Saturday, December 31, 2011

Great Year

It has been a wonderful year at the studio. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it happen. The studio has grown a lot and I hope I am keeping up.
Keep up the good work my friends.

Be sure to check the online calendar as to when we are working.

Keep it centered.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Contour | Stories | A Bud Vase

Contour | Stories | A Bud Vase
I made a video of the bud vase.
I think I got most the key steps I do. I did mess up the video during the first gather so it starts just after that point.

Keep it centered!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

It was a great Thanksgiving break at the studio. We got the doors on the new Glory Hole hung and a plan for the burners. Just have to find the time to finish it up and get it plumbed. Thanks to Richard and Denny and all the fellows for the hard work.

The Home Show is coming up this weekend. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Ten to Six all three days. Come by when you can.

Chuck is getting ready to move to Louisville. We will miss him at the studio and hope he will return to visit on occasion. Mara returns from Germany on Saturday evening.

Until then, keep it centered!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Upcoming

As you may know the new glory hole came in. Richard and Denny have a great plan in mind for the doors. I think it is going to come together very well. Thinking we will working on it Saturday or Sunday and then during the Thanksgiving Break. We will be open and in and out over the break so let me know if you are wanting to come in to work.
I still plan on having Open Blow Time for folks on Sunday to come in and create and make some things for the studio to sell and get some new skills built up.
Keep it centered!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

24 inch opening

The new glory hole. It is huge. 24 inch opening on hole.


Friday, November 04, 2011

Morning sun

The morning sun shining through a blue piece of glass is awe inspiring.


Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The Week Ahead and More

It is going to be a crazy time heading into the Christmas season. The calendar in the studio is posted through Christmas. Be sure to sign up now for time. I also need to make time for making ornaments and holiday gift ideas.
Oil Lamps, Soap Dispensers, Perfume Bottles are just some of the items I would like to create during our Sunday Open Blow times too.
We are starting to get holiday parties booked for the next couple of months. If you want to have your party at Blue Sage Studios let me know fairly quickly.
Keep it centered!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ice Cream Social

Don't forget that Sunday the 30th is the Almost Annual Ice Cream Social. Bring your family and friends for a cool treat at the hot glass studio.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fire platter

Roy making a fire platter. Hopefully it came out good will see it this afternoon.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Home Page | Tree and Leaf Clothing

Home Page | Tree and Leaf Clothing:
Week 6 is posted.

Weekend

It looks like it will be a great weekend in the studio. Working today and this afternoon. Saturday brings lots of classes and a huge birthday party. It should be great fun. Sunday will be working and lessons and creating. Drop by if you get the chance.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Sunday, sunday

Tour group in this morning. Then folks working and open blow time too. Should be a great day in the studio. Cool weather is upon us.
Gearing up for the day of the dead and the ice cream social at the end of the month. Lots of ornaments to make too.
If you are looking for corporate gifts let us know as soon as possible.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Google Calendar

Google Calendar:
ray can't make it tonight. If anyone wants to work or help tonight come by around 6:30.

Friday, September 30, 2011

give away

I would like to team up with a site for a give away.
A recipe site or something and donate four ice cream bowls to be given to a reader at random. I could do it here but only like 10 people read this site more then on occasion.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Vase

I have been working on this shape. The cookie foot gets a wrap. Makes for a great look when I can get it right. This will be one of two pieces up for a gift. .


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Andrew Boatman

My fountain for the OVAC 12x12 show

Friday, September 09, 2011

Sell Handmade, Fine Art, Supplies and More On ArtFire.com

Sell Handmade, Fine Art, Supplies and More On ArtFire.com:
Wondering about this site. Etsy like maybe? Difficult to sell stuff online but it could be a valuable market tool.

'via Blog this'

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Glort Hole

I got an email from the fellow making the new studio equipment. He says it will be 5 to 6 weeks and ready to ship. How awesome would that be. Hate to keep my fingersb crossed.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Atlantic

This article (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/08/the-fall-of-groupon-is-the-daily-deals-site-running-out-of-cash/243863/) in The Atlantic is interesting. Steve Lackmeyer pointed it out via twitter.
The Groupon Model does not work for me. A company promotes businesses with discounts to the public. Groupon does very little. A middle man in the transaction.
For us Groupon would promote a deal. Say get $40 of goods or services for $20. Groupon then takes half of the $20 with the studio getting the other half. That would be $10 for a $40 item. That does not even cover our cost alone in a $40 item.
It sounds good on the surface but really does not work.
Living Social does the same thing. Offering a glassblowing lesson that is $75 at half off $37.50. Half of that again is $18.75 to the studio for a one hour lesson. Raw operating cost alone is over $40 an hour. In their sales pitch they say the increase in repeat business will off-set the loss.
Sounds like a crazy deal for the small business owner.

vase

very cool technique and vase

Italian Jim's

I just saw this article online. Good stuff from our friend Chris.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Glass & Clay :: Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Glass & Clay :: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Class times are still open at the OKCMOA.com website for Glassblowing. Classes fill up fast.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Progress

It has been a crazy start to school and things are beginning to even out.
Sunday is going to be open blow time this week at 1 to 4 and if it works we will continue the practice. It will allow a lot of learning to take place.
Keep it centered.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Open

We are open off and on throughout the next few days. Gearing up for the Artist Opening on Friday Night at 6:00 to 10:00. Lot's to do to get ready. Dusting, cleaning, blowing. We should be back to a regular schedule next week. We will need to take a look at the upcoming calendar and get folks scheduled into work and play. Come in when you can and beat the heat with more heat.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Schedule

It has been a hot, hot summer. Blowing glass when it is 100+ outside takes everything you got.
We will be closing for a couple of weeks. No blowing going on.
Stephen will be in the Istvan Gallery so access is open to the studio gallery if you are looking for a gift or some cool glass.
Stay in touch. Stay cool. and
Keep it centered!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Upcoming

The summer is moving fast. Be sure to take a look at the calendar to see when we will be working over the couple of weeks.
Stay cool. And
Keep it centered.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Hummingbird Feeders

Been working on hummingbird feeders and how to display them well.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Italian Jim's

It looks like Chris and family will be opening soon. They are in full out prep mode. Keep an eye out and dine with them.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Working

Be sure to look at the calendar and come by to watch us work. I am also going to try to checkin at the blue sage studios Google Places page when I get there.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Schedule

I am working on the summer schedule come by and get your blow slot scheduled.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Seattle

Heading out to Seattle. Looking forward to the trip and the coast and the glass and the synergy. Should be great fun. first stop tomorrow? El Diablo coffee up on queen anne. Okay maybe the second or third stop but definately top of the list.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sunrise at Coffee Slingers

The installation at Coffee Slingers. One of four windows.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Happy BirthDay Roy

I need to update the calendar with everyone's birthday's so we can have proper celebrations. Please let me know your birthday.
Today is Rory Dale's birthday. Very cool indeed.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Week Ahead

We are gearing up for the Paseo Festival over the Memorial Weekend. It should be a great show. I am also in preparation for showing some work at the infamous Coffee Slingers. I am planning on an ornament display in the front window.

We will be working most evenings this week and this weekend too. We are finishing up our OKCMOA glass sculpting class on Saturday with making a sea shell.

All is well. Keep it centered!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Edmond

What a great weekend. Many thanks to everyone who helped out at the show. From setup and break down everything just went well.
If you see Mara give her many thanks for putting in a full weekend in the booth.

Next step is gearing up for the Paseo Festival at the end of the month.

The Week Ahead...
I am not sure yet but should be that posted tonight or tomorrow.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Cane

We had a guest in from California on Friday night. Paul Counts came into the studio. He was showing his work at the Oklahoma City Arts Festival. It was a great evening. We pulled out some white, black and capri blue veiled cane. Then put those together to pull a lattachino cane.
Paul then took that cane and created a tea pot. It was truly amazing.

Some of his work... http://youtu.be/IMfdEd1LymE

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The schedule over the next few days. It is subject to change but we are getting back in the swing of things.

Today (Wed, Apr 27)
2:30pm
Eli
4:30pm
Brandon and Andy
7:30pm
Dr. John
Tomorrow (Thu, Apr 28)
4:30pm
Lester Cowden
6:00pm
marty
Sat, Apr 30
8:00am
Patty
10:00am
OKCMOA Class Vessels
2:00pm
Brandon
4:00pm
Scott
Sun, May 1
12:00pm
Richard and Denny
2:00pm
The Booth's
Mon, May 2
4:30pm
Robin
5:30pm
David in Small GH
6:00pm
Ray
Tue, May 3
5:00pm
Pack for Edmond
Wed, May 4
4:30pm
Andy and Brandon
7:30pm
Dr. John
Thu, May 5
4:00pm
Technology Meeting
5:00pm
Setup for Edmond
6:00pm
Marty
Fri, May 6
Edmond Art Festival
Sat, May 7
Edmond Art Festival
Sun, May 8
Edmond Art Festival

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Schedule

We should be back to our regular schedule next week. I am working this week in the studio trying to get caught up on orders and making things for the Edmond Show. Easter is Sunday.
I hope to get the calendar updated this weekend. Let me know if you need a time in the studio.
Keep it Centered!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Getting Hot

At this point I am expecting (if all goes well) to be working in the studio again starting Monday. I have several big projects I need to get done as the time off put me way behind on items made. Drop in and get signed up for a blow time.
The Edmond show is coming up soon too and there are items that need to made for the show.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Getting Hot

We got the crown put on Tuesday night. Set and ready. Brandon called in some muscles to help out. It took six of us to lift it into place.

Wednesday we got the metal put back on and the fiber repacked. The elements in and all wired up. Denny, Richard, Scott and I fired up around 11:00 last night and it has been sitting at 200 degrees.

I am not sure when we will begin blowing. We have to get it hot, make some adjustments, load and cook the batch. Soon I hope.

many thanks to everyone who has helped out this week and over the trails of the past month in getting everything together.

Keep it centered!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Crown

It looks like we will be working on getting the crown set on Tuesday after 5:00. If you are out and about feel free to drop by and see our progress.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Update

What do you do when the universe seems to be conspiring against you?
The crown was not ready to ship today. We are looking at Tuesday of next week to get it here.
More to come...

Progress

The studio is coming along. We have completed several different projects over the past couple of weeks. The crown is supposed to be ready to ship today. Hopefully all will go well in that process.
I will let you all know how it comes along.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bad News

I got an email from the folks working on the new crown for the furnace. It is not ready yet. Hopefully by the weekend. We shall see. Looks like we will be down for the rest of this week and part of next.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Are you Experienced?

Have you ever been experienced? Well I have. - Jimi Hendrix

I was not experienced. We needed to fix the furnace. We needed to repair some items in the studio. Time and heat are incredibly hard on equipment.



We turned off the furnace on a Thursday evening. I had ordered what I expected to be the things needed to repair it. A list is needed. The items that are consumable within the furnace and it's workings.

The Furnace - Elements, Gathering Port Casting, Crown Casting, High Temp Bricks, Fiber Frax, Noalox, Wires, Cooling tubes, BussBlocks, Watlow fuse... the folks over at Craftweb are most helpful and with a community of folks with a similar furnace it is invaluable to have assistance of this nature. I too would like to have a guide book or a wiki knowledge base for this purpose.

The Lehr - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehr_(glassmaking) I ordered the new elements from Duralite. The elements are configured by the company and they sent everything needed for installation. They do not send a how to guide. Not having done it correctly in the past we were not really ready. The element pig tails come up through the lehr wall and need to be covered with a mullite tube. We did not do this and had to go back and redo.

Yolks - We have several yolks now. Rollers for the yolks are available from Steinert. It does require a 3" angle iron to get the right spread on the rollers. Old wheels work well for the bases as they are heavy and balanced and can be moved easily by rolling them around.

Pipe Warmer - Still the process of building. Measure twice, cut once.

Glory Hole and Garage - I have purchased these commercially. Be aware that your time frame and the manufactures time frame may be different from one another. His month looks to be like four of my months.

Layout of the studio floor - This is always evolving. With electric lines and oxygen lines, and physical constraints it is difficult to find the best layout. I believe we continue to make good progress and hope it continues to get better over time.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

progress

We have been busy in the studio over the past few days. We have gotten everything broken down and started rebuilding. Things are moving along nicely. Good progress moving forward. We plan on tackling the furnace on Thursday. I am not sure if it will be hot and ready for the weekend yet. I will keep everyone posted.
many thanks for all the help.

Monday, March 07, 2011

The Week Ahead

I know I am missing a couple of folks listed below. I will check the schedule tonight and get it all update on the calendar.

Spring Break is quickly approaching. The new glory hole and garage should be here. I am getting three new fans to help move some air. We will be fixing broken things and making things better around the studio. Should be great fun.

Schedule
Today (Mon, Mar 7)
4:30pm
Robin
6:00pm
Ray
Wed, Mar 9
Blue Sage Studios Anniversery - Founded 2003
4:30pm
Brandon and Andy
7:30pm
Dr. John
Thu, Mar 10
6:00pm
Marty
8:00pm
Allison Demo
Fri, Mar 11
Tentative Date for New Glory Hole

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

buffalo, round barn , glass blowing 012

I was surfing Flickr today and found this old upload. Long time ago.

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Week Ahead

Things are moving along well. I am waiting to hear from Steve but I anticipating being shut down over Spring Break week for maintainance. The studio is in need of some upgrades and work and it should be a good time to try to get a bunch of work completed.
This will be a busy week too. Our friend Scott Young from Dallas is passing through and is planning on working at the Studio on Tuesday afternoon around 3:30. It is always good to see someone new.

The schedule for the week looks like:
Today (Mon, Feb 28)
4:30pmRobin
6:00pmRay

Tomorrow (Tue, Mar 1)
3:30pmScott Young

Wed, Mar 2
4:30pmBrandon and Andy
7:30pmDr. John

Thu, Mar 3
9:00amArt Students Working
4:00pmBriley
6:00pmMarty

Fri, Mar 4
2:00pmPeople are on but can't tell who

Sat, Mar 5
8 Patty
10:00amOKCMOA Class
1Brandon
3 Jeff
4Scott
(those times may be off a bit)

Sun, Mar 6
12:00pmRichard and Denny
2:00pmThe Booth's
4:00pmJason
6:00pmRichard Nelson Lesson

Monday, February 21, 2011

St. Baldrick's - Participant - Scott Wallace

St. Baldrick's - Participant - Scott Wallace
I thought you all would like to know about this and support one of our own. Scott has a good shaped head for sporting the bald look. Me I'm not so sure.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

distinctly Oklahoma

Blue Sage Studios is featured in the February 2011 issue of distinctly Oklahoma. It is a wonderful article. Thank you Judy so much for allowing us to be featured. Paul did a great job writing about glass and how it is created. The artistic process as well as the mechanical.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Liquid Light Glass Blog

Liquid Light Glass Blog
Elodie has a blog. She has posted up some photos of current work. Awesome stuff.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Week Ahead

I got this week on the calendar. It looks to be a good one.

Today (Mon, Jan 10)
4:00pm
Robin
6:00pm
Ray
Tomorrow (Tue, Jan 11)
Closed
Wed, Jan 12
4:30pm
Brandon and Andy
7:30pm
Dr. John
Thu, Jan 13
4:00pm
Briley
5:00pm
Piyush
6:00pm
Marty
Fri, Jan 14
4:00pm
Patrick
5:00pm
JC
7:00pm
Urban T-House Art Opening
Sat, Jan 15
8:00am
Patty
10:00am
OKCMOA Class
1:00pm
Brandon
4:00pm
Scott
Sun, Jan 16
12:00pm
R and D
2:00pm
The Booth's
5:00pm
Grant with Scott and Roy