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Color Theory for Glass: Fear No Color


August 10 - 15, 2020
Kiln Working
One-Week Session

This class will explore color principles, theory, and applications using Bullseye glass and kiln forming techniques. The intent is to increase students’ understanding of color and how it can be used in glass work to enhance the content and increase the beauty of the finished piece. Conventional color theory, which is generally based on opaque or pigmented color, provides the departure point for the class’s explorations in glass. Glass obviously has many qualities that are much different than opaque or pigmented color so our goal is to understand color in terms of the qualities of glass such as transparency, translucency, light reflection and refraction, and depth.

Class content includes a review of color theory and vocabulary, color relationships, color and meaning, color interactions, the development of color palettes, and color as an element of art and design. The class will explore a variety of ways in which the color palette can be expanded, such as by layering colors using sheet and frit. Color nuances such as form, volume, surface texture and gradations will be considered. The class is hands on, making numerous samples with Bullseye glass products, that can be used as reference material in the studio and can be expanded over time. Students will also do a series of exercises developing color palettes and exploring the application of color principles. A final project will provide an opportunity for participants to utilize the knowledge they have gained in the class. Students should have at least one year of kiln working experience.


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Richard Parrish Photo by Rab Cummings

Richard Parrish operates a studio for kiln-glass in Bozeman, Mont., and teaches kiln-forming classes around the world. His glasswork includes speculative work, functional objects, architectural...