Come experience The Crucible in an intense learning program that will foster new skills and develop the artist in you. The Crucible Immersion Workshops are designed to give students, beginner level to advanced, an opportunity to do a deep-dive study in a particular curriculum area and indulge in the lifestyle of a full-time artist.
The Crucible's 2013 Immersion Program runs from August 19-23, 2013.
2013 offerings include:
- Glass fusing and slumping
- Welding (MIG, TIG, plasma)
Over the course of five days, you will learn theory, principles, and extensive techniques that will give you the necessary skills to work independently. Each day will consist of six hours of instruction with four hours of optional open lab time in the evening, with the exception of Friday which will be a full eight hour lab day. Lunch and dinner will be provided.
The workshop week will conclude with a dinner and artist reception, on Friday evening, where artists will have their work on display to talk proudly about. Friends and family will be welcome and can join the dinner for a fee.
Monday - Thursday 10am to 5pm (Instruction)
Monday - Thursday 6pm - 10pm (Optional evening lab time)
Friday 10am to 6pm (Optional lab time)
Friday 6pm (Dinner & Artist Reception)
*Lunch and dinner is included in the cost of the workshop
Also, check out our Youth Immersion Program!
Woodworking Immersion Workshop
Wood is a versatile material, beautiful and durable, familiar yet mysterious. In this workshop, you will learn how to utilize the natural properties of solid wood to create a self designed project that is both functional and sculpturally expressive. Talks and lectures will address historic and contemporary uses of wood for furniture objects, design and visualization skills, problem solving construction methods, basic woodworking and shaping skills, and finishing.
Daily demonstrations will emphasize safe use of machinery and a wide variety of hand tools. Projects could include a drawer, door with hinges, hidden compartments, curved and shaped forms, or turned components. Students will have lots of hands on activity with the guidance of the instructor to help them realize their idea through process and experimentation, with ample studio time in the evenings to practice, investigate, and explore. Through the immersion experience you will gain confidence and skills to continue your creative and inspired woodworking practice.
Glass Flameworking Immersion Workshop
During this exciting workshop, you will be guided through the techniques of working with borosilicate and soda-lime glass. You'll have the opportunity to create projects of your own design during the open lab.Over the flame of a 4000 degree torch, you will learn to transform tubes and solid rods of glass into marbles, beads, flowers, insects, monsters, and hollow ornaments using flameworking tools such as graphite marvers, paddles, and marble molds, as well as tweezers, mashers, steel mandrels, paddles, reamers, and more.
You will learn flameworking theory and principles including rotation, gravity, reading the heat base, hot/cold seals, gathering, condensing, tension, annealing, color theory and application, chemistry and physics. Fundamental techniques such as shaping, glass blowing, bead making, and sculpting will be taught to expand and refine your skills. You will have access to a library of glass flameworking books for project inspiration.
Glass Blowing Immersion Workshop
With heat from the belly of a 2000 degree furnace, you will learn to shape hot glass into paperweights, flowers, drinking vessels, bowls, bottles, sculptures, small vases and more.
In a supportive and encouraging environment, you will be taught glass blowing theory and practice principles including rotation, gravity, form, control, thermal stress, annealing, color theory and application, using traditional tools such as marvers, jacks, paddles, straight and diamond shears, optic molds, wood blocks, as well the paper, the punty and the blowpipe. Fundamental techniques such as gathering, marvering, transferring, necking, trimming, attachments, wraps, as well as, bench and blowing technique will be taught to expand and refine your skills. Safety and teamwork are a key focus of working in the hot shop.
During this exciting workshop, professional glass artists will guide you through the techniques of working with hot glass. You will have the opportunity to construct projects of your very own design during the open lab. We will have a library of glassworking books and sample projects for inspiration.
Welding Immersion Workshop
With an electrode to strike an arc of electricity, more than 3000 degrees, you will learn to join and cut metal to create a series of custom projects using tools such as a MIG welder, TIG welder, and plasma cutter. Safety and use of fabrication shop tools such as the horizontal band saw, sheerer, the notcher, drill press, hydraulic pipe bender, hole punch, pipe roller, sheet roller, and the finger brake will also be taught.
In a supportive and encouraging environment, you will learn welding theory and principles including conceptual design, drawing to communicate your ideas, design development and detailing, material selection, sourcing, purchasing, and metal terminology. Fundamental techniques such as basic hossfeld bending, oxy/acetylene bending, fabrication, connections (tapping, bolting, screwing, riveting), grinding, and finishing will be taught to expand and refine your skills.
During this exciting workshop, a professional fabrication artist will guide you through the techniques of working with mild steel and recycled materials. You will have the opportunity to construct projects of your very own design during the open lab. Furniture, sculpture of all types, and lighting are all encouraged. Projects will be discussed and evaluated for feasibility and cost, given the one-week timeframe. We will have a library of metal working books and sample projects for inspiration.
Fusing & Slumping Immersion Workshop
With brilliant glass colors as your palette, learn to paint and fuse with
glass, transforming flat fusible transparent and opac compatible glass
into luminous fused glass paintings. Using glass cutting tools such as the
circle cutter, mosaic cutter, you will construct, fuse and slump and shape
multiple glass pieces into unique glass plates, tiles, constructions and deep
castings, learning new processes each day.
In a supportive and encouraging environment, you will learn the basics of
glass fusing including: principles of glass chemistry: reactivity, annealing,
viscosity and heat transfer. Fundamental techniques will be taught,
including the use of frits and powers, hot mosaics, multiple pattern bar
techniques, strip lamination, high temperature fusing techniques (deep
casting and pot melts), basic use of photo imagery in fusing, inclusions
(metal, mica and irids) and use of slumping molds: clay, metal and
fiber. Throughout the week, basic design principles: shape, color, line,
movement will be emphasized. Basic use of hand and machine cold
working will be taught.
During this stimulating workshop, professional glass artists will guide
you thru the fusing process so that you will have a comprehensive
knowledge of the field by the end of the intensive. Our library of glass
books and sample projects are available for inspiration. You will be
encouraged to highlight your own voice, using glass as the medium.
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