Instructor Biography

Jason McDonald is an artist, gardener, and outdoor enthusiast living in Philadelphia, PA. He got his start in glass at the age of 14 through the Hilltop Artists program in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. A program to which he owes a great deal for exposing him to new possibilities. Jason has spent the majority of his glass career focusing on Venetian technique including Goblet and pattern making. Dissatisfied with being a maker only, Jason returned to school to finish his undergraduate degree at California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA in 2018.  Currently he is enrolled as a graduate student in pursuit of an MFA degree at Tyler School of Art and Architecture.


Instagram: @jasonmcdonald42


But is It Efficient? with Jason McDonald
When: , Jul 25 - Jul 29
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuition $900.00
Instructor: Jason McDonald

In this class we will take a deep dive into some of the most common mistakes glassblowers make. We will build from the foundations up, beginning with bench setup and ending with sending the kiln down at the end of the day. 

In this course we will take a critical approach to the reasons behind the moves we use in the hot shop, seeking to disabuse the notion that the material is magic and focusing instead on the physics behind why things happen .

By the end of the two weeks we will identify old patterns of behavior that don’t serve us as makers and establish a rigorous process for evaluating the moves we want to add into our routines. This course will allow plenty of time for structured practice with lots of feedback in real time.

You will not do the best work of your life in this class (well, maybe!) but you will learn habits that will facilitate future successes.  This course is all about breaking down old habits and ways of thinking and establishing new ones that serve you better in your journey as a glass artist. We might even have some fun while doing it.  


6 of 12 seats available.