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Master Series

Check this page often for new class series! We will feature special classes taught by master artists throughout the year. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and 4culture.

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Master Class: Ma-terial, The Poetics of Hidden Space | 5.27

Sayumi Yokouchi

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6329
5/27 - 5/29
9:30am - 5:30pm
Fri - Sun
1
$350
$315

The world is an endless supply of materials and objects. Within the methods of creating, our hands make connections with materials as our minds wander around the various spaces surrounding the objects. As the mind meanders through this space, our thoughts dwell in emptiness, within which imagination can run free. This workshop will focus on imaginative and innovative approaches to conceiving and working with concepts of Ma. Through processes with specific materials, we will reflect on the spatial concepts of Ma and its relation to 'space'. In addition, the workshop will examine the aesthetic practice of Ma across western and eastern tradition. The aim for this workshop is to develop new perceptions through the sensory experiences and technical abilities in contemporary jewelry practice. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $15 *Master class students will have the option of participating in an additional complimentary session on Monday; details will be sent upon registration.*  There will be a master artist lecture with Sayumi Yokouchi on Friday, May 27, at 6 pm, in the Youth Room at Pratt.


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Master Artist Program: Additive and Reductive Monotype | 6.4

John Willis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6383
6/4 - 6/6
10am - 4pm
Sat - Mon
1
$307
$276

Using a method of monotype printing with a simple permanent registration system that John Willis developed for his own work, you will have the ability to easily run an image through the press multiple times to build up dense, subtle colors. We will work in a reductive manner by wiping away parts giving a relief look as well as additively using rollers, paint brushes and sponges. You may also apply solvents to flats of colors to create reticulation patterns. We will use dry media by drawing on the monotype plate with pencil, charcoal, or other drawing media that will emulsify when an ink binder is laid over it. You will be able to lay down multiple thin layers of subtle colors to build up a rich overlapping surfaces.
Prerequisite: Printmaking experience


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SGE: Figurative Sculpture | 6.15

Martin Janecky

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6224
6/15 - 6/19
9:30am - 5:45pm
Wed - Sun
1
$1000
$900

Any form can be realistically rendered in glass when reduced to basic shapes using a methodical approach. This hot-sculpting class will enable each student to examine shapes of interest, imagine them structurally broken down into parts, and then develop the necessary techniques to re-create them at the glassworking bench. Students will learn how to approach sculpting glass as they are introduced to the use of various torches, intricate bit work, components using the garage, and teamwork. Through sketching, practicing, and observing demonstrations, students will acquire a variety of shaping techniques and tricks for color application that will add a sense of realism and humanity to their work. Prerequisite: Intermediate Glassblowing


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SGE: The Roger Parramore Experience | 7.13

Roger Parramore

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6225
7/13 - 7/17
9:30am - 5:30pm
Wed - Sun
1
$700
$630

Steep yourself in a long week of lampworking with one of the world's foremost artists in this medium. This will be an introduction to Roger's philosophy, techniques, and the psychology of his approach to lampworking. Come ready to absorb a lot of information quickly as we explore heat, goblets, and vessel forms in borosilicate glass. An intense submersion, this class is designed for experienced lampworkers ready to move to the next level or stout-of-heart beginners wanting to know what it's all about. Prerequisite: Flameworking I


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SGE: Secret “Knitted Glass” Techniques | 8.12

Carol Milne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6343
8/12-8/14, 8/20
9:30am - 1:30pm
Fri - Sun
1
$515
$464

Seattle artist, Carol Milne will share her secret 'knitted glass' technique.  You don't have to know how to knit.  The idea is to learn how to make successful, thin or hollow glass castings with cut-outs or filigree holes in them. Working with strands of dimensional wax (3/16' diameter up to ½' diameter), students will make small objects (fist size) to transform into glass.  As a class, we will analyze each object to determine how best to get a successful casting.   The class will cover all aspects of casting:  wax-working, spruing waxes, mold-making, kiln schedules, divesting and cold-working.  All levels are welcome.  But beginners should be prepared to be challenged. Class meets 8/12 - 14 and 8/20.


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SGE: Extra Texture: Intermediate Caneworking at an Advanced Level | 10.5

Scott Benefield

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6227
10/5 - 10/9
9:30am - 5:45pm
Wed - Sun
1
$1000
$900

In this intense five-day workshop we will unzip all the secret compartments in the caneworking suitcase to reveal what lies beyond the basics of Venetian cane and murrine. Taking simple, traditional cane techniques as a starting point, this workshop will explore the potential that lies in combining and synthesizing methods of generating regular patterns in glass in order to achieve innovative, original results. Cane techniques can be understood a means of assembling a glass envelope, which offers a different starting point from the more usual methods of inflating a homogeneous mass of glass. As such, a glass object becomes more related to collage and opens new avenues of discovery. Prerequisite: Intermediate Glassblowing