Veda Bickley

Veda BickleyBio

Veda is a self-taught artist who was drawn to the medium at the age of 23. Her glass takes on whimsical, fluid, and sensual styles. She is constant in her devotion to improving technique and artistic curiosity.

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Sculpture no larger the 6′”x6″x6″. I would like to have access to a garage door kiln. I might bring some custom color tubing and rod.

Website

http://www.bickleystudios.com/

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Steve Tillman

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I have been blowing glass for ten years. I feel extremely grateful to get to create glass art for a living. I like to incorporate natural minerals, crystals and tektites as well fine metals with glass to make unique treasures. My work is heavily influenced by space and underwater creatures.

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An underwater mythical creature sculpture. Size will be under 10 inches. I will need kiln space for about ten handles if prep out of the kiln at a time.

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Raven Copeland

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Full-time lampworking artist/crafter and year-round vendor at Renassiance festivals around the county. Prefers to make marbles, but does a good amount of solid sculpture (dragons and fairies) and blown wares (shot glasses and jars).

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3″ double vortex marble. Will have a limited amount of prep done, including fume stringers, crushed opal cane and clear sctions cut and attached to handles. Kiln space required will be very minimal.

Website

http://instagram.com/madglasser

https://www.facebook.com/raven.copeland.3

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Phillip Bickley

Phillip Bickley

Phillip Bickley

Bio

As an autodidact, Phil has spent his time since 1996 exploring as many aspects of being a borosilicate flameworker as possible. From his humble beginning as a one-man operation in Jeff Roger’s studio, he progressed to teaching hundreds of beginning flameworkers and running a small pendant production facility in Bulgaria. Now, Phil is helping artists by utilizing a developed distribution network owned and operated by glass artists called Joint Forces while still blowing glass and finding time to spend with his lovely wife and daughters.

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Medium sized vessel and topper. I would like to have access to a garage door kiln. I might bring some of my custom color tubing and rod.

Website

http://www.bickleystudios.com/

 

Paul Kowan

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After dabbling in drawing, sculpture, mold making, and resin casting, i’ve settled for now on working with borosilicate glass.

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I will plan on making an alien in a flying saucer. 10″x 10″ approximate size, need one side of large guillotine style door kiln. prep will include saucer parts, any cane or flat cane I will be using, montage designs and alien parts.

Website

https://www.facebook.com/paul.kowan

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Michael Durham

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I’m Michael Durham, and  I’ve been a flame worker for 10 years.  I’m focused on spiritual art and the chance to make beautiful native art to share with the new generations to learn from our past.  I’m part native American and I love to bring back our history in art so that it can be enjoyed.

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A Native American medicine wheel with feathers displaying the sacred colors of the people. The prep I will be bringing is the finished wheel and the feather i will be finishing all pieces and assembling them there  its approximately 3 inch wheel and three feathers that will be about 3 inches long   There is a myth that the wheel help magical power to heal and protect those that used them.

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Lewis Wilson

Lewis WilsonBio

Lamp worked over 42 years. Hundreds of students. Too many to count. King. President. President. Bo Diddly. Yadda Yadda Yadda. I work glass well. Mostly- I give great demo.

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Icarus- Son of Daedalus. He flew too close to the sun with wings made of feathers and wax. One foot tall. Will lay flat in oven and take one square foot of floor space. Bringing two sets of wing blanks. So that one set will be correct for the human that is to fly. I will also bring a set of thighs and legs. Also, twenty individual feathers.

Website

http://lewiscwilson.com

Josh DeWall

Josh DeWall

Josh DeWall

Bio

Josh was born and raised in Galena, Illinois. What started out as an attraction and fascination with the medium of glass at a young age became a lifelong commitment to glass artistry for Josh directly after graduating high school. He received a BFA from Southern Illinois University and is a MFA candidate from The Rochester Institute of Technology. corning glassHe currently serves as a staff instructor at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio and has worked nationwide as a glass gaffer, designer, assistant, instructor, and artist at institutions such as the Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Snow Farm in Williamsburg, MA and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. He has received numerous awards and honors, including a fellowship at The Creative Glass Center of America and a scholarship to Pilchuck Glass School. DeWall was among the first ever artists to participate in Sonoran Glass School’s EAIR (Emerging Artist in Residency) program and, after taking third place in the 2013 Flame Off competition, returns as a visiting instructor.

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Website

www.joshuadewallglass.com

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Jonathan Russell

Jonathan Russel HeadShotBio

Started blowing glass in 2002 set out to venture in the sculpting which evolved into stringer drawing now I do fashion and sculpting for men and women’s clothes.

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Lifesize multi-layered zombie head on stand, Gor Gor in nature.

Website

www.sio2inc.com

http://instagram.com/yetiglass/

 

 

John Ryszka II

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John Ryszka II, a native of Michigan City, Indiana and was first introduced to glass working while attending Vincennes University in Southern Indiana. He was studying graphic art and design and ran into a scheduling problem one semester that changed his life. The class he wanted was full so his guidance counsellor recommended taking a course titled Scientific and Decorative Glassblowing.  At first, John was reluctant to sign up, but the counsellor was convincing.  John immediately took to working with glass and felt a natural affinity for the medium.  As fate would have it, there was an exhibit in the university art gallery at that time that would greatly influence John as well.  An artist had created sculptures that included glass neon tubes.  The gallery lights were continually shut off, and only the dimly shinning light of the neon sculptures illuminated the space.  John couldn’t stay away from the gallery, and would make detours to his schedule just to catch a few more glimpses of the moody and aura-invoking art. This exhibit, together with the scientific glass blowing class, had such an impact on him that he decided to study neon instead of graphic art and design.

John then enrolled in the National Neon Institute in Benicia, CA.  This is where the love of glass truly took a hold of his life.  In Benicia, he immersed himself in glass.  He studied neon and lampworking, started fusing glass, and frequently visited the local glass blowing studios to watch and to learn.  After neon school John moved to Phoenix, AZ to work for commercial neon sign shop called Neon Nightscapes, where he would spend the next eight years.  When John arrived the owner of the company, John Perry, had a dream of opening a glass school and was looking for a building. Within two years John Ryszka II was helping in the development of programs at J Street Glass. Where John Ryszka II spent time as both student and teacher . During that time period he also began building a small glass studio of his own where he could pursue his creative passion and further develop his skills with the medium at his leisure. His last two years with Neon Nightscapes he managed the company for a new owner, but after the birth of his first child John decided it was time switch gears and start his own business. He started Glass Phoenix and began developing his own line of glass products.

Today his work can be found in stores and galleries across the country. John is author of the book Visage of Glass, and has written tutorials for Glass Line Magazine.  He occasionally gives lessons in his private studio and for the past few years has taught summer workshops at Water Street Glassworks in Benton Harbor, MI.  John has continued his own education in glass by taking courses at the Mesa Art Center, and the Sonoran Glass Art Academy in Arizona.  Most recently, he studied in Rome and Murano, Italy.

John has won a few awards over the years as well.  His honors include many first and second place winnings in art festivals a cross the country, and placing second in the SGAA’s Flame Off in Tucson, AZ.

Website

www.glassphoenix.org

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