Glass Workshops

Glass Blowing | Flame Working

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Salem Art Works glass program is a reflection of glassmaking practice through history, including both traditional and contemporary achievements in the material. The glass studio challenges students, both technically and conceptually, to push the boundaries of glass making in the broader context of contemporary art. Students are encouraged to become innovative thinkers and creative problem solvers when approaching the material, and projects that involve other materials are encouraged and supported.

The glass shop is outfitted with two work stations for glass working. Beginner through advanced students will be accommodated with hand tools, furnace, kiln, and reheating equipment during workshops and studio rentals.


Glass Blowing Workshops

Beginner Glassblowing | Michael Scupholm

May 17th-19th, 2019, or October 18th-20th, 2019
Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
Skill Level: Beginners and up. No experience necessary
Class Size: up to 6 people
Price: $300 (Includes Materials)

Students will get their hands and heads into the material. Ignite your passion for glass blowing in this workshop. Students will go over glass studio safety, working as a team, glass studio etiquette, gathering, marvering and shaping. Beginner projects will include practicing steps of the process with “snowman making,” paperweights, and beginner blowing processes.

Intermediate Glassblowing | Michael Scupholm

June 21st-23rd, 2019, or October 25th-27th, 2019
Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
Skill Level: Intermediate. Students should be familiar with basic glass blowing processes.
Class Size: up to 6 people
Price: $300 (includes Materials)

Students will begin with basic hollow formed vessels and move into more complex shapes as we build our skills. We will cover shaping techniques to get the glass where we want it, stretching and blowing glass, a variety of puntis and tranfer methods, and finishing vessels. We will build upon the color applications that were presented in the Beginner Glass course.

Beginner Glass Sculpting | Michael Sculpholm

November 1st-3rd, 2019
Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
Skill Level: Beginners and up. No experience necessary
Class Size: up to 6 people
Price: $300 (includes Materials)

Students will move away from the basic vessel and pursue more sculptural endeavors, with an emphasis on teamwork in the glass studio. It is recommended that students bring a sketchbook and are prepared to bring their ideas on paper into fruition three dimensionally. Both hollow and solid glass sculpting techniques will be covered. We will talk textures, patterns, bit building, and breaking down forms step by step, and the different methods that can be used to achieve completing a finished glass sculpture.


Flameworking Workshops

Borosilicate FUN-damentals! | Zachary Miller

October 4th-6th, 2019
Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
Skill Level: Beginners and up. No experience necessary
Class Size: up to 4 people
Price: $300 (includes Materials)

This course will cover an introduction to the basics of solid and hollow working borosilicate glass. Starting with solid rods students will learn to sculpt small figures to gain a better understanding of how glass moves.  Moving on to hollow tubing the students will learn to make hollow beads and assemble vessels with multiple components. This class will provide a solid foundation for students to assemble clean, structurally sound work.


Zachary Miller received his Masters Degree with a concentration in glass from Kent State University.  His work is informed by the history of both traditional and scientific glass. A steadfast belief in craftsmanship drives a desire for technical mastery within his work.


Festival of Fire

The Glass department offers a master glass workshop ‘Dancing with the Diva’ led by guest artist Laura Donefer September 19-22, 2019. Students will explore hand-building, color application, floor marvering, working with bits, and we might even skip into the flame shop and make parts for our blown work. This intensive workshop will include demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend.

‘Dancing with the Diva’ Festival of Fire workshop was made possible thanks in part to the generous support provided by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG) 2019 Grant Program.


 

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