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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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Master Artist Workshop: Introduction to Sand Cast Bronze | 5.21

Judith Caldwell

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6231
5/21 - 5/28
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sun - Sat
1
$950
$855

This week long class will offer students the opportunity to try a bronze casting technique not regularly offered at Pratt. Sand casting is a metal casting process characterized by using sand as the mold material rather than using the lost wax investment process. Participants will learn all of the steps necessary to create a small scale bronze casting in a 2-part sand mold, either low or high relief, from a plasticene clay pattern. Making the pattern will happen under the guidance of Judith here at Pratt, while fabricating the sand mold, preparing the mold for molten metal, and the pour will take place in Judith and her husband Daniel's studio in Seattle. Students will meet there for those portions of the class and then the finishing and patina options will take place back at the Pratt studios. Some clay modeling experience will be helpful, but is not required. The price of the bronze is not covered in tuition price. Prerequisite: none.


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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.*


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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