Digital Methods for Glass Molds

July 17th - July 22nd
Michael Haddy & Gosia Pawlowska |

This week-long intensive will introduce students to digital design and fabrication tools for making glass molds, from the process of 3D modeling to CNC milling and mold-making. We will go over best practices for designing geometry for digital fabrication, and experience CNC-milling through one session at an off-site fabrication studio. At UrbanGlass, we’ll practice making plaster molds for casting and blown glass.

What to Expect: We will prepare with one virtual session a week before class (July 11th) to review 3d-modeling in rhinoceros. Students with previous experience will be asked to come prepared with a 3d model within certain dimensions. Those without experience can still participate by using a simple shape that the instructors will 3d model for them, however we will not be able to teach everyone 3d modeling skills in this timeframe. Previous glass-making experience is not required. We will demonstrate a few different approaches to mold-making and students can expect to walk away with a glass prototype of their own, as well as the skills to design and make other molds in the future.  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 moldmaking studio, without instruction, on Wednesday - Saturday from 1pm-4pm. 

This class meets Monday, July 17th - Saturday July 22nd from 5-9pm each day. With a virtual session on July 11th to review 3d-modeling in rhinoceros.

Eligibility: No previous experience required (see note about 3D rendering experience in what to expect section). Open at ages 14 and up. 

Pick-up: The glass needs to cool down overnight, so the students will have to return to UrbanGlass once notified to pick up any work made hot on the final day.

Class Schedule
  • 6 Sessions: July 17 — July 22
    Monday, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Visiting Artist

Michael Haddy & Gosia Pawlowska

Visiting Artist: 2022

Michael Haddy & Gosia Pawlowska, are architectural designers and fabricators based in Brooklyn, NY. Their project "Experimental Mold Workshop" will utilize digital tools from the architecture and manufacturing industries, applying CNC and robotic fabrication to make blow molds for glass.

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