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Master Glass Artist: What Does it Take?

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The label of Master Glass Artist is a rare one that carries a level of prestige that few other art forms command. Chances are, if you were walking down the street in any given city, even St. Pete, you probably wouldn’t bump into a master glass artist too often. Maybe never! Obviously, it takes a lot of work to become a master of anything. Malcolm Gladwell famously suggested in his book Outliers it takes at least 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become “world-class” at any one thing. His examples included Bill Gates and the Beatles. For reference, that is…

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Five Fun Facts About Modern Glassblowing

Five Fun Facts About Modern Glassblowing

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Teaching the public about the art of glassmaking is our passion at the Duncan McClellan Gallery and the DMG School Project. Creating glass art is a complex and fascinating discipline, and we want to share it with anyone who wants to learn. Whether you are a student planning to take a class in our hot shop, a teacher looking to organize an event with our mobile glass blowing lab, or an aspiring glass artist, there are always new and exciting things to learn about this art form. Check out this list of five interesting and fun facts about modem glassblowing….

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Introduction to Basic Glassblowing Tools and Equipment

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If you’ve ever had the opportunity to see glass artists creating their work, you may have heard them use some terms you’d never heard before. Like any other art or craft, the creation of glass art uses many special tools and pieces of equipment, and these things have names that people outside the glass art community aren’t familiar with. Whether you are planning to attend glassmaking workshop, want to spend some time in the Hot Glass Workshop at the Duncan McClellan Gallery watching artists create their works, or simply want to learn more about how glass art is made, this…

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Introduction to Basic Glassblowing Materials

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Glassblowing, like most other art forms, uses specific materials that are unique to the discipline. If you’ve spent some time in a hot shop, like the St Pete Hot Glass Workshop at The Duncan McClellan Gallery  watching the DMG School Project glass artists work, you’ve probably heard terms for materials that left you mystified. Getting familiar with terminology is a great first step to learning more about any art form, so we’ve put together this guide to help you better understand what these terms mean and how they are used in making glass art. Batch – The raw materials to…

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