Instructor Biography

Rob Lewis

Mr. Lewis holds a degree from The School for American Crafts, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY.  He lived in Seattle for many years, working for Pilchuck Glass School, and simultaneously assisting various glass artists throughout the Pacific Northwest.  He was also an instructor at the Hilltop Artists in Residence program in Tacoma, WA. Moved to Japan in 2005 and was an Associate Professor at the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in Japan.  He has taught workshops at Red Deer College, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Urban Glass in Brooklyn, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland Craft School and Pilchuck Glass School. For the last 10 years he has been a Sessional Professor in glass for the School of Craft and Emerging Media at the Alberta College of Art & Design and teaches 3D Design/Sculpture at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada.                                   

Dave Walters

David was born in Central Pennsylvania in 1968 and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1989-93. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1993, he moved to Seattle to work for Dale Chihuly and many highly regarded artists in the Puget Sound area and beyond. He has worked most closely with the maestro Lino Tagliapietra over the past 25 years and has been traveling teaching and demonstrating nationally and internationally for the past 20 years. He still maintains his studio practice in Seattle.


WHITE with Robert Lewis & Dave Walters
When: , Jun 13 - Jun 17
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuition $900.00
Instructor: Rob lewis, Dave Walter

White is a particularly unusual color because it can be seen as the absence of color. White has the potential for unblemished purity, symbolizes calm, peace and neutrality. White can be an information free area, an empty space, a blank canvas, awaiting an imaginative impact, or a decorative execution of an idea. White provides a space where our imaginations can run free. 

In this class we will be using the color white to make experimental glass shapes as 3-dimensional canvases. Unconventional blown and solid sculpted glass objects will give us the chance to explore how storytelling can determine a canvas’ shape. Taking into consideration the chronology of a tale, the visual foreground and background of a narrative will help us to create stand alone objects or actual artifacts from the story itself.

Daily discussions and demonstrations will cover the most effective technical means to arriving at the most narrative compatible shapes possible.  

Due to the time constraints of this short class, the technical application of the actual image isn’t our main focus, even though it is the driving force behind the canvas’ 3-dimensional design. However, image layout will be covered. This class is primarily focused on working in teams in the hot shop, experimenting with unconventional approaches to creating cleaner more unique narrative inspired shapes, white overlays, white stuffed cups, white supio cups, white cane and white Murrine work, trouble shooting designs, and the assemblage of various garaged glass components. Although the demonstrations for this class will be focused on narrative driven canvas design and their individual components, you will not be restricted to designing work from a narrative. Anyone wanting to create within the theme “white” is welcome.


3 of 12 seats available.