Glass Casting & Coldworking
Cold glass can be carved, cut and drilled to create gorgeous pieces with unique surface textures and shapes. Kiln cast glass allows you to turn wax sculptures into solid glass art pieces, or put a relief into a solid piece of glass.
Learn to grind and polish glass in The Crucible’s expanded cold working area. Using glass blanks, you will experiment with glass cutting, drilling, carving and sandblasting techniques, as well as lathe work. You will be able to complete at least two ground and polished glass objects. Returning students will learn advanced techniques.
Make a dinnerware set of four, including large plates, salad plates, desert plates and coasters, by re-purposing and re-melting window and plate glass. You will have the choice of making your own 12″ max custom molds out of clay or fiber or use the 12″ and 8″ clay provided. Old window glass and colors for the window glass will be included in the class, but you are welcomed to bring in your own found glass for experimentation and possible use.
Learn the ancient art of lost-wax glass casting by sculpting a small wax form and making a mold for a one-off glass reproduction which you fire and anneal. You will come out with 2-3 finished pieces.
Bas Relief, a sculpting technique, is traditionally carved into the top surface of stone or wood to produce low-relief sculpture. In this Reverse Relief class, the relief is created on the back-side of a clear slab of glass and viewed through the flat front-side. This is achieved by carving on a slab of plaster/silica and melting clear glass over the top. No experience needed for carving or sculpting for this class and all skill levels welcome. Students will also learn basic coldworking skills.