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American artist Paul Seide has developed a unique type of glass sculpture which utilizes scientific and electronic technology along with a highly developed artistic sense. His famous neon sculptures are activated by transmitted radio signals, which eliminates the need for messy and cumbersome electrodes. This allows him more freedom to investigate a greater range of illuminated shapes. Seide developed this technology after many years of experimentation. With his pioneering work in the field of neon he follows in the footsteps of his father, Charles, a pioneer in the development of acrylic paint.
Seide mastered his craft at the Egani Neon Glassblowing School in the Harlem section of Manhattan. The school was established in 1930. In its heyday it had been known as "the school for neon." By the time Seide enrolled the school was getting ready to close its doors. He was in fact, the last student in the facility, the only student in the class. Seide says "lt was me and 50 empty benches!"
I hope you enjoyed the podcast. Most of the time when I find readings, articles, and papers, I’m often sharing and discussing them with my contemporaries. While we gain some insight, I often feel like everyone else could benefit from hearing what we have to say. One of the leads from this discussion has been to reach out to my network for insight on those early neon and blown glass works from Dale Chihuley and Jamie Carpenter, and have an expanded discussion about them.
Thank you Zach Layhew for the conversation and lending a voice to this reading, you’ll likely hear from him and others in future readings, reactions, and discussion on Taming Lightning. So if have any readings,news, papers, and or past topics you’d like to expand on please let me know.
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-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.