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Instructors: Janis Miltenberger and Susan Taylor Glasgow
Lampworking is a wonderful technique to create components that can be combined to form both functional and non-functional sculpture. This will be a directed class with the purpose of creating a chandelier. We will begin with a blank chandelier, wiring intact, and during the course of the class you will build the glass components to embellish the chandelier frame.
In class you will establish basic skills of how to make well-built solid work. Through daily class demonstrations, individual instruction and practice, you will gain skill. We will be using clear and colored Borosilicate glass, a torch and hand tools. We will bend, reconfigure and shape both thin and thick glass rods and blow hollow tubing. Components, may be sandblasted, painted and coldworked depending on your needs. Students should have experience with small tube blown vessels.
Note: There is an additional materials fee of $100 chandelier hardware, payable directly to the instructor at the start of class.
Janis Miltenberger has been working with hot glass for 35 years. Initially apprenticing with Richard Marquis, she then concurrently studied with both Marvin Lipofsky at California College of Arts and Crafts and Ceramics and Ron Nagel at Mills College CA.
Several years later she had the opportunity to explore lampworking at Pilchuck Glass School, in Washington state. Over the course of three summers, she had the privilege of studying with; Susan Plum, who introduced her to working with Borosilicate glass, James Minson, who has an innate knowledge of the medium and lastly Cesare Toffolo Rossit. She thinks it was Cesare who resonated with her style, using the hot glass tools that were already familiar to her. These summers became a pivotal turning point in her relationship with glass.
She finds torch work more autonomous than furnace work, the solitude allowing her to focus. Working alone has helped her define her voice, recognize what it is she wants to narrate and share.
Susan Taylor Glasgow
Opening a dressmaking shop, Susan Taylor Glasgow owned and operated “On Pins & Needles” from 1984 to1997 in both Iowa City, Iowa and Columbia, Missouri. In 1997 Susan sold her dressmaking shop to pursue her original interest in art, focusing on glass. Utilizing her skills as a seamstress, Susan developed a unique approach to glass, stitching glass components together. Combining this "woman's work" in non-traditional mediums to create complex forms and imagery, Susan explores the dichotomy of women and societal expectations.
Susan Taylor Glasgow has work in the permanent collections of several national and international museums, including the Chrysler Museum, Carnegie, Imagine, USA, and the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, GE. She is represented by Heller Gallery, NYC, and Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, MI