VART2537 Glass Kiln-Forming (1.5 units)
- VART1006 Visual Arts Practice II or any GE-courses offered by AVA
- VART2545 Glass Casting
The course is focused on a set of glass-art techniques related to glass kiln-forming and various related firing methods. This distinctive approach to glass production employs fusible colour glass sheets, frits and powders, as well as window glass and recycled glass. This course focuses on three kiln forming techniques: slumping, fusing, and pâte de verre.
Slumping (660–780°C) transfers a sheet of glass from 2D to 3D, and also from a sketch to an object by slumping it over a ceramic mould to sag in the kiln. The temperature for fusing (750–840°C) is higher than for slumping. Fusing is suitable for making jewellery objects, 2D works, and components for interior designs as well as creating panels for slumping projects. Finally, pâte de verre (700–780°C) is a French term meaning “glass paste” and uses different sizes and colours of glass frits and powders mixed with CMC glue to apply over a mould, then fused together in a kiln. The finished works produced in this technique may be thin as a leaf, detailed as lace, vivid as a flower, or as complex as a large-scale work of art.
The three kiln forming techniques (fusing, slumping and pâte de verre) may be used individually or in conjunction with each other to realise aesthetic concepts and design intentions. Fundamental glass kiln-forming and cold-working techniques will also be taught to facilitate the creation and completion of glass works of art. Students will explore the potential and wide possibilities of kiln-forming techniques while building up the confidence and detail orientation required for accomplished craftsmanship. This course will provide students with excellent craft skills and will contribute to their development in visual arts.
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