The Lampworking Basics class is an introduction to working with the torches and tools available in the Glass Arts Studio. The instructor will demonstrate and then guide you through very basic torchworking skills. You will have time to practice pulling stringer from rod, creating a marble, or just melting glass to create shapes. This class also covers personal safety while operating the torches as well as studio safety and operational policies of the Glass Arts Studio.
Successful completion of this class will allow you to use the torches in the Studio during Monitored or Open Studio Access for your own projects. This is a one afternoon class. Any items left for annealing (heating the glass) can be picked up the next day.
The class is 3 hours long. You are encouraged to bring water and a snack as needed. The material fee (included in the price of class) covers the cost of glass rods and a fresh tank of liquid oxygen.
- Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.
- BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
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William Miller grew up in Virginia and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with his B.F.A. in Craft and Material Studies and a minor in Art History. He was first introduced to glassblowing in VCU's Hot Shop. Seduced by the magic of the material, he has set out on a relentless pursuit to make glassblowing the central focus of his life. He has studied at the Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, and the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass.
Miller utilizes distinct color selections that are layered and blown in the hot shop. Once cool, he cuts and engraves the surface of the glass to create line and texture. The process of carving the glass is slow and meditative, which balances the relative immediacy of its initial creation. This process allows him to build an intimate relationship with each piece, which informs the direction of the cuts and texture that are applied to create unique and visually striking glass objects.
The artist currently resides in Seattle where he works in the vibrant glassblowing community and continues to explore his artistic voice.