Instructor Biography

Rye hails from Richmond, Virginia. He began working with glass in 2007 during his study at Virginia Commonwealth University. Maintaining a practice as a borosilicate torch worker and cameo engraver, he has held demonstrations at various educational facilities such as Ohio State University, Tyler School of the Arts, The Chrysler Museum of Art, and Salem Community College. 


The Joy of Carving: A Spiritual Journey with Rye
When: , May 16 - May 20
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuition $900.00
Instructor: Rye

This class will focus on the study of cameo glass engraving using handheld rotary tools. Exploring the history of this art form and how the technique has been shaped by modern machines and equipment, you will develop a well rounded understanding of cameo along with other forms of glass carving. With handheld rotary tools such as a ‘flex shaft’ and diamond burrs, you will use these tools along with other machines available in the cold shop to explore multiple forms of mark-making on glass.    

We will begin practicing on small sample blanks of glass to get a feel for the technique and experiment with different machines. We will also discuss what factors to consider when creating our own blanks after finishing the course. Once comfortable, we will begin exploring our own personal imagery and ways we can use the technique in our own style to create something both traditional and completely original. Glass will be provided but you are more than welcome to bring their own pieces to carve. Anything made of glass can be engraved, feel free to bring anything that sparks your curiosity.

0 of 6 seats available.