Appalachian Center for Craft

Glass Workshops

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Weekend - May 18-20, 2018
Introduction to Glass Bead Making - $300
Jon Watson
Learn the basics of making glass beads. Gain practice in the safe use of equipment, tools, and techniques while working with glass rods at the torch. Create several treasures to take home.
Novice-Beginner
Jonathan Watson, BFA from Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft, started working in glass in 2004. Watson has worked in many public glass studios teaching glass workshops. He is the current artist-in-residence in glass at the Appalachian Center for Craft.


Weekend - May 25-27, 2018
Rethinking Heat - $300
Courtney Dodd and Nickolaus Fruin
Focus on heat management. Learn to stay within the working temperature range during the glassblowing process and enable yourself to make more while at the bench. Develop an efficient working style and focus on heat management and perfecting nuances in the shop.
Intermediate-Advanced
Courtney Dodd, MFA from Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy with an emphasis in glass, has been a Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts, a glass Artist in Residence at STARworks in Star, North Carolina, and an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck. She has also assisted Pablo Soto at Desoto Glass Design in Penland, North Carolina. Nickolaus Fruin is current Glass Studio Coordinator at Penland School of Crafts and previously Glass Studio Director at STARworks Glass Lab. Fruin is a graduate of Hastings College in Hastings, where he began his practice. He continues to exhibit nationally.


Weeklong - June 24-29, 2018
Adventures in Glass Sculpting - 650
Julia and Robin Rogers
Imagine anything is possible by using a variety of sculpting techniques to bring visions to life in glass. Start with basic solid sculpting including: hot core vs. cold core, bit work, and color application. Garage assembly, blown sculpture, and inside sculpting will also be executed.
Beginner-Advanced
Julia and Robin Rogers have 35 years of combined glass experience and have been co-teaching and collaborating since 2009. Their love for sharing knowledge and their passion for the molten material is inspiring. Together they have taught intensive sculpting workshops and individually they teach semester long courses at Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and Tidewater Community College.


Weekend - July 6-8, 2018
Let There Be Glass! - $300
Andrew Najarian
Gain familiarity with manipulating hot glass. Build a foundation of skills necessary to create both solid and hollow forms. Acquire a toolbox of new skills and techniques and a sketchbook full of ideas.
Novice-Beginner
Andrew Najarian received a BFA from Southern Illinois University, studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland, and holds an MFA from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Najarian and his partner, Jennifer Crescuillo, operate High Polish Studio. Najarian has worked in studios across the country, including Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Appalachian Center for Craft, Urban Glass, and The Melting Point.


Weeklong - July 15-20, 2018
Goblets, Canes, and Whatever Else Comes Up - $650
Kenny Pieper
Start with very basic goblet making techniques and move into more advanced processes. Cover some traditional, and not so traditional, ways to incorporate cane or filigrana into your work. Then see what else comes up!
Intermediate-Advanced
Kenny Pieper has been blowing glass since 1978. He managed the glass facilities at Penland School of Crafts from 1996-2002. Pieper has taught numerous workshops at Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Penland School. His work may be found in the collections of Boston Museum of Fine Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Corning Museum of Glass.


Weeklong - July 22-27, 2018
Intro to Hot Glass - $550
Jonathan Watson
Students will work in teams to create glass objects in the hot shop. Learn about safety, tools, molten glass, and cold working. Start with solid objects and move to blown forms. Daily demonstrations will be followed by student work time.
Novice-Beginner
Jonathan Watson, BFA from Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft, started working in glass in 2004. Watson teaches workshops at several public glass studios throughout the United States. He is the current artist-in-residence in glass at the Appalachian Center for Craft.


Weekend - August 3-5, 2018
Lost and Found: Mold-making for Kiln Cast Glass - $300
Debra Ruzinsky
Learn to transform small found objects into glass castings by using the lost wax process. Tackle the basics of making rubber molds . Discuss undercuts, multipart mold-making, and casting challenges. Learn the variety of materials available and decide which materials are best in different situations (silicones, urethanes, alginate.) Make refractory molds from wax shapes. Finished glass castings will be shipped to students or picked up after firing completes.
Beginner-Advanced
Working primarily in kiln-formed glass, Debra Ruzinsky earned a BA in Design from UCLA and an MFA in Glass from RIT. Ruzinsky is the director of Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft.

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