Additionally A recognized industry authority on all phases of neon vacuum tube production. Having served as Co-Chairman of the ISA Research and Standards Committee on Neon Processing, where he co-created an internationally recognized standard for the processing of neon tubing. This provided a practical, teachable, repeatable solution to what had been a historically random intuitive process.
He currently works as a freelance technical consultant, and glass artist, conceptualizing and creating 3-dimensional sculpture using glass, light, and mixed media.
I met Mr. Russo in the summer of 2018 during the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s first Plasma Workshop taught by Wayne Strattman and Mundy Hepburn where he assisted alongside Ander Mikkelsen. In the chaos of that class, Rusty was a grounding tether to the complexities of plasma and neon, someone who was very comfortable with meeting you at your level. He’s been such a great source of information and support in regards to troubleshooting and identifying components in the manifold, and helped provided confidence and guidance in my career development in technical consultation on several jobs.
Like many of the guests on this podcast, Rusty has a rich history and knowledge, and we barely scratch the surface of who Rusty is. Treat this as it is, an introduction, he’ll talk about the origins of his interest in neon, the influence of music and martial art on his practice and teaching philosophy, and his drive toward excellence through repetition, self-examination, and refinement.
Right now we are 2 episodes in on the Intro to Plasma Series with GEEX.
And they answered, “why do gases produce the colors they do?” “What dictates the behavior and the colors that dominate at mixture?” “Why do colors change over time? Is that related to a longer aging or burn-in time compared to neon?” these are great questions. As Mr. Suba, and Bruce Suba would say, the only stupid questions, are the ones you don’t ask. I may no know the answers, but I know plenty of people do, and thus we can learn together. So please watch the Intro to Plasma series, drop a like if you
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I hope you enjoyed the podcast. I think back to this recording and really appreciate Rusty for taking the time to tell his story. There’s so much more to glean from him as well as our past guests. I hope to schedule another recording with him soon to talk about the various subject provided in his bio and resume. I'd like to thank Pittsburgh Glass Center for supporting me as a place of research and inspiration. Plasma Art Alliance where I have access to the well of knowledge and connects me to some amazing and supportive people. Additionally, I’d like to extend thanks to Wayne Strattman for connecting me with Rusty Russo, as these connections have been of my most valuable thus far in my career.
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-Percy Echols II, Taming Lightning
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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.