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Join Robert Mickelsen on his journey through the ever-evolving world of fine flameworking! In this interview we discuss his entrance into the functional glass world, and the fabulous collaborations that followed. 

Direct download: Glasscaster_with_Robert_Mickelsen.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

I'd always wanted to interview Lisa Vogt...she was the first artist I knew who made glass sinks, which were high on my bucket list at the time. She's been working glass since 1988, has published 14 books and numerous articles. Her work has been exhibited in major cities throughout the US. 

She's done plenty of Art in Public Places, many commissions, and she's a terrific instructor. We've produced quite a few Glass Expert Webinars™ together.

We ran into each other recently at a glass industry event, and finally had the opportunity to do this interview while hiding out in a somewhat cavernous and echoey back room. 

You can find out more about Lisa at

And you can access her recorded webinars here:

Enjoy the podcast!

Direct download: Lisa_Vogt_Glasscaster_with_Cover_Art.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm EDT

If you've ever wanted to throw caution to the wind and shatter your glass before you play with it, you've come to the right place! Tony Glander loves breaking tempered glass and reassembling it, then popping it into his kiln for transformation.

In this interview he'll tell you about his "Shatterglass" technique, his photographic screen printing, evolution as an artist, and what inspires him. 

He thinks in marvelous and mysterious ways, loving to break the rules that we've come to think of as norms in fused glass work.

Enjoy this Glasscaster podcast. And if you'd like to take a 2-hour online webinar workshop with Tony, you can Find Out More HERE   

Direct download: Glasscaster_with_Tony_Glander.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

If you've ever wondered how traditional old-world ornaments were made, here's how! Michael Haberland, a third generation ornament artist from Lauscha, Germany, shares the entire process with you. In addition to finding out how traditional European ornaments are created, you will also find out first-hand what it was like for this young man growing up under Communism, and how life has changed since the Wall came down! An insightful look into glass, history, and the politics of our times! 

If you'd like to meet Michael, or enjoy one of his Christmas ornament workshops, come with us to Lauscha, Germany! We host a small tour every summer.

Direct download: Michael_Haberland_Podcast_Trying_Again.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

Join Glasscaster as we share an exciting look into the world of Peggy Pettigrew Stewart. Her work with fused glass, kiln casting and Verre Eglomise has brought the world some phenomenal glass art. We discuss at length her current project casting the faces of some of rock and roll's greatest legends in glass. Focusing specifically on the San Francisco Bay area bands during the Summer of Love, she has cast the faces of Big Brother and the Holding Company, (Janis Joplin's Band), Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish, some members of the Jefferson Airplane, and all of Santana. These complex pieces of glass each take several painstaking months to create, and are all a labor of love. There are many more stars to immortalize, and Peggy shares her concepts and methods in this insightful interview. Rock on, Peggy!

Direct download: Glasscaster_with_Peggy_Stewart.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

Glasscaster Celebrates Edith Franklin

Edith Franklin was one of the lucky few to participate in the   legendary 1962 glass workshop with Harvey Littleton. This momentous occassion heralded the beginning of the Studio Glass Movement.  In this interview Franklin shares her memories of Littleton, Nick Labino and the humble beginnings of studio glass.

A potter by trade, she was one of Littleton's ceramics students. He had a profound influence on her career; she continued in clay and eventually co-founded the Toledo Potters Guild. Known as the Grand Dame of the Arts  Franklin was one of the earliest board members of the Arts Commission in Toledo. She was an ardent activist for arts-based programming for inner city youth.

Edith Franklin passed on just a few weeks after this interview. Her intellect, enthusiasm, and fiery spirit will be sorely missed.

Direct download: Glasscaster_Celebrates_Edith_Franklin.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

Travel from Paris to Pakistan with glass artist Milon Townsend! Hear about his early adventures with fire and glass, and how how path led from flameworking to casting and back. Enjoy thoughtful discussions about teaching, webinars, and intellectual property. Plus....a little bonus content on homemade explosive devices and how glassblowers like to make things go "boom!"

Join us April 30th and May 2nd for Milon's first online workshop! This first webinar, "Flameworking Dichroic Glass" will be an exciting exploration of some of his newest techniques, developed just for this LIVE EVENT! Find out more (and register) at

This podcast is sponsored by Glasscraft Inc.

Direct download: Glasscaster_with_Milon_Townsend.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37am EDT

You're going to love this interview with the Great Santini! One of the most talented transplanted Italians to grace American shores, Emilio's comedic antics will have you rolling in the aisles! You'll learn about life, love and the pursuit of happiness from one of the foremost flameworkers of our times.

We'd like to thank Glasscraft Inc. for sponsoring this podcast:

To see some of Emilio's work and find out more about him, go to:


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Category:general -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT

If you don't know Tom Philabaum, you should! And here's your chance! This is an artist who's life story reads like an adventure novel….He studied with Harvey Littleton, has worked with Dale Chihuly, and has created immense public installations, including glass waterfalls and flying carpets! Now involved exploring the architectural limits of Dalle de Verre, he's a man of many talents. Have you ever enjoyed a Flame Off? You can thank Tom for that! He's the force behind the Sonoran Glass School in Tucson, where the Flame Off style of team competition originated. He has also given unselfishly over decades with the Glass Art Society. So pull up a chair and have a listen. This talented and laid-back artist is more influential than you ever dreamed! 

Be on the lookout for excerpts of this interview to appear in the 1/2013 issue of Glashaus Magazine….

Interview recorded at the 2012 Glass Art Society Conference.

Direct download: Glasscaster_with_Tom_Philabaum.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

As so many parents and children get ready for “Back to School” and anticipate the excitement of a fresh start and a new school  year, I wanted to share some memories of Fairglade, my all-time favorite school. This alternative educational environment, which changed the lives of hundreds of families, was located in Miami, Florida.

Enjoy the recollections of Ms. Karen Collins, who ran the school for many years. This interview will share poignant and cherished memories that will be especially meaningful to Fairglade families and students, but really is an inspiring look at what real education is all about, and is therefore applicable to everyone who teaches and learns.

As  “Miss Karen” closes the door on her earthly existence, and preens her wings for skyward flight, I wanted all the world to hear, in her own words, what Fairglade meant to her and to many of us who’s lives were transformed by the Fairglade experience.

Direct download: Memories_of_Fairglade.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

Behind the Iron Curtain with Fred Birkhill

Join us on a trip down memory lane as Fred shares his wacky and perilous journey behind the Iron Curtain. Obsessed by the glass of Lauscha, no regime could keep this passionate artist away. Home to some of the most complex glass techniques in the world, Fred risked life and limb to befriend a number of the influential artists who's work was hidden from the world in communist East Germany.

Follow Fred's adventures and learn about the precise nature of the montage vessels created by Kurt Wallstab and Albrecht Greiner-Mai, among others. You'll also come away from this interview with a clearer insight as to the influence of the communist government on the lives of the artists in Lauscha. Within that context, the work of these German artists appears all the more provocative. precise and fascinating.

We would like to thank Glasscraft Inc. for sponsoring this podcast. Learn more about them at

Direct download: Behind_the_Iron_Curtain_with_Fred_Birkhill.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

Flower Power- Flameworked Flowers with Margaret Neher

Margaret Neher fashions fabulous flameworked flowers using borosilicate glass. Influenced and inspired by the Blaschka glass flowers, her attention to detail allows her to create spectacularly lifelike work. Textures and patterns are her constant companions, and she finds them everywhere! If you have ever worked at making your own glass flowers, you'll get great technical advice here on how to prevent (and cure!) fractures, cracks and other unanticipated separations. 

Find out more about her at 

Excerpts of this interview can be seen in the March/April 2012 issue of Glass Art Magazine

We would like to thank Glasscraft Inc. for sponsoring this podcast. Check them out at

Direct download: Margaret_Neher_Podcast.1.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:47pm EDT

Playtime with Deb Carlson

Join your host, Marcie Davis, and Deborah Carlson, as they explore ways of getting in touch with your inner artist. By getting ego out of the way and reconnecting with the spirit of play, you can find your creative center. Playtime with Deb gives you ideas for getting beyond ego in both individual and group settings. Look for excerpts of this podcast in the upcoming issue of The Flow Magazine. Sponsored by Glasscraft Inc.

Direct download: Glasscaster_Playtime_with_Deb.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am EDT