Form: “…by which shape is determined, as distinguished from the material of which it is composed, giving it individuality and a distinctive character”.
The aim of this 7-day class is to achieve a “sublime form”. The process is to discard the superfluous and to identify and develop a personal concept. The result will be a form that is the simple expression of a complex thought and students will be encouraged to adopt a sculptural approach to their work – a search for form and push their glass in a new direction rather than master a technique. In order to develop your aesthetic and conceptual perspective, while negotiating the technical challenges of deep-slumping into 3-step ceramic moulds, we will begin with an introductory presentation given by Karl, early on the first morning of class. Students will challenge themselves further by designing a piece of work made of only two colours of reactive opalescent Bullseye sheet glass, with mark-making realised through the application of accessory glasses such as frits, powders, confetti and stringers.
Discussions, power point presentations by all, and technical talks will encourage and enable students to expand their ideas once outside the classroom. Students are requested to bring along their own hand-tools if possible, note-pad and pen, a camera and a piece of work which best illustrates their style.
The participants on this course will need to have a level of experience which will allow them to get the most out of the course. If you feel comfortable cutting and handling glass and want to use this class to expand your knowledge, please apply.
After teaching his workshop Karl will continue on at North Lands Creative for two weeks working on a personal development residency. Karl will be using this time to research and create a body of work that is influenced by the Landscape and people of Caithness in general and the village of Lybster in particular. An area he has come to feel part of during his long and ongoing connection with North Lands.
Applications are juried. Please follow the application instructions below.
If you are applying for an event where an application is required, you will be asked to upload a CV & 3 images of work (preferably as a ZIP file) at the checkout page. You will not be charged the class fee until we confirm if your application was successful.