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Instructor: Amanda Simmons
In this introductory class in kilnformed vessels, you will learn to create tall thin vessels while experimenting with opaque and transparent colors to create new tones and subtle color blending. Amanda will teach you how to build the flat blanks taking into consideration mass, heat, time, color and opacity. We will investigate more ways of working with color and the opacity of glass to produce a few color samples to widen your palette and for research for your next vessel designs. The class will also include some engraving experiments to build component parts for the vessel blanks.
We will look at all the ways to coldwork your glass vessel to finish it such as cutting, grinding, hand lapping, engraving and sandblasting. These are all techniques that continue the creative design process to change the form of the piece to give the vessel an identity, while giving it stability.
There will be presentations throughout the course of the development of Amanda’s work using this technique, challenging the use of color and cameo engraved work. Amanda will give guidelines for firing schedules for all projects and suggest starting points for larger projects. You will go home with at least 2 small finished vessels, color samples and a blank to try at home.
Amanda Simmons received a Postgraduate Certificate in Glass and Architecture from Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design in London. In 2005, she relocated to Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, where she currently lives and works. Amanda makes kiln formed glass vessels, playing with gravity in the kiln. Manipulating mass, heat, colour and time she aims to create complex, elusive work that has intense colour and pattern which reacts to the light it is placed in. The pieces are finished using many cold working processes to shape and mark the glass including sandblasting, hand lapping, diamond point and wheel cameo engraving.