The Upper Crust: Magnificent Surfaces and Compelling Layers For Kilnformed Glass with Kari Minnick
The surface is the entry to a work of art. It can stop you in your tracks or lead a viewer into the layers below. It’s the part you want to touch. Using unusual applications of Bullseye sheet glass, powder, stringer, and frit, in conjunction with multiple firings, you will learn strategies to enable rich textural surfaces and depth for fused glass.
Gritty, slick, or robust relief, kilnforming materials and processes afford us exceptional textural and tactile qualities. Utilizing wet and dry powder processes, and combinations of glasses, you will create a variety of surface textures. Through the careful order of firings and observation of the effects of heat work, you will attain and maintain a diversity of desired textures on panel surfaces. Detailed firing schedules and layering strategies and will be explored. Color, composition, opacity, and transparency will be considered. This highly creative and hands-on course is of interest to kiln glass workers as well as artists of other media.
In this course, students will extensively explore texture on fused glass pieces. Texture can occur literally on the top surface of the glass or implied in layers within. We will be concerned mostly with texture that is achieved by glass materials and temperature rather than machines (cold working). Time permitting, we may use cold working processes for finishing work. Kiln firing is a creative process in itself. With careful attention to time, temperature and mass, and multiple firings, we will attain a variety of textures on the same surface. Both sides of the glass will be considered. Using sheet glass, powder, frit, and stringer in conjunction with wet and dry processes, students will create texture from silky surfaces to high relief. One project will be constructed on to a raised platform!
May 3-7, 2018
Kari Minnick owns and operates Kari Minnick Art Glass Studio, where she produces architectural commissions, fine art and introduces artists from other media to kiln-glass. Her glasswork has won several prestigious awards and is held internationally in private, corporate and embassy collections. Minnick began her career as a painter; earning a degree in studio art from the University of California at Davis. An exhibiting artist and dynamic educator, Kari shows her work and teaches her signature classes internationally.
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