FALL 1: Realism

September 2 - 7, 2019


Applications for scholarship, priority placement, Teaching Assistant, and Artist Assistant use the same online form and are due by 11:59 PM [Pacific], February 1, 2019. Student applications accepted until courses are filled. Learn more about applying here. View course index here.


Fall Program courses are a new alternative to the longer Summer Program. They offer shorter one-week courses on campus with equal immersion and focus, while operating at a different pace. The number of students on campus is smaller than in the Summer Program, and campus events are minimalized for a quieter, more contemplative environment.

The Fall Program courses this year include glassblowing, flameworking, glass painting and enameling, as well as a hybrid printmaking course.  The Fall Program is a dynamic and fulfilling way to end the summer and welcome in the fall.


Flameworking, Glassblowing, Sculpting, Installation

Thinking across boundaries between the hot shop and the torch, students will build beginning skills in both realms while working collaboratively to create larger works and structures. Wherever possible, low-tech problem-solving strategies will be deployed. This class will encourage working in response to objects, situations, and existing architectures. Be ready to create the precious and liberate it from its preciousness. Only soft glass will be used, all cane and tubing will be pulled from the furnace ultimately to be recycled.





Niko Dimitrijevic received his MFA from Ohio State University. Most recently, his work has manifested as installations using light or its properties to define a given space. He has been a member of both the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, and William Morris glassblowing teams. Kit Paulson received her MFA from Southern Illinois University. She has been working with glass continuously since 2001. She is currently an artist in residence at Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina.

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Hot Sculpting, Glassblowing, Color, Form

Take a closer look at nature’s design to find inspiration. In this course, students will strive to capture the essence of the natural world in blown and hot-sculpted forms by using traditional and unconventional techniques to create texture, color, and pattern. Using the garage and hot torches extensively, the class will work in teams to assemble complex forms. Students will team problem solve and create with intention while refining their skills. A variety of perspectives on sculpture will be provided by visits and demonstrations from visiting artists.




Kelly O’Dell became captivated by glass as a child while watching her father work in his studio at their home in Kealakekua, Hawaii. She earned a BFA in glass from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and soon afterward moved to Seattle where she assisted local artists and eventually became a member of the William Morris team. O’Dell has exhibited work and has taught across the United States and abroad. She has recently relocated to Lopez Island, Washington, with her husband, Raven Skyriver, and their son.

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Flameworking, Sculpting, Color

This course will help students strengthen their sculpting ability in borosilicate glass through an exploration of anatomy. Students will combine the worlds of fact and fiction by creating realistic works entwined with fanciful motifs while focusing on research, attention to detail, and most importantly, developing confidence as sculptors. We will discuss the significance of visualization, experimentation, and intention. Group and individual demonstrations will be given. Look forward to challenging yourself creatively and technically in this course.




Kimberly Thomas is known for her intentionally flawed and unusual characters. Using borosilicate glass as a core medium, she challenges viewers to face what makes them uncomfortable in order to offer them opportunities for fresh perspectives and personal development. Thomas graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in ceramics. In addition to her studio practice, Thomas is a professor of glass at Salem Community College in New Jersey, and guest instructor at various studios across the United States.

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Enamel, Painting, Imagery, Kiln Firing

In this course, we will use vitreous enamels to apply images on two and three-dimensional glass with an emphasis on expanding dimensional space by layering between the front, back, and in-between spaces. We will combine and contrast personal iconography with ideas from contemporary art and culture using a variety of mark-making techniques such as glass painting, photo-resist sandblasting, etching cream, drawing with diamond bits, photo decals, and more. Come join us, and leave with an introduction to techniques, a great glass sample set, and memories!




Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend’s tendency to bend rules has led to provocative interpretations of glass traditions in her art. Her achievements include being the first woman president of the Glass Art Society and a recipient of its Lifetime Membership Award and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Her work in glass and mixed media, architectural glass, and hot glass is included in many private collections and public institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.

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