Simple glass casting traces its roots to antiquity, but its most refined version came on the scene as pate de verre in the late 19th century. To begin this two-day intensive, we’ll peer into the history of glass casting with a focus on the French pate de verre era, followed by a small exercise and weekend project based on the original, traditional pate de verre technique that involves the selective placement of polychromed glass frits and powders into heat-resistant molds. Students will be directed on how to modulate color and degrees of translucency through the combination of different glass particle sizes and other variables, while literally painting in reverse with particulate matter.
Along with this particular exploration, students will be learning kiln-casting basics: making positive forms from clay and/or wax; mold-making; glass selection, preparation and mold-packing; kiln-loading procedures; firing schedules and glass finishing techniques.
Instructor: Anna Boothe
Weekend | 2 sessions: March 18 & 19
Saturday and 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.