Working in Shallow Space with Richard Parrish

Date:   September 25-28, 2017 (3½ Days)
Monday - Thursday
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

Bas relief is found in the art and architecture of all cultures and has existed for thousands of years. It is a kind of carving or sculpture in which the figures are raised or depressed slightly from a flat background to give a three-dimensional effect. Subtle changes in the levels of the surface and the interplay of light and shadow on the planes enable us to see and appreciate the composition.

This class explores the rich possibilities of working in relief in kilnformed glass. Intricate surface relief, texture, color and light interactions are possible in “shallow space.” The workshop will begin with a brief survey of the use of relief in art and architecture throughout history. Simple materials such as fiber paper will be used to create complex forms, shapes and textures.

Sheet glass, frit and powder are the primary glass materials used. Coldworking techniques will be used to create additional textures and to finish the work. Numerous reference samples will be made.

Visit the gallery to see examples of work from this class!

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: