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CASTING & MOLDMAKING

Kiln Casting Glass Sculpture

Dive into the ancient art of lost wax casting. Students sculpt a small wax form used to make a mold for a unique reproduction. You will learn techniques in working with wax, making plaster and silica molds, de-waxing, firing the kiln, and annealing the glass. Students complete 2-3 fully finished projects. No prerequisites.


DESIGN

Color + Composition + Surface

Explore color theory, composition, and surface possibilities to enhance the design of your glass objects. Through a series of tests you will develop a color repertoire and database of compositional possibilities to create an interrelated line of products. 

Computer Aided Kilncarving

Kilncarving involves cutting a pattern in ceramic fiber paper and then fusing a block of glass over the paper to create a design through variation in depth of surface. Using Adobe Illustrator, we will create designs that we will then cut on a plotter to create detailed text, designs, or imagery. We will use these as a template to create our kiln-carved work. We will also use the plotter to cut designs in sandblast resist which can then be sandblasted to create additional variations in surface.


EXPRESSIVE MARKMAKING

Drawing with Glass 

Working with a limited palette of black glass powder and frit, students will learn the language of drawing with glass.  Using a multitude of additive and subtractive “strokes” we will create images both abstract and figurative, becoming accustomed to the materials and techniques. Students are encouraged to bring source material, sketchbooks, photos etc…  No drawing or glass experience necessary.

Glass Pastiche

In this class we will use multiple printmaking and painting with glass processes mixed with glass cutting techniques to assemble layered glass artworks.  We will discuss the pros and cons of each technique and how to mix and match them to best realize your layered 2D work. Concept, context, and formal qualities of art will also be discussed and practiced. No prerequisites.


HOT GLASS

Beginning Glassblowing

This course offers hands-on glassblowing experience to the beginner.  Participants learn a variety of techniques for manipulating molten “hot glass” into vessel or sculptural forms.  Lectures, videos, demonstrations, and critiques will augment studio instruction.

Ladle Casting

Ladle casting is a unique and dynamic process where objects are pressed into sand and then removed, leaving an impression in the sand which is then filled with molten glass.


IMAGERY IN GLASS

Images in Glass

Designed for those with previous print and glass experience, this class will focus on refining printmaking skills and developing an individualized body of work. Using photographs, drawings, and text, we will create components to combine into complex layered projects. Processes include: lithographic image transfers, screen printing with glass powder, and chine colle (collage). The class will also cover image editing in depth, color reactions through glass chemistry, and the proper firing and annealing procedures for each process.

Image Transfers for Kiln Glass

Explore this printmaking method developed by artist Carrie Iverson for transferring images onto glass. The technique uses principles from lithography and results in prints composed of fine glass powder fired onto glass sheet. This versatile method can be adapted to a variety of materials and requires minimal space and equipment (perfect for the home studio!). In addition to pursuing personal imagery, you will also create a variety of samples exploring the potentials of the process, including using reactive glasses to widen your color palette. Lessons include all materials for the class as well as a kit of supplies to take home and continue working on your own. No prerequisites.

Screenprinting with Glass

We will cover the unique aspects of screenprinting on glass with powdered glass (texture, depth, and color interactions) as well as the basics of glass as a material. The class will also cover a range of methods of image creation (both darkroom and non-darkroom based) as well as how to properly choose, prepare, and clean screens. Lesson includes all materials for the class. No prerequisites.


KILN BUILDING & REPAIR

Kiln Construction

In this class we will discuss the variety of kilns used in glass studio arts practice, types of refractory, types of resistance heating elements, AC and DC electronics,  fire and electrical safety, and kiln construction. In this class we will build a glass fusing kiln from start to finish,  that will run on 240v household electricity.


INTENSIVE CLASSES

Poetics of Phenomena

Working with a variety of experimental processes, students will explore the practical and conceptual possibilities of altering, reusing, and layering imagery. Through structured research, the class will focus on observing the phenomenology of materials as a means to develop new work. Processes include fusing, slumping, lithographic transfers on glass and paper, screen-printing with glass, and manipulating glass powder in assorted mediums for painterly effects. Field research will provide inspiration while daily assignments and discussions will build on and refine previous skills.

Glass Amalgamate

This two-week course will focus on creating glass sculpture utilizing a variety of moldmaking techniques for hot glass. We will work with multipart blow molds, lost wax processes, and hot glass ladle casting. Refinement of our hot glass products may be done in the cold shop with sawing, grinding, engraving, polishing, gluing, and surface treatments.  Students will develop an understanding of each of these techniques and how best to adapt them for their sculptural work. Group and individual discussions will fuel the development of concepts and creation of pieces. A collaborative, team-based approach to working will be encouraged.

Moldmaking Intensive with Marshall Svendsen

This intensive technical class will teach you the fundamentals of mold making, and will focus on silicone and plaster molds for use in wax casting, a necessary stage ultimately intended for metal or glass casting. The first class will be an overview of essential mold making concepts, and using this information you will sculpt or select an object that we will begin molding during the next session. By the end of the course your mold will be complete and you will have generated one wax casting. Although this class is wax centric, your mold may be used to cast a variety of other materials as well.  Marshall received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 with an emphasis in figurative and abstract sculpture, as well as mold making and metal casting. In 2006 he founded True Form Productions, a bronze casting statuary company based in Chicago.