Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays

Mark Ditzler is a trained industrial designer, ceramic artist, and self-taught fused glass expert based in Seattle. With over 30 years of experience, he crafts kilnformed glass for commissions and galleries, blending clay techniques seamlessly into his work. Mark has taught fusing classes both locally and nationwide, with a notable tenure at Corning Museum of Glass. His expertise spans neon tube bending in the 1980s, pioneering fused plasma projects with James Nowark Studio in the 1990s, and a collaborative residency at Corning focused on plasma with Wayne Strattman (2017). His work has graced prestigious venues like Bellevue Art Museum (2018) and Hong Kong Science Museum (2019). Currently, Mark is innovating in plasma, creating a bespoke “hood ornament” for a Corvette in L.A. and pioneering flat “neon” using cutting-edge kiln-forming techniques and glass cutting technology. 

Website: www.markditzler.com

Instagram: @markditzlerglassstudio

Radiant Horizons: Exploring Plasma & Neon in Kiln-Formed Glass
When: Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, Jun 10 - Jun 14
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dates: Jun 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Tuition $900.00
Instructor: Mark Ditzler

This class will explore making flat plasma panels from fused glass. Class time will be roughly divided between the Kiln Shop and the Neon/Plasma Shop. In the Kiln Shop, we’ll design and assemble the glass envelope, using plaster or fiber models to shape the glass. These glass parts will then be sealed using solder glass in the kiln.

Class time in the Neon/Plasma Shop will include learning to understand and operate the equipment, preparation and set up, and proper vacuum and filling techniques. We’ll discuss the effects of gas pressure, the use of phosphors for color, choosing power supplies, and possible troubleshooting.

You will learn the basic principles of plasma and new tools to explore flat panel design. This is an area of plasma design and glass sculpture that is rarely explored. Discussion may also include interesting side projects such as the design of “neon signs” made inside solid glass tiles, or flat “nixie tube” panels.

1 of 8 seats available.

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