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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 Forming Survey: An Introduction

Course No. GLS 243  Credits: 3.0

The focus of this class is to develop 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 will include glassblowing and hot shaping, glass fusing and casting, flameworking, glue fabrication, and grinding, polishing and finishing processes. No previous experience necessary. Course 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. 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.

Glass: Major Day

Course No. GLS 243M-343M-443M  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 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.

Intro/Intermediate Hot Glassblowing & Forming Processes

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

Emphasis on understanding how to manipulate glass in its molten state. Practice in traditional and nontraditional blowing and hot forming techniques. Instruction on the use of various hand tools and torches. Color application techniques and hot glass skill development at your level. Theory and use of annealing kilns, safety in the studio, teamwork in the hot studio. Open to any skill level.

Language of Materials: Core 2

Course No. CDE 201  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss

The second course in the core explores commonalities and differences in the “language of materials.” Emphasis is placed on visual and conceptual aspects of materials, and material process. This makes for interesting investigations and explorations within and across mediums. Historically materials and processes are connected with the evolution of function, and meaning. The class will explore inherent physical properties that may bring content and depth to ideas borne of the medium itself. Students continue the process of research and ideation using these common themes, and explore through experimentation. Each student’s individual voice begins to emerge. Fundamental techniques will be explored and practiced, stressing the practice of the maker. Idea-books/sketchbooks will continue to be worked on as an important part of the creative process. Offered spring.

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Benjamin Johnson

Lecturer | 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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