SESSION 2: The Jam Session

June 12 - 29, 2020

Update 04-21-2020

In response to growing concerns around COVID-19, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel programming through mid-August - including Session 2 courses. We apologize for any inconvenience and are doing our best to communicate with all who have been affected by these cancellations.

We remain optimistic that the late August and Fall programs will continue to take place and encourage interested students to enroll. We have amended our enrollment and refund policies to give you the flexibility and financial security to do so without any risk.

Read more here.


Come join the cacophony as we transform our campus into a collaborative sonic playground.  If you are an instrument, beat, noise or music maker interested in the acoustic potentials of glass then this is your dream session. Come Jam with us! 

Artists in Residence: Chris Kallmyer, Brian Pike

Craftspersons in Residence: Jeff Ballard, Brent Rogers



Glassblowing, Sound, Performance, Musical Instruments

Glass is a great material for making musical instruments: it’s fast to work with and is capable of producing a wide range of unusual sounds. Based upon a general framework of sound-making types, we will explore the theory and the creative whimsy of making and learning to play musical instruments made of glass. Students will be encouraged to invent their own instruments, discover how to play them, and then integrate their sounds with the rest of the class. The class will thus become a band, compose its own music, then perform. 






Mark Stewart, Shaun Conroy, and Peter Houk co-founded the MIT Glass Band in 2012. Conroy is a professional scientific glassblower who has invented a number of glass instruments made of quartz, borosilicate, and leaded glass. Houk is director of the MIT Glass Lab, a program that introduces scientists and engineers to the ancient art of glassblowing, and is an incubator for cross-disciplinary ideas and projects. Stewart is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, song leader, composer, and instrument designer based in New York City.


Video, Glassblowing, Sound, Performance, Mixed Media, Kinetic Explorations

Time-based work is an important element of contemporary fine art. This course will investigate a variety of non-traditional techniques with glass in the Hot Shop, and explore moving images and sound. Students will use video and microphone recordings as primary tools to address the larger issues of ephemerality, duration, and the possibilities of moving images. Various demonstrations for dealing with optics and sound will broaden understanding of the material’s possibilities. Our studio processes will alternate between the Hot Shop and the Library. Laptop required.  





Bohyun Yoon is an artist and educator at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Influenced by the fields of science, his practice exposes what is often invisible. Yoon exposes socially constructed notions of race, class, and gender by combining images of the human body with materials that possess invisible properties. He has exhibited his works in Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas. 


Sound, Mixed Media, Performance, Installation

An investigation of the sonic potential of the material world, this course will be a deep exploration into the acoustic properties of glass, wood, metal, water, and more. Students will dive into techniques to listen to and record “stuff” and manipulate sound through amplification, effects, feedback, and other sonic tricks. Students will also create and experiment with basic tools for their work, including a contact microphone and a personalized speaker. The result of the course will be a combination of sound installation, recorded works, and performance. Laptop required. 




John Roach is an interdisciplinary artist from New York City who likes to explore tensions between materials and sounds. Some of his investigations can seem contradictory and often comical, for example, bulbous flasks of oil magically bubble and produce an uncanny, crackling racket. He has been working with glass since 2015, when he was an artist in residence at Pilchuck Glass School, and he’s been making noise with glass artists, percussionists, scientists, and other collaborators ever since. 


Flameworking, Experimentation, Sound, Musical Instruments

Channeling the ethos of the post-punk movement, make avant-garde musical objects, rhythms, and sounds; drawing influence from post-punk musicians—pioneering contrarians—who used foundational skills to rip apart conventional practice and create something new. Through traditional flameworking techniques, we will apply innovation, willful oddness, and experimental unorthodox practices to create weird and alternative musical devices. Break away from flameworking clichés and approach the studio as an instrument for possibility, skill-building, experimentation, and anarchy! 




Beccy Feather received her degrees from Wolverhampton University, United Kingdom, and Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. She is a British-born glassmaker who lives and works in Bremerton, Washington, with her partner in life and crime, Brent Rogers. Feather navigates daily between the roles of production flameworker, artist, educator, and tea drinker. Her artwork is a mixture of fine craft, humor, and home science. 


Performance, Hot & Cold Glass, Sound, Unorthodox Techniques

Collaborative, experimental, and hands-on, this course explores the correlations between glass (hot and cold), sound, and movement. The Hot Shop, Cold Shop, and Pilchuck’s landscape are prime performative opportunities where unconventional and improvised activities with glass and sound are set to unfold. The history of early film and the development of Foley sounds will inform our investigations. Performative in nature, this course will generate photos, videos, sound recordings, some glass objects, and most certainly, a lived experience. 




Jocelyne Prince is an artist working with the material and conceptual properties of glass. Transparency, optical phenomena, and projection are key tools that translate her process into performative objects or events. Recent projects include Sol Obscura at S12 in Norway, DMZ, then and now at K-Arts in Korea, and Intercalary Event, a multi-site exhibition. Prince lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and teaches at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, where she is a full-time faculty in the Glass Department.