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Greg Vriethoff
06-07-2018, 09:46 AM

Scott Novota
06-07-2018, 10:06 AM
That is very interesting! I was with Pete and Mark when they melted that glass and played with it in the studio. I honestly felt lucky at the time but feel lucky now as it was kind of a turning point for them on this glass.

I remember Eben blowing out shattered chunks of it that started out amber then watched it transition back into dense white.

To say that first batch was stiff was and understatement. I have watched with curiosity as these guys worked though this over the last couple of years. Mark is really something to listen to. The guy has more knowledge about glass than you can take in most of the time when he gets going. The biggest hiccup with me understanding him most of the time was he is so far ahead of everyone that simple to him is not simple to everyone else. He really is that far out there past everyone else. He has a passion and it shows.

Dan Vanantwerp
06-07-2018, 10:06 AM
Thanks for posting this.
I wonder if pouring bars is an easier process than pulling rods.

Pete VanderLaan
06-07-2018, 11:08 AM
Kugler tried casting rod and it did not go well. I attempted it and it did not go well. Attenuation of the stream was a major problem for me and for Kugler it was a matter of tempering the bar a bit after being cast which I ran into doing fluorines as rod. It was solvable but still a major PIA. Mark's difficulty is that the white turns to a sort of "glasscrete" when it is cooled and reheated utilizing gathers to make up the product. It just can't get cold when formed. So, He cast it in a piece of channel steel. It certainly is remarkably dense. We'll see what happens if the filigrana crowd tries it. I know Scott Benefield took home a sample and he can be pretty persnickety. I have samples from at lest 20 of the melt tests but I haven't messed with them since Mark indicated that he wanted to go it alone.

Eben Horton
06-07-2018, 11:30 AM
I love seeing things come into reality when you see it in concept form ! Way to go Mr Peiser !

Dan Vanantwerp
06-07-2018, 01:09 PM
I played with sand clay casting after watching some videos from Mark Lauckner. He has it down to a science. But he should...the glass recycle project he did was pretty massive in scale. Actually, the sand cast bowls he makes in this video would be great overlay shapes.


Love watching a guy figure out a process for doing something super-efficiently, solo. Of course, the master of this has to be Bill Gudenrath.