SESSION 4: Loquacious

July 17 - August 3, 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 4 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.

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Throughout history of diverse cultures across the globe, one of the timeless functions of artists is to visually relay, challenge, and update the myths, traditions, and values of their society. Join us for a session exploring the transformative act of storytelling in glass.

Artists in Residence: Monica Cook, Kambui Olujimi

Craftspersons in Residence: Jason Christian, Romina Gonzales



Glassblowing, Coldworking, Texture, Imagery, Pattern 

Research how texture informs the experience of our environment by straddling both the Hot and Cold Shop! Integrating hot-shop techniques to create raw pieces and blanks, students will move to the Cold Shop to focus on imagery, texture, and pattern. Using techniques ranging from hot-color application, planning a proper cold-working blank, and hot manipulation of cold-worked parts, to cold sculptural carving, sand blasting, lathe cutting, and cameo engraving, students will learn how to plan complex patterns on flat and three-dimensional glass, and develop problem-solving strategies. 





Jennifer Crescuillo is an internationally exhibited artist. She received her MFA in glass at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Together with her partner, Andrew Najarian, she operates High Polish Studio, Tennessee, specializing in custom glass fabrication and cold-working services. Morgan Peterson graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, with a dual degree. She has worked for many notable artists, including Buster Simpson, Dale Chihuly, Cathy McClure, Leo Berk, and Bruce Mau.


Hot-Glass Sculpting, Form, Texture, Color Application

We all have a story to tell, however, sometimes we struggle to find the words, or lack the confidence to raise our voices. This course will help you to deepen your technical “vocabulary” in hot-glass sculpting so that you are able to express yourself in the medium of glass sculpture. Exploring how to achieve various textures, studying form and proportion, and experimenting with color application will unlock new tools to help refine your ability to create your own narrative. Join us in the Hot Shop and tell us your story in sculpture. 




Raven Skyriver started blowing glass in high school at the age of sixteen. In 2003, Skyriver was invited to join the William Morris team, where he worked until Morris’ retirement. That experience galvanized his decision to follow glass sculpting as a profession. Skyriver shows his work nationally and has been featured in group shows internationally. His depictions of marine life are inspired by his island upbringing and informed by the creatures that inhabit this fragile ecosystem. 



Glassblowing, Mixed Media Fabrication, Public Commissions

This course will focus on blown glass for mixed-media applications, along with an exploration on the public commission application process. Work days will be divided into two parts, the Hot Shop and the mixed-media studio, with daily demonstrations in both. In addition, students will be run through a hypothetical commission. While working towards our goals, as well as exploring the mixed-media process, we will have access to the Wood and Metals Shop. Exercises and assignments will be given to foster group discussion and class cohesion. 




Mexican born, the de la Torre brothers have been collaborating for over twenty years. Their work encompasses installation art, public art, and their signature-style mixed media with blown glass. They have accomplished sixteen solo museum exhibitions, nine major public art projects, and have won three prestigious awards. The brothers have taught workshops and exhibited their work across the world. Next year they will be the featured inaugural exhibition at the Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington D.C. 


Neon, Kinetics, Electronics, Animated Image 

Learn how to design and fabricate two- and three-dimensional neon-tube artworks and animate them! Bring movement to your work by mechanically manipulating the tubes, or by lighting them sequentially using electronic animators. Demonstrations will include design and construction techniques for support structures using wood, Plexiglas, glass tubing, along with neon tubes. We will cover instruction on how to create and read electrical schematics, as well as how to work with high-voltage power supplies, mounting hardware, wiring, and insulators.




Michael Flechtner works and lives in Van Nuys, California. He has always worked with electricity and colored light. Flechtner earned a BFA and
an MFA in sculpture before learning to fabricate neon tubes. He often makes 3D neon forms, and many of his artworks are animated, either through electrical switching of the neon tubes or actually moving them. Humor and wordplay are often components of his artwork, and Flechtner designed the Celebrate! Forever Stamp, the first USPS stamp to feature neon as the design.


Stained Glass, Glass Painting, Enamels, Decals, Imagery, Illustration

Tell a story using contemporary applications of classical stained-glass techniques! Students will learn the fundamentals—glass cutting, assembly methods, and glass-painting techniques—to develop and create their own stained glass panels. Using old newspaper illustrations, graphic elements of pop culture, and their own drawings, students will make projects to be used as the starting point for stained glass artworks. Combine centuries-old glass painting techniques with modern concepts of illustration—including comics and collage—to realize projects, bringing the past and present together. 




Polish-artist Kalina Bańka studied at the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wrocław. Since 2013, she has been a research and teaching assistant in the Glass in Architecture Studio, Wrocław, as well as the Stained Glass Studio at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design. Her design and artistic practices meet at the crossroads of glass design, printmaking, and painting. Her work strives to adopt a novel approach to glass, frequently revealing a new contemporary context for traditional techniques