Far More Than the Finishing Touch: Designing for the Coldshop

Alison Kinnaird, Jane Bruce

A basic knowledge of cold working techniques can help right many wrongs created in the kilns or in the hot shop. However, when explored for its own inherent value and integrated into an artist’s vision from the start, cold working can be used to enhance and extend works to a new level. This class will explore the possibilities available when cold working of an object is taken into account from the beginning of the creative process. Students will work with found objects and sheet glass, and will have the opportunity to design and make their own objects in the kiln and the hot shop. Each object will be an opportunity to explore their ideas of form, pattern and imagery. Areas covered will include grinding, polishing, wheel engraving and wheel cutting, sandblasting and hand finishing. A short presentation on historical & contemporary cold working will complement hands-on work.

This class is being offered as part of our 40 for 40 series, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of UrbanGlass.

Class Schedule
  • Intensive | 4 Sessions: March 28 — March 31
    6:00 - 10:00 pm
Instructor, Visiting

Alison Kinnaird

Alison Kinnaird has an international reputation as an engraver. Her work ranges from small intimate pieces, to large architectural installations, and often combines the ancient skill of wheel engraving with modern technology, using LED lighting.

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Jane Bruce

Jane Bruce earned her master’s degree from the Royal College of Art, London, and undertook further postgraduate study at Alfred University. 

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