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.
January 18 — January 22
Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217