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Working in Shallow Space. Bas Relief in Kiln-Glass with Richard Parrish

In this workshop, participants will investigate the physical and conceptual issues of surface and subsurface in kiln-glass. You’ll explore the rich possibilities of working in bas relief using simple materials such as fiber paper to create complex forms, shapes and textures. Intricate surface relief, texture, color and light interactions are possible in “shallow space”. Subtle changes in the levels of the surface and the interplay of light and shadow on the planes enable us to see and appreciate the composition. Cold working techniques remove layers and expose that which is below the surface.

Students will work primarily with ceramic fiber materials, sheet glass and glass frit and powder to create individually conceived projects in bas relief. Exercises will help participants identify individual interests and ideas to create a final piece.

Bas relief is found in the art and architecture of all cultures and has existed for thousands of years. It is a kind of carving or sculpture in which the figures are raised or depressed slightly from a flat background to give a three-dimensional effect. Subtle changes in the levels of the surface and the interplay of light and shadow on the planes enable us to see and appreciate the composition.

March 28-31, 2025


There will also be a dinner hosted by Meryl Raiffe, filled with fun and games!

There are 4 rooms available for rent at Meryl’s house! If you are interested, please let us know in the comment field at check out.

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.


Richard Parrish operates a studio for kiln-glass in Bozeman, Montana. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. His work was selected for the Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Review 27 and 38. He was featured in a solo exhibition at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York and in a group exhibition at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, both in 2016. 

Richard has taught architecture and design at The University of Michigan and Montana State University. He teaches classes in kiln-glass internationally, focusing on the visual elements of design; color theory; and inspiration, meaning and intent.

Richard’s glasswork includes speculative work; functional objects; and architectural installations and design elements.



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