Newsletter #46 July 2014

Prism Glassworks Newsletter
July 2014
Issue No.46
Dear Friends,

Last month we had Kevin for our monthly Troy Night Out Demo and a weekend advanced class. He came through with his demo "Fumealicious" and his lesson plan for "Fumeology 101." Kevin brought a few fume sherlocks, sidecars, and pendants with him, which were awesome. Kevin started off the day by getting used to my Herbie and we collabed on a warm up dry hammer. Kevin made the pipe while I made marbles to attach to it. For the demo Kevin decided to make a fully fumed sidecar. It was amazing to watch how meticulous he was. The can of the pipe is made up of three separate sections and the neck was two. Unlike a pipe made using reversal balls, Kevin made each section off of separate pieces of tubing. And when it came to the shaping of a horns, Kevin made many small moves to make them was exactly how they should be. He would move the horns millimeter by millimeter until each looked perfect.  The weekend class was also amazing. We had a full class excited to learn Kevin's techniques. There were so many glassblowers that wanted to take the class, but because of the limited space a lot of them showed up on Friday night to watch him work. It truly was an amazing weekend. Thank you Kevin for a great demo and an awesome class! We have some great pieces made by Kevin Nail in the gallery.

During the demo we also had an art show going on in the gallery. Megan Davenport brought some paintings for her gallery show "Diesel Daydreams." Thank you Megan for bringing some great work into the gallery!

This month we have Marty Preston's demo "Full Circle" and Thomas Hua's gallery show "Transience."

Marty Preston's bio in his own words:

My intro to glass came at age 18 when I was lucky enough to have met a glassblower named Mitch while at my first year of college. Mitch was an apprentice at prism glassworks and through him was able to get a few classes in with Phil Sundling who generously shared his knowledge and pizza. Shortly after I moved to Vermont and didn't blow glass again until several years later when I moved to Maine and started working at Royal River. There I learned the fundamentals I needed as well as getting my first torch. Since then I have moved between Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and currently North Carolina. I have worked with many talented artists along the way and feel like I owe a debt of gratitude to all of them. In particular I'd like to thank Phil, KGB, Mr. Gray, Steve Bates, Ukiah, Kurt B, Josh B, WC Stearns, everybody in Maine, NH, and Asheville, as well as all the stores and collectors who have supported me. I'm very happy to be able to come back to where I started, and would never have made it without the support from my friends and family. I love what I do and am very grateful for the life I live.

Thomas Ling Hua is a local artist from Troy, NY.  He graduated from SUNY Albany in 2010, majoring in Fine Arts.  His work is influenced by the figural subject with an abstract nature.  For the upcoming exhibit, “Transience”, a blend of works were selected to highlight various mediums and styles utilized by the artist.

Upcoming demos:

August 29th - STF Glass "Getting Lippy With It"
September - Melt Away Cancer: A Flameraiser for Ovarian Cancer (For More Information Look Below)
October 31st - Tristian Hodges
November 28th - Tammy Baller

Upcoming class: Robert Mickelsen "Busy Being Born" August 1st-2nd
(Two Spaces Have Opened Up).

I hope to see you this Friday, July 25th for Troy Night Out!


~Phil Sundling
Prism Glassworks

Dear Friends, Neighbors and Family-

            The team at Prism Glassworks would like to cordially invite you to a Special Event. On September 26th-27th, the Prism family will proudly join the fight against cancer by sponsoring and hosting Prism Glassworks Melts Away Cancer. During this two day event Prism Glassworks operations, will donate 20% of retail sales and 100% of proceeds from fundraising will be dedicated to Ovarian Cancer Research. Please join on us the September 26th for glass blowing exhibitions, crafts sales, and live music. Join us once more on September 27th for a silent auction in our Gallery 12pm-6pm, and concert at The Parish Public House in Albany 8pm-?.
            Donate to cancer research and walk away with a piece of art. Win win.

Day 1 Info:
Live glass blowing with: Tammy Ball, Ben MTP Barocas, Kurt B, Phil (PGW), AJ Roberts, Danny Camp, Peter Muller, Jason “LFD” Gordon, and Bonz (MGW).

From 10am-10pm
Live music
Free to the public
At Prism Glassworks 225 4th St Troy NY 12180
518 273 4527
All art made will be Auctioned off day 2
Day  2 Info:

Silent Auction @ Prism Glassworks From 12-6pm
Benefit Concert @ The Parish Public House
388 Broadway,
Albany, NY 12207
Music BY:
Auction Art/ items donated by:
All proceeds will be donated to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Thank you to our sponsors without you we couldn’t do this!
Glass Alchemy, Mountain Glass Arts, Noble Gas Solutions, and John Ray and Sons.

We hope to see you here!

Last Month @PGW: Kevin Nail and Megan Davenport
Kevin's demo "Fumelicious" and Megan Davenport's gallery show "Diesel Daydreams" made for another awesome Troy Night Out. Kevin's class "Fumeology 101" was a great experience.

Glassroots Art Show

This Month @PGW:
Marty Preston and Thomas Hua
Marty Preston's demo "Full Circle" and Thomas Hua's gallery show "Transience" Friday July 25th from 5-11pm.

Next Month @PGW: STF Glass
Sean Foley aka STF Glass is a great glassblower based out of Ithaca, NY. He makes a lot of colorful and pattern worked minitubes and pendant rigs. Come see him August 29th for his Troy Night Out Demo "Getting Lippy With It."

There are new products in the store and online
Go to to see the new products.

Mountain Glass Arts
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