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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tim Szal '06 designed and built four art glass panels for the Chapel's rehearsal room during the spring semester of 2005. Working with the chaplain at the time, the Rev. Daniel R. Heischman, John Rose, College Organist and director of Chapel Music, and Patricia Tillman, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Tim was able to create an Independent Study in the Studio Arts to receive credit for the project during his junior year at Trinity.
Using traditional leaded glass techniques and hand-made mouth-blown glass from Lamberts in Germany, Tim's piece "Out of the Depths" conjures images of rising up from darkness and into the light. This image is quite appropriate given the location of the windows at the base of the East end of the chapel, below the High Alter and rising up out of the hillside on Trinity's Lower Long Walk.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
2. Receive a delivery of lumber. This pergola will use pressured-treated wood for posts, regular spruce for the bottom two horizontal layers, and a clear grade lumber (very nice, straight, no knots) for the upper horizontal layer.
3. Chamfer edges of posts. This is to remove imperfections at the edges of the posts, mostly due to edges being right at the edge of the tree they were milled from. There was even some bark on a few pieces.
To do this I marked a line a set distance from the edge to be cut and then screwed a guide (long, straight piece of wood) to the post. The circular saw can then rest against the guide while cutting a chamfer on the edge.
4. The next step will be to paint, or more likely prime the posts and the other lumber before assembly to try to reduce painting time, but this might not be possible with temperatures dropping. I'm using an oil-based primer, which should be a little better at lower temperatures.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I am so thankful for all of the Szal Design supporters and customers! Thank you for your words of encouragement, your word-of-mouth advocacy, and for all of your purchases! Nothing gives me more pleasure than spreading my love of art glass around the world (or maybe just the East coast at the moment).
Safe travels if you're traveling, and I wish everyone has great food, great drink, and the best company! Happy Thanksgiving!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The pergola foundation has been poured successfully and seems to have survived the recent freezing temperatures, which is a good sign. The anchor bolts look good, and we hope to order and get a delivery of lumber for the actual pergola this week.
On another note, for the past week or so I've been working on a project for a small, local business. No matter that it's actually my wife's business (which should hopefully be launching before Thanksgiving), but I've been busy with designing the graphics and developing a "brand" for the business. Working on branding in this particular case is quite interesting since the business is legal based, but not your traditional law firm. The graphics, web design and layout, as well as the content (mostly writing), are therefore critical in defining the business in the appropriate manner. Little questions, such as whether paragraphs should be justified or not, are actually a big deal. More on this project as it unfolds.
All for now. Stay tuned.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Create warmth by mieke van gameren, featuring our amber bullseye.
Blue Picasso by SimplyCottageChic, featuring our Genesis lamp.
phlox it... by Kylie, featuring our phox bullseye.
A BIG thank you to all those who have supported Szal Design by featuring our products in Etsy treasuries! It really does help the bottom line of all Etsy shops.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The front edge of the pergola extends the edge of the roof line of the main house to the garage while the back edge of the pergola parallels the brick wall running in between.
The design was also conceived with the assumption that the concrete walkway connecting the back door of the house to the garage and driveway would be replaced with something nicer. As it is, there are quite a number of odd angles. Though probably original to the house, it clearly was not designed with any thought.
I'll post better photos in a bit, but these will have to do for now.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
When working with glass, the question is not if you will injure yourself in some way, but when. Whether you are working with molten glass or trying to avoid tiny shards of glass, there is a high probability of being hurt in some way, regardless of how much care is taken. I've taken splinters of glass in my fingers and have been cut on the edge of a sheet of glass (with a square edge) countless times. However, for me the dangers of working with glass are worth it, as the end product is always much cooler than I imagine when it is being designed.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
That changed when my wife an I were planning our wedding. Being very budget conscious we were trying our best to allocate our monetary resources in the most efficient way for our wedding, which meant that we probably wouldn't be doing much of anything for favors for our guests. Then my wife planted the idea of making a favor by using my boxes of scrap glass. I could use my stock of solder and other materials to make them, making it an affordable option for our wedding. So that's exactly what we did, and all our guests loved them! They compared and traded them, and became a conversation piece and brought our guests together. My wife and I decided then that they should be shared, and they are now a permanent part of the Szal Design Miniatures.
Each of these leaded glass ornaments is unique. They are made from small scraps of different types, textures and colors of glass. Some pieces may have a color theme (such as mostly blue & purple, for instance), but they are not created with any type of color or design in mind. Each piece is small, with between 3 and 7 pieces each (5 pieces on average), and each varies in size but with maximum dimensions under 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches.Their design is dependent on the glass scraps I have on hand, and my state of mind when I'm making them. I have no preconceived notion of what they will look like. My goal is to create a stimulating composition of glass. Some items may suggest a certain design, such as a figure or animal, but in my experience different people see different things in these pieces, which is the exciting thing about them.
I hope you're excited by these as much as I am. It feels great to be creating wonderful and interesting art by using every scrap of glass that could so easily be thrown away. I am happy to make just one piece for you or make 100+ pieces. Please visit my Etsy Store for current pricing, and please contact me with any and all questions. Bulk pricing is available.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I am a glass artist in the Boston area, specializing in leaded glass. I have recently started categorizing my business into two main areas I call "Art Glass", and "Art Glass Miniatures". Art Glass refers to traditional leaded glass panels, and also a series of leaded glass and wood luminaires (lamps) that I have developed. I can do any sort of custom glass work that you'd like. Art Glass Miniatures is like it sounds—small pieces of art glass. These are ornament to suncatcher sized items, and besides my ability to create custom designs, feature two main products. The first is a series of mouth-blown glass bullseye ornaments, while the second are ornaments made from scraps of glass that I would otherwise be discarding.
I'll go into further detail about all of my art glass works in future posts, but this is all the time I have for now! All of my currently available art glass pieces may be found on my Etsy shop.