Making “Tyles” with Rob Stern | Ty Pennington
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Ty’s Take | Making “Tyles” with Rob Stern

Making “Tyles” with Rob Stern | Ty Pennington

I’m a long-time friend and frequent collaborator with Ty, so when I was approached to write on Ty’s site I jumped at the opportunity. As a glass sculptor, I design and create original sculpture, furniture, lighting, and architectural commissions in my studio in Miami. Recently Ty visited during Art Basel when the world’s art scene sets up camp in the Wynnwood arts district where my studio is located. We set up a temporary hot glass studio in the street outside my studio/ gallery and Ty, myself and my team worked on some new ideas using some techniques I’ve been developing.

Making “Tyles” with Rob Stern | Ty Pennington

Prior to the event, I had asked Ty to bring along some wood cut tiles he uses for printing on fabric. We pressed these into moist sand leaving an impression and then poured molten hot glass into them thus creating glass tiles with Ty’s design raise on it. When it cooled and solidified a bit I picked it up on a steel pipe with a little hot glass on the end and we could maintain the form by keeping it hot by reheating it in the “gloryhole” for a while… But wait, the fun is just beginning! We then repeatedly pressed the 1500 degree tile onto paper thus creating what I like to call “pyroprints”.

Making “Tyles” with Rob Stern | Ty Pennington

Hot Glass “Tyles” and “Pyroprints”

Making “Tyles” with Rob Stern | Ty Pennington
Making “Tyles” with Rob Stern | Ty Pennington
Making “Tyles” with Rob Stern | Ty Pennington

These prints are just another example of how our artistic collaborations have evolved over the years. We always seem to have lots of fun doing stuff together, so stay tuned for our next adventure!

For more samples of my work, check out http://www.robsternartglass.com/

Rob Stern

Over his 25 year career in glass, Rob Stern has traveled, lived, and studied extensively and has worked with the most accomplished glass artists and masters throughout the world. His work has been installed, exhibited, and collected in Europe, Asia and United States. He was a professor at the University of Miami Glass program from 1997 – 2004 and was most recently a visiting professor at the Glass Department at the University of Texas, Arlington in 2010. Since 2004 Rob has operated his own studios in the Wynnwood arts district of Miami, where he and his team create and execute all aspects from design to production and installation.

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