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Online Course: Mastering Early & Roman-Period Glassblowing Processes


June 7 - August 16, 2021 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ten-Week Session

This ten-week online course will build a firm foundation in the basics of glassblowing as it may have been practiced in the Roman world during the first three centuries CE. The earliest objects made by glassblowing will be studied and their processes of manufacture will be reconstructed during live demos. Then, the instructor will teach a systematic way to learn how to make approximate replicas of the various historical objects of our focus. Both structure-building processes—like making ‘Roman bottles’ and Roman bowls with ‘Roman feet’ and folded rims, for example—and decorative techniques will be covered in the class. The wearing of period-costume—such as toga and sandals—during class-time is optional. While proper Latin may be spoken ad lib, the use of ‘Pig-Latin’ will not be tolerated.

Both team-working and solo-working methods of furnace glassblowing will be taught, and each student will receive a blow hose included with the cost of tuition.

One year of glassblowing experience is required. As this is an online class, participants are best served if they have access to a hot shop and dedicated time to practice between classes. This is important as it enables students to apply the skills being introduced. Alternatively, students without these facilities can gather knowledge to apply at a later time.

The class will be delivered via weekly video conferences that incorporate presentations, live demonstrations, and class discussions. Classes take place Mondays, 7–8:30 pm EST, beginning June 7, 2021. Students registered for this course should have a reliable internet connection during class hours and a computer or tablet that can support video and audio communication. All students will have an online orientation with Studio staff prior to June 7 to ensure connectivity. If this class is full, we encourage you to email your name and phone number to [email protected] to be added to the waiting list. For more information, please contact The Studio at +1 607.438.5100 or [email protected].

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William Gudenrath

William Gudenrath is a glassblower, scholar, author, lecturer, and teacher. He is recognized internationally as one of the foremost authorities on glassmaking techniques of the ancient world...