2019 International Flameworking Conference
March 1st - 3rd
This year's event, March 1-3 @ Salem Community College, includes demonstrations from featured artist Kit Paulson, Carmen Lozar, Micah Evans, Beccy Feather, Mike Shelbo, and Dennis Briening; and a presentation by Amy Lemaire!
Event vendors include ABR Imagery, Wale Apparatus, Carlisle Machine Works, High Volume Oxygen, MELT, and UST Glass! Wheaton Arts Gallery will have work created by many of our presenters, among others, on display and available for purchase!
Additional sponsors include SJ Venture Capital Co., Atlantic City Electric, Chemglass Life Sciences, Precision Electronic Glass, and The Flow / Glass Art Magazine!
Kit Paulson, Featured Artist
Kit Paulson received her MFA from Southern Illinois University and her BFA from Alfred University. She has taught across the United States and internationally at schools including Penland School of Craft, Pilchuck Glass School and Bildwerk Frauenau. Kit has completed residencies including the Rosenberg Residency at Salem State University, S12 Gallery in Bergen, Norway and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. She has received scholarships from Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Windgate Foundation, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and the Glass Art Society. Her work has been published in New Glass Review editions 36, 37 and 38. She is currently a resident artist at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.
Carmen Lozar, Demonstrating Artist
Carmen Lozar is a glass artist and a faculty member of the Ames School of Art at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Although she travels abroad to teach and share her love for glass - most recently to Turkey, Italy, and New Zealand - she has always returned to her Midwestern roots. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she completed her post-graduate degree at Alfred University, New York, and is represented by the Ken Saunders Gallery in Chicago. The sculpture I create with glass is meant to inspire and provoke imagination. Telling stories has always been my primary objective. Some narratives are sad, funny, or thoughtful but my pieces are always about celebrating life.”
Micah Evans, Demonstrating Artist
Micah Evans is a glass artist and designer living and working in Austin Texas. Glass has been an obsession for Micah since the late 90’s, he’s been known to refer to it as a disorder more than a craft or art form. His work is a balance of contemporary craft, and sculpture often blurring the line between the two. Micah travels, teaches and lectures at schools and universities around the world about flame working, design and the glass subculture in the United States. His recent accomplishments are many, but he is most proud of the milestone of checking his email more than once a month.
In 2016 Micah began designing full time for a product design company based in Austin Texas. This opportunity has presented him with a window into glass manufacturing which changed the way he thought about the material and how it can be used. He regularly visits glass studios and factories overseas to research new ways of working and designing in borosilicate glass. His current focus is on engineering and adapting small scale manufacturing processes observed in Asia to his studio practice. This is a paradigm shift for Micah, everything he though he understood about borosilicate glass and what can be done with it has been turned on its head.
Mike Shelbo, Demonstrating Artist
Mike Shelbo (born 1980, MI, USA) has made objects out of glass since the late 1900's. It has allowed him to explore his imagination and ultimately himself though a world of goblins and sculpture. He has worked with Glass Alchemy to illustrate their borosilicate colors in a chart that has become a staple on the walls of lampworking studios around the world. With a love for color and mixed media, Shelbo has completed several solo gallery exhibitions as well as participated in many group shows. From the furnace to the torch there is so much glass knowledge to be consumed, and a hardworking wizard is always hungry. One must constantly be snacking forward.
Beccy Feather, Demonstrating Artist
Beccy Feather is a British born glassmaker who lives and works in Bremerton, WA. Beccy has an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has consistently pushed to elevate her artwork and invest in the education of the community. She navigates daily between the roles of production flame worker, artist, educator, and tea-drinker. Her art work is a mixture of fine craft, humor, and home science.
Dennis Briening, Demonstrating Artist
Dennis Briening served as Salem Community College’s Instructional Chair for Scientific Glass Technology from 2007 to 2017, and was a catalyst behind the program’s tremendous growth. Long active in the American Scientific Glassblowers Society, he chaired the education and internship committee, and was section director for seven years. Dennis holds an associate degree in scientific glass technology from SCC and is a distinguished alumnus. He also has a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University.
Amy Lemaire, Friday Night Presenter
Amy Lemaire is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. An explorer at heart, her work reveals an interest in currency systems, material language poetics and the production of histories.
Lemaire studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and Pratt Institute (MFA). She has taught at UrbanGlass (NYC), Pilchuck Glass School (WA), Salem Community College (NJ), and Penland School and Crafts (NC) and shown her work at SOFA New York, SOFA Chicago, Bijoux at the Norton Museum (FL).
She was a 2015 resident artist at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC as a part of the Artists’ Studios Program, the recipient of a 2015 CGCA Flexible Fellowship at Wheaton Arts and received a Visionary Scholarship from the AACG in 2015. Lemaire is currently participating in two residencies in 2018: as Studio Resident at UrbanGlass (NY) and Visiting Artist the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
About the International Flameworking Conference
Each spring, Salem Community College hosts the International Flameworking Conference (IFC), a three-day event that promotes excellence in flameworking through artist demonstrations and scholarly presentations. The weekend attracts glass artists and enthusiasts from around the nation and world. Salem Community College and the SCC Foundation are indebted to distinguished members of the glass art community who have graciously shared their talents at the IFC.
Past Featured Artist:
Joe Peters (2018) – U.S.A.
Amber Cowan (2017) – U.S.A.
Eusheen Goines (2016) – U.S.A.
Junichi Kojima & David Willis (2015) – U.S.A.
Joyce J. Scott (2014) - U.S.A.
Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen (2014) - U.S.A.
Vittorio Costantini (2013) - Italy
Jay Musler (2012) - U.S.A.
Laura Donefer & Gianni Toso (2011) – Canada & Italy/U.S.A.
Paul J. Stankard (2010) - U.S.A.
Shane Fero (2009) - U.S.A.
Carmen Lozar (2008) - U.S.A.
Loren Stump (2007) - U.S.A.
Ginny Ruffner (2006) - U.S.A.
Iwao Matsushima (2005) - Japan
Cesare Toffolo (2004) - Italy
Kari Russell-Pool (2003) - U.S.A.
Lucio Bubacco (2002) - Italy
Robert Mickelsen (2001) - U.S.A.