In this class, we will work sculpturally in the flame, and you’ll create mask beads and other stylized faces. This class will allow you to hone your sculptural skills, using inspiration from African masks as a starting point. We’ll decorate these mask shapes with various types of powders, including reduction powders and enamels, as well as a few non-glass elements. As time permits, we will explore classic ancient vessel shapes. You’ll have lots of time to play with the endless decorative possibilities that powders can create. The result will be beads that look like artifacts that have been dug up from an archeological dig. We’ll discover the transformational power of masks, revealed in the flame, one bead at a time.
This class is an introduction to the exciting process of hot glass sand casting in order create solid glass sculptures. The casting process involves the creation of open-faced temporary molds made by pressing objects into sand, preparing the mold for the casting process, and then pouring a ladle of molten glass from the furnace into the mold. In addition sand casting in the hot shop, students will spend time in the flame shop creating small torch-worked glass components that can be added to the castings to create colorful and delicate details. Some experience working with flameworking or glass blowing is recommended. Students will receive information from the instructors prior to class regarding what they’ll need to bring to the workshop.
Janice loves to teach classes in glass beadmaking and glass sand casting. Email her about teaching a class in your area. jp (at) janicepeacock.com
Join Janice for an intermediate glass beadmaking workshop at Snow Farm in Western Mass. It's her only east coast class this year!