Come together as a class to make your very own hollow sculptures. During our group experience, we will cover glassblowing methods that will enhance your ability to create naturalistic objects.
If you’ve already started a flameworking practice, but haven’t been able to fully articulate your creations yet, this is a great class for you. The process of “massaging” the glass using your breath, flame, and gravity, will give a delicate and organic aesthetic. This lends itself to the way flesh and muscles have slight variations. With the gentle help from a tool’s edge, the amount of natural detail you can achieve is quite exciting.
The beauty of these techniques is that they are applicable to any subject beyond the human or animal form. You can make anything you want! It’s just a matter of how you use your tools in alignment with seeing the glass from a critical perspective. This means that you are constantly reassessing the form and where it’s transforming while being shaped. It’s important to emphasize the patience it takes to work this way. Because the process is composed of hundreds of tiny moves, it’s important to be gentle with the glass and the time put in.
If there are specific objects you’re interested in, I will take requests from the collective group. Don’t be shy. I will show you how to approach your curiosities! In all seriousness, the possibilities are endless. Come prepared with a sketchbook to work through your concepts. Being able to see and plan your piece before making, it will help the process because you will be able to plan ahead for the appropriate moves. You don’t have to be good at drawing, simply working out general shapes is enough.
Flameworking experience is required. By this, I mean, if you can join two hollow sections, you’re at the right place!