Hot Glass Intro
In this class you will learn the fundamentals of blowing working in the hot glass studio. Emphasis will be placed on practice, to build familiarity and skill working in this magically engaging material. We will use simple forms to build confidence and basic skills while using a team approach to glass blowing. Simple color application and experimentation will be part of coursework. Also, fundamental work in cold glass techniques, grinding, cutting and polishing, and sand carving. Safety emphasized in all procedures. Lab fee required. Students will be required to provide and use simple safety glasses and other safety equipment. Open to all students, May be repeated. Course fee required. Offered fall and spring.
Intro to Warm Glass + Fusion Processes
Course No. GLS 243W Credits: 3.0
Faculty Lisa Demagall
Introduction to Glass Fusing, Slumping, Enameling and Casting. In this class, we will explore lots of possibilities in glass through kiln work. Throughout the semester, students will design and create 2D or 3D objects. Students will learn how to use the oven environment to simple mold systems. Physics of glass as it relates to Expansion and fitting of dissimilar glasses. Kiln environments include exercise in determining annealing schedules. Safety in all procedures require all to wear a dust mask or a respirator and eye protection every time working with plaster or any other equipment in the glass studio. Course fee required, open to all students. Course fee required. Fall and spring semesters.
Language of Materials
The second course in the Core explores commonalities and differences in the "language of materials." Emphasis is placed on visual and conceptual aspects of materials and material process. This makes for interesting investigations and explorations within and across mediums. Historically materials and processes are connected with the evolution of function and meaning. The class will explore inherent physical properties that may bring content and depth to ideas borne of the medium itself. Students continue the process of research and ideation using these common themes, and explore through experimentation. Each student’s individual voice begins to emerge. Fundamental techniques will be explored and practiced, stressing the practice of the maker. Idea books/sketchbooks will continue to be worked on as an important part of the creative process. Offered spring.
Multiples in Enamel
This course will focus on the use of enamel through the use of multiples: series, limited edition and production. Beginning through advanced level students will explore the medium through these models of studio production. Processes covered will be those easily adapted to working in multiples and not exclude any techniques. Prerequisite: MET 245 Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief.
Surface + Image
Course No. CMC 300 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss
The third course of the Craft core explores the integration of digital technologies, imaging and three-dimensional modeling, new materials and processes, and the connections with ceramics, glass, and jewelry + metals. The fall semester brings a focus to the application and integration of 2D digital imaging on surfaces and forms in clay, enamel, glass, and metal. Projects build on the foundation skill set and encourage the use of digital technology for the development of image, pattern, and texture. Students utilize and develop their skills with imaging software and explore how it translates into various materials and surfaces. Offered fall.
The Printed Image in Enamel
Course No. MET 248-348-448 Credits: 3.0
The focus of this course will be on the use of the printed image with the medium of enamel. Photographs, photocopies and digitally produced and enhanced images will be transferred to the medium through acid etching, silk-screening, decals and photographic transfers. The emphasis will be on the use of enamel on the two-dimensional surface, although those with metal forming experience may explore three-dimensional forms in combination with the processes above.
Three-Dimensonal Forms in Enamel
The emphasis of this course will be applications of enamel on the three-dimensional form. Enamel used in functional, decorative, jewelry or sculptural context may be explored. Metal forming and fabrication techniques that apply specifically to the use of enamel will be introduced. Beginning enameling skills required for three-dimensional forms will be covered.
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