Symmetry can be used as a fundamental design tool. Symmetry is used by man and nature as a device to add continuity, balance, and harmony to a chaotic universe, its use in art and design, consequently, attains an aesthetic of order and familiarity.
In this class, you will explore the principles of advanced pattern forming in fused glass. Using preformed Bullseye colorful glass striped sheets, you will expand your knowledge and experience of kilnforming and coldworking techniques to produce intricate patterns that utilize symmetry and geometry to create hypnotizing mandala-like patterns.
You will be guided through the creation of Bullseye glass striped stringer sheets which once fired will be deconstructed and reassembled. You will learn how the arrangement of tone and color can enhance the optical properties of the pattern design and how to lay out the pattern using principles of four-fold and eight-fold symmetry. You will utilize these concepts and techniques to create a 25cm x 25cm glass tile of your own design.
The class will also cover Ian’s most recent techniques of manufacturing and surface coldworking.
Participants in this class must ideally be of an intermediate level. Accurate hand cutting of glass is fundamental to this class, although techniques to improve your cutting, and ultimately your confidence, will be covered.