In this two-part class, explore the art of glass-blowing at UrbanGlass and the science of house plants at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
The course will begin at UrbanGlass with a behind-the-scenes peek into how artist Amy Lemaire creates her signature terraria. After a short lecture that explores Amy’s artwork and the inspiration for the UrbanGlass Terrarium design, the class will head to our studio for a live glass flameworking demonstration and learn about the process as Amy sculpts the glass form from start to finish. With this introduction to glass design and making each student select a unique terrarium and air plant included in the price of the workshop.
On day two, journey to Brooklyn Botanic Garden with horticulturist David Hovak, for an in-depth exploration into a fascinating group of plants that have an “epiphytic” growth habit—that is, plants that grow on other plants rather than in the ground. This remarkably diverse group of plants includes many popular and unusual varieties such as most orchids, bromeliads, many ferns and Philodendron relatives but to name a few. By way of a short media presentation and actual plants from the BBG collections, we will discuss the ecology and unusual ways these plants have adapted to thrive in tropical forests and how understanding their nature can make it much easier to successfully grow them in the home. In particular we will explore the use of miniature glass terraria that will make even the smallest spaces capable of accommodating a wide variety of these jungle beauties.
Instructor: Amy Lemaire and David Hovak
2 sessions: December 9 at UrbanGlass and December 16 at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Fridays, 6:30 - 8:00pm
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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.