FALL 2: FUNdamentals

September 10 - 15, 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.



Glassblowing, Flameworking, Experimentation, Lathe 

Blend the arts of furnace and lampworked glass as you use the torch to form shapes and objects that will be incorporated into hotworked glass over the course of this class. Students will cover fundamental lampworking and furnace glassblowing techniques, pulling and using cane and murrini, drawing with cane, and placing lampworked shapes onto hot glass. Students will also explore the use of scientific glassblowing techniques and the lathe in the Hot Shop. Experimentation and enthusiasm will be greatly encouraged!




George Kennard began his tenure at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass in 2001 as an instructor, teaching beginning and continuing classes in glassblowing. Kennard enjoys the limitless opportunities for creating with molten glass and prefers making large-scale incalmo pieces. Sally Prasch began her career at the age of thirteen apprenticing for Lloyd Moore and continued her education, receiving a BFA in ceramics and glass, a degree in applied science, and a certificate in scientific glass technology.

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This course will cover the basics of standard neon-tube bending techniques and the FUNdamentals of neon! Working in the Flat Shop, students will be introduced to the torches, glass, processing with noble gases, and techniques behind this glowing medium. This course will also cover learning how to put some curves in straight glass tubing, basic install, and pattern making techniques. Let’s bend glass until all the tubes argon! Pack your patience and a smile.




Megan Stelljes earned her BFA in glass forming from Emporia State University, Kansas, before moving to Washington State to apprentice under Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen. Passionate about glass education, she works and teaches across the country. Stelljes found neon through Jeremy Bert, and has established her own neon shop. She has a strong relationship with Pilchuck Glass School, and has exhibited artwork at Museum of Neon Art, California; Sabbia Gallery, Australia; Pilchuck Gallery, Seattle; as well as Vetri Gallery, Seattle.

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Kiln Forming, Process, Color, Coldworking

Focus on the fundamentals of kiln-formed glass, firing processes, and all the technical knowledge necessary for a well-crafted creation. Students will learn how to cut and shape sheet glass while also being introduced to a variety of materials such as glass frit, powder, and stringers; allowing us to create unique patterns, imagery, and depth. An introduction to coldworking will allow students to finish their work before slumping into functional dishes or decorative works of art.




As a glass artist, Rebecca Smith explores what occurs naturally with the material, harnessing heat and flow to encourage the glass to speak for itself while conveying her vision. Currently, Smith is torn between two passions, one of pattern and chaos, the other an exploration of the formation of planet Earth. Her endeavors are supported by Pittsburgh Glass Center, her home for the past ten years, where she currently serves as the kilnforming and hospitality coordinator. 

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Screen Printing, Enamels, Imagery, Kiln Forming, Printmaking

In this course, students will focus on the stages for printing dry vitreous enamels onto glass, and deepening their understanding of screen-printing processes, image development, and the complexity of stacking/overlay. Through the exploration and discussion of the possibilities and limitations of materials, students will fine-tune techniques to build on in the future. Demonstrations will help students widen their comprehension of traditional screen-printing techniques, design principles, enamel and glass options, firing schedules, and basic coldworking skills.





Charles Cohan is professor of art and chair of printmaking in the Department of Art and Art History at University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, and exhibits and teaches internationally. Shandra McLane is an experimental glass artist and educator based in New England, and is an active advocate of the STEAM initiative and interdisciplinary practices. Her work addresses pertinent social and environmental issues and strives to function simultaneously as visually enticing and socially relevant.

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