Primary focus on hot sculpting both solid and blown glass. Will be using color and torches to help achieve ideas including translating 2-d to 3-d. capturing the essence of character and exploring narrative qualities of glass, Taking ideas from brain to sketchbook to blowpipe, breaking down process into parts to further improve composition.
Danny White currently lives and works in Seattle. He travels and exhibits his characters nationally.
In this course we will explore what constitutes a well-designed and finely crafted object out of glass. Introducing various historical and contemporary examples of note, we will dissect designs and evaluate what elements, forms, and relationships have stood the test of time and why. Demonstrations will cover simple forms and techniques including spheres, cylinders, cones, wraps bits and folds. The emphasis will be on creating simple forms with good proportion and balance. Students will be encouraged to sketch forms and elements that they wish to explore in the hotshop, and use these explorations to develop and prototype a unique design. Working with clear glass, students will be encouraged to work quickly through simple forms in order to develop a high standard of execution that they can bring to their own work. The goal of the course is development; over the course of the week not only developing the hand skills necessary but also a critical eye in order to design and develop a well-crafted object.
Granite Calimpong grew up the son of a potter in Northern California, so his hands were covered in clay long before he discovered glass. He graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts from the University of California, San Diego, where he was first introduced to glass. Calimpong was immediately drawn to the material and process. Growing up in a household full of handmade objects has fostered a lifelong connection to the subtleties of function and form through the scrutiny of everyday use. It continues to influence his work as a glassmaker. When he’s not working in glass, Calimpong fishes, throws pots, fires his wood-fired pizza/bread oven, or muses on his next project. He lives and works in Seattle.
In this workshop, we will be working with copper foil to create a stained glass piece using the techniques of layering imagery in multiple layers of glass.
Dorie Guthrie is currently working at a KGRC (Kiln Glass Resource Center) Bullseye Resource Center in Cincinnati, OH where she teaches multiple techniques in a medium which takes on many forms. I have been working in glass for 12 years and is looking forward to many more.
This glassblowing course will explore goblet making with a focus on simplified design and minimalist aesthetic. We will start with traditional styles and then explore contemporary design to create stemware for daily use and functionality. Please bring a sketchbook and willingness to explore.
Glass artist and designer Lynn Everett Read explores the diversity of hot glass. Founder of Vitreluxe LLC, recipient of Wallpaper magazine’s design award for domestic design, and featured in American Craft Magazine 2013, Lynn is known for his creative production.
Mosaics are a medium one can readily learn at a workshop and continue with at home with minimal investment in tools and materials. Students in this workshop will learn about the rich history of mosaics; materials, tools and substrates; a variety of methods of mosaic assembly with the major focus on the indirect method; color and the mosaic palette and how tile shape creates visual texture. Lecture time is kept to a minimum and there is an emphasis on one-on-one guidance maximizing interests of individual students. I am eager to share my considerable knowledge and experience working in the medium of glass mosaics, from artistic considerations unique to mosaic to architectural installations.
Cynthia Fisher has been a professional artist for 24 years, as an illustrator for 35 children’s books and, since 2000, as a mosaicist. Her work includes residential installations as well as large-scale public art murals in hospitals, colleges, public offices, and town commons across the US.
How does one continue their creative process one summer hits, the furnace is shut down, and it’s rebuild time? Light up a hole and roll up a fused plate, some cane, or maybe even blow out some found bottles. Slap a decal on it. Get in the cold shop with some old glass and take away parts or make parts. Try out some different glass adhesives. Fuse some glass, make a mold, and slump it. Sandblast a stencil. Go home with some glass, many ideas, and ready to light the furnace.
Jason Charkravarty has taught glass workshops nationwide in various technical approaches. He appreciates the challenge of the material, and the setting offered when teaching an intensive.