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The Corning Museum of Glass is temporarily closed as we do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. All previously scheduled classes, events, and programs are cancelled until further notice.

Glassmaking Classes at The Studio

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Thinking Outside of the Sandbox


September 7 - 12, 2020
Sand Casting
All Levels
One-Week Session

This fast-paced workshop will take you beyond basic sand casting. Explore a variety of techniques with focus on the ‘rigid-sand’ molds, using binders as a tool to take sculptural ideas to the next level with hot glass casting.

This rigid-sand moldmaking technique has advantages for the student or professional: versatility, speed, storage, and scale. Casting demonstrations will explore a variety of alternative techniques like inclusions, bubbles, the use of torches, and color to finesse the pouring of liquid glass. Students will use a variety of mold materials like wood, graphite, wax, metal, and rubber to achieve creative surfaces. Students will blow glass in the hot shop to create inclusions and sand mold-blown sculptures. Experimentation will be encouraged with an educated understanding of the limitations of the materials.

There will be discussions of the use of cast glass in large-scale sculpture and public art, annealing, finishing techniques, paints, patinas, gold leaf, adhesives, and an overview of the basics of grinding and polishing. Students will be encouraged to explore the interior and exterior beauty of hot cast glass and how to make the magic happen. Annealing times may vary for some works and shipping arrangements for completed projects may have to be arranged. All skill levels are welcome.


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Susan Gott - Photo Credit George Blanchette

Susan Gott has worked in glass for more than 30 years and creates one-of-a-kind, cast glass sculpture that incorporates steel, copper, and stone. Her works embody her interest in mythological...