Slumbering in Stone: Introduction to Carving

July 21st - July 22nd
Brett Swenson |

Carving in glass and stone involves both patience and foresight, requiring an ability to visualize three dimensional forms existing in raw material. While there are various traditions of shaping hard siliceous materials, the coldshop offers a modern range of tools and processes utilizing diamond abrasion. This workshop will give students an introduction to methods of carving using the tools of the coldshop, with special attention given towards the Foredom flex shaft and its myriad cutting and grinding attachments. Starting with strategies of approach and visualization, students will be given a fundamental understanding of how to create 3 dimensional objects in glass or stone through processes of removal. While a variety of materials will be available, students are encouraged to source their own materials that they are inspired by and wish to work with in the coldshop (rocks, minerals, ceramics, found objects, etc.). Time will be dedicated to facilitating and problem solving individual students’ ideas.

Brett Swenson
Weekend Intensive | 2 sessions: July 21-22 
Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Class Schedule
  • Weekend | 2 Sessions: July 21 — July 22
    Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Visiting Artist

Brett Swenson

Studio Residency: 2016

Brett Swenson is an artist working with mixed-media sculpture, video, and installation. His work attempts to position an anthropomorphic presence within natural processes and geologic location, spaces where man and material are intertwined. He is based in New York.

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