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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Glassblowing 

Glassblowing

How do you turn molten glass into art?

You start by learning what this amazing medium can do, how it behaves, and how you can sculpt and change it. Over the course of two weeks, you’ll build technical skills as you develop artistic concepts and create polished finished pieces.

This class will provide a college-level approach to using glass as a contemporary sculptural medium. You will be encouraged to pursue all ranges of ideas and uses, from traditional glassmaking to glass-burn drawings on paper. We will pursue a rigorous routine of technical demonstrations and  ideation in an effort to give you not only a solid understanding of the material, but also a sense of what glass means to contemporary art and sculpture. You will leave with a firm grasp of how to use glass and also what it means to be a craft artist and entrepreneur in the contemporary craft world.

Application

Our application will open on February 1, 2018

Scholarships

A limited number of partial ($250-$1,000) scholarships are offered through the Continuing Education department. CIA partners with Graffiti HeART to also provide scholarships. Students applying for scholarships should submit their family’s 2017 tax return and a personal statement with their application. Award decisions are based on financial need and portfolio strength.

CIA also offers competitive $1000 merit scholarships awarded to three students applying for admission to either Glassblowing, Print + Ceramics, 3D Printing + Wearable Art or Sculpture. This new opportunity is open to all students applying to these four courses, and will be awarded based on portfolio strength.

Instructors

Zac Gorell has been a studio glass artist for over 15 years. Zac works with blown and fused glass and has taught and exhibited internationally. After beginning his career locally at Superior Hot Glass, he attended workshops at trade schools like Penland School of Crafts. Zac’s artistic pursuits include working for Corning Museum of Glass, teaching glass blowing in Taiwan, traveling Europe, the Caribbean, and most recently building a glass community and new personal work in South Florida. He currently works as the Technical Specialist in the Glass Department at CIA. Check out more of Zac's work at zacgorell.com.

Shayna Roth Pentecost began her journey with glass at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She continued her studies at the Penland School of Crafts and the Corning Museum of Glass with teachers such as Pino Signeretto, Ruth King, Paul Marioni and many others. From there Shayna apprenticed with William and Katherine Bernstien (Glass), Harvey Littleton (vitreography) and Richard Ritter (glass). Now living in Cleveland, she is a studio artist creating work and teaching at Superior Hot Glass.

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