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Glass Courses

Core 6: BFA Statement + Exhibition

Course No. CDE 401  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz | Marc Petrovic

A hybrid seminar/studio course that builds on the research and thesis work developed in Core 5. Research, exploration, and experimentation culminate with the presentation of the statement and the BFA exhibition. The seminar includes discussions, presentations, readings, and writing assignments, which vary to recognize the direction of the group and formal issues and conceptual challenges. The subject, research, and writing for the thesis and BFA statement are further developed during the spring semester with the statement and body of work completed for the BFA exhibition and review. The course includes field trips and artist studio visits to offer the students critical, historical, and contemporary points of reflection. The course also addresses the planning and preparation toward career goals including goals statements, resume review, and digital presentations by each senior. Required of all graduating Craft + Design majors. Offered spring. Open to electives.

Glass Forming Survey: An Introduction

Course No. GLS 243  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Marc Petrovic

Introduction to fundamental techniques of glass working: blowing vessels based on the sphere; fusion/casting and annealing theory. Cutting, grinding, polishing, and general cold fabrication. Concepts and ideas for using glass in/as sculpture. Safety in the studio. Enrollment priority to beginners in Glass. Required of incoming 2nd year Glass majors. No Previous Experience necessary, course fee required. May be repeated.

Glass: Concept, Theory + Practice

Course No. GLS 343-443  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Intro/Intermediate Hot Glassblowing & Forming Processes

Assignments given at all levels 300 and above. Includes research and development of concepts using glass as a media for expression. Practice in hot glass working, further advancing fundamentals of blowing off-hand to more advanced techniques surface decoration of vessels and use of hot glass for sculptural ideas. Cold joining using special adhesives; and in cold glass, cutting, grinding and finishing techniques. Emphasis on hot glass in the fall; casting and cold glass in the spring. Safety and general studio operation. Enrollment priority to Glass majors, intermediate and advanced electives first. Course fee required.

Glass: Internship

Course No. GLS 399-499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for an internship developed by student through the Career Center office, with advance permission of instructor and department chair.

Glass: Major Day

Course No. GLS 243M-343M-443M  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Marc Petrovic
Prerequisite(s) Intro/Intermediate Hot Glassblowing & Forming Processes

Required of all Glass majors. Assignments will be given at 200 and 300; independently guided study at 400 level. Research in developing concepts using glass as a medium for expression, includes work on production practices, one-of-a-kind vessel making to the use of glass to complete sculptural ideas. Assignments will build individual student’s voice. Team approach emphasized in hot shop, building on and from basic working fundamentals. Majors learn and are assigned responsibilities in studio operation. Safety in the studio. Beginning and advanced practice in alternative methods for forming include casting, mold construction, cold joining, and cold glass techniques. Students will be involved with practical experience in applying to shows and exhibiting works. Enrollment priority to Glass majors, advanced electives with one semester of hot glass. Course fee required.

Intro Warm Glass + Lampworking Processes

Course No. GLS 255-355-455  Credits: 3.0

This course will introduce students to the possibilities of glass working through an investigation of the techniques, tools, equipment and materials involved in flame working and kiln working processes. Warm glass refers to glass processes conducted with heat, but at temperatures under 1500 degrees (casting, fusing, slumping). Students will learn to problem solve glass construction both at the torch and in the kiln. This class will allow students to familiarize themselves with glass as a material, while allowing each student to explore their own artistic voice within the medium. Students will learn to safely manipulate and sculpt molten glass at the torch. The kiln-working aspect of the course will explore moldmaking and kiln operations to manipulate glass into two- and three-dimensional glass objects. Course fee required.

Intro/Intermediate Hot Glassblowing & Forming Processes

Course No. GLS 243H-343H-443H  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Marc Petrovic

Emphasis on starting with glass as a molten liquid. Practice in traditional and nontraditional blowing techniques. Colored glass application and use of various hand tools and torches. Hot glass skill development at your level. Theory and use of annealing kilns, safety in the studio. Open to any skill level. Course fee required.

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