This three day intensive Master Class will introduce you to the hot sculpting techniques used to create the three dimensional animal heads that Master Blacksmith Darryl Nelson is so well known for. You will use hammer and chisels on both solid bar and flat bar to sculpt various animals from a bulldog to a bear. His 40 years of expertise using and teaching these techniques will increase your forging capability and enhance your creative thinking during your time at the forge.
Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing or Equivilent
Studying Venetian glassblowing techniques is considered an important step in a glassblower’s skill development and professional practice. The goal of this intensive review of Venetian glass techniques with a well-known maestro is to practice complicated traditional designs to express contemporary ideas in glass. Students will learn intricate techniques, including zanfirico, incalmo, reticello, and murrine, used to produce precisely blown and sculpted objects, from small bowls to large free-form works.
Students will work with the maestro and have the unique opportunity to develop glassmaking skills with high degree of accomplishment. Students should be well-versed in glass working and want the challenge of refining their skills through keen observation and daily studio time.
Prerequisite: At least 2 years of glass experience
Master Artist: Landscapes and Depth in Fused Glass
During this class Miriam will demonstrate the basic process used in creating her pieces. Each student will realize two landscapes (a winter and a summer forest image, chosen by Miriam) during the class. The students will learn to translate a landscape image into glass adding the sensation of depth. Bullseye sheet glass and frits will be used in a layering process to create the pieces. Vitrograph stringers will be made, worked with a torch and used in the piece. The students will follow the process step by step to get the entire image translated into a flat glass piece with depth and an extremely realistic effect. This process is very complex and requires a really good experience in fusing. This is a very advanced fusing class, not a class for beginners.