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The term Thermal Formed Glass refers to 'shaping glass with heat' and often involves the use of several distinct heat processes to produce a finished piece of art glass. This class will have a bit of a 'three ring circus' atmosphere as students learn ways to integrate kilns, torches and fire buckets techniques to create specific visual effects.
The kilns activities will combine advanced fusing processes such as 'combing,' 'mosaic,' reverse firing,' 'inlay' and "Pate-de-verre' techniques. Pate-de-Verre is an ancient frit casting technique used to make sculptural and 3- dimensional glass objects. Crushed glass is placed in special molds and fired until it become as solid. Time will also be spend exploring the latest advances in kiln forming techniques such as glass clay, cold combing and liquid stringer techniques.
This class will cover investment and mold making materials, types of glass, compatibility, kiln firing schedules, annealing and using enamels in cast glass.
Students will also have hands-on experience using a torch and the Murphy Fire Bucket, a 21500 furnace used to do the molten glass dance. We will start by making twists and stringers to get a feel for the process then advance to pattern bars and eventually paper weights. Gil's informative and humorous banter makes this class an educational delight. This is a great class to take if you want to move beyond the basic 'cut, stack and fire' approach to fusing. A guaranteed exciting weekend for all levels of glass experience.
BIO: During the 38 years he has worked in art glass, Gil Reynolds has gained worldwide recognition as a leading innovator of fusing and kiln forming and other hot glass techniques. He is the author of The Fused Glass Handbook, a step-by-step guide to learning the art of fusing. He has been widely published in such art glass journals as "Glass Art Magazine," "Professional Stained Glass," "Stained Glass Patterns Quarterly," the Corning Museum of Glass "New Glass Review 7" and he also writes the "Kiln Crafting" column for Stained Glass News.
Gil has lectured extensively in the U.S. and has conducted kiln forming and Fire Bucket seminars in Japan, The Netherlands, Canada and Italy. The artwork of Gil Reynolds can be found in numerous private and public collections, including Ohbayahsi-Gumi, Ltd., Tokyo Japan; A.Pfann, Hilversum Holland and "Percent for Art" commissions for Oregon and Washington states.
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
WORKSHOP FEES: $250 ADC Members/$275 Non-Members
Materials: ADC will provide the required materials for a fee. This class only uses 96 COE glass.
Tools to bring: Basic glass working tools glass cutter, pliers, safety glasses, notebook and pencil. Students are also encouraged to bring in a “Good, Bad or Ugly” that they have made to talk about in class.