dots. Your plates will be fired after class and available for pick-up a few days later. All materials and kiln firings included.

NEW Wednesday, June 14th KILNCARVING with Phil at the Armory Arts Center 6-9pm $65 *Beginner Level*

Interested in glass fusing?? This is the perfect way to try a new art form, while learning from a master! An introduction to kiln carving and slumping. If you are already fusing – add this exciting technique to your skill set! Create your designs and patterns using simple materials to create contours and textures into the glass. Firing takes place after the workshop, so your finished piece will be available for pickup a few days after class. No previous experience necessary.

NEW Saturday June 17th MASTERING THE MASTERS in Fusion: Pollock & Matisse w/ Patti 9am-3pm $150 *Cutting Experience Required*

 

Do you love the Masters? In this class, you will learn how to turn selected Matisse painted gouache cutouts into a workable glass pattern to cut and create your own masterpiece, and play with the techniques required to turn a Pollock canvas into a fused glass abstract impressionist drip painting. Cutting experience required.

Wednesday June 28th & Wednesday July 5th INTRODUCTION TO PATE DE VERRE w/ Phil 6pm-9pm $250 this is a Two-Part Course *Beginner Fusing Experience Required*

 

 


Learn the basics of pâte de verre from start to finish while making a thin-walled, kilnformed bowl in this hands-on workshop. (The term literally means “paste of glass” in French.) Make a plaster silica mold from a model, pack it with glass, fire it, then divest and finish it. Students will have access to a broad palette of colored frit and samples to help predict and understand fired qualities. Demonstrations will include various techniques of working with glass powders against the mold, working with color reactions, as well as how to back-fill a packed mold to support the walls of the piece during firing. No prerequisites

Saturday June 24th INTERMEDIATE FUSED GLASS w/ Patti 9am-3pm $150.00 *Experience Required*

Take your fused glass skills to the next level in this full day course! Cutting techniques, kiln preparation, firing schedules, and compatibility & COE are just a few of the necessary fusing concepts that will be covered. Students are encouraged to focus on, and consider design when creating their choice of a fused & slumped plate or sushi platter. Introduction to Fused Glass (or equivalent) is a prerequisite. All materials are included.

 

 

 

For more information:

McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011    Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmow.com   www.facebook.com/mcmowartglass

Office Hours:
Wednesday- Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday – 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday – 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday-Monday – Closed

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

McMow Art Glass Announces World Premiere Of Their Own Exclusive Sheet Glass To Celebrate 40th Anniversary

In honor of their 40th Anniversary, McMow Art Glass in cooperation with Bullseye Glass, has created a one-of-a-kind art glass sheet style. This custom, hand-rolled glass is used for all types of art glass including kiln-formed (fused), mosaic, and stained glass. Phil Materio, Vice-President of McMow Art Glass pulled inspiration from the colors, art and architecture that have made both South Beach and Palm Beach so famous.  “FLORAdia” glass is named for his mother, Flora Materio.  This style will be exclusive to McMow Art Glass and its customers. The Rickie Report shares the backstory and some sneak peeks.  Kudos to McMow for celebrating this milestone in such a meaningful and creative way!

 

 

 

 

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701 North Dixie Hwy.    Lake Worth, FL 33460

 

561-585-9011     Fax: 561-586-2292

www.mcmow.com
www.facebook.com/mcmowartglass

 

Wednesday- Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday – 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday – 9:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m
Sunday-Monday – Closed

 

 

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Phil Materio tells The Rickie Report, “We found inspiration in the design aesthetic which has made South Florida a mecca for artists of all kinds. Bright pops of color, tropical weather, and design and architecture from the neighboring cities of both Palm Beach and South Beach provided us with ample inspiration”!

 

 

Our FLORAdia Styles:

 

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Palm Beach

 

 

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 South Beach

 

 

 

The FLORAdia Glass is now available at McMow!

Stay tuned for our upcoming class schedule. We will be releasing special classes which will include exciting ways to use this one-of-a-kind sheet style!

 

 

FLORAdia Glass: A Bullseye/McMow Collaboration!

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Close-up of FLORAdia Glass Bowl

 

 

 

 

In collaboration with Bullseye Glass Co, McMow worked to create a this one-of-a-kind art glass sheet style. This custom, hand-rolled glass is used for all types of art glass including kiln-formed (fused), mosaic, and stained glass.

 

 

Phil Materio, Vice-President of McMow Art Glass knew that he wanted glass that would feel like South Florida. We pulled inspiration from the colors, art and architecture that have made both South Beach and Palm Beach so famous. When the colors came together it was exactly what he had envisioned – a perfect blend of the these two stunning destinations. He decided to name the glass after his mother Flora Materio. Flora lived in South Florida and often times traveled with Phil to both South & Palm Beach to see McMow’a installations in both areas. Remembering these trips he knew immediately FLORAdia was the perfect name for this new glass creation.

 

 

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FLORAdia Glass Bowl

 

 

 

Phil shares, “While I have fond memories of my mom in Florida, it was really her encouragement that led me to immerse myself in the art glass world,” said Phil Materio, Vice President of McMow Art Glass. “I couldn’t think of anyone I would like to honor more than my mom on our 40th anniversary year. She was one of the big reasons McMow even came to be.”

 

 

How is art glass made:

 

“We worked alongside the glass crafter at Bullseye to determine which colors would be compatible with each other. Bullseye has a very similar business model – also getting started about 40 years ago. Like McMow, they know that art glass is a fine art and have pushed the envelope of working with glass year after year”.

 

 

Here’s a video about glass making at Bullseye

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO7584g57z0

 

 

Glass is made by melting together several minerals at very high temperatures. Silica in the form of sand is the main ingredient and this is combined with soda ash and limestone and melted in a furnace at temperatures of 1700°C. Other materials can be added to produce different colors or properties.
What is Art Glass? colored glass that’s manufactured for use in art and architecture. This type of glass can be used for stained glass and mosaic work, and most are tested-compatible for fusing and other methods of forming glass within a kiln.

 

 

For more information about this, classes and other McMow services:

Taylor Materio, Creative Director
McMow Art Glass, Inc
561-585-9011 x108    Fax: 561-586-2292
taylor@mcmow.com
www.mcmow.com
www.facebook.com/mcmowartglass

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

Benzaiten Center For Creative Arts Announces 3 Days Of Events: Visiting Artist Program With Rob Stern

Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts announces “Visiting Artist Program”, as internationally renown glass master, Rob Stern visits Benzaiten for 3 days of events.  The Rickie Report shares the details for Thursday, February 25th “Meet the Artist Dinner”(fee), Friday, February 26th “Gallery Reception & Demo”( fee) and Saturday, February 27th “Public Glass Blowing Demonstration”(Free and Open to the Public).  We urge you to sign up for Dinner, as spaces are limited.  Enjoy the sneak peeks and see you there!

 

 

 

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FEATURES

 

 

3 Days With Master Glass Artist:

ROB  STERN

 

 

Thursday, February 25th

Meet the Artist Dinner  6:00 pm

$100. per person – Limited seating

 

 

 

Friday, February 26th

Gallery Reception & Demo  6:00 – 8:00 pm

Members: Free  Non-Members $20. per person

 

 

Saturday, February 27th

Public Glass Blowing Demonstration  4:00 – 6:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

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Register for the Thursday night dinner right away as seating is limited.

You can register on-line for both the Thursday night dinner and the Friday night gallery opening/demo at:
http://www.benzaitencenter.org/events/calendar

or call Anita Holmes, the Center’s Executive Director, at 561-508-7315

or email her at aholmes@benzaitencenter.org

1105 2nd Avenue South        Lake Worth, Florida 33460
www.benzaitencenter.org

 

Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Classes & Large Group Tours by appointment

Please call 561.508.7315 for more information

 

 

 

Born in Miami, Rob Stern was reared in Atlanta where his mother taught art and his father worked in the movie industry and dabbled in photography. He attended San Francisco State University where he studied art and discovered glass making. He worked as an apprentice at John Lewis Glass, an industrial casting facility in Oakland, for five years.

 

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Glass by Rob Stern

 

 

Rob traveled to Europe touring glass factories for a semester and then returned to begin his study at the Pilchuck Glass School, renowned worldwide for its glass programs. Rob went on to study, apprentice, and assist numerous artists/masters at Pilchuck and other schools.

 

 

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Glass by Rob Stern

In 1992, after working as a teaching assistant for Czech master, Petr Novotny, Rob was invited to work in the Ajeto Glass Factory in the Czech Republic. It was the start of a long term working relationship, as he would live and work there for a number of years. Rob continues to work closely with Petr both in Ajeto and doing demonstrations and conducting workshops throughout the world.

 

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Glass by Rob Stern

 

 

From 1997-2003 Rob taught glassmaking at the University of Miami, FL. and earned his MFA. Rob now co-teaches with many artist/masters at schools worldwide and frequently travels abroad to make his work. He has been invited to work as a master craftsmen in both the US and Europe. In 2003 he established Rob Stern Art Glass Inc. in Miami, where he now works with his team on many commissions and personal sculptures.

 

 

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Rob Stern

 

 

Rob will be taking part in the following 3-Day Events:

 

Thursday, February 25: ‘Meet the Artist Dinner’ is a private sit-down, dinner party limited to only 32 people who will dine in the Center’s upscale gallery and listen to the artist talk about their processes and what inspired them to become a glass artist. They will also have a chance to preview the gallery’s exhibition before its official opening. The cost is one-hundred dollars per person.

 

 

Friday, February 26: The center will hold a ‘Gallery Reception & Demo’ for an exhibition of the visiting artist’s work along with two dimensional works curated by the center’s founder, JB Berkow, who has been a gallerist for over twenty years. Admittance to these shows will be free for members of the Benzaiten Center and only $20 for non-members.

 

 

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Glass by Rob Stern

Saturday, February 27: The visiting artist will conduct a two to three hour ‘Public Glass Blowing Demonstration’ which will be open and free to the public. These are great opportunities for glass collectors and families from our community to observe first hand how great glass art is made.

 

 

 

For more information:

You can register on-line for both the Thursday night dinner and the Friday night gallery opening/demo at:
http://www.benzaitencenter.org/events/calendar

or call Anita Holmes, the Center’s Executive Director, at 561-508-7315

or email  aholmes@benzaitencenter.org

1105 2nd Avenue South Lake Worth, Florida 33460
www.benzaitencenter.org

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

ARTNADO Offers Nationally Recognized Artists In A Unique Setting

ARTNADO, a new-concept juried fine art and fine craft show is coming to West Palm Beach!  Featuring 2D and 3D creations, this indoor show has a lot to offer art lovers and art patrons on November 14th and 15th, 2015.  Using high-technology, patrons will be able to see participating artists’ work in situ as well as in their exhibition areas. Artists will  demonstrate their techniques to further educate the art loving public. The Rickie Report applauds this trend, believing that better informed art lovers become more enthusiastic art patrons. The Student Art Contest participants will also be celebrated! Please note that there is no connection between the presenting organization, Artistic Synergy and Art Synergy (ARTWEEK at Art Palm Beach). Here are the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

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ARTNADO

The Art Fair Everyone in Palm Beach is Talking About!

 

 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

and

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Adults – $7.00
Future artists/patrons 12 and under – free

South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center

9067 Southern Blvd. W.Palm Beach, Florida

 

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Artwork by Steve Penafiel

 

 

 

Jack Busa, of Artistic Synergy sent out a Call to Artists for a unique juried exhibition taking place at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The number of nationally recognized artists who applied is exceptional. Artnado will feature 2D and 3D art, photography, jewelry or whatever combination the creative mind conjures. Jack explains, “‘Synergy’ is supplied with the incorporation and interaction of models, an embellishment room and ambient music”.

 

 

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Wire Wrapped Gemstone by Anne Dozetoz

 

Jack tells The Rickie Report, ‘We created ARTNADO realizing that no one can know or predict the complete buying habits of the attendees. Our juried process took into consideration the artists’ work from talent, inspiration and creativity…we did not want to classify something as “not art” because it does not fit what “we” expect… Artists need to promote themselves or they will have a limited career. Our goal is to show the artists’ creativity in the most favorable way…and demonstrate their work to appeal to all potential buyers.”

 

 

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Photography by Clay Thurston

 

 

 

A high-tech lounge area will be set up so art patrons can see works of art by exhibiting artists in a virtual home or office setting.

 

 

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Artwork by Lee Wilson

 

 

Utilizing Performing and Visual art will enhance the art patron experience. Demonstrations of art techniques will deepen the understanding of art patrons. Models will circulate throughout the exhibit, showing jewelry being offered by the exhibitors.

 

 

 

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Sculpture by Gail Erickson

 

 

Jack Busa, also announced the gift of FREE display space for all area Art Associations and Art related Non-Profits. He tells The Rickie Report, “This will enable organizations to inform the public about what they do, in addition to offering membership opportunities and displaying examples of past and current events.

 

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Artwork by Juan Ramirez Cotrino

 

 

 

 

ARTNADO:

For more details, please visit:

artisticsynergy.org

Or Call:

561- 557-8741

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

ARTNADO Brings Nationally Renown Fine Artists And Crafters To Premier Show

ARTNADO is coming to West Palm Beach!  Jack Busa is bringing a new-concept juried art show to our area. “Artnado” takes place at the South Florida Fairgrounds, featuring 2D and 3D creations on November 14th and 15th, 2015. This indoor show has a lot to offer to art patrons. Using high-technology, patrons will be able to see participating artists’ work in situ as well as in their exhibition areas. Artists will be demonstrating their techniques to further educate the art loving public. The Rickie Report applauds this trend, believing that better informed art lovers become more enthusiastic art patrons. The Student Art Contest participants will also be celebrated! We want to point out that there is no connection between the presenting organization, Artistic Synergy and Art Synergy (ARTWEEK at Art Palm Beach). Here are the details and some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

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Artnado

The Art Fair Everyone in Palm Beach is Talking About

Saturday, November 14, 2015

and

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Adults – $7.00
Future artists/patrons 12 and under – free

South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center

9067 Southern Blvd.      W.Palm Beach, Florida

 

 

 

 

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Art by Anne Schroeder

 

 

 

Jack Busa, of Artistic Synergy sent out a Call to Artists for a unique juried exhibition taking place at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The number of nationally recognized artists who applied is exceptional. Artnado will feature 2D and 3D art, photography, jewelry or whatever combination the creative mind conjures. Jack explains, “‘Synergy’ is supplied with the incorporation and interaction of models, an embellishment room and ambient music”.

 

 

 

 

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Fine Jewelry by Oscar Rivero

 

Jack tells The Rickie Report, ‘We created ARTNADO realizing that no one can know or predict the complete buying habits of the attendees. Our juried process took into consideration the artists’ work from talent, inspiration and creativity…we did not to classify something as “not art” because it does not fit what “we” expect… Artists need to promote themselves or they will have a limited career. Our goal is to show the artists’ creativity in the most favorable way…and demonstrate their work to appeal to all potential buyers.”

 

 

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Photography by Cynthia Walpole

 

 

A high-tech lounge area will be set up so art patrons can see works of art by exhibiting artists in a virtual home or office setting.

 

 

 

 

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Glass Art by Ed Martin

Utilizing Performing and Visual art will enhance the art patron experience.  Demonstrations of art techniques will deepen the understanding of art patrons.  Models will circulate throughout the exhibit, showing jewelry being offered by the exhibitors.

 

 

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Sculpture by Gail Erickson

 

 

 

 

Jack Busa, also announced the gift of FREE display space for all area Art Associations and Art related Non-Profits. He tells The Rickie Report, “This will enable organizations to inform the public about what they do, in addition to offering membership opportunities and displaying examples of past and current events.

 

 

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Sculpture by Ben Foster

 

 

 

 

ARTNADO:

For more details, please visit:

artisticsynergy.org

Or Call:

561- 557-8741

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

“One Woman” Features Glass Artist Irene Jalowayski At Artisans On The Ave Gallery

“One Woman” Exhibition features glass artist, Irene Jalowayski at Artisans On The Ave Gallery.  Artisans shows over 40 local artists who work in a variety of mediums. Irene is one of this gallery’s multi-talented artists who creates decorative and functional art with fused glass.  Her silver jewelry and Judaic items are distinctive, as are her newest creations in cast glass.  Irene’s work has been accepted into prestigious juried shows in Florida and you can find her most recent works at this Exhibition.  The Rickie Report has had a number of inquiries from readers and art patrons, asking for more details about this art medium.  Our interview with Irene gives you that information and some sneak peeks of her attractive creations!

 

 

 

 

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“ONE WOMAN”

Art Exhibit

Featuring:

Irene Jalowayski

Opening Reception:

Saturday, October 24, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 PM

This is a free event

Gallery Hours:

Open 7 days a week
Monday – Saturday 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

Artisans On The Ave Gallery

630 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth, FL 33460

561-762-8162     561-582-3300

 

 

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“What Were You Thinking?” by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

 

Toni Willey wrote, “At the Artisans On The Ave Gallery you will find :
Beautiful, original one of a kind pieces of art created by local Palm Beach County Artists with some of the most unique and eclectic imaginations that have ever come together under one roof. AWESOME!”

Irene  Jalowayski’s expertise is taking glass and visualizing a finished piece and then making each of her pieces by hand for the completed work of art. Her lovely silver and glass jewelry is considered by many as wearable art. Each creation is unique and one of a kind. A Florida native, Irene was raised in Miami, Florida but spent much of her adult life in California. She now lives in West Palm Beach and has her studio there.  All of her pieces can be washed with a gentle soap in water. The silver needs some silver polish and then a wash in warm water to clean it.

 

 

 

 

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“Amber Moon Necklace”                               “Blue Round Necklace”

 

 

 

Irene tells The Rickie Report, “As much as glass has become a major part of my life I did spend my adult career in a completely unrelated field. I am a licensed speech pathologist and have worked for over 30 years in private practice and hospitals.”

 

 

 

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Fused Glass and Wood Wine Holder

by Irene Jalowayski

 

The selection of home décor pieces including fused glass candlesticks, dishes, vases, Judaica menorahs and unique cast glass sculpture will enhance your home or business. Irene is an experienced artist with a true sense of style and vision. The variety of different shades and colors of glass she selects complements each one of a kind art designs. Her energy, passion, and dedication to her art gives Irene the title of “ONE WOMAN ARTIST” that she is so deserving of in her field among local glass and silver jewelry artists.

 

 

 

 

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“Green Wave Bracelet” by Irene Jalowayski

 

A MOMENT WITH

IRENE JALOWAYSKI:

 

“SPEAKING OF GLASS”

 

 

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“Blue Stem Bowl” by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

TRR: How did you begin creating with glass as your medium?

IJ:

 

 

I chose to work with glass because I have always loved to look at it and to feel it. Long before I began to work with glass I was collecting it. My personal glass collection includes pieces by American, Italian and Swedish glass artists. Creating my own glass pieces has not stopped me from purchasing a beautiful piece of glass if I fall in love with it!

 

 

 

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“Star Crossed Lovers” by Irene Jalowayski

 

About 10 years ago, an artist friend of mine asked me if I would be interested in taking a glass fusing class in her community. Of course I said,” yes” and took to it like a duck takes to water!  I went faithfully for over five years to that weekly class.  I learned my basic skills and also found that I have an eye for color and design. Finally, after all that time I decided to purchase my own kiln and began to spread my wings taking classes at other venues.  I’ve been working with glass for almost eleven years and it has given me new life.

 

 

 

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“Jerusalem Seder Plate” by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

 

Creating glass jewelry allows me to bring something new and exciting into existence that is “wearable art”, utilizing the smaller pieces of glass from my studio. The colors of the glass radiate from necklaces, earrings and bracelets. My experience with fused glass and cast glass is now being translated into new styles of jewelry. Dichroic glass, filled with bits of sparkle, shadings and metallics is a very popular medium.

 

 

 

 

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Blue and Purple Dichroic Glass Candlesticks 

by Irene Jalowayski

 

TRR:  Describe the process of creating a piece of your glass work.

IJ:

 

 

Creating a piece always begins with the search for an idea and then deciding, based on that, whether my creation would be best at a sculpture…a bowl… or what? If it is going to be a fused glass piece I usually draw the design on paper first.  Then I make some decisions about glass color and how I might cut the glass to make my design. Often I will cut my drawing up and use the pieces to trace my design onto the actual glass that I am going to use. Most of my pieces utilize a lot of small pieces of glass cut and put together, making my original design.

 

 

 

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“Mosaic Bowl” by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

Once all the glass is cut, it is glued onto a base and fired in the kiln for the first time. My first fuses are usually at 1380 degrees which gives the piece some texture. When the piece comes out of the kiln, I look at the piece to see if I am satisfied with it and see where I want to add dimension and color. Generally I add glass and fire my pieces at least two or three times.  The firing process takes  10-12  hours for larger pieces, especially when draping the glass, as in the vase below.  Jewelry pieces can only be fired once and take over 4 hours in the kiln itself.

 

 

 

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“Tall Red Vase” by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

Each piece needs a different firing  schedule. If the piece is to be slumped into a bowl or a platter or other shape it is only done after the above process is complete.  This vase (above) needed another firing for 14 hours, for example. 

 

 

 

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“Confetti Glass Vase” by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

Slumping is the process of taking a flat piece and melting it just enough so that is falls into a mold to create the shape that is desired. If my flat piece that I completed above is to be slumped, I choose the mold I am going to use. The mold must be coated with kiln wash and dried. Then the glass is place on top of it and is put into the kiln. In slumping the glass it is not melted but only softened enough that is falls into or around the mold. To do that the kiln is heated to around 1200 degrees. The kiln temperature is brought up slowly. Once the slumping has taken place the kiln temperature comes down slowly to anneal the glass. That will keep it from breaking after it comes out of the kiln. Between creating, firing, and slumping a fused glass piece can take up to a week to complete.

 

 

 

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Menorah by Irene Jalowayski

 

This year I started doing glass casting. That is a very different procedure than the ones I just mentioned. Once I have decided what I am going to make I create the piece in clay. The clay sculpture is then cast in plaster. During the two weeks it takes for the plaster mold to dry, I work on it to smooth the rough edges and make sure there are no cracks. After the mold dries, I fill it with the glass I have chosen and fire it in the kiln. The pieces I have been making are up to 15 inches tall and take 38 hours to fire in the kiln. The larger the piece, the longer the firing. Each cast piece takes two to three weeks from design to completion. Then the mold is broken away from the glass sculpture so it can never be used again.  The resulting piece of solid glass is just beautiful and substantial and always one-of-kind.

 

 

 

 

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“Angel Fish” Cast Glass by Irene Jalowayski

 

 

 

 

TRR: How do you recharge your creativity?

IJ:

 

That is a hard question because it is never just one thing. In order to create something new and unique, I need to be relaxed and not terribly stressed. A walk on the beach by the water or at one of the preserves or a trip to an art show or a museum can help a lot.  I love to browse through art magazines to spark an idea. Sometimes it comes from something totally unexpected. I can be looking at some beautiful glass and then just think of an idea. For example,  I was at McMow Art Glass one day buying some supplies. Phil had a piece of Saturday glass in the window that looked just like the Caribbean Sea to me. I purchased it and made two pieces from it. Both were underwater scenes with fish, shells etc. That was what I thought of when I first saw the glass in the window. I still have one of the pieces at Artisans on the Ave. The other was recently sold.

 

 

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“Blue Cameo”

 

 

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                                         “Blue and Silver Bib” with Earrings

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“Black and Red Moon”

               

TRR: Where can art lovers find your work?

IJ:

On October 24 I will be having a one woman show at Artisans on the Ave in Lake Worth. It will be from 6 to 9 pm. There will be wine and snacks. I will be there to meet and greet everyone so I hope lots of people can attend.

 

My work can be found at Artisans on the Ave at 630 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, McMow Art Glass on Dixie Highway and 7th St. in Lake Worth, and at Florida Craft Art on Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg. On the weekend of November 14 and 15, I’ll be participating in Artnado.  Check out my Etsy shop. Go to www.etsy.com and then to PalmBeachArtGlass. I also have a web page: www.palmbeachsmashingglass.com  or call 561 792 8788 or by email at ijaloway@palmbeachsmashingglass.com
I take special orders. These may take a few weeks to create.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about this Exhibit or other artists and Events at Artisans On The Ave, please contact:

Betty Wilson
Linda Manganaro
561-762-8162
561-582-3300
www.ArtisansOnTheave.com

 

 

 

 

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