Megan Biddle Solo Exhibition

Glass faculty Megan Biddle’s solo exhibition opened October 1st and runs through December 6th, 2013 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Filmmakers Gallery. The work in the show includes a series of drawings, videos, metal installation and glass objects. If you are in Pittsburgh check it out.
Opening Reception October 18th

Article in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette link

to read more click this link

Showcard Reel Superorganism


This piece is a beautiful interactive collaborative work made from 6,000 new and used light bulbs.  Below are 2 links, one to a video and the other to the artist’s site. Check them out to see more of the making and interaction of the piece. I love it and had to share.

To see a video click here.

To read more click here.

CLOUD is a large-scale interactive sculpture created from 6,000 light bulbs, new and burnt-out. Constructed by Calgary-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, CLOUD was on public display for one-night-only during Calgary’s first Nuit Blanche Festival. As part of the process of creating the sculpture, the artists collected burnt out incandescent light bulbs from local households, businesses, museums, and eco stations. The idea was to create an informal collaboration between the community and the artists, reduce costs, and experiment with the potential of items post-use.

A second edition of CLOUD is presently being constructed in Moscow, commissioned by Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. The piece will be on display as part of Art Experiment 2013 from January 2 – 23, 2013.

– Jessica Jane Julius

"Cloud"- made from 6000 new and used light bulbs. photo credit Doug Wong

“Cloud”- made from 6000 new and used light bulbs. photo credit Doug Wong

"Cloud"- made from 6000 new and used light bulbs. photo credit Doug Wong

“Cloud”- made from 6000 new and used light bulbs. photo credit Doug Wong

Imagery and Glass Course Update

The last 2 weeks in my Imagery and Glass course have been a blast. We have been working with enamels, rayzist, and silk-screening. Loo Bain (recent MFA graduate in fibers) was amazing in guiding us through the silk-screening process. Also we have done experimental slumping and just received new bullseye slumping molds to play with. Next week we will be experimenting with using a flat scanner on 3-D glass objects- I love this project, check out the examples below of previous student scanned images.

– Jessica Jane Julius

Madeline Smith, Senior, Image made using the flat scanner on flameworked glass

Madeline Smith, Senior                                                      Image made using the flat scanner of flameworked glass

Colin Lusis image made from using a flat scanner

Colin Lusis, Senior                                                                   Image made from using a flat scanner, magnets, metal, sheet glass

Susie Sewell working on scanning project

Susie Sewell, senior, working on scanning project

glass object being scanned on a flat scanner

glass object being scanned on a flat scanner

Shaping glass in micro-gravity with sound waves

As glassmakers we are all very aware of gravity and its affect on glass making. NASA researchers have conducted experiments with forming and shaping glass in micro-gravity. This allows a very high-quality glass to be formed. Below is an excerpt from an article called Glass From Space, from NASA Science News. The article talks about experiments of shaping glass in micro-gravity using an acoustic levitator. My question is how do I get my hands on this?

“NASA supported researchers have discovered that Glass formed in space has remarkable properties.

Going into those first experiments, he says, he expected to end up with a purer glass. That’s because on Earth, the melts–the molten liquid from which glass is formed–must be held in some kind of container. That’s a problem. “At high temperatures,” says Day, “these glass melts are very corrosive toward any known container.” As the melt attacks and dissolves the crucible, the melt–and thus the glass–becomes contaminated.

In microgravity, though, you don’t need a container. In Day’s initial experiments, the melt–a molten droplet about 1/4 inch in diameter–was held in place inside a hot furnace simply by the pressure of sound waves emitted by an acoustic levitator.

With that acoustic levitator, explains Day, “we could melt and cool and melt and cool a molten droplet without letting it touch anything.” As Day had hoped, containerless processing produced a better glass. To his surprise, though, the glass was of even higher quality than theory had predicted.

 In Earth-orbit, it turns out, these molten liquids don’t crystallize as easily as they do on Earth. It’s easier for glass to form. So not only can you make glass that’s less contaminated, you can also form it from a wider variety of melts.

But why is that important? What’s wrong with glass made of silica?”

To read the full article click here.

Micro-gravity image

Micro-gravity image












– Jessica Jane Julius

Laser Engraving on glass

We are very excited for 2 new additions to our Digital Fabrication Studio, a laser cutter and ceramic decal printer. This studio also gives students access to several 3D printers, 3D scanning, vinyl cutting and a ten-needle embroidery machine. The experimenting has begun in my imagery and glass course and by Senior Susie Sewell. Click here to see it in action.

Senior Susie Sewell testing the new laser cutter on sheet glass

Senior Susie Sewell testing the new laser cutter on sheet glass

 – Jessica Jane Julius