• Esteban Salazar

  • Burnt Asphalt

  • Joseph Cavalieri

  • Amy Lemaire

Through studios, classes, exhibitions, and publishing, UrbanGlass is committed to furthering the use of glass as a creative medium.

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Classes at UrbanGlass offer students of all ages the opportunity to explore the endless possibilities of glass. Educational programming includes everything from classes for teens to master classes for professional artists. Weekly classes, week-long intensives, and two-day workshops make learning at UrbanGlass available to students of all levels and interests.

Introduction to Flameworking

Weekly Class
Weekly Class | 6 Sessions: October 15 — November 19
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

In this skill-building flameworking course, students will be working with borosilicate glass. Each week a different project will be initiated, which will focus on a specific skill. Projects include: Networked sculptural forms, solid and hollow sculptural forms, small jars, pendants, marbles, and working with color. This class will also discuss annealing, equipment safety and set-up, and look at both historical and contemporary examples of flame worked glass for reference. No experience is necessary to take this fun and challenging flameworking course.

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Introduction to Coldworking: Design and Execution

Weekly Class
Weekly Class | 6 Sessions: November 1 — December 13
Saturdays, 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Cold working is used to finish blown and kilnformed pieces, but can also be the means of sculpting glass from start to finish. In this course, students will learn basic glass cold working techniques such as drilling, cutting, grinding, shaping and polishing using machinery, gluing techniques will also be covered. Individual projects will support group learning about the technical scope of coldworking. Design will be emphasised, students are encouraged to plan and execute small sculptures using blank forms provided. Safety and set up in the cold shop will be covered. Students in this course will acquire a valuable skill set to combine with any glass making process.

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Glassblowing: The Vocab

Intensive
Intensive | 5 Sessions: December 1 — December 5
6:00 - 10:00 pm

Hot Glass working basics will be covered in this one week all levels class. Gathering, bit making, serving and application as well as blowing and sculpting fundamentals will be the foundation to creating an artists vocabulary in glass. Students will benefit from daily demonstrations and practice at the bench to create a hot shop strategy for artists to realize their ideas quickly and efficiently in glass. Design, and drawing out ideas before working at the furnace will be a warm up to each class session. Class discussions will promote thoughtful making practices. This class is a great opportunity to learn from two artists who have been working together in glass for the past 20 years.

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Upcoming in the Agnes Varis Art Center

Anders Ruhwald: One Thing Follows Another (And You Make It Happen)

Opening reception: September 3rd, 6 - 8pm

In the exhibition Anders Ruhwald: One Thing Follows Another (And You Make It Happen), the artist, who is artist-in-residence and head of Ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, explores form, materiality, and perception through a series of installations that compare and contrast one design rendered in three diverse media: ceramics, wood, and glass.

On view starting Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Photo: ┬ęSteven Talley

Art Center Hours
  • Monday Closed

  • Tuesday Closed

  • Wednesday 12-6

  • Thursday 12-6

  • Friday 12-6

  • Saturday 12-6

  • Sunday 12-6

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