Design Theory in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish

Date:   September 20-23, 2017 (3½ Days)
Wednesday - Saturday
Tuition:   $925 - includes all materials, use of tools and firings

Richard Parrish is an exceptional artist and teacher. Helios students who attend any one of his classes almost universally sign up for the others.

Class Description

This class will investigate fundamental principles of design that are common to all forms of art, design, architecture and craft, focusing on primary elements of two- and three-dimensional design, principles for ordering these elements, and transformation of the elements into a rich composition.

These principles include systems of ordering and relationships (symmetry and asymmetry, hierarchy, rhythm and repetition, transformation, proportion and scale).

Learn to understand these essential visual elements of design, how they can be manipulated and their role in developing and enriching the artistic concept in finished work.

Design principles will be explored through various drawing and painting media, maquettes and in kilnformed glass, relying primarily on a black and white palette.

The emphasis will be on applying these design elements and principles to your kilnformed glass work. Projects will include two-dimensional and heavy relief projects.

About Richard

Parrish currently owns StudioPOIESIS, an architectural consulting firm in Bozeman, Montana, and Fusio Studio, a kilnformed glass artwork studio creating objects and architectural installations.

His work was selected for the Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Review 27, and he was awarded the American Craft Council Award of Achievement in 2003. In 2016 the prestidous Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York exhibited a solo show focused on Richard's bas relief glasswork.

"As an artist and an architect, I find inspiration in both the human-made environment and in the vast landscape of the American west where I grew up,” says Parrish.

“I am fascinated by the constructed and the natural, which I often express in my work.”

You can see more of Richard's work on his websites: