Session 2

taxonomy MAY 30 - June 16




Glassblowing, Color Application, Cane

What are the individual elements that make up a finished piece? This class will explore a variety of techniques connected with the composition and construction of vessels and sculptural pieces. In composition, students will work with cane using reticello, filigree, and incalmo techniques. Construction will be traced through the necessary steps in both hot-shop and cold-shop assembly applications, with a focus on individual elements and their influence on the scale, proportion, and weight of the final piece.



Jason Christian’s work explores the exquisite art of reticello by pairing classical Venetian techniques with a modern simplicity. Christian has worked for various Pacific Northwest studios for twenty years and traveled the world teaching and gaffing. He is currently one of the lead gaffers at Chihuly Studios and runs his own studio out of his home in Seattle.


And So It Begins . . .


In this class, students will discover glass as a source for life and become familiar with the fundamentals they need to continue moving forward on their journeys. The focus will be on understanding glass as a material and learning how to bring ideas to life. Demonstrations will start simple and build in complexity as confidence grows.



Daryl Smith is a Seattle native with more than twenty years’ experience making glass. In addition to creating his own pop art, lowbrow-inspired artwork, he has worked with the best glassmakers in the world as a gaffer at Chihuly Studios. Smith has also been a gaffer at Pilchuck many times and has developed an intimate knowledge of the material.


The Assemblage, Putting It All Together

Glassblowing, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Hot Casting, Coldworking

There is no such thing as a bad idea. Students will be encouraged to realize an idea and find personal expression as they work through, around, and with perceived limitations. The class will delve into creating multiples, use varied elements and materials and develop understanding of the subtleties of assemblage work by comparing the resulting permutations. Students will be guided through initial idea, sketch, planning, implementation, composition, installation, de-installation, and discussion of material processes that will ultimately transcend medium.




Elias Hansen is invested in traditional processes utilized for experimental means. He works primarily with glass, steel, and wood, contrasting finely crafted, handmade objects with found materials and questioning the value we put on the difference. Hansen has exhibited internationally. Joseph Rossano is committed to conveying the impact of humanity’s interactions with the natural world through glass and mixed-media installations. He had a solo show at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, in 2015 and has exhibited internationally.



Neon and Landscape

Neon, Installation

Investigate the relationship between light and landscape by experimenting with neon fabrication techniques. Students will develop personalized projects from their conscientious consideration of the broader implications of landscape—social, political, ideological, technological, and so on. The class will cover traditional and experimental tube bending with a variety of torches, processing with noble gases, and a wide range of installation strategies that will help students bring their concepts to life.



Zac Weinberg’s projects address the systems through which we allocate status to objects. Utilizing a diverse range of methodologies, Weinberg’s work incorporates craft traditions, quantitative analysis, sign making techniques, and stone-age technology to devise solutions to problems we did not know we had. He holds a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from Ohio State University, exhibits internationally and was awarded the inaugural Kanik Chung Legacy Fellowship.


Glass Vestiges

Kilncasting, Moldmaking, Pâte de Verre

How are informed fabrications and budgetary decisions facilitated in the studio? Gain a comprehensive skill set in moldmaking, glass casting, and pâte de verre with both highbrow and lowbrow casting materials. Surface quality, opacity, longevity, and strength will be compared and contrasted in materials chosen for mold and sculpture. The class will explore multipart rubber molds, hot-wax construction, and refractory moldmaking. Pâte de verre color application to open-face and press molds will allow for varying thicknesses with precise coloration. 



Joanna Manousis evokes meaning and metaphor by reappropriating identifiable forms using materials that have particular characteristics and cultural associations. Often utilizing cast crystal and mirrors, her objects and installations have been exhibited internationally and have won numerous awards. Manousis has taught in Australia, England, Japan, and the United States. She holds a BFA from Wolverhampton University, England, and an MFA from Alfred University, New York.


Artist in residence


Allan Packer is known for his motorized, painted, shaped canvases in kinetic motion. As master printer for Dorset Fine Arts, he produced prints for Kananginak, Pitseolak and Pudlo Pudlat. He studied with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. Awards include Canada Council and Artist Trust grants. Residencies include Kohler Arts, Banff Centre for the Arts and the International Studio Curatorial Program. Packer exhibits internationally.

Artist in residence

Tobias Klein

Tobias Klein works in the fields of architecture, art, design, and interactive media installation. His work generates a syncretism of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies with site and culturally specific design narratives, intuitive non-linear design processes, and historical cultural references. Works of his studio are exhibited internationally. Klein has joined City University Hong Kong in the role as interdisciplinary Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Media and the architectural department.