WAX, we use it to make candles, seal bottles and cheeses, and we use it to sculpt. Traditionally used in foundries to create metal castings, the lost wax process was adopted by glass casters to create more seamless sculptures with intricate detailing. Unlike glass blowing, the combination of the lost wax process and kiln casting allows the artist to achieve details to the highest and most intimate level, such as the veins of a leaf, or the pores and goose bumps on human flesh.
In this workshop you will learn to model wax from scratch, cast wax into rubber and alginate molds, build off of your creations, transfer textures from one object to another, polish wax, and use hot soldering irons and metal modeling tools. We will also go over a variety of methods to attach vents and sprews for casting.
This workshop is essential for any aspiring glass caster, or sculptor interested in transforming their creations into glass. A precursor to intro to casting or an addendum to your current skills, this workshop will start you on the path to mastering wax. You will walk away with a new set of skills and a couple of fantastic glass castings.
Instructor: Elizabeth Cote
Weekly | 6 sessions: January 28 - March 11 (no class on February 18)
Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
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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.