VART2545 Glass Casting (1.5 units)
- VART1006 Visual Arts Practice II or any GE-courses offered by AVA
- VART2537 Glass Kiln-Forming
A unique quality of glass is that it can be transparent, translucent and/or opaque. Such qualities make it possible for glass to express infinite dimensions externally and internally through the light that travels through it and is captured within the material.
Glass casting is an ancient Chinese glass technique that can be dated back to the Warring State (BC 481–221). Today it is the primary glass art technique taught internationally and regionally and is one of the main glass production methods used by artists and designers. Glass casting is also an important technique in creative industries and thus is found in fine art, public art, spatial design and architectural contexts.
This course introduces the essential techniques of glass casting and related cold-working techniques such as grinding and polishing used in finishing the glass object. Students will explore the potential for cast glass artworks, and at the same time build a solid and sufficient knowledge base in glass casting skills and an appreciation for the rigorous attention to detail required for good craftsmanship. This class will encourage the growth of aesthetic understanding, sensitivity to design challenges, and the development of personal creative language.
This course will allow students to develop glass casting craftsmanship through several specialized production techniques. Students will establish their personal creative language through a variety of projects. It will also expose students to the history and development of glass casting and will introduce numerous important examples of glass casting designs and relevant works of art.
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