Now that's settled, I can move forward and get to work on Plasma, now that the Neon Lab is in pumping condition!
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Percy Echols II
Taming Lightning ⚡
Hello Lightning Tamers!
I taught my first 2-day workshop at Pittsburgh Glass Center for Plasma Globes, a first for PGC as a make-n-take Plasma Globe.
Day 1, which focused on making our globes and shapes in the hot shop and adding the electrode.
Day 2 , the final step involving pumping the Globes, and filling them with Neon or Argon.
I had a good group of students, each supportive and entertained by the new experience.
When working on your system or building one and maintaining it you'll need to know:
Thanks to the wonderful Neon and Plasma community, have more people to lend their knowledge and experience that I can count on my hands and toes. Those most noted are: Mundy Hepburn, Bruce Suba, Aaron Ristau, Kevin Twing, and Anders Mikkelesen.
So I’m super excited to teach my first class, and introduce a first in Plasma Neon at Pittsburgh Glass Center, especially for those local to Pittsburgh Glass. Thank your for your support!
Hello Lightning Tamers!
After surfing the interwebs last night, I spotted a post shared in one of the facebook groups I'm apart of, A little documentary on Ben Livingston, who's work I've seen before, but didn't have a name to. After watching the video and looking through work, what impressed me was the various ways he used neon, from line work, to atmospheric light where he's blocking out the light under another layer, and sculptural forms. What most impressd me through above all was his use of phosphorous powders to play with color in his tube work. Check out the video below!
"Ben Livingston is a world renowned neon artist. His many highly acclaimed works of art can be seen in such places as The Austin Convention Center, The Bass Concert Hall, to even the The State of Texas' Capitol Building. Livingston has lived a vivid and wanderlust life most dream of, and you can experience it for the first time in his words. Not only is he a talented visual artist, but he is one of Texas' hidden gems when it comes to songwriting. Spinning words and chords at the levels of Townes Van Zandt and Willie Nelson."
Image: Return to Hieroglyphs by James Akers
Taming Lightning is an educational blog and podcast about the art, Science, and History of Plasma and Neon Light through interviews, discussions, and collaborations with Artists, Makers, and Researchers.