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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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SGE: New Modern Glass Painting | 4.25

Joseph Cavalieri

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6222
4/25 - 4/29
9:30am - 5:30pm
Mon - Fri
1
$700
$630

While painting onto glass dates back to medieval times, this workshop offers modern techniques for applying imagery on the glass surface. Hand painting, airbrushing, inking, and silk-screening onto glass along with the basics of cutting, copper foiling, and soldering stained glass techniques will all be explored. Joseph's modern techniques use the same materials but provide a more controlled, detailed and precise way of using these materials. This class is open to all levels of experience. Students who are interested in painting, printmaking, and exploring mixed media techniques may enjoy the class the most as more than just technique will be covered. Design tips and a worksheet to help students decide the direction of their art work will also be included.


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SGE: Special Effects | 5.18

Raven Skyriver and Kelly O'Dell

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6223
5/18 - 5/22
9:30am - 5:30pm
Wed - Sun
1
$1000
$900

Deepen your understanding of hot glass through the study of symmetry in nature. Sculpt blown forms, sharpen your hand-skills, and build intention and confidence in sculptural techniques. While exploring texture, color, and pattern, students will utilize the benefits of varying heat sources (glory hole and torches). Our class will solve problems together using sketchbooks, teamwork, and discussion.


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SGE: Figurative Sculpture | 6.15

Martin Janeky

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: Architectural Glass-Mechanical Design in Networked Glass | 8.22

Robert Mickelson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6226
8/22 - 8/26
9:30am - 5:30pm
Mon - Fri
1
$700
$630

Students will design and build an architectural structure such as a building, bridge, or tower, either their own original design or a scale model of an actual architectural object, using primarily networked borosilicate glass as a technique. First a blueprint will be made that will serve as a template for the creation of the various elements of the design. Then the student will carefully construct their object over the course of the week until completion. There will be daily, ongoing demonstrations of technique and discussions about design concepts as well as continuous hands-on instruction. Students are encouraged to obtain and bring with them a Smith Little Torch (or Gen-Tec) with their favorite tip. (Please contact the school or the instructor for information on purchasing these items if you do not have them already.)


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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