Coldworking is a subtractive way of altering and sculpting glass once it is cold. This process can be anything from seaming edges on glass plates to completely transforming the identity of a hot-formed object.
We will learn, in-depth, different approaches to the belt sander, wet saw, and hand lapping, and discuss the potential of each technique. We will learn how to bring rough ground surfaces to a full polish and talk about the aesthetic possibilities of leaving a surface matte.
We will also cover glass glues and their possibilities in an artist’s work.
The class will include a safety talk and demos on each machine. We will walk through the rules of what tool to use for what purpose and have time on the machines to get our projects moving.
Then we will focus on becoming familiar with each machine and have an opportunity to ask for specific demos and tips. Students will gain the most from this class if they come with some of their own glass and a plan or some sketches on the potential alterations they are interested in making.
Instructor: Jeff Miller
Educated in architectural design and extensively experienced in the use of power tools, retirement affords Jeff to explore ways to improve the predictability of glass design and woodworking projects.
Both during initial cutting and fabrication of glass projects and final finishing of fired pieces the studios power tools can greatly enhance the beauty and usefulness of your design.
The coldworking class will include many tips and techniques that help to make students more comfortable and skilled at successfully finishing projects.