Experimental Fused Glass for Ambrotypes

August 9th - August 13th
Dorie Guthrie, Rowan Renee |

In this class, we will learn to create experimental imagery on glass using kiln forming techniques and the wet plate collodion (ambrotype) process. The first three days of the course will be held at UrbanGlass and led by Dorie Guthrie. While at UrbanGlass, we will learn kiln-forming and cold-working techniques to make glass plates with color, texture, distortion and embedded imagery. We'll learn to cut and arrange flat glass, layer imagery, load kilns, run an annealing schedule, grind glass, and more. The second portion of the course will be held at Green-wood Cemetery and led by Rowan Renee. At Green-Wood, we will use our glass creations as substrates for the ambrotype process. We will learn how to prepare glass for the wet plate collodion process, plus all the chemistry needed to coat, sensitize, shoot, and develop glass plates. We will shoot on the grounds of Green-Wood Cemetery, using large-format cameras and portable darkboxes. We will focus on natural lighting and discuss DIY methods for modifying large format cameras or film holders to accommodate unusual, or dimensional substrates.

This is an in-person class taking place on-site at UrbanGlass. Health and safety guidelines will be emailed to you upon registration. Our top priority is keeping our community safe. At UrbanGlass, masks are still required for all ages 2 and older (we recommend a KN95 or KF94 mask). Temperature checks continue at the security desk when entering through the Rockwell entrance. We ask that if you were recently directly exposed to COVID-19 and are awaiting test results that you do not come to class, and we will work with you to find another class placement or refund you the class fee. Current policies are subject to change based on additional information, including the city's new alert levels page.

Class Schedule
  • 5 Sessions: August 9 — August 13
    Tuesday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Visiting Artist

Dorie Guthrie

Studio Residency: 2021
Born in 1982 in Moline, Illinois, Dorie Guthrie was first exposed to the medium when she stumbled upon a small glass studio in her hometown. Since graduating from Illinois State University in 2008, Guthrie has continued her studies, being awarded scholarships, at Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Craft, and Pittsburgh Glass Center, where she furthered her technique. 

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Rowan Renee

Rowan Renee is a Brooklyn-based artist who explores how queer identity is mediated by the law. In their research-led practice, they collect imagery, text and documents that address the intergenerational impact of gender-based violence and incarceration from State records and family archives. 

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