This class will introduce a combination of casting and pate de verre techniques in order to translate the surface quality and form of ready-made and hand-sculpted objects into transparent and opaque glass. Students will learn from the ground up how to work with polyurethane rubber to create simple open-face mother molds, clay sculpting, wax assemblage and refractory mold making. Kiln firing, programming, annealing and cold working will be covered, giving students a comprehensive overview of all facets of the glass-making process.
This is a class for beginners.
Joanna Manousis is a British–American artist working in glass and mixed media. Her work has been recognized with nominations for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and a Bombay Sapphire Award Nomination for 'Excellence in Glass' as well as the Margaret M. Mead Award and the Hans Godo Frabel Award. Manousis has received support from internationally recognized residency programs including the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Corning Museum of Glass, New York; and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France. Her work has been exhibited at Design Miami and Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland; FOG Art + Design, San Francisco; the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark; and the British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge, England.
She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Alfred University, New York, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art–Glass from The University of Wolverhampton, England. Manousis has worked, studied and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.