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. Please contact the instructor prior to enrollment. In addition to the tuition, there is a $295 materials/ lab fee payable to the Bursar's Office after the first class meeting.
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.
Monday Aug 27: first class.
Wednesday August 29
Monday September 3: No Class - Labor Day
Wednesday September 5: Foundations: gathering, blocking, marvering, and bubble starting (why, when, & how. Please take careful notes!)
Monday September 10: Bits bits bits. Heats and shapes that define bits for every situation. (communication, timing, heat, and practice)
Wednesday September 12: more bits!
Monday September 17:
Wednesday September 19: Set-ups for basic shapes.
Monday September 24: visiting artist Jonathan Yao
Wedesday September 26: crit day (assignment due); extended assignments due Oct 17.
Monday October 1: Goblet as a beginning place for sculpture
Wednesday October 3: visiting artist Kazuki Takizawa
Monday October 8: visiting artist review
Wednesday October 10: Sculpting techniques and methods
Monday October 15: Sculpting techniques and methods cont’d
Wednesday October 17: in-class production; extended assignments due
Wednesday October 24: visiting artist TBA
October 24-27: fall sale
Monday October 29: visiting artist: Danny White
Wednesday October 31: production at PublicGlass
Monday November 5: pulling cane
Wednesday November 7: making murini
Monday November 12: no class: Veterans Day
Wednesday November 14: cane and murini for sculptural surface
November ??-??: ornament sale
Wednesday November 16: studio clean up (mandatory)
November 19-24: Campus closed (no studio time)
Monday November 26: the illusive goblet in depth
Wednesday November 28: the illusive goblet in depth cont’d
November 28-30: ornament sale
Monday December 3: The constructed vessel (incalmo)
Wednesday December 5: Incalmo cont’d
Monday December 10: in-class exam
Wednesday December 12: Last Class, final critique, photos from Jim
Sunday Dec 16: last day in studio.
??? barbeque at Mike's.
You get 2 unexcused absences during the semester. If you let me know what’s going on I can excuse the absence and avoid the third unexcused absence that will result in lowering your grade. Your main responsibility is to your blow slot and to your partner, but missing class will compromise the cohesiveness of the class. Besides... who skips glassblowing class? Seriously.
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.
You must keep a sketch book that will contain all of your observations, notes, and objectives. It will serve as your platform to relay ideas and ask questions. A picture is worth 1000 words.
A class from San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning.
Instructor Nate Watson
Sep. 5--Nov. 7,
Nov. 14--Dec. 19