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Masterclass Series 2018 \\ B. Jane Cowie - With & Without

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Canberra Glassworks

11 Wentworth Avenue

Kingston, ACT 2604

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The Fundamentals

Gravity, heat and centrifugal force are the fundamentals. When working with hot glass, learning glassmaking skills is an embodied experience that occurs through repetition and practice, essentially via the development of tacit knowledge. This is the focus of the workshop.

Understanding the movement and flow of hot glass we focus on doing, watching, making and remaking. It will be fun and busy time. Getting as much hands on experience as possible is a key part of the course which starts with a series of basic exercises where students learn about posture and a philosophical understanding of the material. From there, with practice, students will develop skills to enable them to quickly make a limited variety of hot formed component pieces that will go together to make larger installation piece at the end of the workshop.

Hot glassmaking offers an exciting and challenging area of exploration for artists interested in creating installation artworks while concurrently gaining an intimate understanding of the glass.

With (Furnace)

Working with a furnace is easy. It is easy to get hot glass quickly – it is what you do with it once you have it which is the focus of the first few days. As students become familiar with the equipment and each other, they undertake a series of exercised to learn about the glass – not to make something – but to learn. Then once more familiar, they can start to create various forms and vessels, as they consider the application of these components towards the development of installation considerations. Together we work as a team towards the creation of an installation to be completed by the end of the workshop will be one of our aims. Experimentation is encouraged and many glass pieces will be produced: precious, extraordinary, weird and crazy, all created within the five days of making.

Without (Furnace)

The course will address situations without a furnace. A variety of hot glass techniques will be explored and adapted to a furnaceless situation. Working with pick up ovens and glory holes - glass will be heated, sculptured and blown to offer a different way to work with hot glass. Recycling, reusing and reworking glass will be a key aspects of the course – looking beyond to a time when a furnace may not always be available or a viable option.

Most of our time will be spent in the hot shop - hands on - learning ways to working with the material, getting hot, working with others and moving effectively around the studio.

With a minimum of tools – much can be achieved. Students will be busy working to develop their own understanding and practice as well as working together undertaking a variety of skill based exercises to develop an appreciation for posture, movement, heat and flow. Learning how you move and response to the glass is something that is initially taught and then later intrinsically experienced.

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Canberra Glassworks

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