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American Craft Week: Hot Glass Demonstrations

  • North Carolina Glass Center 140C Roberts Street Asheville, NC, 28801 United States (map)

OCTOBER 14th 2017 10 am - 6 pm


10:00 AM FLAMESHOP John Vruwink

Core Forming Glass on the Torch: Core forming was developed in the middle kingdom of Egypt and Mesopotamia around 1500. A core of mud, dung & sand was dipped in molten glass or threads of glass were wound around the core to create a hollow form. This predated glass blowing. John will demonstrate making a core of fine steel wool wrapped around a mandrel covered with bead release to create a small glass vessel.


11:00 FLAME SHOP Tony Prince

Hot Sculpting on the Torch: Tony will demonstrate the use clear borosilicate glass rod to create a large scale tree. 


12:00 - 3:30 FLAME SHOP Jake Sadler 

Dancing with Glass: With ample preparation Jake will demonstrate the process of pulling down hot shop color bar into rods and threads suitable for flame working. Jake will then sculpt dancing figures to be suspended in geometric glass structures showcasing movement and interaction. 



10:00 - 11:30 HOT SHOP Hayden Wilson

Pieced Together: Hayden will demonstrate one of his well known murrine series pieces with a twist. Murrine production first appeared in the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago and was revived by Venetian glassmakers on Murano in the early 16th century. Hayden will create a closed sculptural form as his final murrine piece. 


11:30 - 1:00 HOT SHOP Kathryn Adams

Encalmo: The technique of constructing an object, usually a vessel, by fusing two or more blown glass elements. Kathryn will combine 10 different parts to create one form, her normal work usually includes 2-3 parts. 


1:00 - 2:00 HOT SHOP Joe Nicholson

Goblet: You would expect this to be a small glass to fit a glass of wine, right? Joe plans to create a large-scale goblet complete with color overlays, a stem and foot. This giant goblet will display the importance of timing and teamwork in the hotshop!   


2:00 - 4:00 HOT SHOP Stephanie McCune /Brad Smith

Collaborative Sculpting in the Hot Shop: This is a 2 part demo will include hot sculpting and blown forms. Stephanie will start by sculpting a glass bear while Brad Smith will create a blown glass trash can to create a scene of a bear crawling out of a trash can. 


4:00 - 6:00 HOT SHOP Brad Smith

Living' Large: Brad will create a large blown form with layered colors. This piece would normally be finished in the cold shop but instead Brad will create openings on the piece in the hot shop, revealing the colored layers and giving the appearance of the glass being torn.

Earlier Event: October 1
Make a Pumpkin!
Later Event: November 11
River Arts District Fall Studio Stroll