Friday, December 23, 2011

CRAFTS CLOSEUP • Rod Baker

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of

Rod Baker
 
Rod Baker with friend Kayce showing Rod’s kiln.

Rod Baker describes himself as a “self taught” independent glass artist. Beginning with stained glass about 30 years ago and moving into fusing in 2002. In 2007 he began blowing glass, first at Cal Poly, and then in his one studio.

Samples of Rod Baker’s glass

Each piece, with its vibrant colors and patterns, is individually hand crafted and is one of a kind.

Fused pieces are made with compatible glasses that have been specially formulated. Designs are composed of multiple pieces of glass, precision cut and fused together in a kiln at approximately 1500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Plate and cup © Rod Baker

Blown glass pieces are made in a “hot shop” where there is a furnace with a crucible of molten glass at 2200 degrees Fahrenheit that is “gathered” out of with blowpipes and punties. Each piece is made of 2 or 3 or more “gatherers” of glass.

The color is added in various ways: frit, which is small pieces of glass that is sized from fine sand to pebble sized pieces, and rods, stringers, and cane are some of the many ways that color and design are added to the glass. The color in the glass is achieved by adding metallic oxides such as chromium, manganese, gold, and copper to only name a few.

Plate © Rod Baker

Rod is a native Californian. He grew up in the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica area. He loves the ocean and the beach and has always been connected to it. He moved to Los Osos in 2000 and has found a perfect climate to create and live.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gifts—Scarves



Along with a lot of beautiful artwork, Gallery at Marina Square has tons of wonderful gifts. A great gift in wintertime is a nice warm, snugly scarf... plus we have some beautiful hand-painted silk scarves...

Crocheted scarves

Hand-marbled
silk scarves
Hand-painted silk scarves