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      Pottery | Glass Fusing | Mosaic | Lampworking | Paint Art Studio                           MIY Ceramics Studio Business Opening Hours                                                                                     Mon- 4 pm-10 pm Tue->10 am-4 pm Wed->4 pm-10 pm Thu- 10 am-10 pm   Fri->10 am-4 pm Sat->11 am-4 pm Sun-<Closed 

      wee_pots2MIY Ceramics Art Studio and Leaning Center is an open pottery | glass fusing | mosaic | lampworking and paint studio. We provide open access studio to people looking for a place to practice their skills without having to set up a costly home studio.  Currently we have 25 full time studio members.  We also teach art pottery, glass fusing, painting and mosaic classes, host day of fun studio parties an teambuilding evens, We also teach pottery merit badge classes, run fun ceramics summer camps, slump lass bottles, offer kiln firing services, sell clay, glass supplies and tools and restore artwork, We are a unique playground for clay and glass enthusiasts, recreational potters and artists of all skill levels who come to use our studio facilities to make, learn, play and shop for pottery, mosaic dichroic glass jewelry and artwork., dichroic glass jewelry and artwork.

      MIY CERAMICS ART STUDIO FACILITY   

      The main room of our 2500 sq. feet studio is an open air conditioned space outfitted with 15 electric pottery wheels, a Peter Pager clay pug-mill machine, several workstations for pottery hand building and glazing, concrete wedging tables, a 2×4 ft clay slab roller, a 4 inch extruder, an environment friendly special sink for recycling clay, 8 electric kilns and counting!  We also have a variety of tools and molds available for use or purchase. The well ventilated kiln and green ware area, separated from our main room, has direct access to a fenced yard which is used for glazing and clay reclamation. We offer a wide range of clay bodies and glazes (commercially and studio made), different firing methods, crates for personal tools and ample space for work in progress, bisque ware and exhibition of finished pieces. Join our studio facilities using one of the access plans below. The other half of the building houses our pottery handbuilding glass lampworking, paint your own pottery areas t property mosaic making areas. As beneficial as our plans might be, you will get the greatest value from the relationships you establish with our other members. They are a lively group of down-to-earth people from all walks of life with mixed backgrounds, skills and talents. Some are new to ceramics, others proficient artists. All are resourceful, always willing to give you a helping hand should you get stuck in the mud. They all have a common passion for making pottery artwork and love sharing it with other members. Come and join them anytime!

      MIY CERAMICS | GLASS FUSING | LAMPWORKING |MOSAIC | PAINT STUDIO ORIGINS   

      StainedGlassCrossWhen Fire and Mud Pottery Studio closed in 2006, all the members were distressed since this was their passion and the only open pottery studio in South Florida. After some initial crying and screaming, plus a crash course on how to license a business, the members came up with a plan and opened a new studio on April 2007 in a nearby location. We have managed to successfully recreated the magic of the old studio and have added glass fusing. lampworking/flameworking, paint your own ceramics, mosaics, and glass painting.  To reflect the new arts and crafts additions, our name is now MIY Ceramics and Glass Studio.  By the way, MIY stands for Make It Yourself!!!!

      We are again having fun playing with brand new equipment and gizmos in a bigger and nicer facility. It has been one heck of a ride History on Ceramics and Clay

      Ceramics have been around as long as humans have existed and even pre-date written history.  One of the oldest pieces of ceramics found is the Venus of Dolní Vestonice.  This little 4 inch ceramics sculpture is over 25,000 years BC!  Humans have been using clay vessels throughout history for many different tasks, from storing grains and foods, carting water, cooking, storing oils, preserving foods, transporting goods. Ceramics vessels were the original Tupperware containers. They could be used for just about anything.  It is no wonder that being a potter was good business, everybody needed to store something, from precious perfumes and extracts, to the body parts of the pharaohs, and everyone needs a container for something.

      These containers were built by hand using coiling techniques, as people learned and developed their techniques, and demand for containers grew, the more inventive potters would try to figure out ways to automate and make their pots faster and faster.  They figured out how to spin their coils on a smooth rock using and leaf as the base of their container so the leaf could easily slide on top of the smooth rock.   Then as we started moving into the Bronze Age and we learned how to work with metals the smooth rocks were attached to poles with a large counter weight that could be spun thereby getting a few extra turns before manually having to push the rock around and turn their coils.  Over the course of millennia the painstakingly hand built process because automated to the point where we have electrical wheels that can spin endlessly without us having to do anything more than just guide the clay as it slides through our fingers.

      Clay is basically crushed volcanic rock.   Through long periods of geological history and chemical weathering of mountain ranges, larger boulders and crushed into rocks, as they fall off the side of mountain ranges.  Those rocks are further crushed into gravel and sand as water and animal make the rocks move against each other, the friction of the rocks and gravel causing smaller and smaller particles of rocks to move further down the mountain rangers where they are collected into the rivers further crushing them against each other as their rainstorms of snow melts move the large massed of water from the rivers to the lakes.  The crushed and pulverized dust then settles into the lakebeds where after millions of year of geological time the mountains have become these super salty particles that we know of as clay.

      Each mountain range will make it own clay body.  So depending on the mineral content in that area the local clay body will pick up those characteristics.  Red clays are iron bearing clays which is what gives them the red color.  They come from mountain ranges that have high iron content.  Porcelain comes from only one country, and that is China.  China’s mountain ranges are made up of pure kaolin with very few other contaminants which is why china provides most of the world’s porcelain clay bodies.  Stoneware and Earthenware clays are names used to describe clay bodies that mature at specific temperatures and have specific characteristics at those temperatures.  Clay bodies will vary from supplier to supplier and region to region and even year to year.  Most clay bodies are mixed by the suppliers and as they dig through different regions around mounts the deposits and contents of the minerals change so a clay body from 30 years ago will not behave the same as a clay body from today.

      History of Glass Fusing

      Fused glass is glass that has been fired (heat-processed) in a kiln at a range of temperatures from 1,099 °F to 1,501 °F. Firing in the lower ranges of these temperatures is called slumping.  Firing in the middle ranges of these temperatures is considered tack fusing.  Firing in the high ranges of these temperatures is a full fuse. All of these techniques can be applied to one glass work in separate firings to add depth, relief and shape.

      When glass is fused, unless the separate pieces are of the same COE (co-efficient-of-expansion) the pieces will shatter as the different types of glass cool, as not being the same COE will cause them to contract at differing rates, causing stress fractures to appear between the pieces fused together. Many companies make glass of the same COE, such as the Spectrum glass system 96, which has also been adopted by other manufacturers so that glass from different companies can be used in the same piece without fear of destruction. Frit (graded glass fragments) is also subject to differing rates of expansion and can also cause a piece to fail

      Most contemporary fusing methods involve stacking, or layering thin sheets of glass, often using different colors to create patterns or simple images. The stack is then placed inside the kiln (which is almost always electric, but can be heated by gas or wood) and then heated through a series of ramps (rapid heating cycles) and soaks (holding the temperature at a specific point) until the separate pieces begin to bond together. The longer the kiln is held at the maximum temperature, the more thoroughly the stack will fuse, eventually softening and rounding the edges of the original shape. Once the desired effect has been achieved at the maximum desired temperature, the kiln temperature will be brought down quickly through the temperature range of 1,099 °F to 1,501 °F to avoid devitrification. The glass is then allowed to cool slowly over a specified time, soaking at specified temperature ranges which are essential to the annealing process. This prevents uneven cooling and breakage and produces a strong finished product. This cooling takes place normally for a period of 10–12 hours in 3 stages.

      While the precise origins of glass fusing techniques are not known with certainty, there is archeological evidence that the Egyptians were familiar with techniques ca. 2000 BCE. Although this date is generally accepted by researchers, some historians argue that the earliest fusing techniques were first developed by the Romans, who were much more prolific glassworkers. Fusing was the primary method of making small glass objects for approximately 2,000 years, until the development of the glass blowpipe. Glassblowing largely supplanted fusing due to its greater efficiency and utility.

      While glass working in general enjoyed a revival during the Renaissance, fusing was largely ignored during this period. Fusing began to regain popularity in the early part of the 20th century, particularly in the U.S. during the 1960s. Modern glass fusing is a widespread hobby but the technique is also gaining popularity in the world of fine art.

      What is lampworking

      Historically lampworking comes from people working glass in the flame of an oil lamp.  The glass blowers would blow into the flame (adding air and oxygen to it) to get it hotter and hotter so that it would melt or soften glass for them to manipulate and sculpt it.   We don’t know exactly where and when this art form started since the term lampworking has been loosely defined in history but records that Moreno glass was used in lampworking techniques in the 14th century.  Galileo Galilee was known “artist and inventor” created large apparatus’s to as foot operated bellows to add even more oxygen to the flames to get it hotter.  Maybe this was what he used so that he could manipulate the glass to create some of his most renowned inventions like the 30x magnification telescope (or spyglass) or his lovely glass ball thermometer that still artfully graces many homes for its beautiful design and functionality.

      While glass working in general enjoyed a revival during the Renaissance, fusing was largely ignored during this period. Fusing began to regain popularity in the early part of the 20th century, particularly in the U.S. during the 1960s. Modern glass fusing is a widespread hobby but the technique is also gaining popularity in the world of fine art.

       History of Mosaics

      The earliest example of mosaics dates back to Mesopotamia in about 3000 BC.  Mosaic is the assembly of pieces of rock, stone, ceramics, glass, an other materials into a pattern or image. Maybe mosaics where the first expression of people trying to beautify their environment through means that where constructed instead of naturally created like gardens or landscapes.  Maybe as humans we went from trying to find shelter, to trying to make our own shelter, and then trying to beautify through means like mosaics long before we discovered latex paint and home depot.
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