The most important function of a good roller is to center objects, but what else can they do? This approach to hollow shaping boro is an amalgamation of Hot Shop and flameworking techniques. As such, soft glass artists who are transitioning to the torch are also encouraged to enroll.
Cups, goblets, flared feet, beakers, hot-popping, double-walled vessels, bridging, function building, and encapsulation of sculptures will be covered along with whatever else we have time for. Advanced turning styles like the crawl and the walk back will be covered in depth.
Rollers will be provided for the duration of the class and will be available for purchase afterward. But if you have a roller you like, please bring it. There will be open studio time between demos Monday-Thursday and demos all Friday morning before clean up. Torches are available for students but I encourage you to bring your own if you are able. Blow hoses are also encouraged and we will discuss ways to make them less cumbersome. Bring your sketchbooks!
By heating, blowing, and shaping mostly on the roller, we can maintain better posture with less fatigue. I believe this approach can help us work larger without injury and longer into our lifetime.