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Taming Lightning

Jul 24, 2018

Hello Lightning Tamers, This is Episode number Nine! Thank you for patience as there was a lot going on in may especially with my trip to Venice, Italy, where I was attending the Glass Art Society Conference in Murano. While I wasn’t able to get any on-site interviews(I mean come on, it’s Venice), I was able to connect with many of the participants in the Light, Neon, and plasma exhibition called Vetro Illuminato, which was curated by Pat Collentine from Episode number one, and Ed Kirshner, which directly ties into our guest for the today’s Podcast, Bernd Weinmayer.

Now unlike previous episodes, I will be reading a transcript of our email conversation, this was done to remove any language barriers between us, as well as to provide a convenient  

I was able to see Bernd’s work in person during the exhibition, and it’s even more amazing in person.

It’s been quite a pleasure being able to communicate and connect with him for the podcast. Now as much as I’ve been following him, there’s not a lot about him.  Besides his website, he kind of keeps to himself, so I would consider him a “Hidden Master” in terms of someone with tremendous technical skills as a Master Scientific Glass Blower, but also as someone who could take that and free themselves as an artist. We’ll learn about who he is, his exploration in glass through plasma, his relationship with Ed Kirshner, and how he grows from his technical and artistic practice.

Show Notes

Intro Music: Boost by Joakim Karud


Outro Music: The Process by LAKEY INSPIRED

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Thank You for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast.

I'd like to thank  Bernd Weinmayer for taking time away from his work and projects for the email interview, and for sharing with us about himself and his work.

Also, I'd like to thank Pittsburgh Glass Center for supporting me as a place of research and inspiration, as well as encouraging me to pursue this project, and the Plasma Art Alliance where I have access to the well of knowledge and connects me to some amazing people.


Keep an eye out for more classes at Pittsburgh Glass Center as we work to provide a space for learning neon and plasma. Check  it out on the web at or call our studio at 412-365-2145


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