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Adv Glass Concepts: Hot Sculpting

Course No. GLS342.1  Credits: 3.0

With emphasis on Hot Sculpting and students own voice and concepts using glass as a media for expression will be developed. Advancing skills in alternative methods for forming. Techniques is a goal. General studio operation. Safety in the studio. Enrollment priority to intermediate, advanced electives and majors first. Assignments given at an advanced prerequisite, one semester of hot glass. May be repeated. Course fee required. 3 credits.

Adv Glass Concepts: Hot Sculpting

Course No. GLS442.1  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Intro/Intermediate Hot Glassblowing & Forming Processes

With emphasis on Hot Sculpting and students own voice and concepts using glass as a media for expression will be developed. Advancing skills in alternative methods for forming. Techniques is a goal. General studio operation. Safety in the studio. Enrollment priority to intermediate, advanced electives and majors first. Assignments given at an advanced prerequisite, one semester of hot glass. May be repeated. Course fee required.

Advanced Hot Glass: Concept, Theory + Practice

Course No. GLS 343A-443A  Credits: 3.0

Assignments given at all levels 300 Independent projects at 400. Includes research and development of concepts using glass as a media for expression. Practice in advanced hot glass working further building on fundamentals of blowing off-hand to more advanced techniques surface decoration of vessels and use of hot glass for sculptural ideas. Advanced methods for forming, may include hot casting, mold blowing, using multiples; cold joining using special adhesives; and cold glass, cutting grinding and finishing techniques. Emphasis on hot glass. Safety and general studio operation.

For Glass majors and advanced electives. May be repeated. Prerequisites: One semester of hot glass. Formerly Advanced Hot Glass: Concept, Theory + Practice; GLS 343A-443A

BFA Research + Thesis: Core 5

Course No. CDE 400  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern | Seth Nagelberg

Core 5 is a hybrid seminar/studio courses for seniors with a focus on investigation, growth and verbal intelligibility. Each student develops their own criteria for a thesis and portfolio of work through research, exploration, and experimentation in various materials and media. 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 are developed during the first semester with the final thesis due before the BFA Show and critique. The course includes field trips to museums, galleries, and artist studio visits to expose students to historical and contemporary artwork and practice. The mid-year review at the end of the fall semester is an environment-wide presentation and progress review, which also prepares students for the oral defense of the BFA exhibition in the spring. Required of all graduating Craft & Design majors. Offered fall. Open to electives.

BFA Statement + Exhibition: Core 6

Course No. CDE 401  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz

BFA Statement and Exhibition is 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.

Creative Process + Material Studies: Core 1

Course No. CDE 200  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz

Students focus on the creative process and material studies across the craft majors. From inspiration to the production of multiples, each major explores design and making through their respective mediums as well as other materials. The sophomores in the Craft + Design environment address common themes while working in their respective major: Ceramics, Glass, and Jewelry + Metals. The course affords the integration of skills and knowledge from foundation including drawing, design, color, digital synthesis, and collaboration, with the practices related to the full scope of the Craft + Design major programs. Offered fall.

Digital Modeling + Making: Core 4

Course No. CDE 301  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern

Craft & Design Core 4 explores the integration of computer-aided design (CAD) across the craft disciplines. Building on the Core 3 course, Digital Modeling and Making addresses a range of new materials and technologies toward innovative applications across the range of Craft, new skills and knowledge from 3D modeling to computer-aided manufacturing, and rapid prototyping. Projects integrate design and output experiences toward exploration of new materials, patterns, molds, templates, models, and objects. The seminar/studio course includes weekly seminar discussions, presentations, and reviews as well as dedicated work in the studios, labs, and major spaces. Laptops are recommended but not required. Offered spring.

Digital Surface + Image: Core 3 (EP)

Course No. CDE 300  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss

The third year of the Craft + Design core explores the integration of digital technologies, imaging three-dimensional modeling, new materials and processes, and the connections with ceramics, glass, and jewelry and metals. The fall semester brings a focus to the application and integration of 2D digital imaging on surfaces and forms in clay, enamel, glass, and metal. Projects build on the foundation skillset and encourage the use of digital technology for the development of image, pattern, and texture. Students utilize and develop their skills with imaging software and explore how it translates into the various materials and surfaces. Offered fall. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement.

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Benjamin Johnson

Assistant Professor| Chair of Glass

Born in Cicero, Indiana, Benjamin Johnson earned his BFA in glass from Kent State University and his MFA in gl...more

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