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Where Hot Glass and Printmaking Meet



Glass instructor Rob Stern finished off this fall’s concentration by introducing his students to a whole new technique that merges the hot glass shop with printmaking techniques. Rob created a large glass cylinder and then he and his students embellished its surfaces with relief designs. Rob wrote “Penland” backwards and created silhouettes of two glassblowing figures with hot glass from the furnace. Then each member of the class wrote their own name backwards using glass cane heated with a torch. They touched up the shape of the cylinder and then rolled it—still hot—onto a flat sheet of paper. The raised designs on the glass cylinder charred the paper where they made contact, creating a lasting print with heat instead of ink. Pretty ingenious!