Glass Workshops

Glass Blowing | Flame Working | Festival of Fire | Curriculum

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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 Glass Workshop

 

Workshop Schedule

Glass Demos
Fri. Sept 20, 9 AM–12 PM

Student Work Time
Fri. Sept 20, 1–5 PM

Artist Talk
Sat. Sept 21, 9–9:30 AM

Glass Demos
Sat. Sept 21, 11 AM–5 PM

Unload Glass Annealers
Sun. Sept 22, 9 AM

Dancing with the Diva | Laura Donefer

September 19–22, 2019

For a unique fun time in the hot shop, join Laura Donefer for 4 days of off the wall non-traditional techniques, lots of color, and even more texture! 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.

A great opportunity to ramp up your skills while in a no pressure atmosphere, with the color queen of glass, who has been working and teaching for over 3 decades.

A good time is guaranteed for all while you practice your glass blowing skills, bustin out your moves on the shop shop floor.

‘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.


Glass 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.