Summer Intensive

Mon, June 19
Fri, June 23, 2017


Hot Shop

Difficulty Level


Instructors: Adam Holtzinger + Emrys Berkower

In this class we will explore and discuss various types of cane patterns and how they change and interact with various blown forms. There will be a focus on ratios, color, consistency, and control of pattern. Together, we will look beyond the basic steps of pulling and rolling up cane and closely examine subtle changes in technique and how it can dramatically alter results in patterns. We ask that you come to the class with an open mind, willingness to experiment and appreciation for failure. Some prior cane experience is required.



Emrys Berkower

After receiving a BFA from Alfred University, Emrys has gone on to work as a glass artist and designer. Throughout his career he has focused on adaptations of 17th-century-Italian-glass-making techniques and mid-century modern design practices stemming from Italy and Scandinavia. For over two decades Emrys has worked with artists,

designers and educators to produce a wide range of decorative and functional objects including lighting and sculpture. Emrys concurrently demonstrated, educated and performed glass making at glass institutions including The Corning Museum of Glass, Wheaton Village, and Urban Glass. This focus naturally led Emrys towards an interest in interiors, furniture and lighting design and fabrication and in 2007, he co-founded TOKEN, a New York-based design studio that merges contemporary art and industrial design. In 2015, Emrys founded TOKENLIGHTS in order to focus his attention directly on lighting and table objects.




Adam Holtzinger


After receiving a BFA in Glass from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Adam Holtzinger moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue a career in glass blowing. Since 2003, Adam has taught, lectured and demonstrated glass blowing nationally and internationally at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, Urban Glass, Brooklyn Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Corning Museum of Glass & GlassLab, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, NOCA, 141 Penn Studios, Ohio State University, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Osaka Art University in Osaka Japan and Tama Glass School in Tokyo Japan.

Adam served as head Gaffer for Niche Modern Design from 2003 through August 2014.

Adam currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where he makes custom work for artists, architects and designers.

In late 2015, Adam launched KEEP, a lighting company with partner Susan Spiranovich.

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