SESSION 4: Cross-Currents: Europa

July 8 - 25, 2021

Student applications accepted until courses are filled. Learn more about how to apply, tuition details, and more here

Artists and Curators in Residence: Shoplifter, Blanca de la Torre

Craftspersons in Residence: Karin Forslund, Rasmus Nossbring



Glassblowing, Graal, Ariel, Engraving, Imagery, Coldworking

In this course, students will explore and challenge two of the most famous techniques in Swedish glassblowing: graal and ariel, both used to encase imagery in hot glass. Working in the Hot Shop, we will make multilayered graal and ariel blanks—and will play a bit with Swedish overlay—and even try to combine these two techniques to push them to higher levels. After creating our blanks in the Pilchuck Hot Shop, we’ll move to the Cold Shop for pattern making by drawing, cutting, sandblasting, and engraving. Come and discover how light passing through glass and encased air transforms the mundane into the magical!



Micke Johansson is a master glassblower and designer from Sweden. At sixteen-years old, Johansson started working at Orrefors Glassworks, becoming a master glassblower there at the age of twenty four. In 2004, Johansson started to work at Pukeberg Glassworks, where he could develop and produce his own art glass. Since 2007, he has run his own glass studio on his farm outside of Örsjö. There he produces all his glass freehand and with great craftsmanship. Johansson specializes in old Swedish techniques like ariel, graal and Swedish overlay. 


Glassblowing, Hot Sculpting, Inclusions

What lies beneath the surface? Cells, structures, patterns, creatures, complex networks, entire ecosystems, and other worlds that we may not ever truly understand. In this course, use a variety of techniques and ideas to explore how inclusions can be tools to manipulate visual perception: microbes, which exist under the surface of the glass, playing, deceiving, or teasing the viewer. The hot-shop sessions will explore approaches to movement, heat, rotation, gravity and human interaction, examining how structure, inclusions, and narrative can be embedded into forms generated in the Hot Shop.




James Devereux began working with glass at fifteen, and has been working as a glass artist ever since. He opened his first studio in 2008, and has worked as a glass technician at the Royal College of Art, London. In 2013, he cofounded a new studio, Devereux & Huskie Glassworks.
Louis Thompson completed his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art. His work has been exhibited extensively
at galleries and museums in the UK, Europe, Japan, and the USA and he has been invited to create installations for various international exhibitions.



Hot Glass, Design, Italian Glass History, Professional Practice, Sustainability, Glass Chemistry, Technology

Students will assess sculptural craft-based vessel making based on historic Venetian and Muranese examples and the context in which they were originally developed, combining ancient to contemporary design with modern sustainable glass practices. Referencing classic examples from the Venini Factory, visiting artists and designers will encourage students to reinterpret forms and their meaning through a contemporary lens. Andy Paiko will provide technical assistance and hot-shop demonstrations to hone skills using recycled glass, culminating in a final collaboration.


AUTONOMA: with Tina Aufiero, Andy Paiko, Marcantonio Brandolini d'Adda, and Alice de Santillana

Tina Aufiero (a multi-disciplinary artist incorporating glass into her work for over forty years) and Andy Paiko (a master designer and glassblower working almost thirty years) come together to collaborate with visionary Marcantonio Brandolini and Alice Santillana. Together they are Autonoma. The Autonoma model, active since 2017, seeks to modernize traditional glassmaking utilizing every form of renewable energy and available resources to re-envision the glass of the future and its value.



Design, Experimentation, Mixed Media

In this course, students will challenge their conceptions of everyday objects and their purpose. Choosing objects that have lost their charm or have become subsumed by their perceived function, students will be tasked with redesigning the object by following its traditional shape with a new approach, presenting the object with a new context, or providing it with a new destination. Using the Print Shop, Pilchuck’s new Imaging Lab, Woods & Metals, and other studios, students will find inspiration in the resources available to reimagine the everyday world.



Jakub Berdych (born 1953 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a co-founder of the Qubus Design Studio, Prague, which primarily focuses on conceptual work with traditional Czech materials like glass and porcelain. His work spans many fields, from products to comprehensive collections known both locally and abroad, and includes the renovation of the interior of St. Bartholomew’s church in Chodovice, Czechia, as well as installations in New York’s Moss Gallery and London’s Mint Gallery.



Kiln Forming, Coldworking, Form

Focusing on kiln-forming and coldworking processes, this course will start with a hands-on experience designed to expand students’ ideas and their concepts of what’s possible in kiln-formed glass. Using 3D paper and tracing-paper models, students will experiment with form and structure before cutting various forms from sheet glass and fusing or slumping them in kilns to create three-dimensional or two-dimensional objects. Using gravity slumping, students will have the ability to observe the moments of deformation as they happen in the kiln.



Polish-artist Marzena Krzemińska Baluch looks at places and their surrounding realities. She experiments and observes the behavior of glass during its shaping, with emphasis on involving air and the process of gravity. She currently lives and works as an artist and dean of the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland. She received the Silver Award at the Toyama International Glass Exhibition, Japan; and the Silver Award in the Emerge 2016 international competition organized by Bullseye Projects.



Mosaics, Mixed Media, Glass, Smalti, Marble, Contemporary Art

This course will focus on translating ideas into mosaic projects in concise and fresh ways. Beginning with an exploration of ancient mosaic techniques and materials before investigating the many facets of contemporary mosaics and non-traditional materials, students will draw on their own life experiences, aspirations, and dreams to develop projects and translate them into mosaics. Exploring with smalti, lead came, glass, marbles, ceramics and many other materials, students will have myriad different ways to bring their ideas to fruition.




Luca Barberini is a visual artist born in Ravenna. He graduated from the G. Severini Institute of Mosaic Art. The exploration of a personal pictorial universe lead him to push the limits of the mosaic technique on his journey to develop a unique artistic approach. Arianna Gallo is a mosaic master, art director, and head of the Koko Mosaico laboratory. She graduated from the Institute of Art for Mosaics and from the School of Mosaic Restoration of Ravenna, Rome. Together, they founded and continue to run Koko Mosaico in Ravenna.