By the time this podcast is released I will have traveled to Sweden as part of the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant, where I had the opportunity to visit and travel with Tommy to The Glass Factory Boda. Here I assisted and taught a hot shop and plasma class with Ed Kirshner and Jaime Guerrero, where took what we learned from our class taught in Pittsburgh last year, essentially Blow and Glow 2.0. I also participated in the conversation for setting up neon and plasma for the Glass Art Society Conference in May 2020, where I will be one of the presenters.
I’d like provide a quick mention for the Advancing Black Arts Grant, as it would not have been possible for me to travel without the support of this Grant and that of the Pittsburgh Glass Center for hosting my residency.
Intro Music: Boost by Joakim Karud
Outro Music: Zoned Out by Joakim Karud
Thank You for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast. I’d like to thank Tommy Gustafsschoild for his taking time out of his busy schedule to record for the podcast,his generous support, and offer to drive me down to the Glass Factory and lending a hand in helping plasma and neon grow. 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 to help bring in these artists and instructors to help build and spread their knowledge, and the Plasma Art Alliance where I have access to the well of knowledge and connects me to some amazing and supportive people.
-Percy | 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.