BLOG 32 / BRAZILIAN CHURCH WINDOW PROJECT: STEP FOUR by steve joseph

Special thanks to the following for supporting this project:
The Sacatar Foundation, Greg, Archie, Stan, Sharon, Thomas & Anita, Dita & Dave, Fred & Susan, Cousin Midge, Cousin Connie, Bob, James, Jennifer, Seth & Sarah, Fred & Sharon, and HITlights LED, and last but not least my family: Peppy-Jo, Rita, Patty, and Johnny & Annie. If you are interested in supporting this project see the end of this blog. Thanks!!

My dear friend Paul in DC wants to see every step of this project, so this is dedicated to him. A short but important step was taken today, bringing the work to the church. We packed the glass, hired a truck, and carted if off on a very bumpy road to the church. Enjoy the photos Paul, and thanks again for housing me during my residency at the Torpedo Factory!

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BLOG 31 / Being a Writing Assignment at Providence Day School by steve joseph

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I was very pleased to have Edwin Gil as a student in my class at Pittsburgh Glass Center in 2017, and was very excited when he got a phone call during one of our dinners out, saying he was accepted as a professor at Providence Day School, a'global' college prep school in Charlotte, NC.

Months later he asked me to have a Skype interview with students from two of his art classes.

The students did an excellent job asking me questions about my art, and I hope to meet them in person for a lecture and demo at their school. Edwin actually made me a writing assignment for the class, and was nice enough to send me a few samples. Here are seven essays:

Joseph Cavalieri is an award winning New York glass artist. He has taught people how to airbrush, paint, and print on stained glass all over the world. His work is apart of many museums around the world. Joseph Cavalieri focuses most on gallery exhibitions and private/public art commissioners. Even though he had a brain tumor and had brain surgery he won’t let that stop him from making beautiful art. 
     Joseph Cavalieri was a magazine designer for the People magazine when he found out he wanted to be an artist. Some of his sisters are artist. He was introduced to glass work after two of his five sisters took classes. He was then re-introduced to glass work by UrbanGlass. When he was a little boy in Kindergarten he would always draw the most incredible things his teacher noticed and supported his art. Joseph works in his studio most of the time cutting and painting glass. His studio is on East Village where it reminds him of his favorite type of art medieval Europe. He believes he was born in the wrong century. 
     Joseph Cavalieri spends his time in his studio designing, creating, and cutting. Joseph tries to push concept behind his art work. He started to add LED lights behind the artwork so the customers can see it at night and during the day. He says seeing the light go through the colored glass memorizes people. Each time I do a sketch I put in a folder so I can come back to it for ideas. He thinks of art as a profession not a hobby because that is what he does full time. He likes to show his work and talk about his work in public. - Mary Linda
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I think that Joseph Cavalieri is a wonderful artist and when we Skyped him he seemed to be a pretty cool guy, here’s what I think makes him a great artist and a professional artist nonetheless.
Joseph Cavalieri has permanent work in 5 museums, and he teaches classes all over the United States such as Brooklyn, NY. I think that that is very nice of him because now others can learn the beauty of art through his work and that will make for a very successful career path for him.
I also now look up to Mr. Cavalieri because when you met him and he was your mentor, he really inspired you to become an artist that already were, but you just had not completely come out of your shell yet. 
     Over all Joseph Cavalieri is a very successful artist and I would to Skype, see his work, or talk more and closer about the work Joseph Cavalieri does and how. - Mauren
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I think Joseph Cavalieri was an interesting artist to talk to. It was cool that we got to FaceTime him and get his perspective on things. His technique is fascinating and amazing at the same time.
A few things I enjoy about his art is that he works with LED lights which I think is pretty cool. It is almost as if it is a night light that can totally change the perspective of the the panting. I also like that he shows the buyers what he wants to do and see if they like it. I think that it is a smart idea to do that.
     His are in general is actually very impressing. It has many different colors of glass and lots of detail. I think it is cool that he took advantage of his graphic designing skills and great cutting skills to perform amazing pieces of art. - Karishma
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Joseph Cavalieri is a native New Yorker who works with glass. He created a unique and new way of using stained glass
     Joseph Cavalieri uses a very unique technique. He uses L.E.D. lights so you can look at the art whenever you want, even when it’s nighttime. He also incorporates humor, like including characters from The Simpson’s T.V. Show to make it funny. Sometimes he also makes it religious but humorous as well. 
     I think Joseph Cavalieri’s art is very unique and shows who he is. I like the type of art he does because it is beautiful and very cool. - Millie
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I think he’s a very talented person and his art work is very creative and his ideas are super smart. He does art projects for other witch is really kind. I hope his art work can expand and hope he does bigger projects. - Michael
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I really like the technique he uses to create his pieces because the method of installing lights behind the glass is really practical and would be handy for people without many windows. I also think it's nice how he can turn super cool digital art into a real piece. It inspires me because he mixes two types of art together to make this really cool piece. - Naomi
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I think that Joseph Cavaliers is a cool artist. I love his art and someday I would like to do glass to. I cannot get over how talented he is with his art. The one in piece of glass that I liked is when he did all the LED lights in so you can see it at night.
     Joseph technique is very cool. His approach to his glass is very chilled back, also just to get things right. I liked the way that he talked to us about cutting glass it is so cool that a little diamond can do so much. Then the way that the clamp thing can just break it is so cool, just in the way that you want it.
     I would love to meet Joseph one day. I would love to talk to him on how to get started on glass. It would be cool to know how he got his inspiration on his art. He is a very cool artist and I would love to meet him one day. - Emerson

BLOG 30 / Brazilian Church Window Project: Step Three by steve joseph

Special thanks to the following for supporting this project:
The Sacatar Foundation, Greg, Archie, Stan, Sharon, Thomas & Anita, Dita & Dave, Fred & Susan, Cousin Midge, Cousin Connie, Bob, James, Jennifer, Seth & Sarah, Fred & Sharon, and HITlights LED, and last but not least my family: Peppy-Jo, Rita, Patty, and Johnny & Annie. If you are interested in supporting this project see the end of this blog. Thanks!!

This is my third blog on my Brazilian stained glass project. The 10 photos below show the process during the last two weeks making the 13 panels here in my workspace at the Sacatar Foundation. All in on schedule.
At this point all panels are finished and we are waiting for scaffolding to be built in front of the church to climb up and access the opening. Once there we will connect the LED lights, hang the frame, then place the glass inside the frame. We will have the LED lights on a timer so the work is lit at night. 

Copper foil on the edge of the glass, before soldering.

Copper foil on the edge of the glass, before soldering.

Cleaning the central panel after soldering.

Cleaning the central panel after soldering.

The paper sketch for the 12 outer panels. Medieval artists named this paper drawing a "cartoon".

The paper sketch for the 12 outer panels. Medieval artists named this paper drawing a "cartoon".

Transparent and opaque glass is cut to size on top of the "cartoon".

Transparent and opaque glass is cut to size on top of the "cartoon".

One fully soldered stained glass panel. The uneven edges will be blocked by the stainless steel frame.

One fully soldered stained glass panel. The uneven edges will be blocked by the stainless steel frame.

Blue sky and glass.

Blue sky and glass.

Production line of the 12 outside stained glass panels.

Production line of the 12 outside stained glass panels.

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And finally photo number 10. All of the glass panels laid on top of the stainless steel frame.

And finally photo number 10. All of the glass panels laid on top of the stainless steel frame.

Please help by making a donation by mailing me a check, made out and mailed to:
Joseph Cavalieri, 216 East 7th Street, apt 10, New York, NY 10009, USA. Thank you for your support! - Joseph

BLOG 29 / My View of the Torpedo Factory Visiting Artist Residency by steve joseph

Here is some advice to artists considering applying to the Torpedo Factory Visiting Artist. I was selected for a month long residency, one in 2014 and one in 2017.

Like all residencies, first consider WHY you want to do a residency. My list includes possibilities for:
- a new environment with abundant time with no distractions to concentrate on your art
- contact, learning and sharing with other artists
- a new environment to research, or perfect a technique
- a new environment to take a break from being an artist
- a place to make collaboration with another artist or group of artists
- immediate and future exhibition possibilities
- possibilities for a permanent installation
- education and learning experiences
- exposure to new cultures
- you always wanted to visit this part of the country / world
- exposure to the public
- sales
(If you have any to add please email me)

The TFAA Visiting Artist Program is described as:
"Visiting artists become part the community of more than 275 active artists affiliated with the Torpedo Factory Art Center.  With space in one of the 82 publicly accessible working studios, artists can display and sell original work while interacting with summer visitors.

MY ADVICE
1. The best part of this residency was having a space to concentrate on my work. I had time and completed a few commissions.
2. I had only a couple of sales during my two residencies, both to friends in the DC area. If sales are important to you I would recommend a visit or a few conversations with existing artists that sell work similar to your work, or find them online and ask them to be upfront with the amount of sales. Most visitors are having an enjoyable day out seeing art and getting a meal. I noticed jewellery was a big seller.
2. If you want to make work you have to be able to make your work and have a conversation with visitors at the same time. Not a problem here. 
3. You have to like talking with retired people, families and children. There are lots visiting.
4. You should be okay with selling other artists work. You are using 1/2 of an existing studio with your art and art from other artists. They are away while you are there so you have full run of the space. You should be good with answering questions on your studio mates work and ringing up sales. This will be rehearsed when you arrive, and you can always phone the other artists if you have questions.
5. The most busy hours are on the weekend. 
6. You have access to other practicing artists. Make time to meet as many as you can.
7. There are changes happening with the ownership of the Factory, that is on people's minds. Everyone has a different opinion.
8. I noticed many studios didn't open at 10am, so early visitors were often walking around the Factory with no access the the art. 
9. The staff and other artists at the Factory are extremely helpful, thanks for the great visit!
10. I especially like the staff of the Art League Gallery. They have a new show every month.
11. You can use the space just about anytime. Some of my most productive hours were after 6pm when the building was closed.
12. You have to pay for your own housing and for use of the studio. The Factory is set in a beautiful historic area, a 20 minute walk to the Metro, then it is 1/2 an hour ride to downtown Washington DC, with lots of free museums.

Hope this helps any future artist considering a Visiting Artist Residency.

BLOG 28 / BRAZILIAN CHURCH WINDOW PROJECT: STEP TWO by steve joseph

Special thanks to the following for supporting this project:
The Sacatar Foundation, Greg, Archie, Stan, Thomas & Anita, Dita & Dave, Fred & Susan, Cousin Midge, Cousin Connie, Bob, James, Jennifer, Seth & Sarah, Fred & Sharon, and HITlights LED, and last but not least my family: Peppy-Jo, Rita, Patty, and Johnny & Annie.

Political protesters.

Political protesters.

This is my second blog on my Brazilian stained glass project.. starting out with a photo of some colorful protestors (above). The Sacatar Foundation, who is hosting me along with 5 other art residents, has a great program that introduces us to the local region and customs. For the first 4 days we had mini van trips to the city of Salvador, and our island of Itaparica and (above) local towns.

Fellow Art Residents: (L-R) Glab Skubachevskiy (Russian), Mauricio Adinolfi (Brazilian), Pedro Henrique Lemes Da Silva (Brazilian) and Bruce Odland (New York).

Fellow Art Residents:

(L-R) Glab Skubachevskiy (Russian), Mauricio Adinolfi (Brazilian), Pedro Henrique Lemes Da Silva (Brazilian) and Bruce Odland (New York).

These mini van trips are a very good way to get to know the artist you will be living and working around for the next 2 months. It is day number 11, and I already know they are a very creative and inspirational group.

(Clockwise from top left) Rebuilding the frame, stained glass central image, my work space at the Sacatar Froundation, and the inside of the Nossa Senhora da Piede church.

(Clockwise from top left) Rebuilding the frame, stained glass central image, my work space at the Sacatar Froundation, and the inside of the Nossa Senhora da Piede church.

After all the tours, it was time to unpack and re-assemble the stainless steel frame, and the 40 pounds of glass I had in my carry on. I had painted and fired the image of Nossa Senhora onto white stained glass, when I was teaching at Penland School of Craft, so the central panel was where I decided to start. It is totally finished now (on day 11), and I am well into production of the 12 side panels. 
I was also able to see inside the church, and inspect the electrical connection. The plan is to have LED lighting behind the art that will be on a timer starting daily at 6pm, and turning off around 10pm.
To end this 2nd blog is a image of the outside of the newly painted church (below).
Please help by making a donation by mailing me a check, made out and mailed to:
Joseph Cavalieri, 216 East 7th Street, apt 10, New York, NY 10009, USA. Thank you for your support! - Joseph

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BLOG 27 / BRAZILIAN CHURCH WINDOW PROJECT: Step ONE in NYC by steve joseph

AUGUST 2017: My approved digital design for “Return of Nossa Senhora,” a stained glass window for the Nossa Senhora da Piedade Church in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil.

AUGUST 2017: My approved digital design for “Return of Nossa Senhora,” a stained glass window for the Nossa Senhora da Piedade Church in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil.

(l-r) Google earth image of the Church, measuring the window, and the church from the distance, with my (digital) design.

(l-r) Google earth image of the Church, measuring the window, and the church from the distance, with my (digital) design.

SEPTEMBER 2017: Renovation of the front of Our Lady of Mercy church.

SEPTEMBER 2017: Renovation of the front of Our Lady of Mercy church.

After the window area was measured and design was approved, my favorite metal company in Brooklyn made the stainless steel frame. It comes apart into 13 pieces. 

After the window area was measured and design was approved, my favorite metal company in Brooklyn made the stainless steel frame. It comes apart into 13 pieces. 

Special thanks to the following for supporting this project:
The Sacatar Foundation, Greg, Archie, Stan, Thomas & Anita, Dita & Dave, Fred & Susan, Cousin Midge, Cousin Connie, Bob, James, Jennifer, Seth & Sarah, Fred & Sharon, and HITlights LED, and last but not least my family: Peppy-Jo, Rita, Patty, and Johnny & Annie.

Please help by making a donation by mailing me a check, made out and mailed to:
Joseph Cavalieri, 216 East 7th Street, apt 10, New York, NY 10009, USA. Thank you for your support! - Joseph

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I am Joseph Cavalieri, a New York City artist. I am currently designing and making a six foot round stained glass window for Our Lady of Mercy Church in Itaparica, an island off the city of Salvador, Brazil.

The Church was built in 1923, with an area for a stained glass window. At that time, the members of the Church could not afford to include a stained glass window; today the cost is even more prohibitive. However, with design approval from the head of the Church, I am volunteering my time and creativity to provide the long overdue window while Sacatar Foundation is contributing a much appreciated work space, housing and meals for me. Despite all of this cooperation, I still need funds for purchase of the stainless steel frame, glass, solder, and lighting. 

I will be spending October and November of this year in Itaparica to make and install the window. I will be adding to this blog with photos and information on the project.

HERE IS SOME BACKGROUND

I was initially invited to the Sacatar Foundation for a two month visiting artist residency in 2011, where I taught beginner stained glass classes to the locals

I was initially invited to the Sacatar Foundation for a two month visiting artist residency in 2011, where I taught beginner stained glass classes to the locals

ABOUT THE ART:
This is a decorative design with a central figure of Nossa Senhora da Piedade (Our Lady of Mercy). It has strong colors so you will see it clearly from the distance. It is made of colored stained glass that will be set into a stainless steel metal frame. It will be back lit with LED lighting. The blue glass color relates to water, ocean, sky, and the color of the front door. The orange and yellow colors relate to the sun and the color of the outside of the church. The border has waves of water to relate to the ocean.

The central figure is a portrait of the original Our Lady of Mercy statue that was stolen from the church in 2011. This stained glass window is a way to bring her back to the church and the community of Itaparica. Our Lady of Mercy is the Patroness of Itaparica. This work relates to the history of this Neogothic style church. The location is in the historical center of Itaparica, and island off of Salvador Brazil, in the state of Bahia (population 55,000, area:146 km / 56 sq mi). The original construction was in 1854. The church was rebuilt in 1923.

Our Lady of Mercy had fought to defend Itaparica. For that reason she became the patroness of Itaparica and the first chapel in honor of her was built in 1923. This chapel was built as a monument of gratitude to Nossa Senhora and the independence heroes, whose names are written on the church facade.

THANK YOU
Special thanks to the following for supporting this project:
Sacatar Foundation, Greg, Archie, Stan, Thomas & Annette, Dita & Dave, Fred & Susan, Cousin Midge, Cousin Connie, Bob, James, Jennifer, Seth & Sarah, Fred & Sharon, and HITlights LED, and last but not least my family: Peppy-Jo, Rita, Patty, and Johnny & Annie.

Please help by making a donation by mailing me a check, made out and mailed to:
Joseph Cavalieri, 216 East 7th Street, apt 10, New York, NY 10009, USA. Thank you for your support! - Joseph

BLOG 26 / Recent work: The Granier by steve joseph

This blog shows some new techniques and many photos of a recent collaboration and commission for a client here in New York. 

NO SURPRISES: 2 glass samples. A portion of the work I showed the clients for approval.

NO SURPRISES: 2 glass samples. A portion of the work I showed the clients for approval.

Past students may remember a demonstration in class where I used oil paints on stained glass. This "The Granier" commission, French for the Baker, was a perfect project to demonstrate this technique. My steps included:
- Meeting the clients to see the location for the art to be hung and observe the colors of the room
- Reviewing possible themes, schedule and price
- Presenting small digital sketches
- Choice and revisions on digital sketch
- Presenting a full-size color paper printout of the design in different sizes to choose which looked best in the room.
- Presenting a glass sample (see image above)
- Drop off and hang final work

Images of the final work:

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The work measures about 20 x 20 inches, and is set into a stainless steel frame with LED backlighting.

BLOG no 25 / Boosting Creativity Article by Guest Blogger Larry Mager by steve joseph

It seems like everyone’s getting on the fitness bandwagon these days, but whole-body fitness isn’t just about your body; it’s also about your mind. In fact, activities that promote brain fitness can be a huge boon for creativity. So, if you’re feeling like your creative juices are running dry, it might be time to start practicing some fun fitness fixes for your mind.

Video Games
Video games get a bad rap for being irresistible to adolescents who should be spending more time outside, but video games aren’t all bad. It turns out that video games have some creativity-enhancing benefits hidden behind their façade of mindless entertainment. According to researchers at Penn State University who conducted a study on the creative benefits of video games, defocused attention is the key to creativity, and video games help to promote precisely that.

Card Games
Card games aren’t just for kids and poker enthusiasts. In fact, an enjoyable game of cards can help you beat stress – and it stimulates nerve growth in areas of the brain that are largely responsible for things like emotion and executive functioning. Whether you opt for a game like poker which can help boost your strategic prowess or something like Bridge, which has been shown to help boost short-term memory, most card games carry benefits far beyond merely passing the time.

Journaling
If you view journaling as a hobby only enjoyable for would-be writers, you’re thinking about it all wrong. Putting pen to paper is a powerful way to unleash your inner creativity, problem-solve, relieve stress, and more. Developing a habit of writing every day – and that doesn’t necessarily mean writing a lot each day – can be helpful in overcoming challenges, navigating emotions, and enhancing your creativity. It doesn’t have to be good, either. The key is simply to produce something, no matter how much or how little or how good or bad.

Move in a Different Way
Physical movement can unleash the creative juices, particularly when you move in a way that you’re not used to. If you’re not a regular yoga practitioner, yoga is sure to get you moving in strange ways that your body is unfamiliar with. If you do yoga on the regular, try something different – perhaps salsa dancing, golfing, or even standing on your head.

Visualization
Visualization requires the use of your imagination, but it doesn’t necessarily mean trying to visualize the specific solution to whatever creative challenge you’re facing. While there’s certainly something to be said for visualizing successful outcomes, you can also flex your creative muscles by visualizing rich landscapes, unusual objects, and a variety of other visuals that have nothing at all to do with the issues at hand. Whatever visualization method you choose, take the time to explore all your senses: touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound.

These five examples are just a few tactics for enhancing your mental fitness and encouraging creativity. They’re probably not what you’d necessarily think of as creativity-enhancing activities, but that’s the point: sometimes, your mind needs a break from the constant hustle and bustle towards measurable outcomes. Taking a little time to redirect your attention and let your mind flow freely can often be just what you need for greater creativity.

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About the author. Larry Mager is passionate about the study of how to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. He believes in regular exercise of the brain as a means to do just that. Give yours a workout with some fun, brain-stimulating games at ReadyBrain.net. Image via Pixabay by Pexels

BLOG NO 24 / I Love Columbus by steve joseph

In 2015 I was accepted for a solo show at the Kennedy Gallery at Glass Axis in... you guessed it.. Columbus Ohio. I have done a few previous solo shows outside of New York that have been successful in the past, the top of the list was "VOICES X" in Dubuque, Iowa, which had a 7 hour opening festival with entertainment and an open bar. I met over 200 people that night, and sold 6 works. 

In this blog I would like to offer pointers on the best way to organize an out-of-town exhibition. Click here to see images of all of my work, in my Columbus, Ohio exhibition, even better stop by in person. Below are couple photos of the installation.

PACKING & DELIVERY: I needed to install 13 of my glass works for this show at Glass Axis. Paying for an art moving company to ship my work would increase the price of my art, not just the cost of shipping but the time it takes to pack the work. Instead, I wrapped my art in moving blankets, rented a car through TURO.com (if you rent cars you can save big on this website), and drove my art to Ohio myself. This decision cut my delivery expenses significantly. I needed to physically be at the gallery to install the art, so bringing the work myself fit with the schedule.

In the past I have also placed a listing on CRAIGSLIST.com to find someone local moving or driving to the same location of my exhibition. One occasion I connected with a driver who had extra space in their moving van that was soon filled with my art. They made a few bucks for gas, and I got my work delivered directly to the gallery. There is no insurance using a non professional mover, so you have to pack the art well and be extremely clear on how to handle the work. They brought the art directly from my doorstep to the gallery doorstep.

TIMING: Picking up the car was scheduled the morning after the election. So like half of America I was sleep deprived! I did manage to get to Glass Axis on schedule, listening to NPR all the way. Needles to say timing is important so you don't hit traffic. I packed a bunch of healthy snacks and made the trip to Columbus in 8 hours, with one stop at the 5 hour point.

A YEAR IN ADVANCE: Once you know the exhibition is set, look for other ways to meet artists during your visit. I discussed other items I could offer with the Glass Axis staff which included teaching a weekend class at Glass Axis (below), and a free "Marketing for Artists" workshop. The staff at Glass Axis organized and filled the class quickly with 10 talented students, and the lecture filled immediately, thanks to a posting by the Ohio Arts Council, who also generously sponsored the event. 

CAR CULTURE: I think it is good for the brain changing your routine, plus a variety of new connections are made when you go outside of your city.
- I experienced what is like to own a car for 5 days straight.
- One of my student traveled from Seattle to take my class, and is planning on taking my class again at Pratt Fine Arts.
- Two previous clients bought one of my larger panels, and treated me to a production at their theater.
- Two students purchased my work, one actually works at Franklin Art Glass Studios.
- Glass Axis has invited me back to teach a longer class in 2017.

MEDIA COVERAGE: By chance I met the organizer of the Franklinton Art Walk, who was looking for an artist to feature in a live "Good Day Columbus" TV segment. The next morning I was talking about my art in a fun interview with the lively reporter Cameron Fontana (below).

EXPAND YOUR REPUTATION: Get out of your comfort zone and go after shows in new locations. Not just for exposure to a new market, but to form friendships with other artists. I am really looking forward to returning to Columbus to meet these people again and take a tour of Franklin Glass Studios.

BLOG NO 23 / Making San Gennaro by steve joseph

People often ask how long each of my works take to make. Walter Hahn, my high school teacher, would answer this by saying 'my whole life.' Which is true, especially when you include the thought process behind the original design.

Here is a short outline of design steps made while producing the work titled San Gennaro. (If you are interested in learning my techniques consider one of my upcoming classes here, or to see this work in person see my current solo show at the Italian American Museum, in the Little Italy neighborhood of Manhattan.)

1. (above) The initial sketch was designed for a "Photo Bomb" class I took at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn. The idea of doing a piece based on San Gennaro, was initially suggested by Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, founder and president of the Italian American Museum. New Yorkers know “San Gennaro” as a popular feast in Little Italy, but Saint Januarius I of Benevento (the original Italian version) has a assorted and mysterious background. He is know as a martyr and saint. Legends claim that he died during the Great Persecution in 305. I don't claim to be an expert on religion but I see San Gennaro being similar to Russell Crowe in Gladiator. Januarius is currently the patron saint of Naples, Italy. The faithful gather to witness the liquefaction of a sample of his blood kept in a sealed glass ampoule. I really enjoy basing my art on historic stories, and this background was exceptionally strong, especially the liquefaction elements! I expanded the story by adding an audience of muscle men holding the glass ampoule on their heads. Below shows how the designs progressed. They were created using Photoshop and InDesign programs. 

2. The above image had a few more adjustments then was made into a silk-screen and printed on glass using enamel based inks. See this blog for details on silk-screening on glass. Additional colors were added after the original black and white image was fired onto the glass. The finished work is set into a wall hung light box with internal LED lighting. 

The Italian American Museum is right in the middle of the (crowded, sloppy, crazy) San Gennaro Feast that runs from September 15-25, 2016. Stop by if you are in the area. My show runs from now to October 10th, 2016.

The final work.