Session 4

Phenomena July 5-22

COURSES

Course

WONDER BUBBLES

Glassblowing

Exploring the infinite possibilities that glass presents, students will find their own paths of expression. This class will demonstrate basic glassblowing techniques, mold blowing, color application, and patterning, as well as interactive approaches outside the shop. Students will delve into sound, installation, and performance, drawing inspiration from the process as much as the product. Finding beauty in the challenge, students will create individual pieces that speak to the freshness of their experience with the material. 

A / INTRODUCTORY

*Applicants will be waitlisted.

RUI SASAKI

Rui Sasaki is a Japanese artist and educator working mainly in transparent materials. Her practice involves the exploration and discovery of subtle intimacy through the interplay of body and surroundings. Sasaki earned a BA from Musashino Art University, Japan, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She was selected for the Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award and the International Glass Prize. She currently works at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Japan.

rui-sasaki.com

*Applicants will be waitlisted.


Course

MASTERING MINIMAL

Glassblowing 

Students will discover ways of accentuating and complementing relationships between form and surface through exercises in restraint. Working with only black, white, and clear glass, this course will reinforce direct glassblowing techniques and encourage design that focuses on the inherent properties of glass. Collectively, the class will create a library of experimental surface samples for blown forms using both hotworking and coldworking methods. Visiting artists will present inspiring approaches to minimal ornamentation that have maximum impact on their work. 

A / INTERMEDIATE

SEAN O'NEILL

Sean O’Neill is a Seattle-based artist who shares a studio with his wife and fellow artist Armelle Bouchet O’Neill. After receiving his BFA from the Appalachian Center for Craft, O’Neill worked on the team at Benjamin Moore Inc. for eight years and is currently with the University of Washington School of Art’s 3D4M consortium. His work is exhibited nationally and is held in the collections of North Lands Creative Glass and Glasmuseet Ebeltoft.

www.studiomanufact.com


Course

THE HUNT IS SWEETER THAN THE KILL

Glassblowing, Hot Casting, Kiln Forming, Coldworking, Sculpture 

This project-based sculpture course will spark innovation through a series of fast-paced exercises. Experiments will involve hybridization of several processes—hot, kiln, and cold—and will fuel conceptual development of new approaches to the use of glass as an artistic material. Students will expand into unfamiliar territory and use a cumulative process of testing and refining that will lead to unexpected destinations. 

A / ALL LEVELS

ANNA MLASOWSKY

MATTHEW SZÖSZ

Anna Mlasowsky and Matthew Szösz work independently alongside each other and create pieces known for their experimental and surprising nature. Both have received numerous awards, been selected for many residencies, and have taught in more than a dozen countries. Mlasowsky holds a BA from Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design, and an MFA from the University of Washington. Szösz holds a BFA, BID, and MFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design.

www.annamlasowsky.com

matthewszosz.com


Course

COLLABORATIVE CURRENTS

Flameworking, Electroforming

Exercises in hollow and solid lampworking will help students build technical hand skills and develop an eye for breaking down complex forms into manageable parts. Demonstrations will cover working with borosilicate, soft, and recycled glass, with a special introduction to electroforming. Conversation and critique will help each student develop a singular artistic voice and aesthetic. In this rare collaborative course, inspiration will be drawn from traditional lampworking history, as well as the recent counterculture glass movement. 

A / INTERMEDIATE–ADVANCED

*Applicants will be waitlisted.

SNIC BARNES

AMBER COWAN

Snic Barnes draws inspiration from technological advances, urban decay, and natural environments. His work has been featured in Contemporary Lampworking (vol. 2) and Smoked (vols. 1 and 2). He currently lives in Austin, Texas. Amber Cowan is an artist-educator and a glass department faculty member at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the RISD Museum, and the Shanghai Museum of Glass.

www.snicbarnes.com

ambercowan.com

*Applicants will be waitlisted.


Course

TRY AGAIN…FAIL BETTER 

Kilncasting, Fusing, Slumping 

Taking into account the inherent properties of both glass and moldmaking materials, this course will demonstrate various methods of kilncasting ranging from basic fusing and slumping to lost-wax and advanced multipart molds. Topics will include manipulation of temperature ranges and firing schedules in pursuit of fresh and creative results. The emphasis will be on experimentation, development of concepts, and innovative processes such as 3-D printing. Students will receive individual guidance and participate in group discussions. 

B / ALL LEVELS

ÆSA BJÖRK

Æsa Björk approaches her work by investigating and experimenting with material boundaries while considering questions related to human existence and phenomena connected to the body and personal borders. Her work combines research and techniques from diverse fields and is often influenced by her interest in philosophy, science, and music. She is currently an artistic advisor for S12 Gallery and Workshop in Bergen, has exhibited internationally, and is represented in museum collections in Oslo and Bergen.

aesabjork.net

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Artist in residence

FINNBOGI PÉTURSSON

Finnbogi Pétursson is one of Iceland’s most prominent artists. His pieces, which fuse sound, light, sculpture, architecture, and drawings into spare, sculptural installations, are held in Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary(TB21), Vienna; Malmö Kunstmuseum, Sweden; Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Sweden; and the National Gallery of Iceland. Permanent installations are at Landsvirkjun, Vatnsfellsvirkjun (a power plant), Reykjavík University, and the Reykjavík Energy Headquarters.

www.finnbogi.com

Artist in residence

JANA WINDEREN

Jana Winderen’s artistic practice resembles research. Using the latest technology, she captures strange and complex sounds inaudible to humans from creatures and places that are difficult to access. In 2015, her work Pasvikdalen was featured at the Sonic Act Festival in Amsterdam. She has received commissions from the New York Department of Transportation and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for her sound installations Diveand Ultrafield.