Whether you’re a novice or an experienced artist, the Sculpture Workshops will take you on an exciting journey of discovery in a variety of media. Learn technique, process, tools and methods in the practical and creative aspects of three-dimensional art.
Introduction to Glassblowing
Explore the fundamentals of working with hot glass, guided by a seasoned glass artist. Get familiar with holding and using the equipment and tools required to create glass art. Then begin creating your own work, beginning with solid pieces such as flowers, mushrooms, and paperweights, before advancing to blow simple vessels. Using colored glass, you will experiment with gathering and shaping hot glass into a variety of forms. Although the goal is to blow glass, advancement will depend on how quickly you become proficient at working the glass. Returning students can explore more advanced techniques. The small class size allows for maximum time working with glass and hands-on, close instruction. At times, the temperature in a hot shop can exceed 120⁰F. Drink plenty of water! Your pieces made on Friday will be ready to unload from the kiln at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Skill Level: All levels, no glassblowing experience required. Safety requires that students are able to stay focused for long stretches of time, and have good eyesight (corrective lenses fine).
Lab fee: $75, includes frit/colored glass, clear glass, use of all tools and supplies, propane; you may be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 4 students
Ramson Lomatewama is a glass artist, kachina doll carver, poet and jeweler from Hotevilla, AZ, on the Hopi Reservation. He earned his BA from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. Ramson has taught a wide range of workshops and courses in the US and Japan, and served as adjunct professor of sociology at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Although Hopi ceremonies and cultural activities play a major role in his life, Ramson continues to dedicate time to schools, universities, and museums as a visiting scholar and artist.
Glass Design: Form or Function
Our focus and emphasis will be on design and working towards a better grasp of the motions of glass working. Glass can be formed into one of two things, an abstract shape or a utilitarian object. You will decide which path to choose, and collaborate day by day on an idea and bring that idea to fruition. The nature of working in glass is collaborative, so working together will be key to our process.
Designed for beginning and intermediate glass students, we will explore a range of techniques to create sculptural and/or utilitarian items. You should expect to complete one to three pieces. Beginning students will learn the fundamentals of glass blowing and intermediate/returning students will learn new techniques as needed for their chosen design(s). The small class size allows for maximum time working with glass and hands-on, close instruction.
Skill level: All levels welcome, but some familiarity with glass blowing is helpful. For safety reasons, the ability to stay focused on the work at hand for long periods of time, and good eyesight (corrective lenses fine) are crucial.
Lab fee: $95, includes frit/colored glass, clear glass, use of all tools and supplies in class, propane; you may be asked to bring additional materials.
Robert “Spooner” Marcus is a glass artist from Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo). When he was just out of high school, he began working as a production glass worker which led to his future as a glass artist. He trained at Taos Glass Arts and had the opportunity to work with other renowned Native American glass artists. He currently works at Prairie Dog Glass in Santa Fe where he works in production, custom, and art glass. His work includes blown and sand carved vessels, sand castings, sculpted figures and fused glass.
3D Encaustic Exploration and Mold Making
Explore the medium of encaustic – a wax-based paint, composed of beeswax, resin and pigment, which is kept liquid on a heated palette then applied to an absorbent surface. Learn to create fascinating structures that leave the two-dimensional plane. Come to this workshop with your own variety of materials including wood, cardboard, metal, clay, plaster, fiber, paper, objects from nature, or treasures you have held onto for way too many years. Experiment with how the materials may be dipped, painted, wired, glued, hammered, but most of all, waxed. You will be instructed in encaustic safety and start by making your own encaustic medium with pigment application. Learn fusing, transparency, glazes, layering, building up texture, line techniques, carving, image transfer, resin application, and mold making. Create your own silicon molds and learn how to cast wax and quick-setting liquid plastic. Returning students may work on advanced projects.
Skill Level: All levels
Lab Fee: $120, includes encaustic wax, pigments, two wood panels, Rebound 25 Brushable, Smooth-Cast 300 Fast-setting bright white low viscosity liquid plastic, use of propane torches, alcohol lamp, two metal tools. You may be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 8 students
Holly Wilson is an Oklahoma-based mixed media artist. She earned her BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MA in ceramics and MFA in sculpture from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Holly received a 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship Artist and 2017 SWAIA Indian Market Discovery Fellowship. She has exhibited her work nationally. Holly’s figures draw from her life and the Delaware/Cherokee stories that shape her creative world. www.hollywilson.com
Small Scale Bronze Casting
Designed for anyone who aspires to cast small scale bronze sculptures or wearable bronze art. You will learn the process of “lost wax” casting, and bronze finishing techniques. This workshop will include an introduction to the materials, methods, and safety measures of bronze casting, as well as how to construct a foundry furnace in your own studio. Expect to produce and finish one small bronze work, weighing less than 4 pounds. Learn about an electric tabletop caster and the silicone mold-making process. Returning students may work on advanced projects.
Skill Level: All levels
Attendance: You must attend all required instructional sessions to understand and follow safety guidelines.
Lab Fee: $130, includes bronze 6lb, microcrystalline wax, investment, sheet metal flashing, duct tape, sprue wax, shared use of: patinas and sealing wax, silicon mold material, kiln, metal working tools such as flex shaft foredom, grinders or files, wax carving tools and small alcohol lamp, safety goggles and dust masks. You may be asked to purchase and bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 8 students
Holly Wilson see bio under 3D Encaustic and Mold Making
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Native American Flute Making
Creation of Northwest Coast Hand Drums
The Mad Alchemist’s Apothecary Kit
Alternate Evolutions aka Beastly Busts
Cigar Box Guitar Making Plus!
Capturing the Moment: Natural Object Casting
Feeding the Heart & Soul: Creating Utensils