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This advanced class is for experienced fusers and is designed to take your glass skills to a new level. You will learn various techniques utilizing the vitrigraph kilns to make stringer and murrine that you will incorporate into three projects.
Day 1 of class you will learn vitrigraph kiln basics including color management, the different techniques for pulling cane and stringer, and recognizing hollows in cane. The rest of the day you will be pulling cane and stringer and begin cutting the cane into murrini for your first project.
Day 2, you will incorporate the cut murrine and sheet glass into a project of your own design. Once the first project is in the kiln, the class will work in teams to pull more stringer for the second project. The second half of the day begins with a discussion designed to simplify the complex appearance of the 3D chevron technique which is the second project. You will design a pattern and arrange your stringer on sheet glass and load it into the kiln for firing.
Day 3 requires the greatest skill level. You will be precisely cutting your 3mm patterned glass into thin strips, and coldworking the strips using the belt sander or lap wheel to ensure edges fit tightly together. You will then thoroughly clean and assemble the strips into a pleasing chevron pattern of your choice.
Day 4 you will have time to finish up the work from Day 3 and then create a third project utilizing sheet glass and leftovers from both the murrine and chevron projects. Projects from Day 3 and 4 will be fired at the end of class.
About our Instructor: Fyodor Zubanov is a physicist who for the past 26 years has used his artistic and technical skills working for Microsoft, and is currently a manager in Microsoft Services. Five years ago he gave his wife a kiln for her birthday. He quickly found glass addictive, and together they started Games of Colors where they create and sell their work. Fyodor constantly studied fusing glass techniques on-line, in books and classes, and finally developed the Chevron Technique. He has written two e-books on his technique and we are fortunate to have him teach at BARN.
Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.