Summer Intensives

Mon, June 3
Fri, June 7, 2019


Kiln Shop

Difficulty Level

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate


8 remaining of 8

Instructor: Ashley McFarland

Explore kilnforming through a variety of techniques and the manipulation of temperatures. In this class we will dive deep into our kilns in order to observe and create at 1250F-1600F. Using powders, students will be able to print, mold and shape their glass at the lower end of the temperature spectrum. We will then slump, form and flow up to the higher temperatures through more traditional kiln casting and mold making. Beginners are welcome but more advanced kilnformers will also enjoy this explorative class.

This class is a study of the sculptural formation of kilnformed glass. We will look closely at what is happening in our kilns and discuss how to change the results using temperature, molds and binders. It is amazing what a 25 degree fluctuation in temperature will do! An inquisitive nature and the use of the scientific method will be encouraged.

Please come prepared with imagery in mind to turn in to glass and also 1-2 small found objects.


Ashley McFarland


Ashley McFarland uses her background in psychology and art to create pieces that speak as a whole through the interactions of individual parts. Science and art have always acted as strong, duel forces in her life. The connections and conversations between objects as well as exploratory kilnforming processes have been and continue to be fascinations in her work. Ashley has worked in glass studios in California, Ohio, and currently works at Pittsburgh Glass Center as the Education and Accessibility Manager. She has recently instructed at Pilchuck Glass School and continues to teach casting and coldworking classes at Pittsburgh Glass Center.



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