Glassmaking Classes at The Studio

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Inspiration, Pattern, Color & Technique in Kiln Glass


July 31 - August 5, 2017
Kiln Working
One-Week Session

This workshop will explore several approaches to pattern making, beginning with inspiration such as fiber/fabric (weaving, tapestry, bargello quilting, basketry, etc.), nature (plants, water, etc.), and geometry (grids, lines, circles, etc.). Elements of color and design theory will also be discussed and applied. Students will talk about design principles such as balance, symmetry/asymmetry, emphasis, and repetition. They will learn color principles based on the color wheel and color relationships such as complementary colors and contrast. Each person will develop her/his own patterns through sketching and mock-ups. Techniques will be explored and developed as needed to achieve these patterns including multiple firings, pattern sheets, cutting and reassembling, cold working and finishing.

This class is based on a belief that work which begins with ideas and inspiration, and is supported by design and technical knowledge, will be stronger, more personal, and more original than those works without a solid foundation of these critical components. Students should have at least one year of kiln working experience.

*Please be aware that this class occurs at the same time as a car race at Watkins Glen and local hotels book quickly. Room and board is available through The Studio, however, if you are getting your own housing, please book early.


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Richard Parrish Photo by Rab Cummings

Richard Parrish operates a studio for kiln-glass in Bozeman, Mont., and teaches kiln-forming classes around the world. His glasswork includes speculative work, functional objects, architectural...