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Lester Lee workshop
Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Red Butte Garden, in their 2nd floor classroom. The fee will be just $25.
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Lester Bird Lee, artist and teacher, resides in Logan Utah with his wife, three daughters and two sons. Lester was raised in a family of nine children in Mesquite, Nevada, where he was encouraged to be creative by his father at a young age. Lester received a BFA from USU and an MA in education from BYU and has now taught with Davis County Schools for twenty-four years. From his youth, Lester was largely self-taught in art, with an interest in being an accomplished watercolorist. Later he gained some of his color theory and art skills from such greats as Richard Bird and Anton Rasmussen.
Though Lester is a high school teacher, fortune allows him to boost his income by selling his own fine art and illustrating for others on the side. Lester has shown his work at The Utah Arts Festival and the Park City Arts Festival and Art & Soup. He has won numerous awards for his art work and has sold hundreds of watercolor paintings and portrait prints locally, nationally and internationally, with some of his prints selling beyond one million copies. Lester has illustrated for Bookcraft Publishers, Publisher’s Press, Horizon Publishers, and exclusively with Bison Books out of New Jersey, as well as others. Perhaps Lester’s most noted illustrations are those on the cover and end sheets of the series The Work And The Glory by Gerald Lund. Lester is accomplished in most mediums of art, the most recent accomplishment being published as a bronze sculptor.
Lester has served as Chairman of the Board and teacher at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center with whom he sells some art work, and has been represented by Philips Gallery of Salt Lake City. Most recently, Lester has been awarded the 2006 Huntsman Award of Excellence in Education award, and has been recipient of the Utah Art Education Association as High School Art Teacher of the Year for 2000. Lester has also designed and painted theater scenery for many theater companies, including Rodger’s Memorial Theatre and City Repertory Company.
by Dana Worley
I have been working with the crackle technique using glass powders the past several months, since taking a class with Bob Leatherbarrow in October. The results of the technique when using red, yellow, orange, and brown powders remind me of the red rock canyons of Southern Utah. My experiences while exploring Utah and the resemblance of crackle to redrock were my inspiration for this year’s Warmglass Magless Exchange (www.warmglass.com). Click here to read more …
This past summer, a person I met at an outdoor art show contacted me about creating a custom light switch for her home. She and her husband had recently gone through a kitchen remodel. She explained that the existing light switch was off-center, and she was looking for something to appear more balanced in the space and work well with her existing décor. Would I be interested? Well, sure, I thought. How hard can it be? That kind of statement always ends up falling into the “famous last words” category. Click here to read about Dana’s adventure.
One of the questions that is often asked in the fused glass world is, “How do I get the back of my glass smooth?” When glass softens, it picks up the texture of whatever it’s against. That texture might be from shelf paper or kiln wash, or even the texture of a smooth stainless steel mold. Thus, the qualities of glass that make it so versatile also cause some of its problems.
Rather than fight this problem, why not use it to your advantage? Paul Tarlow has published a great little ebook that teaches several methods for using texture in design of bowls. The book is called, “Beautiful Bowl Backs” and it can be found at http://fusedglassbooks.com/. Click here to read more.
I follow a couple of fused glass forums, and it seems that the projects people make and the topics discussed come in waves. Several months ago, it was fused glass puddles. Then came pot melts, followed by “flow” pieces. One of the latest hot topics is the crackle technique, which involves using finely ground glass powder (powdered frit) sifted down on fiber paper, moistened, and then manipulated to produce cracks in the powder. Click here to read more.
Wayne Jacobsen recently attended two workshops at Bullseye Glass in Portland during February. Both classes, 1) Vitrigraph Murrine & Dropout Vessels and 2) Advanced Vitrigraph Murrine were taught by international Murrine glass artist Nathan Sandberg. Shown is Wayne’s student project.
GAGU artist Wayne Jacobsen recently won the second place award for his platter “Garufa” in the Salt Lake County sponsored National Art Program competition. Congratulating Wayne and other winners are Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Valerie Price, Public Art Manager. This is the third year in a row that one of Wayne’s glass art pieces has placed for a cash award. He has done better each year, competing against other professional artists in all medium. See Wayne and “Garufa” in the second photograph.
Students Kathy Watt, Mary Young, and Juliann Tronier participating in Wayne Jacobsen’s Quail Sculpture Class held on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
In the March 2015 member meeting, Barbara Busche explained how she created her exciting coral bowl design, using strips and powder [just wait ‘til she gets her new kiln!].
I quite often see the question asked of how to successfully cut circles. The glass manufacturer, Spectrum Glass, has an excellent tutorial on their web site featuring Patty Gray on how to cut rims and circles. Some people, however, still struggle with using this method, especially on opal glass. I’ll admit that I’m a little squeamish about running my bare fingers along the back of a score line. It just seems like a Bad Idea and a sure road to Band-Aids. I am rarely successful running the score using the opposite end of my running pliers or cutter. I guess it is my squeamishness and inability to use tools that led me to a slightly different method for cutting circles. Click here to read the full article.