Monday, November 23, 2015

Gals of Glazz - Tegan Hamilton

Hey there friends, I have had a lot of stuff (thats putting it politely) going on recently, and it's making me think long and hard about a lot of it. But in the midst of it all I remember Gals of Glazz! Gals of Glazz makes me ridiculously happy to write about. It reconnects me with my joy. LAdies and glass! What's not to like about that? I also like it because it's not work for me. It's like a nice kind of distraction. An extra curriculum activity. (Makes me think of Rushmore and Max Fishers love of extra curriculum activities, beekeeping, fencing, theatre productions...I fucking love that movie, the scene with Bill Murray on the diving board, scotch in hand, ciggie dangling from his

So today (night), I bring you Tegan Hamilton. Tegan went to the same Uni as me but was a couple of years above (I think?). Tegan is now living her dream, blowing glass in Seattle. You little ripper. This lady has ballz! I really admire that she went, you know what?, I want to blow glass and where better to do it than Seattle. I'm moving there. Amazing. I think it takes a courageous person to chase their dreams. So here you go, get to know her a little better:

Gals of Glazz
Tune in for 10

1.             Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Tegan Hamilton and I am an Australian glass artist living in Seattle, Washington, USA. I help other wonderful people make their work and make as much of my own work as I can!

2.             What do you make?

I make unique functional work which includes octopus inspired vessels and screen printed tumblers. I also make less functional work which is inspired by natural history and anatomy. My Masters work explored the relationship between medicine and art, and my more recent work looks at natural history in a broad manner. I love sculpting, blowing, printing and painting among other things.

3.             Why do you make?

I make because it warms my soul. I would be incomplete and not as happy in life if I weren't creating.

4.             What’s you colour palette?

I have a pretty subtle colour palette generally. I prefer one colour at a time and love transparent colours. The transparency of glass still fascinates me after 12 years.

5.             What’s your proudest achievement?

My proudest achievement is packing up two suitcases with no planned job or place to live and flying to Seattle to follow my dreams. It was so scary and in hindsight very brave!

6.             Hot or Cold?

Love the hot. There is nothing like the warmth of the furnace on your skin when gathering glass. However, warm and cold are integral to my processes.

7.             What’s your dream project?

My dream project is a mountain of time developing my own work.

8.             What’s your influences?

There are so many influences on my work. I take inspiration from the brilliant scientific illustrators like Vesalius, Henry Carter and Da Vinci. I'm inspired by natural history museums which capture the human fascination of collecting categorising and preserving the world around us. I'm also influenced by my glass peers and the glassblowers who came before me. I would not be where I am today without the 

9.             What’s coming up for you? Or what are you looking forward to?

I am currently involved in a glass holiday show at the Pilchuck Glass exhibition space in Seattle until the end of December (there will be a fun opening on the first Thursday of December) I also have a glass exhibition coming up in Melbourne in February, so I get to come home for that.

10.         If you could only eat 3 foods for the rest of your life what would they be?

Steak, green beans and dark chocolate!

Thanks for sharing with us Teges! 
You can check out more of her stuff here.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Gals of Glazz - 4 - Arlie Trowbridge

I am so lovin the gals of glazz. I love hearing about what everyone is up to and I LOVE hearing all the similarities we have in our practices. Kinda makes you feel like you are in in it together you know, not some strange bird all out there alone.

Today i got a suer lady to introduce you to that I met while I was at Penland this year taking Ambers Cowan's class. Her name is Arlie Trowbridge and she is a flame worker. I kinda met Arlie first through instagram! Amber kind of put us in touch when she found out we were both taking her class. So it was kinda like I already had a pal before I even started! (God bless the internet.) Arlie is a super rad maker and I had THE best time with her at Penland. She is just one of those people that is super fun to hang out with and she is one super talented lady on the torch who taught be a whole bunch of rad tricks.

We also got to have a day off together where she showed me and Amber around her home town of Ashville. (I actually was so hung over I could barely function but somehow a Corey special (iced coconut coffee) and half a ginger cookie seemed to help me pull it together) She also took us to this amazing lake where I got to see a weiner dog swimmin laps while we ate pizza and had beers!! What more could you want? Arlie is killing it and makes beautiful jewellery. ( I also love that she is absolutely bananas about crystals and gems!!)  Like me, she is self employed and I just think that is THE best. She will be going into her Christmas madness making period as we speak, on that torch 24/7. She def has the skillz to pay the billz. I hope you enjoy getting to know her, I sure did and I reckon she will be one of those friends for life. Glass is so awesome like that. (And I really hope she gets her butt over to visit me sometime...!!)

Gals of Glazz
Tune in for 10

1.             Who are you and what do you do?

Hi! My name is Arlie Trowbridge.  I live in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. I spend a good part of my day dreaming about places I want to visit and things I want to make. I also spend a good amount of time exploring the mountains I live in. I love to run, hike with my pup, float down the river, go to yoga class, make fresh pressed juices and eat delicious foods. I like to drink lots and lots of beer too. Oh, and I flamework! I spend lots and lots of time flameworking.

2.             What do you make?

I make jewelry probably 80% of the time and other sculptural and home items as well. When orders are low and time is on my side, I have been getting into thinking about larger works. I’ve been getting into the cold shop, faceting crystal forms and making little hand held sculptures and table top pieces on light boxes lit from below.

3.             Why do you make?

To stay sane! J There has never been a time in my life where I wasn’t making something. I tried every medium growing up and bounced around with different techniques in college too. It wasn’t till I was about to graduate that I discovered glass. Even when I don’t feel inspired to melt glass, I’m sewing clothes, painting, arranging flowers, etc etc. I just love looking at things, re-arranging and changing things. If I couldn’t use my hands to make beautiful things, I would feel no purpose.

4.             What’s you colour palette?

Since I started working with glass, I tell people my favourite color is translucent. Doesn’t matter what color it is – if it’s translucent, that’s just so yummy to look at!
I love experimenting with the whole borosilicate glass palette though. And finding what colors work well with  others because a lot of boro color combinations can look gross real fast.
Oh, and purple. I freaking love the color purple.

5.             What’s your proudest achievement?

Being a self supporting maker straight out of college. The only other “real” job I’ve had was lifeguarding in my early twenties. It’s been really hard and it will continue to be really hard but it is undoubtedly the most fulfilling way to live my life.

6.             Hot or Cold?

Hot all day! I hate the cold shop. Hate. It. !!! But I love the results so I’m gonna keep pushing myself to get in there and grind. Hot all day goes for the weather too. Man, I hate winter.

7.             What’s your dream project?

Move to Hawaii and create island inspired works. It’s really that simple. Gonna make it happen!  

8.             What’s your influences?

Lot of influences during my day to day. Running! I can’t stop talking about. Before this summer I had never run a mile and now I run 3 to 8 every other day. It has had a huge impact on my life as a whole and an amazing one on my flameworking studio practice.
The Appalachian mountains are amazing and Asheville in general has an incredibly positive influence on me. I feel really lucky to live here with such a supportive community and lots of glass blowers too!

I first learned how to flamework with Emilio Santini at Virginia Commonwealth University and I will forever cherish that time in my life. I have also been able to take classes with Jennifer Umphress and Amber Cowan – two huge gals of glazz girl crushes right there!

9.             What’s coming up for you? Or what are you looking forward to?

Right now I am in the thick of production jewelry due to the holidays approaching. It seems that this time of year my hands are so busy making repetitive designs that my mind is able to drift and come up with a lot of new ideas at the same time. Instead of getting frustrated that I don’t have time to make them, I’ve been jotting them down and come January 2016 I’m hoping to crush out some big sculptures. We’ll see what happens.

10.         If you could only eat 3 foods for the rest of your life what would they be?


Thanks mate! And look at her adorable puppy! You should go check out her website here. Also she has a great instagram you can follow her on too, check her out here.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Gals of Glazz - Episode Three - Clare Wilson!

 Today I am going to introduce you to one of my very good friends, who I like to call Wilson. Clare Wilson is a UK lady who came over to do the associateship at the Jam the same time as me. She has seen me at my worst and she has seen me at my best (sometimes the two combine, thank you gate 8 party...), she has also documented these times and there are quite a few dodgy photos of me in her stash. We worked so hard for those two years and there were times where I'm sure we wanted to throttle each other but we managed to come out the other side, better friends than ever. I've stayed with her family, she has sent me care packages in Scotland when I was on my residency (new t-shirts and snacks!! Bliss for dirty, tired glass blowers), we went to Pilchuck at the same time and were roomies ( i was an absolute filth wizzard, she actually made my bed for me one day!! Her side of the room was a picture of perfection, mine looked like a hobo had been living there for weeks complete with half eaten toast in the bed and piles of clothes ala suitcase explosion)   

(in the magic cup challenge she watched me make a cup with a chicken leg as my only tool and she had a cyinder block) then travelled together in New York. Actually the more I think about it, Wilson took care of me quite alot! She has one of the biggest hearts out there. Clare now resides back in the Uk and is missed by her Aussie glass family, so here you go, meet Clare Wilson,

Gals of Glazz

Tune in for 10

  1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Clare Wilson, I am originally from Portsmouth, England, I studied Glass at the Edinburgh College of Art from 2004 - 2007 and this is where I am currently based. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the JamFactory associate training program from 2008 - 2009. I love working with glass and I draw a lot of my inspiration from just working with the material, learning new processes and techniques is what will drive me to make new work. I also work part time in a kid’s cafĂ©… I’m not sure why.

  1. What do you make? 

I have a few ranges of production glass including vases, bowls and paperweights; they all include some form of cane or murrine. I suppose the fact that these techniques are frequently cropping up in my production glass is what has lead me to work on a larger and more involved body work. The series I am working on is quite simply named ‘Cane Studies’, it allows me to explore and experiment working with cane and murrine, combining the two techniques and creating layers within the glass to achieve an extensive depth of pattern.

  1. Why do you make? 

I love working with glass, I actually get really cranky when I’m not working with glass, which is something I have realised over the last few months. It is my creative output and although I would deem myself relatively good at quite a few things, I feel that my best skill is glass blowing, I am not by any means saying that I am the best just that it is the skill I am most satisfied with. I enjoy working with other materials but I find that the glass really challenges me, all the processes and techniques that you have to perfect just to blow a good bubble! I guess that’s why I make… I have found a material that pushes me in every way and I love it.

  1. What’s you colour palette? 

Monotone. White, Grey and Black. I used to work with a lot of colour and I got really fed up with it so I pulled right back to the basics and simplified, I work with cane so it is also a technical consideration, with white being a very stiff colour it makes the best cane. I’m pleased with the results so far I have produced some beautiful, simple and subtle pieces.

5.     What’s your proudest achievement? 

Attending the Jamfactory, that was huge and has shaped the way I think about and make glass, I think being a finalist in the Ranamok Glass Prize was a pretty proud moment and just being able to continuously push forward in my practice and stay on track every day.

  1. Hot or Cold? 

 Hot, Hot, Hot.

  1. What’s your dream project? 

At this point in time it would be designing and making a super sharp looking home wares range, I really want to start making jars and food storage, things for the kitchen as well as a range of lighting all using cane. A massive outdoor glass installation that incorporates cane and light is also a bit of a dream project but I think that one is for later.
8.     What’s your influences? 

I always struggle with this question when I’m asked it. Very rarely do I see something and say ‘I’m going to make that in glass’. I would say I am influenced by the techniques I learn and by processes I see in action, I like to learn and absorb as much as I can and then bring all this knowledge into my work. I like to look at my surroundings, mundane as they may sometimes be and take a pattern from a pavement or a spider web or brickwork as inspiration.

  1. What’s coming up for you? Or what are you looking forward to? 

I have three shows coming up in the UK over the Christmas period. A selling show at the Park Gallery in Fife, Scotland, the Contemporary Glass Society showcase at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and finally a show I am super excited about called ‘Selected’ at the Dovecot Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland. Its application season right now, so I am plotting and planning for 2016, I am also hoping to apply to study for my MFA next year.

  1. If you could only eat 3 foods for the rest of your life what would they be? 

Sushi, eggs and pineapple.

Thank you Wilson!! xxxx
(And thank you for making my bed that time....)