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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Summer Intensive Workshops 

Summer in the Studio

Spend a week in the studio for one of our intensive workshops. You’ll get an immersive experience learning new creative processes and techniques, while utilizing CIA’s two-story, light-filled, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Each workshop is led by an internationally recognized visiting artist.

CIA has a longstanding legacy of faculty and alumni leaders in craft and design. As CIA begins a yearlong celebration of its leadership role in craft, we're pleased to offer three weeklong workshops in our world-class studios, featuring state-of-the-art equipment, two-story light-filled studios, and our proximity to world-class cultural amenities such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Housing is available for the week on a first-come basis. Participants can stay in our new, air-conditioned residence hall, just minutes from the studio, ensuring an immersive, intensive experience. 

Price: $650 per workshop, includes instructional supplies and use of studio and facilities. Participants who choose to stay in our residence hall will be charged an additional $150. General registration will be open until all spots are filled. To reserve a space in the residence hall, sign up by Monday, April 30.

Intensive in Ceramics: Head in Hand

May 21–25, 2018

Facial expressions may be the most immediate form of communication, and when expressed in clay, can have limitless layers of meaning: literal, symbolic, narrative, gestural. Participants in this hands-on workshop will create a head using basic hand building methods such as coil building and pinching. Various hand-building techniques used in making figurative forms will be demonstrated. Individual instruction will help each student to make their own, unique ceramic head. Glazing techniques and how to personalize your piece will be discussed.  

Kensuke Yamada was born in Japan and came to the US to attend Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA where he received his BA. He continued his ceramics education at the University of Montana, receiving his MFA in 2009. Since then, he has been a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, MT, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, and a Guest Artist/Adjunct Instructor at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, A Visiting Artist/Ceramics Studio Technician/Adjunct Faculty at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Centre College, Danville, KY. Yamada is a sculptor that creates layered narratives within his figurative works. 


Intensive in Glassblowing: Sculptural Forms

June 11–15, 2018

Explore the potential of working with hot glass as a sculptural medium.
This class will focus on special techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting that can take your work to the next level by demonstrating the range and freedom the material has and showing its true potential. We will bring sculptures to life using a variety of torches and sculpting techniques, which include solid sculpting, inside sculpting, bit building, color application, garage use, and most importantly, teamwork. Problem-solving will be emphasized. You are encouraged to bring in images of forms you are interested in creating. 

Grant Garmezy attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in where he wandered into the glass studio and discovered a love for the molten material. "Unlike other materials, glass cannot be sculpted with your hands—artists must use special tools, timing, and gravity to manipulate the 2,000-degree material, which is constantly moving while hot." Grant has taught and demonstrated in Brussels, Belgium; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Edinburgh and Lybster, Scotland; Istanbul, Turkey, and throughout the US. He was awarded the 10 Under 10 Award from Virginia Commonwealth University, honoring the 10 most successful graduates of the last decade, and the Royal Scottish Academy’s Benno Schotz Award for Most Promising Young Sculptor. His work has been featured on the cover of Glass Art Magazine. Grant is also scheduled to teach a summer intensive at Pilchuck Glass School in 2018. 

Intensive in Glass–Flame Working

June 11–15, 2018

Learn how to create botanical works on the torch using both borosilicate and soft glass. This class will explore the differences between the two types of glass, including the benefits and limitations of using each on the torch. Students will learn basic techniques for constructing leaves, flowers, vines, and other flora. Assembly techniques, including bridging, will be covered. Through collaboration with Grant Garmezy’s sculpture class in the hotshop, students may learn how lampworked components can be brought into the hotshop and assembled onto furnace-blown pieces. 

At 17, Erin Garmezy bargained with Oldway Art Center, trading shop work for studio lessons, and spent every moment she could in the studio. During high school, she worked as an assistant for Parker Stafford, and studied glassblowing at VCUarts, earning a BFA in Craft/Material Studies and a BFA in Art Education. Erin now works both on the torch and in the hotshop, creating realistic and delicate lifeforms made of glass, frequently collaborating with her husband Grant Garmezy. She has taught glass workshops at the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Glass Furnace in Turkey, Aya Glass Studio in Japan, and the University of Wisconsin. Her work was featured on the cover of Glass Art Magazine.


CIA's Uptown Residence Hall, completed in 2014, features two-bedroom suites, each with their own bath. The two bedrooms are connected by a common work area and kitchenette. Uptown's six floors feature lounge areas, a cardio lounge, onsite printing, free laundry, and three outdoor decks with views of MOCA Cleveland and downtown Cleveland. 

Housing is available on a first-come basis. An additional fee of $150 will be added to the workshop tuition for anyone choosing to stay in the residence hall. Register by Monday, April 30 to reserve a space in the residence hall.

Register today for one of our Summer Intensive Workshops!

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