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03-22-2012, 09:30 AM
Announcing, the first edition of The Michigan Glass Project. The event will be June 15-17 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Join us for a weekend of demonstrations, colaborations and inspiration. More information will be available as it unfolds.http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/556364_240402216056664_239195899510629_475029_5005 30546_n.jpg

03-26-2012, 08:12 PM
We will be posting updates and information on the event on Facebook . Take a second and like us to stay tuned. This is going to be big.


D kid
03-28-2012, 08:58 AM
looking Fwd to it!!!

03-29-2012, 08:39 AM
this will be my first trip to lower michigan and i have lived in wisco my whole life!

03-30-2012, 07:23 PM

The Michigan Glass Project needs your art donations.

The Michigan Glass Project is committed to bringing the glass community together. We are offering several ways for artists to participate in this year's event. This is our opportunity to build positive, lasting relationships within the glass community while at the same time donating money and resources to organizations in the Detroit area. The proceeds from our events this year will be donated to the Belle Isle Aquarium via the Belle Isle Conservancy (www.belleisleconservancy.org).

We will have a receiving station set up at our main event, June 15th-17th, allowing you to simply bring your donations with you to the party. If you will not be attending our June event we will be accepting shipped donations to our offices arriving no later than June 14th. Donations can also be dropped off at The Urban Pheasant Glass Studio located at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit. If you are having difficulties getting your donations to us please let us know so that we can assist you. Since we are a non-profit organization, you can deduct the value of your donated art from this year’s taxes!

Our address is:
The Michigan Glass Project
150 Lange
Troy, MI 48098

The Michigan Project will be organizing a series of silent auctions, with the primary reception and auction being held at the Belle Isle Aquarium during the month of October. The proceeds from these events will go to the Belle Isle Aquarium. Your donated art will be photographed and promoted through our website and in our 2012 DVD. This is a terrific opportunity for artists to gain some exposure in the booming art scene here in the Midwest. We appreciate all the support that we can get and look forward to a great year in the ever-growing glass community.

We want to encourage everyone to attend our event on June 15th-17th in Detroit where we will be collaborating on multiple aquatic themed pieces to be displayed and sold with proceeds going to the Belle Isle Aquarium. We will have several flame working stations set up at this event for artists to participate. This 3-day event is a great time to mingle with others in our glass community and we will be offering music, live painting, food, and drink. Keep checking www.themichiganglassproject.com for a schedule of events as we near the date of this grand event.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Kristen Key
Artistic Donation Coordinator

J Howard
04-02-2012, 03:41 PM
arrgh- you put it as the same time as the GAS conference. i'll try and show up on sunday - at least it's right near by! what time does it go until on sunday?

i'll send you a small piece for the fundraiser too.... er small for me at least

04-02-2012, 04:04 PM
gonna be killer!

04-02-2012, 04:21 PM
it is $$$$ it really is

Mr. Whale dick
04-04-2012, 08:06 AM

04-04-2012, 01:37 PM
It's looking like we have one hell of a local roll call. Big ups to Michigan Crew.

^Crayven, Toledo is 40 minutes away from Detroit. We planned it to be the same weekend in hopes that we can expose the flameworking scene to some of the GAS demographic. Not only are we trying to strengthen our local community, but build a bridge between the different glass worlds. The line up is looking super tight. I really appreciate the offer for a "small" piece and looking forward to meeting you and seeing what you got.

04-04-2012, 04:55 PM
I'll be there the 15th and 16th.

A walleye tournament starts that sunday that I have to be in!

04-04-2012, 05:10 PM

Kevin Bumble
04-04-2012, 06:03 PM
build them bridges

04-05-2012, 12:31 PM
Squids yeah, I'll be out there!

04-05-2012, 03:38 PM
ooh, two birds n one stone!

I want Crayvn's piece. I'll see what I have here, and try to get something down to you all for the silent auction.

Grizzle Mcthickets
04-09-2012, 09:00 PM
cant wait!

04-10-2012, 12:30 PM
We are hosting two Michigan mini projects this month. The first is in conjunction with the Russell Industrial Center on Saturday, April 14th in a studio wide open house. Several dozen artists will have their studio doors open for demonstration and display of works for sale. The hours are from noon to midnight. We will be collaborating on public display and working on several pieces at once.

The second is on April 20th from noon to midnight. We will be getting together without the public and busting out some serious pieces. Glassblowers of all medium and skill levels are encouraged to attend. We will be constructing pieces with an open forum for ideas and production styles. These events are created with the intent of strengthening our local glass community and expanding boundaries. Please join us. Works are to be donated to the Michigan Glass Project. Hit us up with a like on Facebook and get in the loop.


04-10-2012, 12:32 PM

Dan Kooper
04-11-2012, 07:13 AM
.....I'm there dude....

04-18-2012, 02:39 PM
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04-18-2012, 02:40 PM
Big thanks to everyone who is on board with this project. We are looking forward to throwing one hell of a show and at the same time producing works of art available at auction benefiting the Belle Isle Aquarium. The support from the glass community and our sponsors is astounding. Please join us as we raise money for our cause and strengthen bonds between glass artists. This is big. See you there!

04-18-2012, 09:58 PM
I'll be there.even though donating anything to the city of detroit is a waste imo.

04-19-2012, 09:01 AM
I almost forgot to add that Sepulworld will be demonstrating his elusive wooden punty technique right after his fruit roll up lampshade workshop at the projects secondary annex location at Dexter and Linwood on the city's north side. You must preregister for the the workshop as space is limited due to location. This is a VIP only event.

04-19-2012, 09:07 AM
see y'all there

04-19-2012, 09:34 AM


im pretty sure its not owned or operated by the city any longer. it was a very cool place to go back when it was open. belle isle is pretty nice in general i think.

04-19-2012, 05:02 PM
Nice links Odie. We have more artists to be announced later this week. This thing keeps getting bigger. I can't stop smiling. ^Bk pm me your number and I will give you the scoop on lodging and details for out of towners.

04-19-2012, 05:16 PM
my roommate (jzilla on here) is from the area, but I really appreciate it homie! I'll be in Toledo for the GAS conference and he says it's not too far of a drive.

04-27-2012, 10:53 AM
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04-27-2012, 10:56 AM
The Michigan Glass Project has been gaining momentum. More artists to be added as we get closer to the event. This is big.

05-07-2012, 02:55 PM
We just cut our first promotional video for The Michigan Glass Project. Check this our and turn it up. Big ups to our boys Stoopz and Breeze for the track, Elliot Van Orman Productions for the editing and Chris Osburn for the shots. WOOO HAW!


05-07-2012, 03:59 PM
Here's a video featuring Robert Mickelsen. He will be demonstrating at the Project. We feel very fortunate to have him on board and look forward to seeing what he makes while he is here. Found this one of RAM and Eusheen building a real beauty.

05-08-2012, 02:37 AM
Bob Snodgrass is unarguably the Godfather of the color changing pipe. We are beyond honored to have him as a special guest at The Michigan Glass Project. Here is an excellent video that showcase not only his glass but his character.

"Don't wash your hands with your sandwhich."


05-16-2012, 09:25 PM
This should be a really good time.

The Michigan Glass Project presents

A Film By: M. Slinger

Movie Trailer:http://www.degenerateartfilm.com/trailer.html

"Degenerate Art" tells the story of glass pipe-making from the origins of the "color-changing" pipe, to the radical emerging art movement it has become today. Despite federal laws, pipe-makers have created a whole new genre of American folk art. A huge multi-million dollar industry has formed around this taboo culture. This subversive art challenges our right to free speech and expression, as well as reflecting the nature of the people who make and collect the pieces. One of the last true underground American scenes, glass pipe art remains invisible to mainstream culture.

Live Music with Flash Clash and Eastside Jon

The Michigan Glass Project is associated with the Colorado Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to unite the artistic glass community through charitable events that showcase the talent and culture of Michigan. The Michigan Glass Project is gearing up for this year's three-day fundraising collaborations. Artists from around the globe will come together to make collaborative aquatic-based themed installations. Proceeds from the sale of the installations, along with silent auction art work and monetary donations will go towards re-opening the Belle Isle Aquarium.

Sponsored by: 42 Degrees, Glasscraft, Glassroots Art Show, Urban Pheasant Glass and Eastside Sprouts

We will be announcing the final line up and list of events this week. Thanks for taking time to checking this out.

05-16-2012, 10:52 PM
Glasscraft will be preselling Skutt Kilns at a discounted price available for pickup at The Michigan Glass Project in Detroit next month. We will be bringing in both Skutt Scarabs and Skutt Crucible Furnaces. These kilns will be used once during the event. We will have booths at both the Project, June 15-17, and at the Glass Art Society Conference just down the road in Toledo, Ohio from June 13-17. If you are interested in purchasing one of these kilns at a great deal email Sean at [email]smueller@glasscraftinc.com.

05-18-2012, 05:49 PM
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05-18-2012, 05:50 PM
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05-18-2012, 06:02 PM
Get to Detroit if you can. We intend on balling out pretty hard and raising a stack of cash for the Belle Isle Aquarium. We have a ton of events planned around the project and are excited to show people our city. GAS is going on at the same time 40 minutes away in Toledo which gives us an oppurtunity to expose soft glass makers to our community. Slinger playing his movie on Sunday is going to be a big exclamation point and gives us a platform for discussion. You never know who is going to walk through the door at these things. This is going to be fun. We have a solid line up and are going to make piles of amazing glass. Hope to see all you there. My name is Drew, make sure to introduce yourselves if you make it.

05-18-2012, 08:57 PM
Sound like a blast! I'll see you there drew

05-22-2012, 10:49 AM
can't wait! This event is gonna be killer!

05-25-2012, 06:21 AM
Bandhu Dunhams next class will be at the Toledo Museum of Art after the GAS conference, June 18-21. This is also right after the Michigan Glass Project. So if you're going to be in the area, check out this cool kinetic class!

Glass Workshops The Toledo Museum of Art
The Toledo Museum of Art's collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the world. Visit us for our art, architecture, education, special events and more.

06-01-2012, 03:43 PM
Come to our fundraiser party..... AT THE BELLE ISLE AQUARIUM!!!!! Music by Eastside Jon and Frank Raines, food by Dan Hine and The Whitney, live glassblowing demos, The Fish Pimp and friends and plenty of our aquatic friends swimming around on display. June 15th, 7pm. Be there or be square. This will be one of two events planned after Friday's glass session at The Michigan Glass Project. We also have the hard hitting sounds of Funk Night's house band, Will Sessions in a garden party at The Whitney.


06-04-2012, 05:52 PM
Ok guys and gals, we are about a week out from the project and we need everyone coming to have a good idea of how this is going to happen. We will have 15 torches set up with a sign up board for blow slots. When you arrive please sign up and bring your A game. We are looking for a few things. We would like everyone to be productive as possible with their torch time. We ask that people come with a little prep for their pieces and keep in mind to make things they know they can land and that we can sell. Byron B will be heading up a glass on glass slide bench so that we can stack a big grip of slides and make a kick ass display. If you are into making mibs and attachments, bring them. If you are into reversals, make a bunch. Bring finished pieces, frame worked pieces, pulled tube, anything including tools that you think you will need. Glasses are a must. Please be swift and mercilous with your torch time. The last thing we ask is that you have a good time. Detroit is an amazing city and we hope everyone who comes has the best time. We have lined up some of the best talent in the city for your entertainment, have amazing sponsors who are bringing in local culture and our friends and family are all people you need to meet. We intend on killing it and making a fat stack of cash for the Belle Isle Aquarium. Message me if you have any questions. Thanks everyone! THhttp://www.themichiganglassproject.com/ (http://www.themichiganglassproject.com/)

06-05-2012, 05:46 AM
And keep your guard up.Detroit is a festering shithole and i can almost guarantee with this many people someone is bound to be the victim of a crime.

Mr. Whale dick
06-05-2012, 07:26 AM
And watch out for juggalo's

06-06-2012, 10:34 PM
Lol..... juggalo's.

06-07-2012, 03:58 PM
I like the format... everyone getting to put in torch time on a piecenis more exciting than watching specific people demo. Looking forward to it.

PD, you planning on perpetrating any crimes?

06-08-2012, 03:01 PM
We will be meeting up Thursday night at 7pm at The Grand Trunk Pub for an opening reception. Come clank some pints with us and talk about what we are going to make in one of our favorite bars. We lined up some good drink specials and the pub features 15 Michigan beers. Sou see you there.

06-10-2012, 02:45 PM
Wow, wish I could make it there...!

Detroit has always been a place I wanted to visit- first because of the music and now there's glass there too!!

See you soon hopefully!

06-10-2012, 08:50 PM
Will be there thursday... getting excited

06-11-2012, 01:53 PM
Will I?-more than likely

06-11-2012, 06:08 PM
I've seen you in the city before p diddy. You know the score, you know how we do it. I'm pretty sure even a herd of foaming trogs couldn't keep you away from this event. Tuck it up and get your Hawiian Punch drinking, dead baby joke telling, Merl Haggard listening ass down here asap. Looking forward to seeing you soon brother.http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/484300_290559547707597_1690977222_n.jpg

06-12-2012, 12:32 PM
See you Friday,i'll bring the biggles.

06-12-2012, 11:15 PM
boom yah puff danny!

D kid
06-14-2012, 08:54 AM
Im ready!! Cant wait....

06-14-2012, 05:28 PM
Holy shit i just read the lineup and i cant believe you want to charge me $20 to donate my time,art,and name to a bullshit charity while listening to some gay rave shit.

06-15-2012, 08:24 PM
but Danny, it's all about the c*ck, right? So, what's the problem?

06-19-2012, 02:07 PM
Well i hate to say i told you so but Detroit never lets me down.benny lang drives up from kentucky to help raise money for Detroit and hows he repayed? A broken window and a stolen backpack.thank you Detroit your a true shithole.

06-19-2012, 02:09 PM
Oh shit, seriously?

J. How also narrowly survived, literally. I'll let him tell everyone about that if so inclined.

So far I think I'm alright.

06-19-2012, 03:31 PM
No fooling

Dan Kooper
06-20-2012, 07:25 AM
Detroit rule #1 DON'T LEAVE VALUABLE IN YOUR CAR. That goes for any major city.
That's shitty though. Sucks that's the impression Detroit has to leave on him.

06-20-2012, 12:07 PM
that's a bummer. benny is my boy. good fella

06-21-2012, 05:51 PM
Shit, we live here and we thrive. Detroit's no joke, glad most of you made it out in one piece. Hope you all enjoyed our fair city.http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/543335_295741247189427_1890144360_n.jpg

06-21-2012, 06:10 PM
Random crime happens all over... doesn't seem to me that Detroit is any worse than say, Philadelphia or Chicago crimewise.

I'm sticking around for a couple of weeks, hoping take more photos of the unique scenery around the city and blow some glass!

J How just might be cursed. Next time y'all come down to New Mexico, we'll show ya some petty crime and poor highway safety!

06-22-2012, 01:46 PM
get at us julian, we are raging face in the shop right now...

Mr. Whale dick
06-22-2012, 04:48 PM
Come to lansing at some point

J Howard
06-23-2012, 01:33 AM
Oh shit, seriously?

J. How also narrowly survived, literally. I'll let him tell everyone about that if so inclined.

So far I think I'm alright.

yes, detroit was one hell of an adventure. ironically, right in front of urban pheasants studio i wrecked my new Audi S4 on I75. someone was trailering a car in the opposite lanes and lost a wheel. it came over the median, missed the car in front me and tagged my front end. fortunately i was not driving like i had been the night before and managed to hit a little more slowly. i dont' want to know what that would have been like, because even at 35mph it still did 7K worth of damage. but all will be well, just have to get back to the D to pick her up next week, and one more excuse to party with you guys... which by the way, y'all know how to represent!


06-23-2012, 06:46 AM
glad it was just some metal damage j.

that sounds like it coulda been a whole lot worse.

J Howard
06-23-2012, 09:21 AM
oh, and the kicker..... they gave me a minivan for a rental. talk about a downgrade!

06-24-2012, 10:58 AM
That wasnt an accident,we dont take kindly to imports around here

06-24-2012, 02:56 PM
Julian, what Hass said. come to Lansing

or I'll have to go to NM... been a while.

06-25-2012, 07:00 AM
Glad you're okay, J. The one bright side is you get to take another trip out here soon. Hurry up.

For sure, I'd love to come check what you all are up to, at the Pheasant and Lansing! Just need a few more days of sleep first...

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Grizzle Mcthickets
01-14-2013, 09:17 AM

03-14-2013, 06:28 PM
We are getting ready to fire up the Michigan Project machine again. If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see, know artists we should bring on board, or have two cents to throw into the pot, we are open to hear it. We are also starting to contact sponsors, so if there is a specific company you think we should ask to join us, let us know. Thanks for all the support. We ended up donating $12,000 to the Belle Isle Aquarium here in Detroit. The mark has been set.

03-14-2013, 07:31 PM
I suggest donating the money to norml or any other NON DETROIT charity. And bring in nomad and Red for sure

03-18-2013, 08:46 AM
Those are great suggestions Janky. I would like to see both of this guys come out and show their stuff. I will bring the idea up of donating to a non Detroit charity to the next meeting. Hope to see you there too.

03-22-2013, 10:15 AM
Majority of the artist and people attending are from the area so why not keep the money local. Maybe donate to another detorit charity besides the belle isle aquarium maybe give the proceeds to Gleaners community food bank or to help fund art programs in the local schools.