May 10 - 12
Hot Glass as a Collective
Chad Cully, Warren Trefz, & Johnny Ruzsa
Skill Level: Beginning to Advanced
Description: Participants will be introduced to the tools and techniques necessary to create art from molten glass (including unconventional and/or experimental ones) while collaborating in a group creative process to design pieces which the entire team will fabricate, utilizing the skills of all the members. All skill levels will be welcome to create unique objects based on the aesthetics and the abilities of all those involved.
Bio: Warren Trefz is the glass production manager for the Glass ReFactory, a non-profit recycled bottled glass shop. Before taking this position, he founded and taught the glass program at the Art Academy of Cincinnati for 13 years, along with Johnny Ruzsa. Chad Cully, currently the Resident Glass Artist at the Appalachian Center for Craft, worked with Trefz and Ruzsa as an assistant.
June 21 - 23
ABC's of Photo Sandblasting
Skill Level: Beginning to Advance
Description: While it can appear intimidating, photo-resist sandblasting is perhaps the easiest method to accurately transfer art and typography to make marks on glass. In this workshop, participants will learn and use several types of resist to etch both flat glass and vessels.
Bio: Bruce Benefield has been working in glass since 1990 as a designer, production glass blower, studio owner, and artist. Most recently, he did architectural sandblasting in Chattanooga before moving to Nashville, where he currently works restoring stained glass church windows.
July 19 - 21
Fee: $300 Materials Fee: $25 (to be paid directly to the instructor)
Skill Level: Beginning to Advanced
Description: Throughout the ages, kaleidoscopes have drawn the curiosity of both simpletons and kings. Their appeal is drawn from the beautiful materials of which they are comprised as well as the more metaphoric reflections of our humanity found within them. Join us for a weekend of existential exploration through the creation of an exquisite glass kaleidoscope. Each participant will take home a one-of-a-kind piece made with gentle instruction and guidance. No prior glass experience needed.
Bio: David Baker is a stained glass and kaleidoscope artist who lives in Brasstown N.C. He teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School, and serves as their massage therapist. He believes that every day is a gift to unwrap. His classes are taught from the heart and are guaranteed to take students on a journey of self discovery. His use of other "media" is spontaneous and unpredictable. Guaranteed to be an unforgettable class.
August 9 - 11
Intro to Stained Glass
Skill Level: Beginning
Materials Fee: $15 (to be paid directly to the instructor)
Description: Participants will learn a brief history of leaded glass techniques and design. Then get hands-on by practicing cutting, building, and assembling a simple panel to be completed during the workshop. The class will feature copper foil technique, with a discussion and comparison to lead assembly.
Bio: Tyree MacFarland owns Helios Artglassworks in Nashville, TN, and has been working with leaded glass since 1976. Her commissions include both regional and national clients.
*OPTIONAL: One-week workshops are available for 1 university credit hour; credit hour fees are in addition to workshop fee. For more information about credit hours, please click here.
May 19 - 24
Working Through the Layers
Thoryn Ziemba and Matthew Cummings
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Description: This workshop will cover hotshop and coldshop techniques for working with glass in a sculptural format, allowing participants to expand their technical vocabulary and develop a more personalized aesthetic. A variety of approaches will be covered, such as stuff cups, powder applications, cane working, hot pickups, lathe cutting, grinding, and sandblasting.
Bios: Thoryn Ziemba was born in West Virginia on a small family farm in 1977 and spent the majority of his life in Pensacola, Florida. In 2000, while working as an artist assistant, he discovered glass as a sculptural material. He began pursuing his dream at the Appalachian Center for Craft where he received multiple faculty awarded scholarships. He was also invited as a visiting artist to the Illinois State University. Upon completion of his BFA, Thoryn received a Windgate Fellowship, which permitted him to travel the United States and study under Paul Marioni, Marsha Blaker, and Paul Desomma. He has spent several years working at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington as the Cold Shop Coordinator. Thoryn and his family live in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Matthew Cummings attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he initially studied painting. He was intrigued by the color play and emotive power of the abstract expressionists, particularly that of Mark Rothko. After taking a required elective class in Glassblowing, Matthew found in this new medium the potential to work with color and light in a way that painting could never match. He graduated from Centre in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Glass and Painting, under the tutelage of Stephen Rolfe Powell. After college, Matthew traveled to throughout the country to study firsthand with several expert glassblowers in order to master his craft, notably Curtiss Brock at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. In 2011, Matthew earned the degree of Master of Fine Arts at Illinois State University. Currently, he maintains a sculpture studio in Louisville, KY where he produces one-of-a-kind sculptures and paintings about perception. .
July 7 - 12
Goblets and Dreamstates: A Flameworking Survey
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Description: This workshop will cover solid sculpture, blowing with tubes and touch on the use of mixed media. Participants will use powders, rods and other surface decoration and designs to augment the making of objects such as goblets, vases, and blown animals, as well as other denizens of dreamstates, mythologies, and the imagination. History and PowerPoint presentations will additionally enhance the class.
Bio: Shane Fero has been a flameworker/glass artist for over 43 years and maintains a studio at Penland School of Crafts. He has participated in over 400 group exhibitions worldwide as well as 25 solo shows and has taught workshops and participated in symposia internationally. His work is in private and museum collections worldwide.
July 28 - Aug 2
Building Dimensional Stained Glass
Fee: $500 Materials Fee: $100 (to be paid directly to the instructor)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Description: This workshop will focus on working with stained glass in building a 3D sculptural piece instead of constructing a flat panel. It is great to release glass from the flat plane and create a work of art that can be enjoyed from all 360 degrees! Glass cutting and soldering experience is required.
Bio: Karen Reed has been working in glass for over 30 years. She exhibits in selected galleries throughout the US and her “Sunscape Series” was aired on CBS television’s “Sunday Morning.” Her fused ornaments have been requested by the White House and highlighted in “Your Career in Crafts” by Ellwyn Hayslip and in “Photographing Arts, Crafts, & Collectibles” by Steve Meltzer. Karen is a long-time contributing editor for professional glass magazines and is an alumnus of Pilchuck Glass School.