Last weekends sunny and hot weekend studying “print for Glass” was a real eye opener into using images and transferring both black and coloured prints onto a wide variety of glass processes and objects.
Great fun was had experimenting and challenging the learnt how to mount the transfers onto both flat and 3d images, and explored the possibilities of low, medium and high firing techniques. It was a course of technical discovery and also experimentation, using kilns and furnaces..
As the embryos (small hollow glass eggs) heated up slowly in the kiln, with images on them, students then had time to get some more transfers onto flat glass. Using both float and tetra, Shelley coached everyone through the application techniques. Thanks to James Devereaux who gave up a few hours hours of his weekend to help make work for the students in the hot shop. Gathering over the embryos, sometimes a couple of times, and experimenting with layers and inclusions. Everyone also had the chance to pick up some “ready mades”, some interesting pieces (from jam jars, whiskey bottles to ikea glasses) were created, as we picked up, fired transfers on, and changed the shape….
A brilliant introduction to print, we will be running more in the spring, with introductory day class first, so students have time to prepare and bring their own prints..
We were very excited when two of this year’s masterclass tutors took part in the10th anniversary Crafts Council ‘Collect’ show at the Saatchi gallery in London. Louis Thompson and Angela Jarman represented glass at the show which this year for the first time had an entire gallery (Gallery 9) devoted to glass.
Louis Thompson is a hot glass artist with over 25 years experience and in 2012 received two prestigious awards in the UK: British Glass Biennale Winner and the Jerwood Foundation Makers Commission. He will be leading the masterclass:
HOT GLASS – NO LIMITS
28 – 29 Sept 2013
Angela Jarman’s kiln cast work reflects her long interest in biology and the natural world. As well as the Crafts Council Collection, her work is held in other public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Angela will be represented at Collect by Adrian Sassoon. She will be leading the masterclass:
13 – 15 Sept 2013
Collect is in its tenth year and is known as The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects. For more information on Collect please see their website: www.craftscouncil.org.uk/collect