Hello, lightning tamers!
In this new collaboration with GEEX, Ben Orozco and I are producing a 4-part series for people new to the plasma process, introducing elements of plasma in an easy-to-apply format and touching on my journey as a self-starter and alchemist. Podcast episodes will premiere every other monthly, on every third Thursday, with the next chapter released in December.
Stay tuned, I'm inspired to make intermediate podcast to follow up questions or topics I feel need to expressed before moving to the next chapter!
Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
I’d like to thank GEEX for inviting me to collaborate for this series. Which is a mixture of an interview and lecture, using my experience as a pathway to the continual learning and understanding of plasma. Which has yet to have a comprehensive resource for guidance, and while that can and has been frustrating, it’s also been fun finding various sources to tackle a subject.
In this collaboration I’d like to thank the Director, Helen Lee for starting the conversation, Assistant Director, Emily Leach, whom you’ve got hear pop in during the break and at the end, and The Graphic Designer and Web Manager, Ben Orozco, who will co-hosting for the remainder of the series.
Even in this first step, I find myself taking notes in adopting a more organized approach with feedback to improve the flow of the podcast, including solidifying a release date for the podcast, which will be every 3rd Thursday. This collaborative series will be released October, December, February, and April.
Lastly , 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 connect me to some amazing and supportive people.
Please consider support the 4-part series buy donating to GEEX Fundraiser!
Feel free to share, comment, and subscribe. And as always be safe, be healthy, and be Strong, and I’ll See you next time!
-Percy Echols II, Taming Lightning
Top 5 Taming Lightning Episodes for Beginners
Hello Lightening Tamers!
I took a week off to visit home for my birthday this week, but even though I'm home and "taking a break", I put some of that time doing what I've always done, and that is learning. YouTube can be an awesome resource where you can find all type of videos with many as helpful as they are entertaining. Additionally, I've been working with Ben Orozco from GEEX to develop some primer episodes directed at beginners and educators who are interested in Plasma.
Plasma, as far what Light Art is concerned, isn't something that is yet to be found in single and comprehensive source, and what I've had to do as well as those whom have come before me is gather a variety of knowledge and skills, and synthesize. Which is the basis of learning. In circumstances where excitement and impatience enter this can be quite frustrating, but this journey in plasma has lead to many paths and curiosities. The same connections an artist makes to developed an artwork is done when learning, and has given me an ever expanding appreciation of the world around me.
Now this following video, is something I found quite intriguing. For an element to go into a plasma state, it is done through heating or subjecting it to an electromagnetic field, which is easiest to reach from a gaseous state. Granted this isn't something that leads you directly to the creations of plasma via vacuum and noble gases. I found it exciting to watch plasma created via other materials, and to watch creators or youtubers document their process. The discoveries and the problem-solving implemented allowed them to overcome barriers found in process, materials, and equipment.
I hope you find this as entertaining as I have.
Be safe, be healthy, and be strong, and I'll see you next time!
-Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
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.