Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Delivery Truck Bounces Off Objects In STARworks Parking Lot

On Monday Afternoon, a delivery truck hit a couple of items in the parking lot of STARworks Ceramics.  After bumping into the propane tank and knocking it off of its footing the driver proceeded to pull away from the loading dock.  Much to his and everyone else's surprise he drove away with the support cable for the power line.  Two power line polls came crashing to the ground and started a chain of events which resulted in the guard station on the corner of the back lot burning to the ground.

Star Fire Department could not do anything until the power company shut off the power to the line.  Imagine 12,000 volts getting sprayed with water.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

We're Done!

Temple University - Tyler School of Art
Philadelphia, PA

On December 7th, the Assembly Dogs (Mac, Nick Phil & Steveo and Eddie stopped in last Saturday) hit the road for Philadelphia, PA to install the equipment we have been fabricating for the past six months.  As of this morning Mac and I packed the truck and said good bye to the beautiful new 4,000 square ft Wet Dog Glass studio at the Tyler School of art.  Temple relocated the Tyler School of Art from Elkins Park (North Philly) to its main campus just off of Old Town and has constructed an amazing 160,000 sq. ft building to house all Tyler art departments.  We worked everyday for twelve days straight to meet our deadline so the studio can open to the students & faculty on January 20th of 2009.  It was a long tough couple of days but it does not compare to the effort of everyone involved in the past six months.  We did it, but not without Mac, Evan, Daniel, Megan, Phil, Nick, Jaz, Steveo and we cannot forget the two people that make it happen all the time, Eddie and Angela.  Thanks guys!

A special thanks to the STARworks crew for all of your help.

Many Thanks,
Wet Dog Glass

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The First Bucket of Clay

The First bucket of clay was going to process!
We had a test run for our Shredder, Mixer and Filter Press last week, and the photo is first bucket of clay into the shredder.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Glassblown Ornaments for Sale

STARworks is selling beautiful glass ornaments for this holiday season.

These ornaments would make excellent additions to your Christmas tree or great gifts for ones you love.

The cost of one is $13. To purchase a handmade glass or clay ornament, please call STARworks at 910-428-9007 or Central Park NC at 910-428-9001.

Friday, December 12, 2008

VIDEO- Glassblowing Demonstration

The STARworks glass studio hosted Randleman High School for a glassblowing demonstration on December 5, 2008.

Part 1-

Part 2-

Friday, December 05, 2008

Clay Factory

Now, STARworks Ceramics are setting up our own clay factory. And it is going to be ready to mix clay soon. I have been testing local clays and we are going to process those NC local wild clay through our equipment and make our ready-to-use pottery clays.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Upcoming Glass Classes for Potters

Glassblowing for Potters

The new STARworks Glass Lab will be offering potters an accelerated, introductory course in glassblowing (Glass I for Potters) that touches on the fundamentals of glass, including basic hot shop techniques, tools and equipment.

Classes would be intensive 3-day classes meeting Friday evening, all day Saturday and all day Sunday for about 20 hours of instruction.

Class Schedule:

Friday: Shop orientation, safety training, history, demo, equipment operation. (4 hours)

Saturday: (8 hours)

* Ergonomics: rod and pipe procedure, posture and stance, bench orientation, marvering, hot shop communication

* Gathering: safety, where, how far up punty rod, how much

* Bench operation: positioning, how to turn, tooling.

* Use of jacks, make marbles other simple shapes

* Starter bubble, jackline

* Second gather, blocking, marvering second gather

* Paddles

* Transfer to punty, open up bubble, making cups

Sunday: (8 hours)

* Recap Saturday, continue making cups

* Rolling in color, demo an overlay

* Handles, bits

* Add all elements into cylinder shape and we'll see how far you get!

Price: $295 including lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Instructors: Mike Linzy, Eddie Bernard, and Evan Morgan
Class size: Maximum 8

We are interested in offering a first class before Christmas on December 19-21 if there is sufficient interest. A more advanced class (Glass II for Potters) will be offered after the New Year as well as a repeat of Glass I. Other plans are to teach a glass casting class in the spring as well.

For more info, contact Mike Linzy or call 910-428-9001.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

December 13, 2008-- Central Park NC Open House

Join Central Park NC as we host an open house on December 13th. Come out and learn about the great things going on at Central Park NC and STARworks.

Enjoy glass blowing demonstrations by our experts and take home one of the beautiful clay and glass ornaments that will be for sale.

Everyone will get a chance to learn about our exciting new classes that will be starting in January 2009! You can register to be a part of the glass blowing and clay experience classes. Spaces are filling up, so don't miss your opportunity to learn from some of the best clay and glass artists in the region.

DATE: December 13, 2008
TIME: 10am to 1pm
LOCATION: Central Park NC, 100 Russell Drive Star, NC 27356

Monday, December 01, 2008

new equipment

We are currently building another gloryhole for the hotshop.  The 12 inch hole will help us conserve energy when working on smaller items.