Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays

Ashley McFarland graduated from Bowling Green State University with her MA in experimental psychology and an eclectic knowledge of glassworking techniques. She has worked in glass studios in California, Ohio, and started at the Pittsburgh Glass Center as a part of their technician apprenticeship program in 2009. Most recently she has been working with their Idea Furnace Program teaching other artists how to expand their practices through using glass as a medium.  

In January 2020, Ashley started a new adventure in helping to end plastic waste in the city by establishing Reimagined Recycling, a Pittsburgh non-profit specializing in the collection and reproduction of single-use plastics into home goods. Ashley has taught at Pilchuck Glass School and currently still teaches classes and workshops for teens and adults at PGC and hopes to inspire and create more sustainably in the future. 


Instagram:  @ammcfarl


Kilnin' It!
When: Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, Jul 1 - Jul 5
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dates: Jul 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Tuition $900.00
Instructor: Ashley McFarland

Let’s go on a kilnforming adventure together this summer! This course will focus on learning about glass through an experimental investigation of the medium. We will run the gamut on temperatures and techniques, using the knowledge gained through each project to inform the next and deepen our understanding of what glass can do. You will create with glass using unconventional methods while drawing inspiration from other material practices, as well as from more traditional glass techniques. We will observe and utilize some of the natural physical properties of glass, in order to work collaboratively with the material, rather than force it into forms.

The class content will focus primarily on fusing techniques, but will also briefly cover some basic casting processes and rubber moldmaking. Some techniques covered will include fusing with binders, alternative mold materials, organics, and inclusions, sagging and stretching, and using recycled and found glass. Curiosity will be embraced, new ideas will be explored, and we will put some of our preconceived notions about what glass can do, to the test.

This class is for all experience levels. Experienced glassmakers will continue to ”Kiln It!” in their own studio practice with a more thorough understanding of glass as a material, but beginners are also welcome!

6 of 8 seats available.