September 8-12, 2017
Will be taught by Nikki O’Neill
Cost: $900.00 US – Includes all materials
Class Info: Corallite Creations: Forming with Powder, Molds, and Flame
This class is typically taught in 2 parts, but for the first time, Nikki will be combining both classes into this special 5 day workshop. Nikki will reveal her methods of layering and manipulating dry powder to create organic forms suggestive of underwater sea life.
In the first day of the workshop you will gain an understanding of how heat and surface tension work together with powder placement resulting in coral-like structure. The effects achieved are highly dependent on several variables that will be discussed and taught in class.
This workshop will investigate designs and methods to create kiln formed vessels and sculptures that reference the rich colors and forms of imaginary reef creatures and habitats. We will primarily use dry glass powders to create pierced disks and shapes that have large, small, irregular and reticulated openings and fissures. Students will make several vessels, samples, components, and sculptures. Powder is an extremely versatile material, and with multiple firings, design and texture can be applied to the top and bottom glass surfaces as well as to internal edges. Students will gain a thorough understanding of how heat, mass, surface tension, gravity, and the inherent properties of a glass work together with mark making to create patterns and designs. Some of the small and large corallites will be finished pieces, and some may be combined with additional components to make more complex sculptural work. We will make components from layered stringers, thin glass, and powder dough, that suggest sea anemone, seaweed, and sea sponge forms. Final shapes will form by slumping or sagging using creative mold materials. Adhesives and professional mounting hardware will be thoroughly covered and demonstrated.
Everything you need to know about firing, finishing, and hanging your pieces will be covered in this class. Students will then learn to assemble their component creations to design uniquely interesting, beautiful, and colorful imaginary sea life sculptures!