I know many, many good glass artists. I also know a number of very good artists. In my opinion, there are only a few truely outstanding glass artists, and Milon Townsend is one of them.
Milon also understands the 'business' of art, and can explain it in a clear and concise way. He has writing a number of books, and speaks publically, on glass, marketing, design, and excellence. He is a teacher, contributes regularly to a number of magazines, and continues to involve himself in the development of flameworking as a serious artform.
ARTCO is proud to carry Milon's series of entertaining, instructional, and often inspirational, books.
Advanced Flameworking, Vol. 1
(Out of Print)
While this books is called 'Advanced Flameworking', I believe that this book belongs in the library of ALL lampworking artists, especially beginners. Milon starts at the beginning, covering such topics such as: tools, setting up your work area, and safety.
He then moves on to the different types of Northstar® colored borosilicate glass, and how different colors react when cased or fumed.
Then, he covers over 40 different techniques, starting with the simplest, and working up to the more advanced. He includes many, MANY color photographs, demonstrating step by step, each technique. It is as if he filmed himself working, and put the film, frame by frame, into the book.
The next chapter is on problem solving, covering many of the problems flameworkers experience.
He wraps up the book covering how to mount your work onto a base, and includes a large resource guide and a glossary.
This book truely belongs in every boro-lampworker's library.
|BAF||Advanced Flameworking, Vol. 1||(Out of Print)|
Making & Marketing Better Artwork
There is a complex relationship between the artist, the collector, and the gallery. If you don't understand this relationship, it will most likely fail.
Milon understands this relationship, and can explain it in a way we all can understand. In order to make work, to make better work, you must be able to sell your work. You must understand this relationship, and like in all relationships, know how to work at it, in order for it to grow.
This book explains that relationship. It explains what is expected from you, and what you can expect in return. It doesn't hide the fact that, as in all relationships, you must put forth the effort. In fact, he goes so far as to tell you what you need to do. Think of this book as a relationship coach in the business of selling yourself, and your work.
There are chapters on marketing, setting goals, creating sales literature, pricing, working with galleries, shipping your work, building a team, running a studio, creativity, and photographing your work. While Milon can't do the hard work for you, he offers guidence, and more importantly, he challenges you - to build the relationships you need in order to sell your work, so you can make better work.
|BMM||Making & Marketing Better Artwork||$25.00|
Advanced Flameworking, Vol. 1 - and -
Milon has taken his two books, 'Advanced Flameworking, Vol. 1' and 'Making & Marketing Better Artwork', and combined them into a single, hard cover book. Printed back-to-back, this gives you two books in one!Copyright 2001
|BAFMM||Advanced Flameworking, Vol. 1 -and- Making & Marketing Better Artwork||(Out of Print)|
Focus on Flamework
4-1/4 x 5-1/2"
In each of Milon's five Focus on Flamework videos, he includes a small, 16 page, full-color booklet of the same subject matter. Here, he has gathered all five of those booklets, and combined them into this one book.
The six subjects include: An Introduction to Using Borocolour, Making Simple and Complex Cane, Murrine, Flameworking with Dichroic Glass, Frit & Powders, and Surface Decoration.
This is a great pocket reference to keep at your torch.
|Focus on Flamework||$15.00|
Making a Living Without Making Pipes
5-1/4 x 8-1/2"
There are going to be people that skip over this book just because of the reference to 'pipes' in the title. This is too bad, because this is a terrific book that all artists should read. I'd call this book, "How to be a working artist, and still make a living."
In this book, Milon covers: setting goals, elements of design, the many different catagories of lampworking, the six elements of advertising, pricing, wholesale vs retail, teamwork, and 'successful artists in a nutshell'. If you are trying to make a living off of your art, you need this book!
|BMAL||Making a Living Without Making Pipes||$15.00|