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Fall One Week Glass

Glass – Fall One-Week Session
September 19-25, 2021
Joseph Cavalieri
Anime and Aesop in Glass

Students in this workshop will learn, practice, and perfect techniques to create precise imagery on stained glass resulting in a finished, multicolored 16 x 16 inch stained glass window plus many samples. We’ll explore anime figures and Aesop fable illustrations as possible inspiration, but students are encouraged to bring and share their own references. Each student will design and create an elaborate window using painting, airbrushing (using an atomizer), pen-and-ink, and sandblasting techniques. Enamel paints will be applied to the glass surface and then fired in a kiln. The final work will be copper-foiled and soldered together. No glass cutting, soldering, or expert painting/drawing experience needed; we’ll be tracing found images. All levels. 

Studio artist; teaching: Corning Museum (NY), Bezalel Academy (Israel), UrbanGlass (NYC), National College of Art and Design (Dublin); invitations to 17 residencies; collections: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Italian American Museum (NYC), Leslie-Lohman Museum (NYC), STAX Museum (Memphis); public commissions: MTA Arts for Transit (NYC), Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (Brazil). 


NOTE: Participation in fall workshops will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

stained glass by Joseph Cavalieri
Joseph Cavalieri, Two Nanny Goats, hand-painted, airbrushed, kiln-fired enamels on glass, steel frame, LED lights, 56 x 34 x 2 inches
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Glass Fall Concentration

Glass Fall Concentration
October 3 – November 12 (six weeks)
Jeremy Bert and Jen Elek
Illumination Projects in Glass

This workshop, designed for artists interested in the potential of illumination in their work, will focus on light and its relationship with glass. The workshop will center around the foundations of glassblowing and creating sculpture that explores glass’s ability to magnify, diffuse, and reflect light. Students will work with candlelight, LED, incandescent, and neon as sources of illumination. We’ll spend significant time in the hot-shop producing 3-D glass sketches with the specific goal of manipulating light. Jeremy will join the workshop for four weeks of work in the neon studio, beginning with the basics of standard neon tube production. Topics will include foundational forms in the hot shop, color techniques, cold working, basic electrical wiring, neon tube manipulation, and portable light projects. All levels.

NOTE: Because of the close contact involved in hot shop work, participation in this workshop will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Jeremy: mixed media artist, licensed sign electrician, neon tube bender; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), UrbanGlass (NYC), Penland; exhibitions: Museum of Glass (WA); representation: Traver Gallery (Seattle).

Jen: studio artist; member of Lino Tagliapietra hot shop team for 15 years; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), UrbanGlass (NYC), Jam Factory (Australia), Penland; collections: Museum of Glass (WA), Toyama Glass School Museum (Japan); representation: Traver Gallery (WA); Pilchuck trustee. | @jelekff

Scholarship information here.

NOTE: Participation in fall workshops will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
Most campus activities will return to normal operating procedures.

Work by Jeremy Bert and Jen Elek
Jeremy Bert and Jen Elek, Thunder Mounds, glass, neon, transformer, QTO cable, switch, 22 x 8 x 8 inches, 11 x 18 x 18 inches
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Glass B Summer Session 7

Glass Summer Session 7
August 22-28, 2021
Kit Paulson
Gotta Make It Somehow

Approaching flameworking from a goal-oriented, project-based perspective, we’ll talk about and build things with borosilicate glass. Skill building will happen along the way, or it may be a goal in itself. Topics may include, but will not be limited to, blowing hollow forms, solid sculpting, large- and small-scale construction, hot and cold assembly, botanical and figure studies, tooling, color application, heat application, and annealing. Group or class projects are a possibility. All levels. Flame studio.

Independent artist; teaching: Bildwerk Frauenau (Germany), Corning Museum of Glass (NY), Canberra Glassworks (Australia), National College of Art and Design (Ireland), Pilchuck Glass School (WA); collections: Renwick Gallery (DC), KODA (Norway), Tacoma Museum of Glass (WA); Penland resident artist.

Telephone by Kit Paulson
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Glass B Summer Session 6

Glass Summer Session 6
August 8-19, 2021
Mathieu Grodet
Say Something with Glass

This innovative workshop will be an introduction to the Venetian glass cane technique called murrine. Using the classic Franchini technique, students will work with soft glass to create simple and intricate murrine patterns, letters, and images. These elements will then be made into beads, pendants, rings, and other solid forms. Carefully considering design principles and elements, students will execute projects that combine multiple glass pieces at the torch. By the end of the workshop, students will have made several unique pieces using flameworking, fusing, and coldworking. Soft glass only. All levels. Flame studio.

Studio Artist; teaching: Haliburton School of Art and Design at Fleming College (Ontario), Aya Glass Studio (Japan), China Academy for the Arts; collections: Museum of Fine Arts (Montréal), Lommel Museum (Belgium), Art Institute of Chicago, Corning Museum (NY); representation: Sandra Ainsley Gallery (Toronto).

Matthieu Grodet, "Declaration of Human Rights," Moretti glass, wood, cement, 43 x 30-1/2 x 2 inches
Matthieu Grodet, "Murrine Letters and Numbers," Moretti glass, largest: 3/8 inches
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Glass B Summer Session 5

Glass Summer Session 5
July 18 – August 2, 2021
Kimberly Thomas-Zii
Mean What You Say

Art is communication, a language of thoughts and feelings. Every artist speaks a different dialect, and while the interpretation is subjective, the expression should be accurate. With a focus on honing sculptural skill, improving technical fluency, and developing creative intelligence, students will learn how to find their unique aesthetic speech and use this sculptural language to create short stories in glass. Through group and individual demos, we’ll cover sculpting borosilicate glass, assembly, timing, and texture. Mixed media and reckless abandon encouraged. All levels. Flame studio.

Studio artist, glass instructors at Salem Community College (NJ); other teaching: UrbanGlass (NYC), The Studio at Corning (NY); exhibitions: Glass Vegas Expo (Las Vegas).


bug-eyed glass bunny head with glass fingers for ears
Kimberly Thomas-Zii, "Finger Bunny," glass, 7-1/2 x 4 x 3-1/2 inches
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Glass B Summer Session 4

Glass Summer Session 4
July 4-15, 2021
Heather Trimlett
Flameworking A to Z

Working with soft glass at the torch, we’ll investigate countless options for bead design, twisted cane composition, and distinct application methods. Students will be introduced to disk beads, glass buttons, working with large mandrels, and coldworking and challenge themselves, through a series of tips and tricks, to conquer these methods. Demonstrations will support the learning process in detail, allowing students to apply techniques at their own pace. Students can expect to advance their skill set, work more precisely by mastering the fine art of heat control, and increase their level of confidence and consistency. All levels. Flame studio.

Studio artist, tool designer, tutorial writer; teaching: The Studio at Corning (NY), Haystack (ME), Penland, and venues in Germany, Hungary, U.K., and Canada; Uncommon Goods Glass Challenge Winner; representation: Kittrell-Rifkind Art Glass Gallery (Dallas).

Heather Trimlett, "Beads," flameworked glass, largest: 2-3/4 inches diameter
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Glass B Summer Session 2

Glass Summer Session 2
June 6-17, 2021
Nisha Bansil
Paper to Glass: Casting Thin Folded Forms

This workshop will cover all of the skills you need to create complex, cast-glass objects. Students will begin by create 5-7 samples of various paper folds, starting with the Miura-ori* and working our way to diamond folding and pleating. Then we’ll create plaster/silica molds from these folded forms. We’ll discuss mold making and firing schedules in depth, and we’ll learn how firing affects the outcome of our finished pieces. Working with Bullseye glass, our casting techniques will be inspired by the Higuchis’ pâte de vérre process. We’ll also learn basic enameling techniques so we can experiment with slumping images into our plaster molds. No glass experience necessary; experienced folders are welcome! All levels. Flame studio and kiln areas.

*Miura-ori is a versatile fold created by Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura. It has been used to fold everything from maps to deployable solar panels.

Studio artist; teaching: Hartwick College (NY), State University of New York-New Paltz; residencies: The Studio at Corning (NY), Bullseye Glass (NY); performances: CMOG 2300 (NY), Chrysler Museum Third Thursday series (VA).


Nisha Bansil, "Diamond Fold 2," cast glass, 42 x 15 x 1-1/2 inches
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May Special Glass

Glass – Special Session
May 9-15, 2021
Janis Miltenberger
The Narrative Core

We’ll cover the basic flameworking techniques needed to make well-crafted solid and blown work. Using borosilicate glass, a torch, and hand tools, we’ll bend, reconfigure, and shape clear and colored glass rods and tubes. We’ll laugh, have endless discussions about how to approach each project, and lose track of time as the ideas flow. Bring whatever skill you have or have not; no glass experience required. Bring ideas, become inspired, and allow your creative voice to emerge. All levels. Flame studio.

Studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), Penland (NC), Pittsburgh Glass Center (PA), Niijima Glass Art Center (Japan), Bild-Werk Frauenau (Germany); representation: Habatat Galleries.

Janis Miltenberger, "Untarnished," borosilicate glass, oil paint, 22k gold, 48 x 14 x 8 inches