Rebuilding a glass furnace is a rare opportunity—it is the dirty work behind the scenes, the work that, when done well, makes great glass possible. In this class students will learn to mix mortar and lay bricks, mix and install refractory castable cement, work with a variety of insulating materials, and start up a furnace safely. Students will receive instruction on safety in the work area, proper protective gear, and safe handling of materials and tools. Guided instruction during the three to four build days will assure that all students participate materially in the assembly of the furnace. Eddie will also discuss issues of combustion, safety and control systems in glass studios, general studio operation, and efficiency and sustainability in our field.
Instructor: Eddie Bernard
1 Week Intensive | 5 sessions: Febraury 6-10
Weekdays, 9:00am - 5:00pm
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UrbanGlass is dedicated to furthering the use of glass as a creative medium, through studios, classes, publications, exhibitions, and events. We offer a comprehensive education program for students at every age and skill level - from children to working artists - in a variety of techniques, including kiln casting, lampworking, mosaics, and stained glass. Over 500 students a year come to study and work with faculty that includes world-renowned artists and designers. UrbanGlass serves as the primary studio of over 200 professional artists and designers.
Founded in 1977 by artists Richard Yelle and Erik Erikson as the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, UrbanGlass was the first artist-access glass center in the United States and is now the largest. Previously, those interested in working in glass could only do so at art schools, in factories or by building their own studios, but when UrbanGlass opened its doors, glass as an art medium became widely available.