ten years after....
in the fall of 2009 i will be teaching the concentration in flamework
at Penland School of Crafts
in North Carolina. the fall concentration
is an in-depth course running 5 days a week for 8 weeks. my good friend Theo Keller will be my assistant. i met him ten years ago when He and i took Emilio Santini's concentration at Penland.
Theo has a successful wholesale business producing flameworked glass ornaments and vessels. He has exhibited with Rosen and the ACC for the last 6 years and has had work in over 100 galleries throughout that time. He and i will bring everything we can to the table to fullfill the students and give them the best breadth of experience possible.
Emilio Santini and Paul Stankard will be visiting artists, as well as a yet to be announced surprise visiting artist...
here is a rough outline of what the class will offer:
discussions on the disciplines, lineage, and histories of glass
introduction to glass chemistry, torches, tools, and equipment
demonstrations, hands-on practice, and short assignments in the handling of clear rod and tubing
demonstrations and short assignments utilizing colour in decoration
demonstrations and short assignments practicing advancing technical challenges
debates/discussion on the contemporary state of flameworking
discussions on various ways to arrange a studio and ergonomics of the studio:
demo's, lectures, and slide shows from teachers, assistants, and visiting artists.
-Shane Fero -Emilio Santini -Paul Stankard
field trips to surrounding studios, galleries, museums.
-Shane Fero -Energy Exchange -Harvey Littleton -Blue Spiral
access to teacher handouts and lists of pertinent periodicals, dvd's, manufacture and wholesale catalogs & other reference materials
prepare, manage, and host a small exhibition of work
-lighting -display -lecture/slide show -critique/question and answer