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.
This class will include of survey of glass working techniques and history as well as develop the skills required to plan, articulate, and execute designs. We will explore the changing dialogues that exist between traditional craft mediums and contemporary art through the practice of manipulating glass, drawing, and writing. You will be expected to keep a sketchbook/journal that reflects your experiences in and out of the class in regard to your creative pursuits.
Wed Aug 24 First class. Introductions, studio procedures and protocol, safety, equipment operation, discussion.
Assignment #1: collect a minimum of 20 images that represent your interest in form, color, texture, scale, pattern, design and content. Be prepared to discuss these images in class on Wed Aug 31.
Mon Aug 29 Blow slot assignments. Specifics to gathering. Group exercise.
Wed Aug 31 Presentations on what you like (assignment #1). Back to basics (gathering, blocking, marvering and bubble starting) - please take careful notes.
Monday September 5 No class - Labor Day
Wednesday September 7 glass assignments due; Shapes demo; group project (the cup)
Monday September 12 Assignment for yourself for two weeks; collaborative project; video
Wednesday September 15 Bits bits bits
Monday September 19 Review student work; Review bit work + applications; Sale planning meeting
Wednesday September 21 "The continuing saga of the sphere and the marver"; solid foot, to overlay, to bowl; color demonstrations
Monday September 25 Sculpture demo / assemblage
Wednesday September 27 Crit Day (self assignments due in class)
Monday October 3 Optic mold, building vessels
Wednesday October 5 In class optic mold practice/ vessel assembly
Monday October 10 un-orthodox methods slides
Wednesday October 12 Visiting artist: Matthew Szosz
Monday October 17 Visiting artist review
Wednesday October 19 Midterm exam in class
Monday October 24 Visiting artist: Sarah Gilbert
October 24-27: sale
Wednesday October 26 Visiting artist review
Monday October 31 Problem solving day
Wednesday November 2 ornament making party
Monday November 7 Visiting artist: Luca Ratazzi
Wednesday November 9 Visiting artist review
Friday November 11 Veterans Day: no class, no blow slots
November 14-16: sale
Wednesday November 16 Extended view of cane working
Mon-Wed November 21-23 No Class, campus open
Thur-Sat November 24-26 campus closed, no blow slots
Monday November 28 Cane and Murini cont’d
November 28-December 9 Ornament sale
Wednesday November 30 The constructed vessel (incalmo)
Monday December 5 TBA
Wednesday December 7 In Class Exam
Monday December 12 Last Class: final critique
TBD: Mike's barbequeue.
Your grade will be determined by:
A class from San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning.
Instructor Nate Watson
Class dates Aug 24 - Dec 14, 2011, except for Sep 5, Nov 21+23
Class times 6:30-9:30pm Mon+Wed
Studio closed (no blow slots) Nov 11, 24, 25, 26
Glass sales: Oct 24-27, Nov 14-16, 28-29 and Dec 5-9. Sale inventory.