Since 1983, Wayne’s Boston-based company Strattman Design has grown to become a global leader in crafting lighted glass plasma displays for science museums worldwide, and creative kinetic plasma sculpture– a fusion of glass, gas and electricity.
Combining his background training in engineering with his love of sculpture and interest in the history of electricity—specifically those technologies using glass—Wayne not only taught himself the field without any formal glass training but also proceeded to pioneer many new techniques now intrinsic to his medium.
Wayne has invented unique lighting technologies such as Luminglas- an interactive flat panel plasma light that Star Trek fans will recognize as the charging station for the Borg. While working on creating a plasma TV, he came up with a process of fusing window glass together in a kiln to make flat glass that lit up and was kinetic. Today, his work remains on the cutting edge of lighted glass engineering, with many recent developments of new effects never seen before.
I hope you enjoyed the podcast. I appreciate Wayne for sharing more about his background, you can’t help but feel his excitement when he talks about new discoveries and research. Our many discussions and talks off the mic has made me realize how young the internet truly is. There are loads of people whom we do not know anything about, especially their early beginnings, who are doing amazing work. This is only an introduction, be ready for more conversations with Wayne in the future. So if you have any questions or topics you’d like us to go over, submit your questions in the comments of this blog.
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 Chris Clarke the Director of Operation at the Pittsburgh Glass Center for recommending Wayne for our first plasma class in 2018, as this and subsequent connections have been most valuable thus far in my career.
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As always Be Safe, Be Healthy, and Be Strong, and I’ll See you next time.
-Percy Echols II, Taming Lightning
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.