Glass Workshops

Upcoming Workshops | Instructor Bios | Curriculum

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About

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.


Upcoming Workshops

 

20 Minute Glass Ornament Workshop | Michael Scupholm

Dates Available:
Saturday & Sunday, November 9-10, 2019
Time: 20 minute time slots from 10 am to 5 pm
Skill Level: Beginner and up. No experience necessary
Class Size: One person per 20 minute time slot
Price: $80 per participant

Join us for our Christmas Ornament Workshop! These hand-blown ornaments make for a unique gift. Choose a time slot to make your own ornament (one per participant). Each ornament varies in size and color.

Can't make it to our workshop? Visit our online shop to purchase an ornament, click here!

 

20 Minute Glass Pumpkin Workshop | Michael Scupholm

Dates Available:
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Time: 20 minute time slots from 10 am to 2 pm
Skill Level: Beginner and up. No experience necessary
Class Size: One person per 20 minute time slot
Price: $80 per participant

Join us for our Glass Pumpkin Workshop! These hand-blown glass pumpkins make for a unique gift or wonderful accent in your home. Choose a time slot to make your own pumpkin (one per participant). Each pumpkin varies in size and color.

Can't make it to our workshop? Visit our online shop to purchase a custom pumpkin, click here!


Instructor Bios

 

Flame Working

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.


Glass Blowing Curriculum

 

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.

Beginner Level I: Little to no experience

Students will go over glass studio safety, working as a team, glass studio etiquette, basic hand tool use, gathering, marvering, shaping, and basic color applications. Students will get their hands and heads into the material.

Beginner Level II: Beginner with level I experience or equivalent

Students will go over glass studio safety, working as a team, glass studio etiquette. Students will begin basic hollow formed vessels. Level II will cover gathering, blowing a bubble, stretching and blowing glass, punties, and finishing vessels. We will build upon the color applications that were presented in the level I course.

Intermediate Level III: Advanced beginner with level II experience or equivalent

Students will continue to build their base of knowledge from levels I and II. Students will be required to bring a sketchbook in order to facilitate making of their ideas. Complex vessels and shaping processes will be covered in addition to solid bit work. Hot color applications will be introduced in Level III. (i.e. overlays) and more advanced pattern work.

Intermediate Level IV: Intermediate with level II experience or equivalent

Students will be required to bring a sketchbook. We will move away from the basic vessel and pursue more sculptural endeavors, both hollow and solid. Students will work as a team to make their ideas come to fruition. We will build upon all previous glass experience, utilizing processes that were touched on in previous classes. Level IV will continue to explore more in depth hot color applications and more advanced techniques to achieve color combinations.