TAPESTRY: INSPIRATION, PATTERN, COLOR AND TECHNIQUE IN KILN GLASS ©
Workshop participants will make two pieces as they are introduced to the techniques involved in making, and how those techniques result in the subtleties of color use and pattern making that make Richard’s Tapestrypieces so compelling. The first piece will introduce the necessary techniques and initial color and pattern thoughts, as well as cold working, slumping and finish options. The second piece will be a larger piece carried through from beginning to full fuse while focusing on the importance of well-made and well-finished work. Further discussion of color principles and pattern design are part of this project.
This class picks up where the highly popular Tapestry class left off. The class begins with a review of the essential principles of Tapestryand then moves into new processes and projects using similar parts sheets as those used for Tapestry. Participants will make several sample pieces as they explore methods to create rich patterns and visual texture, including variations in cutting pattern sheets, on edge strip construction, thick layered blocks, and slumping and forming methods. Color, opacity and transparency will be considered.
WORKING IN SHALLOW SPACE: BAS RELIEF IN KILNFORMED GLASS
Participants in this class will investigate the rich possibilities of working in bas relief using simple materials such as fiber paper to create complex forms, shapes and textures. Intricate surface relief, texture, color and light interactions are possible in "shallow space." Subtle changes in the levels of the surface and the interplay of light and shadow on the planes enable us to see and appreciate the composition. Cold working techniques remove layers and expose that which is below the surface.
WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? MAKING AND MEANING IN KILNFORMED GLASS
How often have you asked yourself "how do I find my 'voice' and express that in my artwork?" Or thought, "I don't know where to start." This class is an opportunity to start to figure out what you want to express in your work and how to make that artwork. The class will explore ways of thinking about the artwork that we do and the development of work with a strong, clear intent and content. We will consider idea based approaches, and making work that is meaningful and well crafted. We will consider why we make objects and the importance of the object.
THE FUSED GLASS ENTERPRISE
Today's glass fusers live in a golden age of kilnforming education. The business side of making is a mystery to many who are working in fused glass. Knowledge of how to apply for shows, to work with galleries, and submit for commissions is not so readily available. There is a big difference between making fused glass as a hobby than making it to sell and make money. But, it's possible and rewarding to make art and make money. They are not mutually exclusive! In this class, we will demystify the business of art glass and provide the information you need to decide if a fused glass business makes sense for you. Students will design a fused glass product line and make prototypes considering decisions that they have made about the business that they want to build.