SESSION 5: ARCHETYPE
July 30 - August 16, 2018
Glassblowing, Cane, Murrini, Teamwork, Installation
Teamwork and passion are the pillars of Muranese glassblowing traditions. Working alongside master glassblowers, students will explore traditional production techniques. The style of “volta”—the steps a team takes to complete a piece—will be at the core of this class. With their guidance students will explore and experiment to deconstruct and reinvent Muranese archetypes such as the Venetian chandelier, working to redesign and refabricate these archetypes into a collective piece and installation.
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Roberto Beltrami has worked with some of the best Murano glassmakers in his career. In 2015 he became the first and only glass master under the age of thirty-five chosen to teach at Abate Zanetti in Murano. Matteo Tagliapietra was born in Venice in 1973. He earned the position of glass master at just twenty-one years of age. In 2015 he started his own factory, Gambaro e Tagliapietra. Both Maestri have given significant support for Pilchuck’s Murano scholarship.
ATELIER DE UTSUSHI
Glassblowing, Experimentation, Installation
This course will focus on designing work utilizing characteristics of glass in an atelier-type setting. Examine manifestations of glass from past and present, editing processes associated with the translation of ideas from sketch to finish and focus on refining craftsmanship. We will make stand-alone objects, mass multiples for installations and play with possible “changes of state” in regards to how objects are functioning. In addition to making their own works, students will experiment, work in teams and replicate daily demonstrations to gain firsthand experience that directly informs the evolution of their own voice and studio practice.
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Jin Hongo is a head professor at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art (TIGA), which was the first public art school in Japan to specialize in glass. His mixed-media approach to sculpture is fueled by the excitement of discovery and invention. Robert Lewis is a mixed-media artist that received his MFA from the Ohio State University. He was an Associate Professor at Toyama City Institute of Glass in Japan. Since 2012, he has been a Sessional Professor in Glass at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Canada.
THREE EASY PIECES
Equipment, Design, Fabrication
In this unique course, students will work in teams to design and build three key pieces of hot-shop equipment; the free-standing pot furnace, the annealer and the glory hole. These will be simple, small designs and at the end of the class the completed equipment will go to a sponsor hotshop. Our focus will be on glass equipment design, combustion systems, electrical controls and safety. This class is a great opportunity for hot-shop technicians and people interested in building and improving their own equipment.
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The founder of Spiral Arts, Fred Metz has been designing and building tools and equipment for the hot shop since 1993. Spiral Arts has been the principal hot-shop and equipment designer for Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. Metz holds several equipment patents and has a reputation for producing top quality gear for studio glass artists.
OUTSIDE THE BENCH
Flameworking, Lathe, Installation
In this course, students should prepare to change how they think about flameworking with this team driven, hands-on class. First, students will learn about project planning, heat control and flameworking basics in a classroom setting. Then they should plan to expand any previous flameworking experience they may have by moving away from the bench to tackle a large-scale project with full student participation.
A / INTERMEDIATE /ADVANCED
Hamm Vitrifex is an Oregon glass artist with over twenty years of flameworking and glass lathe experience. He is known for his ongoing innovations in functional design and flameworking techniques. His work bridges the gap between the functional underground of the glass world and the elegance of modern design.
FRIT DE VERRE | HOT PRINTING ON GLASS
Kiln Forming, Imagery, Pâte de Verre, Experimentation
Students will explore a specific kiln- forming and pâte de verre process based on the principles of intaglio printing. Focusing on the themes of imitation and illusion, students will delve into the aesthetic qualities and sculptural possibilities of this process. A variety of moldmaking materials will result in direct transfer of drawings, hand-written text and structures from a mold onto glass. Students will create flat molds as printing plates onto which they will fuse glass frit made in the hot shop and powders before moving into three dimensions by manipulating the glass during the firing.
B / ALL LEVELS
Anne Petters was born in 1978 in Dresden, Germany. Petters received a diploma in Fine Arts from the Institute for Ceramics and Glass Art, Germany and an MFA from Alfred University, New York. She uses glass and other materials, including natural phenomena, in a poetic and metaphoric way. Petters works and teaches internationally, and is currently at City and Guilds of London Art School.