We will be learning the basics of hot glass casting into sand molds. Students will use organic and found objects to make impressions into the sand, then will ladle hot glass into the forms. Students are encouraged to bring a variety of small, rigid objects that can be pressed into the sand as well as some small organic items, such as leaves and flowers, which we can pour hot glass over to encase. We will also work with metal and graphite molds. This class is designed to help students explore the intricacies of hot casting as a useful process for making multiple iterations of a single object, and for rapid prototyping of an idea. Emphasis will be placed on a general survey of tips and tricks for making successful and unique objects, as well as linking and displaying those works. Students should bring a sizable (as much as possible) and varied library of reference material and objects to work from.
Instructor: JW May
Weekend | 2 sessions: March 3 & 4
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am - 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.