Session 1: Medium Matters
June 7-14, 2018
Glassblowing, Coldworking, Installation, Mixed Media
Come prepared to enter into a clean,uncluttered sculptural world! This course will move between several skills and resources, engaging in blowing and coldworking techniques.
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Antoine Pierini is part of a family of glassblowers. Owner of a glass studio located in Biot, French Riviera, his main inspiration is nature and Mediterranean cultural heritage. Considered a representative of French glass artists, Pierini created several master installations of bamboo on-site in locations including San Diego, New York, St Tropez, and London. Through his studio, Pierini has also hosted many artist residencies for artists such as Kelly O’Dell, Raven Skyriver, Ethan Stern, Gabe Feenan, and more.
E PLURIBUS: CONSTRUCTING THE BUBBLE
Glassblowing, Cane, Murrini, Design, Color Pattern
Canework introduces the idea of forming a continuous surface from many separate component pieces, creating an opportunity for exploring both regular and irregular patterns in the glass body. This course will give students a good grounding in the basic fundamentals of working with cane, as well as encouraging them to develop their own strategies for innovating upon traditional techniques. Lectures on historical uses of cane, as well as more contemporary sources of inspiration, will supplement daily demonstrations in the hot shop.
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Scott Benefield has been an artist in residence at Corning Museum of Glass, New York; North Lands Creative, Scotland; Creative Glass Center of America, New Jersey; and Museum of Glass, Tacoma. He regularly teaches workshops in cane techniques and was a visiting scholar at Osaka University of Arts in 2009. He has been the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust grant to support independent research in glass. Benefield currently lives and works in Northern Ireland.
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF CNC PATHS?
Glassblowing, Hot-Glass Casting, 3D Modeling, Digital, Moldmaking
Computers, robots, hot glass—what could possibly go wrong!? Explore 3D digital design CAD tools and CNC to create reusable graphite molds for glass casting. Students with 3D design experience may design forms with their software of choice, and 3D beginners will have access to some free, easy to learn tools to get them going. We will use the affordable and open source XCarve CNC machine to mill graphite molds, and hot-shop time will explore graphite molds for ladle casting, centrifugal casting, blown and cast glass combinations, and solidworked assemblies of multiple castings.
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Fred Kahl is a New York City-based artist who works at the intersection of art, entertainment, and technology to create work invoking magic and wonder. Over the last several years, he has explored ways to combine 21st century technologies like computers and robots with more traditional glassmaking processes. Kahl has been a TED Resident, and artist in residence at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma; Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, New Jersey; and staff, student, TA, and teacher at Pilchuck Glass School.
Drawing on the immediate and unique environment of the Pilchuck campus, this course will employ natural forms as a starting point for material investigation. Using flameworked glass and mixed media, we will explore sculptural elements based on forms and patterns found in nature. The course focus will be on solid and hollow-sculpting techniques using bench and hand torches alongside surface manipulation and assembly methods. Bring a sketch book, a curious mind, and a desire to mix it up with materials!
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Andrea Spencer’s small-scale sculpture and site-specific installations draw from natural forms to create artworks that carry a personal narrative. Throughout her work, she maintains an emphasis on the unique properties of glass, exploiting the intrinsic qualities of transparency, fragility, and fluidity inherent within the material through the making process. She has exhibited and taught internationally. Spencer currently maintains a studio practice in Northern Ireland.
IMMATERIAL: SCENT & HOLLOW-CAST FORMS
Hollow-Core Casting, Lost-Wax Casting, Distillation, Natural Perfumery
“Perfume straddles the line between the tangible and intangible, the earthly and the ethereal, the real and the magical.” – Mandy Aftel Glass and perfume are ethereal, fluid, and transparent. They have been intertwined since their inception in ancient Mesopotamia. This course will fuse glass casting with history and sensory exploration. Students will be introduced to hollow-core casting and will use plant extractions and distillation to create their own individual scent. Each student will leave with a one-of-a-kind cast-glass vessel and a corresponding perfume.
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Michael and Emily Endo (née Nachison) are based in Portland, Oregon, and Joshua Tree, California. Their individual and collaborative practices include art, education, and curation. Their work has been exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. Michael Endo earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, in 2009, and is currently the curator at Bullseye Projects. Emily Endo is an artist and perfumer. She received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010.
Writing, Conversation, Public Reading
This course is dedicated to making observations about glass through various writing experiences. Motivated to develop a broader conversation about the landscape of contemporary glass, students will examine the many fascinating nuances related to glass materiality, glass culture, our community, and issues related to the field in general. Through short writing exercises, lectures, group activities, writing projects, and public readings of our work, this course will serve as a means to convey information, exchange ideas, and make insightful discoveries.
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David Schnuckel’s work exhibits internationally and is in the permanent collections of the GlazenHuis, Belgium; Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark; and Museum of American Glass, West Virginia. He has taught at Alfred University, New York; Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Japan; and more. As a writer, Schnuckel maintains a blog that examines his glass and teaching practice titled David Schnuckel Uses His Words and is a regular contributor to GASnews. He is an assistant professor of glass at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.