Summer Intensives

Mon, May 27
Fri, May 31, 2019


Cold Shop

Difficulty Level

All Skill Levels


5 remaining of 6

Instructor: Pavel Novak 

Using solid blocks of glass you will experiment with many aspects of coldworking: cutting with the diamond saw, grinding with silicon carbide grit, diamond wheels, polishing wheels as well as the use of horizontal mill wheels and vertical lathes. You also will learn the Hextal lamination process to join glass elements as well as other bonding techniques such as UV glue. Pavel will give several demonstrations of cutting, gluing, sandblasting, and also grinding optical glass in various sizes from large-scale sculpture to very small scale for jewelry. The main focus will be how to mix color pigments with Hextal glue to create color laminations. You may want to have a body of work or concepts that you wish to evolve or explore.


Pavel Novak

Pavel Novak was born and raised in the Czech Republic, a country with a long tradition of beautiful glass made with impeccable craftsmanship. His sculpture and jewelry are made from the highest grade of optical glass, which is ground, polished, laminated, colored, and sand blasted. Pieces that will become jewelry are also combined with sterling silver that has been hand fabricated. Every piece is one of a kind, and is the result of hours of labor.

When designing his line of jewelry, he was challenged to integrate his glass with sterling silver while maintaining the integrity of each material. Pavel is not interested in setting the glass on top of the metal in a traditional stone setting, but integrating the two materials to form a whole. His work is inspired by clean geometric shapes. His pieces feature bold colors and crisp lines that optically reflect on themselves and refract light creating kaleidoscopic results. Pavel ultimately seeks a balance of symmetry and asymmetry, positive and negative space, as well as shape and color.



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