This is episode number 42 an inn today's podcast, recorded June 5th, 2021, I'll be joined by Harriet Schwarzrock for Harry 2.0 - Lights, Glass and Phosphors. Weâll be taking this time to reflect on the recent virtual conference for the 2021 Glass Art Society, recent exhibitions, and projects, and overall plasma journey.
It may be no surprise but Iâm also a committee member of the Plasma Art Alliance, and have recently taken up role of committee leadership. That is to say it is away to help reach interested parties beyond my individual efforts of Taming Lightning.
In our recent meeting we discussed creating live talks regarding some of the common questions and curious histories of plasma illumination!
Such topics we would start with would be drivers and transformers, providing a basic understanding of what they are and how they work, and talk about the commercially available products, their problems, and solutions!
So be on the lookout for posts and our newsletter through Taming Lightning and the Plasma Art Alliance, so be sure to sign up and subscribe.
In Today's Podcast, we'll be talking with Harriet Swarzrock an Australian glass artist who has recently finished a residency at Canberra Glassworks where she explored the use of both plasma and neon in her work.
âI invited her on the podcast after seeing her posts on Facebook and Instagram. Initially hesitant to the invitation, but she was happy to share her experience as a glassblower at the beginning of a new process. Here weâll be illuminating the struggles of learning Plasma, the issues she had to overcome, as well as the role that the residency for an artist developing new work, and importance of mentorship and support.
âIn todayâs podcast we have Simone Traub our marketing Intern at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, who was tasked with interviewing myself in regards to teaching a plasma workshop in Sweden with Ed Kirshner and Jamie Guerrero, The Plasma Art Alliance conference in Boston,and my reception of the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant and Residency with the Pittsburgh Glass Center. â
I hope you enjoyed the podcast. This is another favorite for me, to be able to reconnect to talk and see how much has changed since our previous recording. Harry has been very generous with showing her process, and sharing both her failures and successes, and sheâs not afraid to ask for help. And you can tell she loves what she does in spite of the added challenges and difficulties provided by working in plasma!
Just like myself she learns from those in our growing community of plasma and neon artists and enthusiasts. These overlaps and discussions are what helps us grow!
I recommend checking out the facebook group, Neon and Plasma Art for Beginners, thereâs always a dozen hands to help, tons of books and video resources, and you may find some equipment for sale as well.
Thank you again Harry for taking the time to record!
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.
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As always Be Safe, Be Healthy, and Be Strong, and IÃ¢â¬â¢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.