I 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 we’ll 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.
Without further ado, onto the podcast!
Thank You for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast.
I'd like to thank Harry for taking the time to be on the podcast, especially between residencies. And for being open to talk about her experience in working with a new and difficult medium. 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 us out at www.pittsburghglasscenter.org or call our studio at 412-365-2145.
See you next time!
Percy Echols II
A video by Suki & Hugh Gallery for the Hearts and Minds exhibition featuring Harriet Swarzrocks "Between Stillness and movement" , "interconnected" collaborations with Brian McNamara, "4th state of matter", and Penny Byrne’s piece "hurt locker."
Cold Attached Electrode
Thanks to Harry's careful documentation, I can talk about some of the things she does in her process, and SHOW one of 3 types of electrode attachments: Hot, Warm/Kiln, and Cold. I'll go into more detail about Electrode attachement in future posts.
There's a lot more to the process of electrode attachement, especially between different glasses: softglass vs borosilcate, electrodeless/wireless, and Making Your Own Electrodes. Which I hope to update after Wayne and Mundy's Class is August.
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.