Hello Lightning Tamers,
This is Episode number Ten! “ Light up your World with Plasma” Thank you for patience. It’s been long 7 months, since our last podcast episode.A much needed hiatus after my Dad had passed away. I've been struggling to find my light, but I knew my Dad wanted me to keep going and to do something I love, and this podcast and exploring this medium is definitely part of that.
In today’s episode I’ll be talking about the first plasma class offered at Pittsburgh Glass Center taught during the 2018 Summer intensive by Wayne and Mundy. In which future episodes in the line up will about the Plasma Resources compiled for that class by Anders Mikkelsen who was one of our TAs.
By the end of this podcast I hope to leave you with overview on that class, a few things I’ve learned leading up the class, and some fundamental guidelines for making Plasma Glass. Mind you the guidelines will continue to be modified and expanded upon as we have more people practicing and sharing their discoveries.
Thank you for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast. I'd like to thank Wayne and Mundy for bringing an awesome new experience to PGC, and for being great mentors and friends on this plasma Journey. Some honorable mentions as it comes to this Episode would be Ed Kirshner, Chris Burak, Gavin Tiernan, Pat Collentine, Anders Mikkelsen and Aaron Ristau, among those of the Plasma Art Alliance Community and growing Plasma Family, as I would not be able to get this far without being able a share, exchange, and explore new information, this has allowed me to put together something as comprehensive has these Guidelines.
Also, I'd like to thank Pittsburgh Glass Center for supporting me as a place of research and inspiration, as well as encouraging me to pursue this project, and the Plasma Art Alliance where I have access to the well of knowledge and connects me to some amazing people.
Keep an eye out for more classes at Pittsburgh Glass Center as we work to provide a space for learning neon and plasma. Check it out on the web at www.pittsburghglasscenter.org or call our studio at 412-365-2145
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See you next time!
Percy Echols II
Hello Lightning Tamers!
Episode 10 Light up your World with Plasma is finally underway in the editing phase! The episode will give a overview of Pittsburgh Glass Center's first Plasma Summer Glass taught last year, and will include a Quick-Start Guide to Plasma Glass Making.
I've become a little more active in the studio and have setup my phone to document crucial parts of my Vessel Crafting process. Today I'd like to share with you two methods for attaching your electrode in the Hot Shop!
*In Flameworking you will NOT need to make a long thin tube or neck in your vessel due to having ample control and thermal resistant properties of your glass.
About The Authors...
Morgan Crook is a mechanical engineer, tube bender,and president of Neon Design, a wholesale, retail and consulting firm in Columbia, SC. His writing has appeared in major trade periodicals over the past decade. In his professional capacity, Morgan has visited over 500 neon shops.
Jacob Fishman is an electrical engineer, artist, and educator. His studio, Lightwriters, fabricates neon for film and theater, technical applications, and traditional neon signs. The studio houses a workshop that teaches the art and science of neon construction and Lightwriters bookstore.
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Image: Return to Hieroglyphics by James Akers
Welcome to Taming Lightning, I'm Percy Echols II. I'm the creator and host of Taming Lightning, as well as the emerging plasma tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where I'm researching and developing a space to explore Plasma and Neon Light as an Artist Medium.