Now unlike previous episodes, I will be reading a transcript of our email conversation, this was done to remove any language barriers between us, as well as to provide a convenient and comfortable atmosphere for the interview. I was able to see Bernd’s work in person during the exhibition, and it’s even more amazing in person.
It’s been quite a pleasure being able to communicate and connect with him for the podcast. Now as much as I’ve been following him, there’s not a lot about him. Besides his website, he kinds of keeps to himself, so I would consider him a “Hidden Master” in terms of someone with tremendous technical skills as a Master Scientific Glass Blower, but also as someone who could take that and free themselves as an artist. We’ll learn about who he is, his exploration in glass through plasma, his relationship with Ed Kirshner, and how he grows from his technical and artistic practice.
Thank You for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast.
I'd like to thank Bernd Weinmayer for taking time away from his work and projects for the email interview, and for sharing with us about himself and his work.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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Percy Echols II
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.