Session 1

identity May 15 - 26



character driven

Glassblowing, Hot-Glass Sculpting

What does it take to create work that speaks for itself and exemplifies individuality; to break down the steps necessary for developing and maintaining character and narrative from sketchbook to blowpipe? Students will work in teams in the garage and with the hot torch, experimenting with different tools and processes to bring life and personality to their work. Visiting artists will inspire, and color theory as well as application will be heavily discussed. Bring enthusiasm and ideas, and remember, characters are welcome.



Danny White has been entertaining with art since childhood. Using humor and satire as a platform, he draws from everyday life and culture as a theme for his work. “My goal is to make art that welcomes reaction. Creating characters and narrative through glass is my way of relating the outside world to my own. Through social exploration, I create what I experience and enjoy telling the story.” White lives in Seattle and maintains a private studio and gallery.



Glassblowing, Coldworking, Cane, Color Application 

Collaboration is the name of the game. Design, form, prep work, hot and cold—we will cover it all. Work together to achieve truly unique results. The focus will be on teamwork as we create and explore line and pattern in the Hot or Cold Shop. Cane, stuff cups, carving, and surface working to finishing—together, we can accomplish anything. Experience is recommended; collaboration is mandatory.



Morgan Peterson

Alix Cannon and Morgan Peterson live and work in Seattle. Cannon’s use of cane, murrine, and form is inspired by the symmetry of nature and the hard lines found in architecture. Peterson’s use of carved patterns is influenced by fashion, religion, politics, and pop surrealism. Cannon and Peterson began collaborating in 2014, and their work has been nominated for and received awards. They recently completed independent residencies at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma.


(Pelle e Ossa) Skin and Bones

Glassblowing, Experimentation, Coldworking, Engraving

Students will contemplate glass through notions of skin, surface, and what lies beneath. Participants will concentrate on engraving objects made in the Hot Shop and experiment with kiln forming and moldmaking. Through technical demonstrations, conceptual prompts, readings, conversation, sensory meditation, and other forms of controlled madness, the class will scratch their creative itches together. Students should come ready to dive under the skin and into the world of ideas and making.





Suzanne Peck is a visual artist, writer, educator, and curator living in Brooklyn. Her work considers themes of skin, touch, intimacy, and material, with a healthy scoop of irreverence. Peck travels around the globe, and she has taught and exhibited internationally. Matteo Seguso was born, lives, and works on Murano. Continuing the engraving tradition passed down by his father, Bruno Seguso, he often collaborates with Lino Tagliapietra. Seguso is an Associate Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers, London, and teaches worldwide.


heart on sleeve

Flameworking, Coldworking, Jewelry, Fusing, Performance

Mixing jewelry with a touch of performance art, students will explore the overlap between actions and objects. Techniques such as flameworking with borosilicate glass, fusing and carving glass billets, and coldworking to add pattern and finish will be applied to both functional and nonfunctional jewelry. Presentations will address principles of design, aesthetics of surface and form, jewelry as art, and performance. Student projects will move through conceptualization, refinement, creation, and assembly, enlivened by exercises in performance art.




Jason Pfohl founded Gorilla Glass, where he is both designer and technician. He originally created pieces for New York fashion designers but has been designing and making jewelry for piercing for the past fifteen years. Pfohl lives in Oaxaca, Mexico, and has taught internationally. Luisa Restrepo is a glass artist and jewelry designer from Colombia and founder of “el taller” in Mexico City. Her works examine rhythm, pattern, proportion, and excess. She has completed residencies and exhibited both nationally and internationally.


digital clayground

Kilncasting, Software, Scanning, 3-D Modeling, Pâte de Verre

Explore the 3D PotterBot clay printer and the BotLab to print forms for kilncasting in clay and PLA. An introduction to basic 3-D modeling in Rhino and other software will give students the ability to experiment with designs before printing. Clay models will be manipulated by hand and transformed directly into glass. Students will receive a trial version of Rhino and a special discount if they decide to purchase the software. A laptop is required.




Rebecca Arday is an artist-educator based in Rochester, New York. Her work is influenced by the relationships between objects and the emotions they evoke. She is currently an adjunct professor and studio resident at Rochester Institute of Technology. Phirak Suon recently earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. As a technician and production specialist at Emerging Objects, Oakland, CA, he delves into the relationship between traditional handcraft materials and new 3-D printing technology for building construction.


Artist in residence


Ann Toebbe’s work delves into the intimate, domestic spaces that we inhabit in day-to-day life and challenges perceptions of space and dimensionality in minute detail. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, an MFA in painting from Yale University, and a DAAD Scholarship to the Universität der Kunst, Berlin. Toebbe has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in Europe and the United States. She lives in Chicago.

Artist in residence

Dan Webb

Dan Webb is a full-time wood-carver, tinkerer, and sculptor. He is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery and has shown in galleries and museums for more than twenty years. His work is held in the collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, the Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Webb is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the Betty Bowen Award, and the Washington State Artist Fellowship award.