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.
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Mon Jan 24. First class. Introductions, studio procedures and protocol, safety, equipment operation, discussion.
Mon February 21 Introducing color (bar, frit, powder).
Wed February 23 Color Cont’d. Layering, Optic molds, foil, wire inclusions. Assignment: bring in 10 designs for glass objects you would like to most use on Feb 28.
Mon February 28 Utility bowls, jars, lids, and handles, and spouts. 10 utilitarian designs due.
Wed March 2 Utility cont’d.
Mon March 7 Dissecting the Goblet into useful parts.
Wed March 9 The Goblet Cont’d (proper cup making, stem design, and blown feet).
Mon March 14 Taking the technique, but leaving the goblet behind ...
Wed March 16 Visiting Artist: Luca Rattazzi.
Mon March 21 Visiting Artist review.
Wed March 23 Mandatory clean up.
March 28-April 2 school closed for Spring Break (no class).
Mon April 4 Class resumes
Wed April 6 A visual and technical history of the bottle.
Mon April 11 Multiple part vessels (incalmo).
Wed April 13 Incalmo cont’d.
Mon April 17 Solid working technique.
Wed April 20 Designing and problem solving sculptural designs.
Mon April 25 Unorthodox glass working techniques.
Wed April 27 The homemade molds/tools cont’d.
Mon May 2 Pulling cane.
Wed May 4 Using cane.
Mon May 9 Preparation for final critique.
Wed May 11 Last class: Final Critique.
Sunday May 15: last blowing day
Mon May 16 Mandatory final clean up.
TBD: Mike's barbequeue.
Your grade will be determined by:
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A class from San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning.
Instructor Nate Watson
Class dates Jan 24-May 18, 2011
Class times 6:30-9:30pm Mon+Wed
Studio closed Mar28 - Apr 2
Glass sales: TBD. Sale inventory.