Press Molded Pate de Verre Relief Casting

All Skill Levels 1-week Intensive Class
In this class we will be learning, step-by-step, the process involved in sculpting, molding and firing a press molded pate-de-verre relief panel. Pate-de-verre is a kilncasting technique using granulated glass for the potential to direct color placement in the mold. Press molding is a refractory mold technique where the grains of glass are packed and sandwiched between two sides of a mold. This technique allows for the potential for sculptural imagery on both front and back of the thin-cast panel. We will be getting our inspiration from the city of Pittsburgh. The class will begin with an adventure on location in Pittsburgh where we will be pulling molds directly from city surfaces to include in our sculptures, drawing from the style of assemblage. There will be a strong focus on relief sculpting, incorporating impressions pulled off of the gorilla-style rubber molds made on the first day of class. (The mold material we will be using on our Pittsburgh adventure is quick set and does not damage surfaces.

Class Details


July 15 - July 19 -

Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

Remaining Seats: 4


Tuition: $ 900.00

Scholarship Information

Kiln Shop

  • 950 sq. ft. air conditioned shop
  • Four 2’ x 3’ casting kilns
  • Two 18" x 24" fusing/casting combination kilns
  • Two 20” x 40” fusing kilns
  • Two 24" w x 15" h x 22.5" d front-loading Paragon kilns
  • And more...

About the Instructor(s)

Katherine Rutecki

Katherine Rutecki graduated from the New York School of Art and Design at Alfred University with a BFA in sculpture and received her MFA in glass sculpture at Southern Illinois University. She had been involved in several international group exhibitions taking place at venues such as the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ebeltoft Glass Museum in Denmark, and solo exhibitions in the US, New Zealand, and Europe. Rutecki has work in public collections internationally, and has also taught widely.