Mon, July 1
Fri, July 5, 2013


Flame Shop

Difficulty Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


In celebration of the "Lifeforms" competition and exhibition, this class will focus on representation and interpretation of natural forms using borosilicate glass. This type of representation is one of the most traditional types of imagery in lampworked glass from the incomparable Blashka botanical models of the late 19th century to the contemporary sculptural work of such greats as Vittorio Costantini, Kathleen Elliot, Beau Tsai, and Joe Peters. In this class, students will explore basic and advanced techniques in form, color, and texture, and design their own original "lifeforms" to be created under the guidance of the instructor. The class will culminate in the opening of the "Lifeforms" traveling exhibition in the Hodge Gallery at PGC on the last day of the class. 


Robert Mickelsen


Born in 1951 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Robert Mickelsen’s formal education ended after one year of college. He apprenticed with a professional lampworker for two years in the mid-seventies and then sold his designs at outdoor craft fairs for ten years. In 1987, he took a class from Paul Stankard that opened his eyes to the possibilities of his medium. In 1989, he stopped doing craft shows and began marketing his work exclusively through galleries. Since then, his career has taken off. He shows his work in some of the finest galleries in the country and participates in world-class exhibitions each year. His work is exhibited in many prominent collections including the Renwick Gallery of American Crafts at the Smithsonian Institution, the Corning Museum of Glass, The Toledo Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Mint Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village.

He has taught extensively at the major glass schools including Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Pratt Fine Arts, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. He has published numerous technical and historical articles on flameworked glass. He served for six years on the board of directors of the Glass Art Society and was their treasurer and vice-president.

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