Session 1: Discovering Nature Through Glass
You won't beLEAF how much fun you'll have discovering the wonders of nature using glass-art! Potential projects; leaf pendants, flower beads, recycled glass bottle planter, wind chime, mosaic flower pot, wired bead bugs, animal or pet portraits.
The Flame Shop
In the FLAME SHOP, artists use a torch to heat up rods, or tubes of glass, that will be manipulated into different shapes. Flameworking, also called lampwork or torchwork, is a type of glasswork that uses a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. The art form began in the first century in ancient Syria, then became widely practiced in Murano, Italy, in the 14th century. Flameworking differs from glassblowing in that glassblowing uses a blowpipe to inflate a glass blob known as a gob or gather, whereas flameworking manipulates glass either using tools, gravity or by blowing directly into the end of a glass tube.
The Flat Shop
In the FLAT SHOP, artists create fused and slumped glass pieces, cast pieces and mosaics in a process often referred to as warm glass, or glass art fusion. These firings, in a kiln used to make the glass molten and to join two or more pieces of glass in a process called kiln-forming, range from 1,100 to 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit. Glass casting, meanwhile, is a process used since the Egyptian period to cast glass objects by pouring molten glass into a mold. Modern cast glass is formed by a variety of processes such as kiln casting, or casting into sand, graphite or metal molds. Sometimes the process is used to assemble pieces of glass, stone or other materials to create a mosaic.