Summer Camp, Anyone? Glass Camp, That Is !
- Summer (And Year-Round) Glass Classes Around The World
Pilchuck, Corning, Istanbul,
Amsterdam! US, Scotland, Italy, Germany! Summer is the time when kids head to summer camp
and glass-aholics dream of studying with rock star glass artists in exotic
places. Opportunties abound in the US and around the world. And don't forget to check the
wonderful classes offered by NCAGG members.
Pilchuck Glass School - Washington
It has become the largest, most comprehensive educational center in the world for artists
working in glass. Its artistic and educational programs take place on a serene fifty four
acre wooded campus fifty miles north of Seattle, WA. NCAGG member Nina Falk took one of their summer sessions in 2006 and says:
Attending the Pilchuck Glass School was definitely the highlight of my summer.
Unlike Penland and Haystack, everyone is doing glass, intensely. Apparently each session
has its own character; mine was very mellow, and I understand the one that followed was
more dynamic. We were welcome to move freely between different classes, and incorporate
different techniques into our projects. Pilchuck is situated on a tree farm with an
amazing view of the water....it's a little paradise, and I recommend it to all glass
Penland School of Craft - North Carolina
It is a national center for craft education located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North
Carolina. Penland has grown to encompass about 400 acres and 41 structures. Over 1,200
people from all over the world come each year seeking instruction in ten craft media
(clay, drawing, glass, metal, photography, printmaking, textiles, wood etc). The school
offers one and two-week classes in the summer and workshops throughout the year. Our own
Liz Mears studied at Penland when she began flameworking and returned to teach there.
NCAGG member Janet Wittenberg attended a two-week
sessional at Penland in the summer of 2010 and says: "I was interested in attending
after learning that the very talented glass artist Alex Gabriel Bernstein, the son of two
glass artists, would be teaching a session in sandcasting, coldworking, moldmaking and
more. We tried out our newly acquired skills in the glass studio. Presentations were held
every evening, as well as parties and gallery openings. There was also an incredible July
4th celebration and a parade of floats made by each studio. Ours was a fire breathing
dragon with glass scales! Penland was a truly worthy educational and cultural
Pittsburgh Glass Center
The first open and comprehensive glass art studio and gallery in Southwestern
Pennsylvania, is a non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting
glass art. PGC invites you to explore their 16,000+ square foot facility housing state of
the art studios in hot glass, flameworking, coldworking, casting and kilnworking! The
Pittsburgh Glass Center was the leading host organization for the 2007 Glass Art
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts - Maine
The school in Deer Isle, ME offers intensive studio based workshops in a variety of craft
media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more.
Programs range from short workshops to three-week sessions and anyone may participate,
from beginners to advanced professionals.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts - Tenessee
It is a nationally renowned center of contemporary arts and crafts
education. Workshops are offered for one and two weeks in the spring and summer, and
one-week and weekends in the fall. Areas of study include: ceramics, fibers,
metals/jewelry, painting, drawing, photography, warm glass, woodturning, woodworking,
sculpture, and book and paper arts. The public is welcome year-round to visit the
schools five galleries, resource center, and bookstore and supply store. Artist
residencies, assistantships, work-study, scholarships, community outreach, conferences,
and music programs contribute to Arrowmonts mission of enriching lives through
NCAGG's experience with Arrowmont has blossomed in the last few years as
several of our members have taught there, including Kari
Minnick, Liz Mears and Liz Braun.
A number of our members enjoyed Brad Walkers Warm Glass conference that was held at
Arrowmont in 2006. NCAGG member Jerre
Davidson writes: I was very fortunate to get to go to both Corning and Arrowmont
for the Warm Glass Weekend in 2007. I did not manage to attend any of the pre- or
post-conference workshops, but enjoyed the company of so many glass fanatics and the
conference presentations very much. The food was excellent and there was lots of it. The
accommodation was a little Spartan and if you ever go I would recommend taking your own
towels! The surrounding countryside in both Gatlinburg and Corning is beautiful and
The Studio of the Corning Museum of
Glass - New York
This is an internationally renowned teaching facility that also offers various residency
and scholarship programs. Instructors from the US and abroad teach at The Studio, sharing
their insight and wisdom. Students at The Studio range in experience from beginning to
advanced, fueled by their passion and desire to create. Classes at The Studio are held
throughout the year. Spring and fall classes typically include ten-week sessions that meet
once per week, weekend sessions, and one-day sessions. Summer and winter classes are
generally one week or two weeks in length. NCAGG member Martin Kremer taught a class in
summer 2010 and again in 2011 along with Kari Minnick.
- Oregon, New Mecixo
The well-known glass manufacturer offers every year a variety of classes and workshops as
well as private custom classes in kilnforming, kilncasting, torchwork and coldwork, taught
by many well-known American and international artists. Classes are held in Portland and
Santa Fe primarily in spring and summer and range from a few hours to a few days. BE also
offers educational material online including many instructional videos.
North Lands Creative Glass
It is situated in Lybster, a small fishing village on the North East Coast of Scotland.
North Lands is open both to glass artists and to painters, sculptors, architects and
designers wishing to explore the technical and artistic potential of glass either on its
own or in combination with other materials. Through its program of summer master classes,
its annual conference and its residencies, North Lands aims to stimulate a lively exchange
of ideas whilst also allowing time for reflection and action in a professional
environment. North Lands was born in the nineties out of a need to create a center of
excellence to stimulate the growing interest in the possibilities of glass as an art form.
Our own Judith Conway has taught at North Lands while
Dave Studley enjoyed taking classes there and Martin Kremer was a resident artist in 2010.
The Glass Furnace -
It offers classes in Instabul taught by international masters including many glass artists
from the US. The director of the school visited NCAGG while he was representing Turkey in
the Smithsonians Silk Road Folklife Festival in 2002. NCAGG Member Nina Falk has a first-hand report from her visit to the school
although she has not yet studied there. She writes: The Glass Furnace is located
outside a small village, in a beautiful peaceful country setting, with completely modern
facilities - studios, gallery, dorms, swimming pool. To get there you need to ride the
boat bus to the end of the line (a good way to see the city) and then take a taxi for
almost an hour! We didn't have a lot of time when we finally reached the school, but it
was worth every minute. Classes are held during the whole summer for multiple sessions,
and teachers and students come from all over the world. Everyone was very friendly and the
fees are much lower than elsewhere, so even with the transportation costs it is not more
expensive than elsewhere. I hope to return someday.
Creative Glass - Switzerland, UK, Austria,
Creative Glass is based in Volketswil, Switzerland, east of Zurich, and has three other
locations in Europe. It offers a large collection of courses in all aspects of glass art.
Our own Judith Conway of Vitrum Studio has taught
there. It started in the 70's as a stained glass studio with supplies and classes and now
offers a wide variety of classes in fusing, flameworking, beadmaking, casting etc., taught
by artists from all over the world.
Pearsons Glass - UK
With three locations in London, Liverpool and East Kilbride, Scotland, the studio offers a
variety of classes in many glass art aspects (fused, stained, beads, jewelry, mosaics
etc), primarily in its Liverpool location. It also offers individual instruction. It
cooperates with art organizations and educational institutions as well as glass
practitioners and internationally renowned artists.
An international art center at the Bavarian town of Frauenau with glass art at its core.
Many courses are offered, primarily in the summer, in glass-cutting and engraving, flat
glass design and glass painting, printing from glass plates, kiln and cast glass, hot
glass at the furnace and lampworking. Frauenau and its museum is part of the so-called Glass Route in Germany, a 200-mile stretch through German towns
with rich glass making traditions. The Route ends at the Passau Glass Museum, and
showcases glass studios, museums and glass making festivals, viewing tours and
Van Tetterode Glassobjects -
This architectural glass studio in Amsterdam offers many workshops in fusing, sand
casting, kiln casting glass blowing, cold-working etc. The workshops are offered mainly in
summer and fall for small groups and last one or two days, while week-long workshops can
cover many techniques.
Miriam Di Fiore Studio - Italy
Diane Cabe recommends Miriam Di Fiore, an Argentinian
artist living in Italy, near Pavia, about 2 hours SE of Milan. Her classes, attended by
students from all over the world, include her own technique of creating landscapes in
glass as well as painting and fusing. Classes are offered from May to September to small
groups and usually last 5 to 8 days and include a free day to explore the area. Miriam Di
Fiore also teaches frequently in the US in many places including Judith Conway's Vitrum Studio.
Glass School - Czech Republic
In 2011 Alan Jaworski visited Pavel Kopriva at the
Glass School in Novy Bor, Czech Republic. Novy Bor historically has been a glass
painting center and also has an excellent program in casting. They're interested
in recruiting foreign students. It's more of a vocational school and
high school for glass, but they seem to be willing to offer customized
National Glass Center
Alan Jaworski also recommends the Spanish National
Glass Center in La Granja San Ildefonso. Among others Sante
Pizzol, a well known Italian glass painter teaches there. You can find a wide variety
of workshops and classes in fusing & slumping, beads, and glassblowing. Check
also their Cursos Monograficos, their short course list.