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Brazee Street Studios

What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish

$ 825.00

What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish
What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish
What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish
What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish
What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish
What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish
What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish
What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish
What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish
What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish
What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish

Brazee Street Studios

What's the Big Idea? Making and Meaning in Kilnformed Glass with Richard Parrish

$ 825.00

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Wednesday, October 28 - Sunday, November 1, 2020

10/28 - Day 1: 10am - 5pm
10/29 - Day 2: 10am - 5pm
10/30 - Day 3: 10am - 5pm
10/31 - Day 4: 10pm - 5pm
11/1 - Day 5: 10am - 4pm


Brazee is thrilled to welcome back internationally recognized glass artist and instructor, Richard Parrish! Looking to expand your own artistic language? Already studied with Richard and want to learn more? Become the artist you always wanted to be in this brand new workshop offered at Brazee for the first time. 

How often have you asked yourself "how do I find my 'voice' and express what in my artwork? Or thought, "I don't know where to start.". This class is an opportunity to start to figure out what you want to express in your work and how to make that artwork. Its a chance to start to make work that is your own, not just derivative of the techniques that you have learned or the things that other people are making in fused glass. Its a chance to start to take your work to a higher level.

The class will explore ways of thinking about the artwork that we do and the development of the work with a strong, clear intent and content. We will consider idea based approaches, and making work that is meaningful and well crafted. We will consider why we make objects and the importance of the object. A series of exercises, including words, drawings, modeling, and sample making help us clarify and express our ideas in kilnformed glass.

Participants will investigate how an initial idea develops into a comprehensive series of studio glass work. The workshop follows an initial germ of an idea through idea development, design, and technical solutions to resolution and possibly a cohesive body of work. The intention is to understand where ideas come from, how an idea grows into resolved artwork, and how the technique of making that object in glass comes from the initial ideas.

Unlike many workshops that are primarily technique driven, this workshop starts with ideas and then utilizes needed techniques to bring the idea to fruition. While no specific technique will be taught, many will be used as needed to develop individual work.

The class is based on a belief that work that begins with ideas and this is supported by design and technical knowledge will be stronger, more personal, and more original. Participants should have a basic knowledge of kilnforming techniques, a desire to find their voice in their work, and the willingness to question, experiment, and explore.  

Background: This workshop draws heavily on Richard's experience as an architect and educator in architecture and design. It draws on my education at Cranbrook Academy of Art and on my experience and approaches in my artistic practice. It is informed by Professional-Artist-in-Residence programs that Steve Klein and I have organized and facilitated at Pilchuck Glass School, at North Lands Creative in Caithness, Scotland, in the far north of Norway, and in the high desert of New Mexico.


Basic knowledge and experience in kilnformed glass required.

We will take a lunch break during class each day. Bring your own, or order Sleepy Bee Cafe during class and we will bring it to you!

To register, select workshop starting date and time above.




Richard Parrish operates a studio for kiln-glass in Bozeman, Montana. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. His art work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York and in a group exhibition at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, both in 2016.

Richard has taught architecture and design at The University of Michigan and Montana State University. He teaches classes in kiln-glass nationally and internationally, focusing on the visual elements of design; color theory; and inspiration, meaning and intent.

To see more of Richard's work, visit fusiostudio.com


Students must wear closed-toed shoes in the studio.

Cancellation Policy: Please be sure you can attend class at time of registration. 24 hour notice required to keep payment as CREDIT to be used towards another class. All sales final, no refunds.