Pâte de Verre with Linda Ethier
|Date:||March 11 - 15, 2017 (5 Days)
Saturday - Wednesday (10 AM - 6 PM each day)
|Class Size:||10 students|
|Tuition:||$1100 - includes all materials, use of tools and firings|
Linda Either is widely considered one of the pioneers of kiln cast glass and with good reason.
A key contributor to the Pacific Northwest's historical rebirth fused glass in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Linda has completed both private and public commissions that few other glass artists would dare to attempt.
No resume, though, can speak to an artist's capabilities as convincingly as their work. Linda's beautiful, evocative, and technically stunning cast glass sculptures tell you instantly that she is a true master. Over the years we've also observed first hand that she is also an exceptional teacher.
Pâte de verre is an ancient glass casting technique using finely crushed glass packed into negative molds and kiln fired to create sculptural objects with subtle luminosity. The technique allows the artist to control color placement, shading and degree of translucency unique to this casting process.
This 5 day, hands-on class will introduce students to the many possibilities of working sculpturally using pâte de verre. Students will create original, full size, 3 dimensional sculptures or vessels to be cast into glass, build a refractory mold, make color and texture samples, pack the mold with their choice of colors based on the samples, and fire the project. The class will cover:
- Designing for pâte de verre; low relief, high relief
- Effects of particle size and temperature on glass
- Making and managing color samples
- Various refractory mold materials options
- Mold making techniques; poured/block molds, shell molds, multiple part molds for pâte de verre
- The mysteries of sprues, vents, reservoirs, and crucibles explained
Students will make 2 projects and several samples.
Known for her pioneering, innovative work with fused and kiln cast glass, Linda Ethier has been working in glass since 1969. She has created numerous public art commissions and successfully balances her career as an exhibiting artist with innovative, site specific glass works for public spaces.
Career highlights include:
- Guest Lecturer, Vetroricerca Glas
- Lecturer, Glass Art Society (GAS) Conference 2004
- Contributor, Pâte de Verre and Kiln Casting of Glass by Fenton and Kervin
- Instructor, Kilnformed Glass, Pacific NW College of Art
- Guest Instructor, with Ludwig Schaffrath, Staatlichen Academy, Germany
- Pilchuck Glass School, Teaching Assistant with Sidney Cash
- Sculptural Glass, Camp Colton Glass Program, Colton, OR
- Sculptural Glass, Creative Glass Co., Zurich, Switzerland
- Numerous private and public commissions including: University of Rochester, Tuality Hospital, University of Oregon, and the Portland Center for the Perfuming Arts
More of Linda's work and her complete resume are available on her website: www.lindaethier.com.