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What’s The Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish

  • $487.50


Richard wants to know how often you’ve asked yourself "How do I find my 'voice' and express that in my artwork?", or thought, "I don't know where to start." This workshop is an opportunity to start to figure out what you want to express in your work and how to make that artwork. It's a chance to start to make work that is your own, not just a derivative of the techniques that you have learned or the things that other people are making in kilnformed glass. It's a chance to start to take your own work to a higher level and begin to create your unique style.

This workshop will explore new ways of thinking about the artwork that we do and then developing that work with strong, clear intent and content. We will consider idea based approaches, and making work that is meaningful and well crafted. We will consider why we make objects and the importance of the object. A series of exercises, including words, drawings, modeling, and sample making, help us clarify and express our ideas in kilnformed glass.

Participants will investigate how an initial idea develops into a comprehensive series of studio glass work. The workshop follows an initial germ of an idea through idea development, design, and technical solutions to resolution and possibly to a cohesive body of work. The intention is to understand where ideas come from, how an idea grows into resolved art work, and how the technique of making that object in glass comes from the initial ideas.

Unlike many workshops that are primarily technique driven, this workshop starts with ideas and then utilizes needed techniques to bring the idea to fruition. While no specific technique will be taught, many techniques will be used as needed to develop individual work.

This is all based on the belief that work which begins with ideas, and that is supported by design and technical knowledge, will be stronger, more personal and more original.

Participants should have a basic knowledge of kilnforming techniques, a desire to find their voice in their work, and a willingness to question, experiment and explore.

Spend 10 days with Richard! This is the first of 2 back-to-back workshops he will be teaching at The Underground. The other offering is ‘Working in Shallow Space’. March 12-15.

March 17-21, 2022

Day 1-4, 10am-5/6pm  Day 5, 10am-4pm

All glass and materials are included in this class. Either bring lunch, or we will order out and pick up for you!

If you'd like more information before registering for this class online, feel free to call us at 732-384-7504

50% deposit holds your spot! You will be invoiced for the balance 45 days before the workshop.

This workshop draws heavily on Richard’s experience as an architect and as an educator in architecture and design. It draws on his education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and on his experiences and approaches in his artistic practice. It is informed by Professional-Artists-in-Residence programs that he and Steve Klein  have organized and facilitated at Pilchuck Glass School, at North
Lands Creative in Caithness, Scotland, in the far north of Norway, and in the high desert of New Mexico.


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