Translating Objects

January 17th - January 21st
Christopher Kerr-Ayer, George Dielman |

An object’s characteristics have the power to peak our curiosity. This class will focus on using found objects as a catalyst for conceptual expansion. Reproducing an object will challenge students to think critically about all aspects of objects; the process of making, the size, weight, and texture. We ask that students bring 3-5 objects that they are interested in investigating and translating/incorporating into glass. We will explore different perspectives of how to replicate a found object using hot manipulation techniques (blowing and sculpting), cold-working, and cold construction (gluing). Students will be encouraged to practice methods of making outside of our experience, and expand their skill sets through daily discussion and drawing assignments.

What to Expect: Students will work in teams in the studio. Class will be split between demonstrations, conversations, and student work time. Read more about how to prepare for class on our Registration Info page. 

Additional work time for intensive students: Students will also have access to additional hours in the glassblowing studio, without instruction, on Wednesday - Saturday from 5-8pm. 

Eligibility: Previous glassblowing experience required. You should have 1-2 years of experience, and feel comfortable gathering and moving through the steps of making a basic cup. Don’t feel ready yet? Check out our more introductory classes to build your skills. Open to ages 14 and up.

Pick-up: You can expect to bring some work to fruition during class that can be taken home at the end of the week. If anything is made on the last day of class, students will have to return to UrbanGlass once notified to pick up their work. 

This is an in-person class taking place on-site at UrbanGlass. Health and safety guidelines will be emailed to you upon registration. 

Class Schedule
  • 5 Sessions: January 17 — January 21
    Tuesday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Christopher Kerr-Ayer

Christopher Kerr-Ayer grew up in rural Vermont. He started learning about glass in 2009, as an apprentice in a small production studio. Kerr-Ayer refined his skill and studio practice through working as a production assistant and employee. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Johnson State College, Vt.

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George Dielman

Originally from Nebraska George Dielman started blowing glass as a teenager.  Over a decade later he now helps manage and head a glass production line making glass for various designers based out of Brooklyn. 

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