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Thursday June 16, 2022 | by Andrew Page

Exquisite technique and bold experimentation go hand-in-hand in the UrbanGlass Summer course lineup

The roster of artists teaching the UrbanGlass 2022 summer intensives share a dedication to rarefied technical skills as well as highly experimental processes. Together they make up a unique group of instructors at the forefront of new directions in neon, kilnforming, flameworking, and glassblowing. All are coming to Brooklyn, New York, this summer for the city's unique artistic energy that has been a destination for generations for its power to recharge and inspire creative explorations.

  • Miguel Unson explores rich and complex pattern making by layering flameworked components onto sheet glass and fusing them. Students will begin in the flame shop, then will bring their work into the kilns, following the techniques Miguel has developed. 
  • Eve Hoyt creates complex neon signage, and has developed techniques to hang the pieces to be viewed in the round. Her class will specifically cover hanging neon in a window space.
  • Madeline Rile Smith (pictured above) pushes into new territories of flameworking by melding her musical training with scientific flameworking techniques. She is teaching a class on creating musical instruments in the flame shop.
  • Nisha Bansil folds complicated origami patterns out of paper which act as a base for delicate glass forms. Students will follow this ephemeral process to make their own unusual pieces. 
  • Dorie Guthrie & Rowan Renee are bringing their two areas of expertise together - kilnforming and ambrotype photography. Experimental kilnformed glass will be the base for students' photographs, which they will take and develop at Greenwood Cemetery.
  • Cedric Mitchell (pictured above) combines deceptively simple design with bold color combinations in hot glass. Inspired by his demonstrations, students will experiment with stacking, proportion, and color in this advanced glassblowing course.

For more information about the UrbanGlass summer lineup, or many exciting programs, visit www.urbanglass.org

Glass: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for more than 40 years.