Glass Workshops

 

Summer Glass Workshops (*18 and over)

 

Pushing, Poking, Pulling: Sculpting in the Flame

Instructor: Chris Ahalt
Date: May 15 - 19
Experience: Beginner to Advanced (some flameworking experience helpful)
Cost: $700

 

Chris Ahalt

If you have ever wanted to see how far you could stretch a piece of glass, this is the class for you. Students will learn how to sculpt from a single hollow bubble, with very few attachments or additions. We'll push and pull the glass to its limits, and play with it like hot liquid putty. Let's take your ideas and bring them to life step by step. Patience and persistence will be necessity, along with a blow-hose and a variety of sculpting knives and pokers. At least one year of experience is recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Instructor

Chris Ahalt

Chris Ahalt is a flame worker with 18 years experience. In 2005 he apprenticed under master flame worker, Cesare Toffolo, in Venice, Italy. There he learned many of the Venetian techniques that have given him the building blocks to create glass of the highest quality. His most recent work, however, is not directly attributed to his time in Italy. Rather than fine ornate cups and vessels, Ahalt sculpts intricate animals and figurative balloons that are strung up as though they are floating, tethered to a weight below.

A graduate from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture/ Furniture Design. Ahalt currently lives in Minneapolis where he is a self-employed flame worker specializing in custom glassware, sculpture, lighting, prototyping, and various other commissioned work.

 

 

 

 

The Possibilities are Endless!!!

Instructor: Kim Thomas
Date: May 22 - 26
Experience: Beginner to Advanced (some flameworking experience necessary)
Cost: $650

 

Kim Thomas

Autodidact-ism is a driving force in sculpture. We spend so much of our time in the studio "figuring it out." As an autodidact, Kim believes learning how to teach yourself is one of the most important skills one can acquire. Life as a student doesn't end when you graduate. Self-education is where freedom begins. This workshop will focus on the processes of the self-taught artist. We will discuss these routines, traits, and skills and apply them to a sculptural project of your choice. Group and individualized demos will be given.

Say goodbye to your comfort zone, prepare to push boundaries and find your inspiration! *

 

 

 

 

 

About the Instructor

Kim Thomas

Kim has always been the venturesome type. She was born ready! Kim attended RISD, graduating with a BFA in Ceramics. After college, Kim moved to California to work in the film and television industry. She attended The Make-Up Designory and later worked as an assistant to award-winning, special effects makeup artist Kevin Haney. As life has its ups and downs, Kim was laid off from her beloved special-effects job. Looking for something new and interesting, she answered an advertisement for a glassblowing apprentice. Alas, she had found her new adventure! Kim has been flameworking for eight years. She is a prolific and dedicated artist, and a problem solver who loves activities and everything unusual. Forever young at heart, and always searching.

 

 

 

Advancing the Notion of 'Advanced'

Instructor:Alex Rosenberg
Date: May 22 - 26
Experience: Intermediate to Advanced (some glassblowing experience necessary)
Cost: $650

 

Alexander Rosenberg

The introductory exercises taught in beginning glass classes are foundational, but in no way simple. In this workshop we will collectively revisit the first things we learned about glass in the hot shop critically, attempting to solve the original problems we faced with a more advanced skill-set. We will question "the rules," like the need for annealing, the tools we use (or the need for tools at all), the way we move around the shop, and the way we look at the glass as we are working. Students will be pushed to abandon habits and work the material faster, thinner and more aggressively than ever before. *

 

 

About the Instructor

Alexander Rosenberg

Alexander Rosenberg is a Philadelphia-based artist, educator and writer. He received a BFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design and Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT. His artistic practice is rooted in the study of glass as a material, in conjunction with broad interdisciplinary investigation crossing over into many other media and research areas.

Alexander pursues his practice with artist residencies, teaching, performances and exhibitions locally and internationally. He is the recipient of the 2012 International Glass Prize, The Esther & Harvey Graitzer Memorial Prize, UArts FADF Grant, and the deFlores Humor Fund Grant (MIT). He has attended artist residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Urban Glass, Vermont Studio Center, StarWorks, Pilchuck Glass School, GlazenHuis in Belgium, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Worcester Craft Center. His writing has been published in Glass Quarterly, The Glass Art Society Journal, and the Art Blog. He is a founding member of Hyperopia Projects and heads the glass program at University of the Arts.

 

Website: http://www.alexanderrosenberg.net/

 

 

 

Kiln Kinesiology 101: Kinetic Casting

Instructor: Wes Valdez
Date: May 22 - 26
Experience: All levels (no prior experience necessary)
Cost: $650

 

Wes Valdez

Let's break some rules and learn some new ones. Kiln cast glass has been solid and static for long enough. Wouldn't you like to create castings with mechanical motion or moving parts? For one week, you're going to be learning how to push traditional mold making methods and materials to create unique cast glass pieces like you've never seen before. Come ready to learn in-depth kiln casting processes that we will alter to suit our needs. We will cover silicone rubber molds for multiples, wax working and construction, investing, and finishing. You will leave with experimental technical samples, as well as finished pieces. You will also leave the class with your silicone molds, an informational mold making packet, and waxes to continue to make additional work. All levels are welcome to join the class. Those with prior casting experience will be able to hone their skills for application in their work. *

 

 

 

About the Instructor

Wes Valdez

Wes Valdez is a Philadelphia-based artist and educator. He holds two degrees in glass, a BFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Currently, he works at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, as the Glass Studio Supervisor. His sculptural work is informed by personal narrative through memory or dream and often explores themes of wholeness, mortality, duality, and ideals of perfection. With glass, he explores the fallibility and fragility of the human condition. As an educator, Wes is practiced in teaching a variety of glass manipulation processes including kiln working, flame working, off-hand blowing and sculpting, and cold working. He has taught glass at the University of the Arts, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, and Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

 

 

 

The Poetry of Nature: Flowers and Figures

Instructor: Paul Stankard and Lucio Bubacco
Date: June 12 - 16
Experience: Beginner to Advanced (some flameworking experience helpful)
Cost: $850

 

Paul Stankard and Lucio Bubacco

Internationally renowned glass artists Lucio Bubacco and Paul Stankard will lead a 5 day workshop exploring creative opportunities to flamework free standing figures and floral orbs in borosilicate and soda lime glasses. Bubacco and Stankard will apply techniques they've developed in soda lime glass to craft a fresh visual language for borosilicate glass. The workshop's focus will be divided between flameworking soda lime and borosilicate glass. On the final afternoon of the workshop Paul and Lucio will collaborate celebrating figures and flowers crafted into a paperweight in Paul's studio. *

 

 

About the Instructors

Paul Stankard and Lucio Bubacco

In 1963, Paul graduated from the Salem County Vocational-Technical Institute, the predecessor institution of Salem Community College. In 1999, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the College. In 2008, the College granted him an honorary associate of fine arts degree in recognition of this inspiration in the establishment of the glass art program. Paul has received many honors and accolades from a numerous organizations. He has received honorary doctorates from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, and from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Paul has published three books, No Green Berries or Leaves: The Creative Journey of an Artist in Glass in 2007, Spark the Creative Flame: Making the Journey from Craft to Art in 2013, and most recently Studio Craft as Career: A Guide to Achieving Excellence in Art-making in 2016.

 

Website: www.paulstankard.com

 

Lucio Bubacco has earned international respect for his sensuous works combining the anatomic perfection of Greek and Roman sculpture with the Byzantine gothic architecture of his native Venice. He focuses on large freestanding sculpture with incredible detail. He also combines large, cast glass forms with delicate flameworked figures to make scenes from mythology and express his fantasies.

As a boy, Bubacco made small animals and beads at the torch. Later, he spent two intensive years studying anatomy, drawing and design with the Venetian master Alessandro Rossi. Thereafter, the human form and the multi-colored palette became important elements in his pieces.

"Bubacco's work combines virtuoso techniques and a theatrical narrative closely aligned to choreography. It is theatrical and lighthearted withal the magic of ballet or musical theater." (Author Dan Klein, Artists in Glass)

 

Website: www.luciobubacco.com

 

 

 

Departing from Tradition: Experimental Glass

Instructor: Morgan Gilbreath & Ryan Tanner
Date: June 12 - 16
Experience: All levels (no prior experience necessary)
Cost: $850

 

Ryan Tanner Morgan Gilbreath

This course will focus on experimenting by combining kilnforming, coldworking, and torch working to develop new ways to approach glassmaking. By starting with found and recycled glass, this class will be able to immediately explore how these varied glassmaking processes can be mixed to yield new and unique results. Students will engage in quick exercises, collaborative studies, and daily demonstrations to find ways to refresh and reinvent their studio practice. This workshop is open to all levels of experience. *

 

 

 

 

About the Instructors

Ryan Tanner

Ryan Tanner was born in Fairfax, Virginia. He began working with glass in 2007 during his study at Virginia Commonwealth University. There he found an affinity for the material almost instantly and began expanding his studies nationwide at studios such as Pilchuck Glass School, and Corning Museum of Glass. In 2008 he began his research into the history of cameo glass engraving in an attempt to recreate past techniques, a passion he still pursues to this day. Ryan now passes on the methods he has developed through demonstrations at various educational facilities such as Tyler School of the Arts, The Chrysler Museum of Art, Salem Community College, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Aside from his studies in cameo glass, Ryan Tanner's current work strives to memorialize the energy that is poured into artists workspaces through the documentation of their practice and collection of the remnants they produce. His work has been published in the New Glass Review 31 and New Glass Review 36, Corning Museum of Glass, and Emerge 2012, Bullseye Glass Company.

 

Website: www.ryantanner.info

 

Morgan Gilbreath

Morgan Gilbreath is a glass and mixed-media artist whose work investigates the intersections between religion, labor, and contemporary urban life. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Glass, a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and a Certificate in Community Arts from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in Philadelphia. Morgan has been a Teaching Assistant at Pilchuck Glass School and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and has shown work at various galleries in Portland (Oregon); Philadelphia, Phoenix and Seattle. Morgan recently completed a three-month artist fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, NJ and an Emerging Artist Residency at the University of Texas Arlington Glass Studio. Morgan currently lives and works in Philadelphia. *

 

Website: morgangilbreath.com

 

 

 

Scientific Glass for the Artist

Instructor: Dennis Briening
Date: June 19 - 23
Experience: All levels (no prior experience necessary)
Cost: $650

 

Dennis Briening

This fast-paced course will cover a wide variety of techniques utilized by scientific glassblowers. Learn new techniques and improve your hand-skills at the bench. We will cover bends, seals, how to make coils, and other processes. Beyond flameworking there will be ample time for discussion on how glass is utilized in science and research. *

 

 

 

About the Instructor

Dennis Briening

Dennis Briening earned an associate degree in scientific glass technology from Salem Community College in 1977. Upon graduation, he joined Xerox Electro Optical Systems in Pasadena, Calif., where he assisted in the development of the first laser printers. He graduated magna cum laude from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University, with a bachelor's degree in sculpture in 1993. Read more about Dennis Briening.

 

 

 

Sparking Life into Glass

Instructor: Grant Garmezy
Date: June 19 - 23
Experience: Beginner to Advanced(some glassblowing experience necessary)
Cost: $650

 

Dennis Briening

Explore the potential of working with hot glass as a sculptural medium. This class will focus on special techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting that can take your sculpture to the next level by demonstrating the range and freedom the material has and showing its true potential. We will bring sculptures to life using a variety of torches and sculpting techniques, which include solid sculpting, inside sculpting, bit building, color application, garage use, and most importantly teamwork. Problem solving will be emphasized, and you are encouraged to bring in images of forms you are interested in recreating. *

 

 

About the Instructor

Dennis Briening

Raised on a farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee, Grant Garmezy began his artistic career from a very young age working with metal and clay. He discovered glass in 2003 and has since been using the sculptural medium to create highly realistic masterpiece work influenced by his love for the south. Garmezy now lives and works in Richmond, Virginia as a professional glass artist. Garmezy has received numerous awards for his works that can be seen both in museums nationally and internationally.

 

Website: http://www.alexanderrosenberg.net/

 

 

 

Lathe Intensive

Instructor: Dennis Briening
Date: June 26 - 30
Experience: Intermediate to Advanced (some flameworking experience necessary)
Cost: $650

 

Dennis Briening

This course is designed for those who have limited or no prior experience on the lathe; students should however have prior flameworking experience. We will cover all aspects of operating a glass lathe; how to prepare a project, how to setup the lathe, torch selection, how to center work, and how to manipulate the material are all a part of the process we will cover. *

 

 

 

About the Instructor

Dennis Briening earned an associate degree in scientific glass technology from SalDennis Brieningem Community College in 1977. Upon graduation, he joined Xerox Electro Optical Systems in Pasadena, Calif., where he assisted in the development of the first laser printers. He graduated magna cum laude from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University, with a bachelor's degree in sculpture in 1993. Read more about Dennis Briening.

 

 

 

 

*Classes run from 9am to 5pm each day. Lunch for each of the days can be added onto the registration price for $60.00 per week. Special hotel stay rates at the Marriott, for workshop attendees, can be found here.

 

*All of our classes are subject to a minimum enrollment policy. In the event that we do not meet our minimum enrollment for a course we will refund your purchase. Salem Community College is not responsible for non-refundable travel expenses. Students will be notified no later than 45 days prior to their class start date if their workshop is subject to cancellation. There is always a chance, due to unforeseen circumstances that a class may be cancelled unexpectedly. In these instances as well, refunds on registration will be issued, and Salem Community College will not be responsible for non-refundable travel expenses.

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