Utilizing Limbo: Hot Shop Assembly Techniques

Rob Lewis

By dissecting the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies, this class will teach artists, gaffers, and assistants to formulate the best approach to achieving success with their designs in the hot shop. Students will be encouraged to explore both conventional and unconventional glass making processes, choosing the most fruitful direction to explore the full possibilities of their ideas. Daily demonstrations focusing on the physics of molten glass will open up a new level of comprehension for its properties, and be an incentive for designing with this material specifically.

Using class work time to problem-solve their particular designs, students will learn how to construct simple to elaborate objects. The main technical focus of this workshop will be harnessing the “pause power” of the garage. A pre-assemblage waiting room, the garage offers glass makers a “pause button” to momentarily suspend various elements of their design while they focus on the orchestration of its overall composition. In turn, simplifying the process and making it similar to building objects with Legos. Students will learn about temperature control, making clean connections, and handling complex assemblages. One on one instruction and mini experiments will act as a means of informative investigation for delving deeper into each of the student’s designs.

Class Schedule
  • Intensive | 5 Sessions: June 12 — June 16
    6:00 - 10:00 pm
Instructor, Visiting

Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis spent most of his childhood growing up on the rocky coast of Maine. He received his BFA, with honors in Glass, from The School for American Crafts, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY. 

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