Instructor Biography

I was born and raised in the Czech Republic, a country with a long tradition of beautiful glass made with impeccable craftsmanship. The process I use is called cold-working. I begin with a raw piece of glass that I then I grind on various flat wheels with different grades silicone carbide, then polish on a felt wheel with pumice and cerium oxide. Once the piece has been brought to a perfect polish, I can then color, sand blast, and /or laminate the glass to achieve my designs. My work is inspired by clean geometric shapes and architectural forms. Each piece features bold colors and crisp lines that optically reflect on themselves and refract light creating kaleidoscopic results.



Cold Construction and Lamination with Pavel Novak
When: , May 30 - Jun 3
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuition $900.00
Instructor: Pavel Novak

In this class the main focus will be the technique. We'll start with cutting blocks of glass using a diamond saw and grinding them on various silicon carbide grits or diamond wheels. Our objective will be to bring the glass to perfect polish using pumice and cerium oxide. 

During the class we'll talk about how to extend longevity of the wheels and grits we are using during in our process. The same thing can be said about the machines we will be using. We will have access the diamond saw, flat grinders, lathes, wet belt sander, and sandblaster. 

Pavel will show several demos of color lamination using Hxtal epoxy. We will mix our epoxy with colored pigments, which will make a lamination our source of color in the final glass piece.

Pavel will also demonstrate how to make lenses using spherical wheels on a lathe machine. 

In the second half of the class we'll explore a few sandblasting techniques. 

Throughout the week Pavel will share his thought process about design and aesthetics. He encourages you to have at least a rough idea about what you would like to try to make. He'll be more than happy to help you achieve your goal.


6 of 6 seats available.