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Scientific Glassblowing Skills and Processes for the Artist

January 18th - January 22nd
Dennis Briening |

This workshop focuses on skills and thought processes used while fabricating scientific glass apparatus and the possibilities these abilities lead. We begin with basics including bending glass tubing, side seals, wrapping coils/spirals, ring seals and adding glass plate to increase scale. I believe learning flameworking is much like learning violin or horseback riding, repetition allows your skills to take over and frees the mind to think creatively. Introducing gases such as argon and neon into hollow sculptures and processing to create experimental sculptural plasma and neon tubes will be included. Discussion and hands on practice of compatibility of various glasses, coefficients of expansion, use of the polariscope and vacuum testing will be practiced. Bring your sketchbooks and imagination.

Previous experience not required.

Class Schedule
  • Intensive | 5 Sessions: January 18 — January 22
    Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Dennis Briening

Dennis was employed at the Hercules Research Center for 26 years as a scientific glass technologist working with chemists and engineers to create complex glass systems.

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