August 23, 2011

Glassblowing class welcomes community members

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Glassblowing must surely be one of the most dramatic art forms at the creation stage, what with fire, glowing hot and weirdly expandable glass, and a trumpet-looking device with someone blowing a glass balloon.

Those who’d like to get in on the art-creating action might consider the open-to-the-community studio glassblowing class offered by the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale this fall.

The course meets Saturdays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pulliam Hall Industrial Wing, Room 112.  The registration fee is $280, and the deadline is Aug. 31.  Participants must be 17 years old or older.

This is a beginning level class.  Students learn their way around the glassblowing studio, including basic equipment and tools, and the properties of molten glass.  Students learn as they create, including learning to blow and shape glass.  As the course progresses, students will also work with colored glass.

Jiyong Lee, assistant professor of glass at SIUC, said the glassblowing class presents the program with another way to reach out to the Southern Illinois community, in addition to exhibitions, visiting artists and events such as the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

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