For artist Brooke Barttelbort, neon was a nice mix of design and hot glass work - something she’d first tasted at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She talks with Max about her move to Los Angeles, finding her tribe at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale and touches on some very personal health challenges.
Eve Hoyt knows that making neon is a process. She knows because her journey began in 1989 when she started calling shops searching for someone who would teach her to bend glass. Eventually connecting with neon instructor and mentor, Haley Ryane - Eve soon found herself working in commercial shops.
Founder and owner of Random Neon, Clif Eddens - is a human bridge between dozens of different neon artists, collectors, and creators. Clif talks to Mondo Neon about the pivotal evolution of becoming a neon artist, such as traveling cross country to take neon coursework, building a neon shop with limited resources and know-how, and all the people Clif worked with over the years.
Before he was the General Manager at Ventex Technology, Morgan Crook was an aspiring glass bender, writer and mechanical engineer creating "The Neon Engineers Notebook" for future neon professionals looking to break into the trade. Mondo talks with Morgan about how that was the perfect starting point.
Kacie Lee's neon career is unquestionably awesome. But her notable contribution to the female neon movement has put Kacie in an entirely new dimension. Max and Kacie go through it all, from the challenges of bending glass at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to teaching aspiring artists at the Museum of Neon Art (MONA).