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WhatIMake: Glass and Plasma Sculptures

WhatIMake: Glass and Plasma Sculptures

“Essentially what I do is take electricity and turn it into light using glass as the medium,” explained Wayne Strattman at the beginning of his talk on April 16, 2016. Wayne was one of 10 multidisciplinary makers who presented the first WhatIMake event hosted by Miranda’s Hearth at Artisan’s Asylum and Aeronaut Brewery.

Wayne received a PhD by published papers from the University of Sunderland in the UK in 2008 for his many years of work researching, writing, advocating for, and making sculpture with neon and other advanced forms of lighted glass sculpture. His Boston based company; Strattman Design has also been a leader for decades in making custom sculpture, architectural installations and lighting.

“From our tiny little shop in the South End, we are the world’s supplier of Plasma Globes,” said Wayne. “Whether you go to Moscow or Singapore or Western Australia, if there’s a plasma globe in a science museum it came from our little tiny studio. We make the biggest in the world.”

In his talk, Wayne ran through the wide variety of items that he’s created in his shop over the years. He started out doing Neon Glass, creating everything from Picasso drawings to mathematical representations to protest signs out of neon tubing. His work varies in size and purpose, from fine art pieces to display tubes for Chevrolet in Germany to interactive plasma counter tops for bars. He even had “an artist [who] came to us and wanted to be immortalized in Plasma so we took his head and made a plasma piece.”

Perhaps his most famous work is called Luminglass. Star Trek fans will recognize it as the charging station behind the Borg Character.  “I was working on creating a plasma TV and I came up with a process for making flat glass that lit up and was kinetic,” Wayne explained. “Luminglass is made out of window glass fused together in a kiln. Air is removed and gas is put in.”

“What’s the best-selling glass art of all-time?” Wayne asked the audience. Answer: Lava lamps. “People are intrinsically psychologically drawn to random motions. It’s bright and never repeats.

Later that day, Wayne did a hands on demonstration creating a molecular glass piece and silvering it at Artisan’s Asylum.


Hear the full talk on our youtube channel and experience WhatIMake: 2017, our second annual daylong celebration of makers, on April 22! Tickets on sale now!

 

WhatIMake: Imaginary Maps

WhatIMake: Imaginary Maps

On April 16, 2016, Emily Garfield kicked off the first annual WhatIMake event with a talk on Imaginary Maps. Emily, a local artist from Somerville who also serves on the board of Artisan’s Asylum, maps places that she makes up as she draws.  “People have described them as something like my brain drawing itself,” sheContinue Reading

Gift Idea: How to Make Bath Bombs!

Gift Idea: How to Make Bath Bombs!

– written by Hearth Ember Jaclyn Wood I made a goal for myself in 2016 to buy less material things and kept to it most of the year. It made me think more about what I need, which wasn’t much, versus what I want. I try as much as I can to reduce, reuse, andContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Emily Garfield

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Emily Garfield

Talk: Imaginary Map-Making Buy tickets to the #WhatIMake Conference to hear Emily and our other talented speakers! Presenter: Emily Garfield Emily Garfield is a Somerville-based artist known for her intricate pen and watercolor maps of places that don’t exist, as well as animation and other digital and multimedia projects examining the networks within natural and humanContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Episode Five: Frank Kreimendahl

#WhatIMake Episode Five: Frank Kreimendahl

Learn about jewelry making from Hearth Member Frank Kreimendahl in this short video by John Douglas Manson. Check back throughout the year to catch upcoming episodes that highlight makers in the Greater Boston area. If you would like to nominate someone to be interviewed, send an email to mirandashearth@gmail.com.

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile Joshua Louro

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile Joshua Louro

Talk: Bridging The Gap; a holistic approach to land care, health care, and everything in between This talk and following workshop will focus on connecting the health and quality of the food we grow and eat and how much that can impact an individuals health, a communities health, and the health of the environment inContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Cameron Gray

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Cameron Gray

Talk: Mindful Munching Cameron Gray of Abundance Catering talks about the path into plant based foods. He will touch on how plant based foods challenge us be creative with our eating habits, from substitutions to entirely new meal plans that draw inspiration from around the world. Cameron will explore how vegetarian and vegan eating can introduceContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Carri Hulet

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Carri Hulet

Talk: Making Consensus Without Losing Your Mind Group decision making can be a soul-sucking experience. Too often the loudest person’s ideas dominate. The group can splinter into coalitions. Disagreements on the matters at hand can become personal and battles of will can eclipse questions that would be much better settled through rational discourse. The pursuitContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Nathan Chow

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Nathan Chow

Talk: The Magic of Juggling: How to Slow Down in Order to Maximize Success Juggling–and doing anything else in life–is easy once you know the secret: slowing down. The audience will be challenged to break down any goal into small steps and keep a slow, calm, and patient mindset. Call it meditation, art, or entertainment. ThisContinue Reading

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Camille DeAngelis

#WhatIMake Speaker Profile: Camille DeAngelis

Talk: Private Writing for Public Impact When we talk about being an effective communicator, we’re talking about how we share our ideas with other people. But our success in communicating our vision depends upon how skilled we are at communicating with ourselves. Camille will share how her private writing supports the work she produces forContinue Reading