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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • Exposition solo Lac-Mégantic

    Location: Lac-Mégantic, QC

    L'eau, une mine d'Art du 8 juillet au 8 septembre 2019..
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  • 13th Solo Art Series -

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 13th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • Call for Art | 3rd Annual Skies Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 3rd Annual Skies online art competition. For this..
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  • Carousel

    Location: Lethbridge, AB

    Mortar & Brick | Arts and Events July 18th - August 3rd Where..
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  • 9th Annual Online Exhibition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • NUDE - 2nd Avenue Gallery

    Location: Owen Sound, ON

    Laurel Pedersen, Robert Pointer, Gae Trinkwon, Lynn Skinner are featured in an exhibition..
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  • Sustainable Fashion Designer Looking for Studio Space in Mississauga

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Hi, I'm Amanda, I am an emerging fashion designer starting my business designing..
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  • “Water” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline August 31, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Water nourishes, cleanses, and renews. A drop of water can save..
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  • Call to ARTIST- Exterior installation

    Location: Montreal, QC

    To highlight the 20th year anniversary of Association for the protection of Angell Woods [APAW] Board..
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  • Gallery Ring “Animal” Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring seeks art works of animals, in all shapes and sizes, including..
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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • 32 Points- 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace

    Location: Toronto, ON

    32 Points - 32 Voices: A Compass of Peace International Exhibition September 6-27, 2019 Cedar Ridge..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Waterscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Waterscapes online art competition. For this..
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  • Open Call to all Artists: AIRE

    Location: vancouver, BC

    Open Call to all Artists: The Annual International Representational Exhibition September 30 – October..
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  • Navigating Commissions with Kathy Traeger

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Monday 19th August 6.30 PM - 9.00 PM Navigating Commissions - Taking Fear out of..
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  • An Evening with the Sculpture Society of BC

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Monday 22nd July 6.30 PM - 9.00 PM Sculpture Society of British Columbia with David..
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  • Air

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    AIR: A mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases..
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  • Vernissage: L'Éveil / The Awakening

    Location: Montreal, QC

    Archive Collective is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition, “The Awakening,” opening on..
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  • Artists Choice 2019

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists Juried members showcase their artworks at the Central..
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  • The Clock Show

    Location: London, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS ..
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  • Raw Materials

    Location: Humboldt, SK

    Raw Materials James M. Clow and Bony A. Conly Exhibition runs May 31st through August..
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  • The Yellow Forest

    Location: Calgary, AB

    TRUCK Contemporary Art presents The Yellow Forest by Jessie Rose Vala and Stephen..
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  • Clarington Outdoor Festival 2019: Call for Submissions

    Location: Bowmanville, ON

    Call all artists! The Clarington Outdoor Art Festival (COAF) 2019 is celebrating the..
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  • Beacon Original Art Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art invites emerging, mid-career and professional artists to participate in our..
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  • 2020 Ducks Unlimited National Portfolio

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA – NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE JULY 31,..
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  • Walker Industries Juried Art Exhibition

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    Daisy Fresh has been selected as one of 26 finalists in this juried..
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  • Surfaces Exploration and Experience Karen Colville Artist

    Location: New West Minster, BC

    In the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre Surfaces…Exploration & Experience Artist Karen Colville June 25th..
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  • Race, Ethnicity and belonging

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (over 18) residing in Alberta..
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  • ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival ITSLIQUID GROUP,..
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Jo Ludwig’s Dichroic Glass Bowls

By Robert Amos December 8, 2003

| Jo Ludwig’s Dichroic Glass Bowls on show at The Avenue Gallery2184 Oak Bay AvenueVictoria, B.C. (598-2184) (250-384-4101) In what passes for Victoria’s industrial area, Jo Ludwig’s tiny workshop occupies a few square feet at the back of the second floor in a nondescript building. Behind his studio door is a room stacked with sheets of coloured glass, rigged with ingenious machinery and abounding with work-in-progress. This is the headquarters of Kiln Art Glass Studio. Jo’s wife Peggy makes fused glass earrings here, and Jo creates dazzling little bowls. This is not a 'hot glass shop' like Starfish Glass, where molten glass is kept liquid at 1500 degress Celcius and blown into many forms. Nor is this a place for casting glass. At Kiln Art Glass, glass is made soft, fused into sheets and then slumped over molds. It’s an old tradition, used by the Romans and Egyptians, and is not unknown in the current art glass world - Mel Munsen of Esquimalt is a world-famous practitioner of the technique. In the time-honoured way, Jo Ludwig begins by creating a mosaic of glass pieces. This might be a multi-coloured checkerboard, or an irregular pattern of smashed glass reassembled with colours in the cracks. His signature pieces are the tiny bowls made from laminates of sheets of coloured glass. Nestled into the inner surface of each is gleaming dichroic glass. "Dichroic" is defined as the property of having more than one color, especially when viewed from different angles. Dichroic glass is a high-tech spin-off of the space industry. Thin layers of metallic oxides, such as titanium, silicon, and magnesium are deposited upon the surface of the glass in a high temperature, vacuum furnace. Ludwig buys this material, and it’s very expensive. Dichroic coatings transmit certain wavelengths of light, while reflecting others, thus creating an interference-effect similar to the iridescence observed in fire opals, dragonfly wings and hummingbird feathers.The transmitted color is different than the reflected color, and a third color is produced by viewing the dichroic piece at a 45 degree angle.The resulting colors are pure, saturated, single wavelengths of light, that appear to originate from within the dichroic piece. In conversation, I learned a bit about Ludgwig’s background. He emigrated from South Africa in 1977 and arrived in Edmonton. There he made his home. As well as taking eight years of university training in philosophy, he also worked as a heavy equipment mechanic. In 1996 he was introduced to working with glass at a hobby-level workshop. He’s never looked back. Considering that there are shards of broken glass everywhere, I asked if he went through a lot of band-aids. With a chuckle, the burly artist plunged his bare hands deep into a bin of glass scraps and rummaged around a bit as if he was looking for something. Handling glass is a knack that person develops, apparently. Ludwig’s finished products are things of beauty, but the labour involved in the process is less glamourous. After the glass sheets are cut into shape, the separate components are fused in an electric kiln. These layered blanks are next ground against a diamond disk which is lubricated with water provided by an aquarium pump. A home made 'syphon type' sand-blasting booth stands ready next to it on the bench. While much is achieved with simple glass cutting aparatus, Ludwig is clearly delighted with his radial drill press and small machining lathe. Everywhere one looks, the machinist’s attitude is evident. Slumping glass is more complex that I had imagined. Glass has its own ways which will not be gainsaid.The laminates melt in different manners, advancing or receding according to size. Ludwig carefully plans the melting process in a series of incremental stages, as the glass is formed over molds of increasing convexity. The artist’s ingenuity is put to use finding ready-made forms for molds - stainless steel ladles, goblets, ice cream dishes, salad bowls... The laminated glass hemispheres which result from all this melting in the kiln are finished in many ways. Rim and base may be ground flat. Glass feet are often affixed. Extra decorative bits, which Ludwig calls 'nubbies', are flamed into place. Finally, each piece is signed and numbered, becoming part of series which now includes more than 400 members. With some justification, the artist has named these creations 'tobs' - things of beauty. Ludwig’s creations are eye-catching. I first discovered their radiant presence at the Art Gallery’s Eye Candy exhibit two years ago. In fact, 'eye candy' is as good a description as you could make for them. They’ve won awards over many years at the Sooke Fine Art show. Fran Willis and West End Gallery have both exhibited Ludwig’s work and he is represented on Vancouver’s Granville Island and at Sandra Ainsley’s gallery of art glass in Toronto. From it’s beginning a year ago, the Avenue Gallery has brought Ludwig’s work to the fore and encouraged him. They have a few 'tobs' on hand already, and on December 4 he will present 60 new works These little treasures are a lovely way to celebrate 'the season of light'. ___________________________________________Copyright © 2003 Robert Amos Robert Amos is an artist and art writer who lives in Victoria, B. C.. He can be contacted by e-mail and you can view his paintings at www.robertamos.com