MIRRORWORLD: Imperfect Practices in Neon & Reflection

October 27th - October 29th
Kacie Lees, James Akers |

In this 3-session neon and mirror-making weekend intensive, participants will learn the basics of coating sheets of glass with silver nitrate to make unique mirrors, then enjoy time in the flames to bend simple, freeform shapes in neon to pair with our mirrored glass. Highlighting the inherent and imperfect nature of the human hand, we will draw inspiration from Rorschach, Chryssa, and Nacarro, discuss philosophies of reflection and look at contemporary and historic works of art that combine mirrored forms with electric light.

This class meets Friday, October 27th 6-9pm and Saturday, October 28th & Sunday, October 29th, 11am-6pm both days

What to Expect: Participants can expect to leave with 2x sheets of partially-coated, hand-mirrored glass (up to 12x12”) and 2x neon freeform units to create unique works of art. You will learn proper safety and disposal procedures for handling mirroring chemicals, along with safe techniques for bending neon. Class includes one transformer and wiring kit. Read more about how to prepare for class on our Registration Info page. 

Eligibility: No experience required. Open to ages 14 and up. 

Pick-up: Neon tubes will be bombarded during the class, so students should leave with finished units of neon. Should processing take additional time, 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
  • 3 Sessions: October 27 — October 29
    Friday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Kacie Lees

Kacie Lees is an interdisciplinary artist and professor based in Brooklyn, New York. Lees’ vivid works examine affective qualities of light and tertiary spaces.

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James Akers

My name is James Akers, and I am an artist currently based in Brooklyn, New York where I work as a commercial neon bender and as a sculptor. I create dense, frenetically active sculptures that often incorporate neon and sound circuits.

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