This course is for all levels. Emphasis is on the creation of sculptural artwork through explorations in molten glass. Technique and aesthetics will be taught. Students will have their own practice time outside of class. Course may be repeated for a total of 9 units.
The objective for this class will be to demystify glass as a material of function, and to find ways to convey meaning through the visual distinctness of glass. The idea that only very skilled practitioners can express ideas through glass is a myth. Meaningful expressions require time, consideration, and some sense of what's possible.
Assignment #1: For Wednesday bring in 3 images of objects that you find inspiring & sketch 3 things that you would like to make in glass. (In-class discussion.)
Wednesday August 28 Blow slot assignments
Monday September 2 Labor Day (no class)
Wednesday September 4 Gathering 101. In class exercises and repetition. Attendance mandatory.
Monday September 9 Timing, temperature, and decisive actions. Planning, Managing, and problem solving in the shop. (We will focus on moving efficiently toward desired forms and include an in-depth conversation about punties.)
Wednesday September 11 Special beginning level session
Monday September 16 In class exercises. Bit bringing and assisting Part I
Wednesday September 18 Advanced cup making A-Z (how to see the end in the beginning)
Monday September 23 By appointment
Wednesday September 25 Visiting Artist Pamina Traylor
Monday September 30 Bit bringing and assisting part II (handles and ??)
Wednesday October 2 Solid sculpting Part I
Monday October 7 By appointment
Wednesday October 9 By appointment
Monday October 14 Introducing color (bar, frit, powder, shards)
Wednesday October 16 Color continued: pulling and using cane.
Monday October 21 Special beginning level session: intro to production process.
Wednesday October 23 Special advanced level session: production.
Monday October 28 Visiting Artist (Danny White)
Wednesday October 30 By appointment
Monday November 4 The Goblet deconstructed
Wednesday November 6 Visiting Artist: Guido Gerlitz
Monday November 11 No class (Veterans Day)
Wednesday November 13 By appointment
Monday November 18 Multiple part vessels
Wednesday November 20 Studio clean up
Studio closed Nov.25-Dec. 1 for Fall Recess
Monday November 25 No Class (recess)
Wednesday November 27 No Class (recess)
Monday December 2 Visiting artist: Kait Rhodes
Wednesday December 4 By appointment
Monday December 9 By appointment
Wednesday December 11 By appointment
Monday December 16 Final critique, last class
TBD Last blowing day
Sunday December 8 5:30pm+ class barbeque at Mike's place.
Let your partner know as soon as possible if you can't make your blow slot, and ask them how they want to handle this - some like to select an alternate partner themselves, some will want you to help them find one.
coming soon ...
You can see the emails below, or open the Google group itself.
A class from San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning.
Instructor Nate Watson
Class dates Aug. 26-Dec. 16, except for Sept. 2, Nov. 11, 25 & 27.
Class times 6:30-9:30pm Mon+Wed
Studio closed (no blow slots) Nov 25 -- Dec 1.
Glass sales: TBD. Sale inventory.
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