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Day 1-4: 10am – 5pm | Day 5: 12pm – 4pm
with Richard Parrish
“I am fascinated with the richness that results from pattern making and the color variations that are possible. There is a mathematical aspect to pattern making that appeals to my interest in structure and order.” – Richard Parrish
This new class by Richard Parrish, Beyond Tapestry, picks up where his highly popular Tapestry class left off. The class begins with a review of the essential principles of Tapestry and then moves into new processes and projects using similar parts sheets as those used for Tapestry. Participants will explore several ways to cut and assemble strips and shapes to create rich patterns and visual texture to use in their own fused glass work.
Workshop participants will make several sample pieces as they explore the vast potential of working with pattern sheets, including methods for cutting the sheet, on edge strip construction, thick layered blocks, and slumping and forming methods. Color, opacity and transparency will be considered also. Many of the techniques in this class can be adapted and used with other patterned glass.
Each person will develop her/his own patterns through sketching and mock-ups. Techniques will be explored and developed as needed to achieve these patterns including multiple firings; cutting and reassembling; slumping; and coldworking and finishing.
Skills: participants will cut many strips and shapes from fused parts sheets that are approximately 4 mm thick. Glass cutting skills are needed. Ideally, students will have taken the Tapestry class previously.