Session 5

activation JULY 27 - AUG 13




Glassblowing, Coldworking, Light, Performance, Installation

Light has always been a mechanism that brings people together for a common experience. From the fireside to the cinema, light is a universal medium for wonderment and spectacle. Through lectures, presentations, discussions, and material explorations, we will investigate the relationship between light and glass. Utilizing the Hot Shop and Cold Shop, we will experiment with manipulating glass to form optical devices. Our collective efforts will culminate in installations, happenings, performances, and a final evening of optical delight.



Sean Salstrom

Niels Cosman is a designer whose work runs the gamut from sculpture, to product design, to engineering. He is a faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design Glass Department. Sean Salstrom is an American artist and educator living and working in Akita City, Japan. His works, which span the genres of action, object, installation, and performance, bring about a shift in viewers’ expectations.


Communicate and Translate

Glassblowing, Design

Ideation, material potential, and pushing boundaries are the core principles of this class, framed by the relationship between gaffer/fabricator and designers/artists. We will embark on making a series of “product designs” provided by designers from around the globe (a dream team of thinkers). We will interject time as a device to work on techniques, hurdles and troubleshooting. Bring your ideas, sketch books, laptops, energy, and personal knowledge to the table!



Pablo Soto lives and works in his studio in Penland, NC, with his wife Cristina Cordova. After receiving his BFA from Alfred University in 2001 and apprenticing in Ben Moore’s studio in Seattle, he was a glass resident at the Energy Exchange in Burnsville, NC. In addition to his award-winning work, Soto has been a gaffer/fabricator for various artists, designers, and companies such as Jorge Pardo, Calvin Klein, Norwood Viviano and Carrie Santiago.


Transcoding Glass

Glassblowing, Hot Casting, Kiln Forming, Graphic Programming, Interactive Video & Sound

Explore the nature of digital transcoding techniques as students create cinematic installations and performance pieces utilizing glass as an integral aesthetic element. Activities include basic programming tutorials in MAX/MSP/Jitter, video and sound editing, projection experiments, hot-glass blowing, painting with enamels, and casting textural surfaces. Instruction covers elements of performance design and staging and collaborative strategies for advancing new art forms that fuse emergent and traditional technologies.



Pilchuck Artists in Residence NoiseFold return to teach. Their installations and performances have appeared in diverse venues worldwide, from Casablanca, Morocco, to Marfa, TX. Cory Metcalf teaches in the Emergent Digital Practices program at the University of Denver and works for the renowned software company Cycling ’74. David Stout directs the Hybrid Arts Laboratory and the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA) at the University of North Texas, Denton, where he is a faculty member in music composition and studio art.


Light, Weight, and the Sublime

Neon, Sculpture

Discover the aesthetic and conceptual possibilities of light and mixed media. By exploring traditional and experimental neon techniques, students will develop the skills they need for planning, creating, and installing their own neon and mixed-media works. The class will emphasize play, material experimentation, and personal expression. Group discussion and slide shows will cover historical precedents and contemporary issues relevant to the practice and process of neon and its use as a medium for sculpture.



Sarah Blood is a mixed-media artist whose work combines the density of materials such as concrete and clay with the perceived fragility of light. The work evokes personal and human qualities, while her forms are inspired by natural phenomena, material poetics, and post-minimalist sensibilities. Blood’s exhibition Between Further and Farther explored themes of home, community, and the distance, both perceived and actual, between the two. She is an assistant professor in sculpture at Alfred University.


Glass as Social Practice

Glassblowing, Hot Casting, Mixed Media, Experimentation

Learn how to develop a socially engaged practice, informed by the materiality of glass, its historical and contemporary craftsmanship, and its physical phenomena. Through a deep implementation of collaborative methodologies, students will create action-oriented objects and processes that investigate distributed authorship, the dismantling of hierarchical power dynamics, and the transformation of material into action. Studio prompts will encourage experiments in combining hot and cold glass with sensor-based digital technologies that will inspire ideas in social space.




Carmen Montoya is an artist working in participatory art, performance, and new media. In 2013, her collective, Ghana ThinkTank, was awarded a Creative Capital grant in the Emerging Fields category. Anjali Srinivasan’s background in creative practice is built on collaboration with traditional craft artisans in India on design initiatives aimed at socioeconomic empowerment. Montoya and Srinivasan met as graduate students at Rhode Island School of Design and have been working together ever since.


Glass to paper, paper to glass

Paper, Engraving, Sandblasting, Digital,Tunnel Books

Create glass sculpture by etching layers of plate glass in the cold shop and assembling; then take etched glass plates into the printmaking studio to make embossed and inked vitreography prints on paper. Learn to Prototype by creating hand-cut paper tunnel books, then translate these multi-layered compositions into glass. Working with Pilchuck's fabrication shops, students will design wood, metal, to 3D-printed months to assemble etched glass plates into multi-layered sculptures.



Andrea Dezsö

csilla SzilÁgyi

Andrea Dezsö works across a broad range of media: drawing, artist's books, cut paper, and large-scale public art. She has three permanent public artworks in New York City and exhibits internationally. Csilla Szilágyi graduated at MOME Budapest in 2006. Her work is characterized by narrative design and spirituality, and she mainly creates installations, sculptures, and everyday objects. Currently she is teaching concrete design at the Budapest Metropolitan University.



Artist in residence


Rose English’s uniquely interdisciplinary work combines elements of theater, circus, opera, and poetry to explore themes of gender politics, the identity of the performer, and the metaphysics of presence. English has mounted performances in ice rinks, at the Royal Court Theatre and Tate Britain, London, and at Franklin Furnace, New York. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, in 2015, and Camden Arts Centre, London, in 2016.


Artist in residence


Ranjit Bhatnagar is a sound artist who creates performances and installations using technology, language, and found materials. His projects encompass interactive and sound installations, scanner photography, and Internet-based collaborative art. His Instrument-a-Day project, for which he creates a homemade musical instrument each day during the month of February, is approaching its tenth year.