Course Detail: GLASSINTRO - Introduction to Glassblowing

Course Description
In this eight session entry level course, students will begin learning the foundational skills used in manipulating hot glass.  Emphasis will be placed on safety in the studio and a teamwork approach to working glass.  Students will begin by learning how to properly use the tools and gathering out of the furnace.  We will then learn how to shape the glass using the tools, heat, and gravity to make simple forms such as paperweights and small sculptures.  We will then move on to learning how to blow glass and learn to make tradition vessel forms such as cups and bowls.  No previous experience is required or expected.

This class meets once a week on Fridays at 6:00PM for 8 weeks.  The course consists of 6 instructional sessions and 2 open work-time sessions where the students will get to practice what they've learned in the class.

Classes are limited to six participants. Minimum of four participants.

Class Dates
This class meets once a week for 6 class meetings. In addition, students will be given two out of class blow time sessions. Out of class blow time sessions are an opportunity for students to work with a partner to practice the skills learned in previous classes.

Class Policies
Participants must be 18 years or older. Participants will be required to sign a waiver before beginning the class. Participants must come dressed in close-toed shoes, and natural-fiber clothing. Loose hair must be pulled back. Safety glasses and other equipment will be provided for participants' use. All classes include instruction in basic hot glass and studio safety.

About the GlasStation
ECU's GlasStation, which resides about 15 miles west of main campus in Farmville, NC, is the result of a grassroots effort by The Farmville Group, a volunteer economic development association interested in growing the local economy through the arts. The Allen and Stowe families of Farmville donated a former Gulf gas station to the DeVisconti Trust. ECU leases the GlasStation building from the Trust, and have outfitted the GlasStation with equipment to create a functioning hot glass studio.

Undergraduate and graduate ART classes for ECU students focused on glass blowing and making are regularly offered at the GlasStation. The first glass class began in spring semester, 2017.

All glass classes are led by resident glass artist and ECU faculty member Mike Tracy. Mike received a BFA in glass from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an MFA in glass from Illinois State University. Mike joined the GlasStation and ECU's faculty in January, 2017. His work features both representational and abstract styles.

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