Solid, Liquid, Gas, PLASMA! with Amy Lemaire June 20-24, 2022 Salem Community College Take your sculptures to the next level - add unique light effects with plasma! Over the course of this workshop, participants will design and fabricate a plasma lamp of their own design while learning about the science of gas discharge tubes in a creative environment. We will consider plasma in the contexts of scientific glassblowing, contemporary art and design through a combination of demonstrations, collaboration, and hands-on learning. Topics covered will include tips for sculpting borosilicate glass for plasma, application of phosphors, safety, gas mixtures, adding electrodes, capacitive coupling, and much more. This class meets from 9am to 5pm each day, Monday through Friday, with additional studio time Monday through Thursday, from 5pm to 9pm. Materials for participating in the course are included. If you have specific colors you are interested in working with please bring them with you.
INSTRUCTOR: Amy Lemaire
Additional Course Information
- Participation limited to students 18 years of age and up.
- Lunch is available for an additional fee; $75 for 5-day workshops.
- Classes meet 9 am to 5 pm each day. Students will have additional practice time the first four evenings of the course from 5 pm to 9 pm.
- Materials for participating in the course are included. If you have specific colors you are interested in working with please bring them with you.
- Any work from the final day of the course remaining in a kiln will be available for pick up beginning the following Monday. Students may have finished worked shipped for an additional fee.
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âCancellation and Refund Policies
- Salem Community College is not responsible for non-refundable travel expenses. There is always a chance, due to unforeseen circumstances, that a class could be cancelled unexpectedly. In these instances, refunds on registration will be issued, and Salem Community College will not be responsible for non-refundable travel expenses.
- Classes are subject to a minimum enrollment policy. In the event that we do not meet our minimum enrollment for a course we will refund your purchase. Students will be notified no later than 45 days prior to their class start date if their workshop is subject to cancellation due to enrollment.
- Student cancellation/refund policy- Cancellations made more than 45 days prior to the start of the class are subject to a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations made 2 weeks prior to the start of a course will receive a 50% refund for the registration fee. Cancellations within 2 weeks of the course are not eligible for a refund.
Wild Thing, You Move ME! with Michael Flechtner 2022 Pilchuck Glass School Learn how to design and fabricate two- and three-dimensional neon-tube artworks and animate them! Bring movement to your work by mechanically manipulating the tubes, or by lighting them sequentially using electronic animators. Demonstrations will include design and construction techniques for support structures using wood, Plexiglas, glass tubing, along with neon tubes. We will cover instruction on how to create and read electrical schematics, as well as how to work with high-voltage power supplies, mounting hardware, wiring, and insulators.
Michael Flechtner works and lives in Van Nuys, California. He has always worked with electricity and colored light. Flechtner earned a BFA and an MFA in sculpture before learning to fabricate neon tubes. He often makes 3D neon forms, and many of his artworks are animated, either through electrical switching of the neon tubes or actually moving them. Humor and wordplay are often components of his artwork, and Flechtner designed the Celebrate! Forever Stamp, the first USPS stamp to feature neon as the design.
Skill Level: E / ALL LEVELS
Intermediate: 2-4 years of frequent practice in the technique(s) listed.
Advanced: 5+ years of frequent practice in the technique(s) listed.
All Levels: Encompasses all of the above; all are welcome
You must be at least eighteen years of age by the first day of the session for which you are registered. Certain courses may require students be at least twenty-one years of age by the first day of the session.
Go beyond neon. Learn the magic of sculpture with light in glass forms using gas plasma. Capture the Aurora Borealis in a bottle! â This class is for anyone who would like to create glass sculpture with dynamic light using a uniquely developed glass solder. Experience with neon, plasma or glass is not required but is highly recommended. The focus of the class is on the creation of suitable containers from existing ""soft"" glass objects. A uniquely developed glass solder will be demonstrated that enables even a beginner to create glass with plasma light sculptures. This glass solder allows the use of utilitarian manufactured glass items as well as assembly of studio blown, cast, and slumped glass shapes to serve as vessels for the plasma. Fused together, basic forms can be transformed into transcendent and mesmerizing glass with dynamic light sculptures.
INSTRUCTOR: Ed Kirshner
Ed Kirshner studied architecture and sculpture at Cornell University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Oskar Kokoschka School in Austria.
He studied glass art at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, as well as at Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, and North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland.
Watch | in the form of neon
Time: 9:00 AM To 5:00 PM, Additional Studio Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
This class is for anyone who would like to create glass sculpture with dynamic light using a uniquely developed glass solder. Experience with neon, plasma or glass is not required but is highly recommended. The focus of the class is on the creation of suitable containers from existing ""soft"" glass objects. A uniquely developed glass solder will be demonstrated that enables even a beginner to create glass with plasma light sculptures. This glass solder allows the use of utilitarian manufactured glass items as well as assembly of studio blown, cast, and slumped glass shapes to serve as vessels for the plasma. Fused together, basic forms can be transformed into transcendent and mesmerizing glass with dynamic light sculptures.
Skill Level: INTERMEDIATE
The class will serve to help enhance your experience using gas plasma light in your glass art. You will learn to prepare the glass forms for the solder, how to kiln fire them, how to create dynamic plasma effects using modified neon manifold, and the special electronics involved in plasma sculpture.
In this hot shop class, we will be learning both traditional neon techniques as well as a myriad of soft glass plasma techniques. By alternating between neon and plasma processes, we will blur the lines between these two related crafts. We will be making lots of things! Many of the techniques we will be covering require a bit of trial and error. Some failure is inevitable when learning. By learning and experimenting with a variety of techniques, you will have plenty of tools to use when making neon and plasma ideas.
Registration Opens Dec. 1
Time: 9:00 AM To 5:00 PM, Additonal Studio Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00PM
Instructor: James Akers
James Akers is an artist, educator, blue collar worker and CEO with an explosive approach to making.
Akers graduated from Alfred University in 2015 with an addiction to glass, neon, and electricity. Thriving on change and fascinated by waves of all kinds: sound, light, and electricity, he is captivated by the notion of âthe wild oneâ and people doing things they are not supposed to. Akers has shown his work internationally, been the recipient of public art commissions has received numerous awards and grants for his practice and is the is Chief Executive Officer of Cold Cathode Compact Fluorescent Light Company.
Currently, Akers is based in Brooklyn, New York where together with my partner, Ali Feeney, they run a neon fabrication company called Nebula Neon.
For me, neon provides the eye-grabbing glow of a screen in a three dimensional, shapeable, sculptural, linear glow. I add various modified consumer electrical circuits to a sculpture to expand and give it additional attributes. "
We will be making lots of things! Many of the techniques we will be covering require a bit of trial and error. Some failure is inevitable when learning. By learning and experimenting with a variety of techniques, you will have plenty of tools to use when making neon and plasma ideas.
To allow for maximum time in the studio we will have neon demos in the morning, slide lectures after lunch, with plasma demos, filling, and student work time in the evening.
Our demonstrations will include basic neon tube bending, sealing on electrodes, using glass solder connections, and leak repairs. We will also be making shapes in the hot shop for reworking with torches.
Lectures include examples of both neon and plasma and where they overlap, aesthetic and functional consideration for making plasma works. We will go over rules for making both neon and plasma.
You should expect to create simple neon shapes and see firsthand the luminous differences between neon and plasma. You will also be creating sculptures using blown glass shapes in the hot shop that are turned into plasma with flameworking, coldworking and kilnworking techniques.
Skill Level: INTERMEDIATE
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