From Furnace to Finished, Blown Glass & the Painted Surface

June 20th - June 23rd
Alan Iwamura |

This class is designed to introduce students to inlayed image application and how they can enhance their work through the addition of imagery to blown glass forms. From intricate and complex patterns to abstract image application, students will work from line-based compositions while learning how vitreous glass paints behave when applied to different contours. Working with opaque colored glass, we will create three dimensional canvases while considering the relationship between image and form. Finished works are encouraged, but the aim of this class is to create a foundation from which students can elevate their artwork to new heights. Demonstrations and hands-on experience will include straight forward approaches to blown vessels, photo transfer, sand carving, and glass paint application. Students can bring their own images or work from a catalog of designs available for the class. This course is best suited for individuals with at least 2 years of glassblowing experience.

What to Expect: Class time will be split between demonstrations and practice in teams. The hot shop is a loud studio, and can get quite warm. Glassblowing takes repetition and practice - expect failures along with successes. Read more about how to prepare for class on our Registration Info page. 

Eligibility: This course is best suited for individuals with at least 2 years of glassblowing experience.. Open to 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 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
  • 4 Sessions: June 20 — June 23
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Alan Iwamura

Alan Iwamura explores glass in its many forms as a pursuit to contextualize the duality of identity and difference. Drawing on narratives that seek to bridge the gap between oneself and one’s lived experience, Iwamura’s works occupy a space of familiarity and estrangement.

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