Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays

Matthew Day Perez received his BFA from Illinois State University and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the co-founder of Shiny Sparkle Studio, a boutique casting and fusing facility in Brooklyn, NY. The studio has worked with numerous artists, including Jeff Koons, Heji Shin for 52 Walker, Hanna Levy, Ivana Basic, Lotus L. Kang, Sarah Meyohas, and Liz Descane, in addition to numerous commercial and private residential architectural fit-outs.  

As an artist, Matthew continuously experiments with the potential of combining, subverting, and exploiting materials. He has received many awards, including the Fulbright, the John Rena National Endowments for the Arts Scholarship, a U.S. State Department Grant for new works, a Lois Roth Grant, as well as residencies at The Corning Museum of Glass, The Creative Glass Center of America, and Pilchuck Glass School.  



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Making, Managing, Molding
When: Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, Jul 8 - Jul 12
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dates: Jul 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tuition $900.00
Instructor: Matthew Day Perez

In this one-week class, you will be led through a project-based exercise in creating a single glass object from start to finish. This object will be kilnformed using either sheet glass or ingots in a mold or over a mold. This class will have a broad scope for you to explore various outlets of what a mold can be - either for your practice or for the production of others.

The class will be front-loaded with demonstrations of moldmaking for casting as well as an exploration of refractory materials to emboss, slump, and form glass in a kiln. We will cover basic rubber molding to generate wax or plaster replicas. While you will work on one project throughout the class, we will discuss many techniques that you can employ outside the classroom.

In addition to glass work in a kiln, the course will cover surface treatment and silvering glass - making a mirrored surface - to enhance or disguise a bracket or surface. Specialty equipment and aggregates, such as waterfed grinders, air tools, hand lapping, and hand sanding, will be introduced in the back half of the week. When casting, pieces at a specific scale often require taking the tool to the work.

Making, Managing, Molding is designed to engage you to think strategically and pragmatically as you develop a work. The class will cover project management concerning the fabrication of art for yourself or others - how do you meet and keep deadlines while competing with annealing schedules and mold set times? The class will also tackle how one might scale up a project. The final component of the course will be an earnest conversation about pricing, budgets, contracts, and engaging with clients or galleries.

7 of 8 seats available.