Jaime Guerrero, Ed Kirshner
Instructors: Jaime Guerrero and Ed Kirshner
This unique class is intended for experienced glass blowers who would like to learn to include dynamic gas plasma light within their glass forms. The instructors, Jaime Guerrero and Ed Kirshner, have collaborated over the years to combine their skills to create intriguing plasma sculptures. The blown glass forms most suited for different plasma effects will be demonstrated. The equipment, techniques, gasses and electronics needed to fill and illuminate these blown glass forms will then be shown. You will be advised on the vessels you blow and helped to process and fill your glass forms to create plasma illumination within them. Methods and technical considerations for mounting and electrifying the pieces will be explained for standalone work and work to be incorporated as components in larger sculptures. You should have at least an intermediate skill level for studio blown soft glass. No previous experience with neon, plasma or electronics is required but would be helpful. There will also be an attempt as part of this class to experiment with new plasma effects based on alternative blown glass forms developed by you and instructors.
Note: There will be an additional materials fee of $100 for a power supply, payable directly to the instructor at the start of class.