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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: Characteristics | 8.10

Shunji Omura

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5222
8/10 - 8/15
9:30am-5:30pm
Mon - Sat
1
$525
$473

It is important to know your materials and to approach the challenge of creation with a sensitivity all your own. We will seek to create sculptural expressions through a number of methods: pouring molten glass into sand molds, working directly with hot lumps of glass, and glassblowing. Creating works of glass begins with learning the characteristics of the material and then takes shape as one learns to fuse them with one's own sensibilities. By making artwork in this way, we will seek not only to develop new forms but also to create spaces that make the world richer in a certain way. Course Level: Intermediate


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SGE: Fundamentals for the Visionary Creator | 8.12

Amber Cowan

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5223
8/12 - 8/16
9:30am-5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$730

This course will cover basic to advanced sculptural flameworking techniques using borosilicate, soft and recycled glass. Class projects will include challenges and mysteries to help motivate students to think outside the traditional flameworking boundaries. Mixed media and alternative materials will be utilized as well as individual support in creating projects specific to each student's aesthetic desires. The history of the material and the process of flameworking will be covered in lessons as well as discussions on the potential of flameworking to create small and large scale sculpture. Course level: All levels welcome


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SGE: Now and Then: Mining History for Inspiration | 8.17

Walter Lieberman and Granite Calimpong

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5219
8/17 - 8/23
9:30am-5:30pm
Mon-Sun
1
$1050
$955

We will split our time between learning about glass history, designing contemporary work inspired by history, and making it. We will look for ideas, across the broad spectrum of human endeavors that have influenced the history of glassmaking (aesthetics, science, economics, etc).  Mr. Lieberman will give a variety of historical talks and Mr. Calimpong will give practical demos in the Hot Shop.  Course Level: All Levels Welcome


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SGE: Intricate Stringer Work | 8.19

Ali VandeGrift

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5224
8/19 - 8/23
9:30am - 5:30pm
Wed-Sun
1
$800
$730

In Ali's five day bead making class, she will demonstrate and discuss her process of making large beads with intricate stringer work. She will share her techniques of comfortably working with large masses of glass while working on a small pattern. She will also break down the structure of her design work and talk about the creation of large patterns. Other focuses of the class will be creating glass beads on skeleton keys, shaping large round beads with every day bead making tools, and some of Ali's favorite color reactions. All beads will be made in 104 COE soft glass. Some stringer experience is required. Course level: Intermediate


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Master Artist Ken Parker: The Unexpected Image | 9.24

Ken Parker

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5699
9/25 - 9/28
10am - 4pm
Fri-Mon
1
$399
$359

Irish Master Printmaker Ken Parker returns to Pratt to teach his unique collograph workshop: The Unexpected Image. A collograph is essentially a collage that is inked both by wiping and by rolling. This creative technique leaves room for lots of experimentation, and pushes the definition of a print. During this four day workshop we will cover ideas for the images, how to make the plate, the inking, and the printing, hopefully breaking rules along the way to create a collection of work to enhance any portfolio. All this and with Ken's great communication skills, not to mention Irish charm, magic is sure to happen!