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Glass as Surface: Drawing & Imagery

Course No. GLS 260X-360X-460X  Credits: 3.0

The use of glass as a material for self expression has its roots in the studio glass movement, which is only half a century old. Non traditional methods of creating graphic imagery with powder drawing and screenprinting on flat glass are even newer to the scene. This class is aimed at giving an overview of the contemporary techniques and processes that use glass as a surface for creating imagery. There is much left to be discovered; and experimentation is not only encouraged, but necessary. Open to all students above first year.

Glass Concepts: Hot Sculpting

Course No. GLS 242-342-442  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Glass Forming Survey: An Introduction | Intro/Intermediate Hot Glassblowing & Forming Processes

This class will emphasize free-hand glass sculpting. We will discuss the similarities and inherent differences between traditional glass blowing techniques, and those that are used for hot glass sculpting. Approaches for making finished sculptures from sketches and designs will be at the core of this class. Areas of focus will include idea development, processes for breaking down and deconstructing complex forms, craftsmanship, and material understanding. Assignments will be given to teach techniques and processes, but will also focus on developing the student’s own personal vision and narrative. Course may be repeated. Prerequisite: Intro/Intermediate Hot Glassblowing or Glass Forming Survey or by permission of Glass chair. Formerly Advanced Glass Concepts: Hot Sculpting; GLS 242-342-442

Glass Concepts: Casting

Course No. GLS 240-340-440  Credits: 3.0

This course aims at advancing students’ knowledge and techniques in creative and intellectual ways as well as fostering new conceptual schemes. Students will be introduced to such methods as sand casting, Pate-de-verre, cold working and kiln casting in the course of pursuing their sculptural goals. In the meantime, students will also practice applying problem-solving skills to making art. By the end of this course, students will have a thorough knowledge and understanding of general kiln forming and acquire more advanced casting techniques. Ultimately, with this technical basis, the course will inspire students to shape and realize an individual visual voice. Hot glass will be possibly conducted as complement. Open to all students. No pre-requisites. Formerly Advanced Glass Concepts: Casting; GLS 240-340-440

Glass Forming Survey: An Introduction

Course No. GLS 243  Credits: 3.0

The focus of this class is in developing an understanding of how glass as a material works, and how one might use it to realize ideas of design and sculpture. This class will be an introduction to the fundamental techniques of glass working. This includes: glass blowing and hot shaping, glass fusing and casting, flame working, glue fabrication, and grinding, polishing and finishing processes. Required of all incoming 2nd year Glass majors. No previous experience necessary. Course may be repeated.

Glass Major Day

Course No. GLS 244M-344M-444M  Credits: 3.0

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 students voice. Team approach emphasized in hot shop, building on and from basic working fundamentals. 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. Majors are learn and are assigned responsibilities in studio operation. Safety in the studio. Enrollment priority to Glass Majors, advanced electives with one semester of hot glass. Prerequisites: One semester of hot glass. 3 credits. Formerly GLS443M.1

Glass: Major Day

Course No. GLS343M.1  Credits: 3.0
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 students voice. Team approach emphasized in hot shop, building on and from basic working fundamentals. 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. Majors are learn and are assigned responsibilities in studio operation. Safety in the studio. Enrollment priority to Glass Majors, advanced electives with one semester of hot glass. Course fee required.

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. First-time beginners if enrollment allows.

Glass: Internship (EP)

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 Services Office, with advance permission of instructor and head of department. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement.

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Zachary Gorell

Zachary Gorell

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Since taking his first gather of glass in the fall of 2001, Zac has been practicing the craft as well as teach...more

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