Saturday & Sunday, September 23rd & 24th
This class will focus on the Fundamentals of Venetian Glassblowing. This will give you an in depth look at how true Venetian glassblowers approach the material by using heat, gravity, blowing, and centrifugal force to create an object out of glass. The first day will be more about the way you work and less about what you make. The second day will cover blown feet as well as using fin molds to add more character to your work once you have the basics. Class will meet from 9am - 4pm both days. All tools, materials, and lunch will be provided. Price: $325
Russell Started blowing glass in 2002 as an apprentice to Timothy Hochstetter in Bethlehem, CT. After about a year he branched out to work for several different artists in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts, including Pinkwater glass, Luis Scalfani, Kurt Swanson, Belltower Glass, and Peter Greenwood. He also began teaching glassblowing at the New Street Glass Studio at the Worcester Center for Crafts. In 2005 he got a job at Martha's Vinyard Glassworks where he met the Italian Maestro Davide Fuin. Since then he has visited Murano twice a year to observe Davide and his team work as well as help teach classes and work on the team himself. He has also worked with world renowned glass artists such as Fritz Dreisbach, Karen Willenbrink-Johnson, and Pinot Signoretto. Currently Russell is getting his own business off the ground with an emphasis on drinkware.
Nanda Soderberg started blowing glass at the University of Hawaii in 1994 and was instantly struck by the immediacy of the process. Being a skateboarder for much of his life, it was a natural gravitation toward glassblowing. He has always been drawn to activities that are fast paced, require extreme focus, involve a degree of risk and depend upon a specific learned skill set. Blowing glass was a logical fit.
In 1999 Nanda received his bfa in glass and left Hawaii to gain experience working in production glass shops in Seattle and California. In 2005 he moved to Virginia to Study with Jack Wax in pursuit of his masters degree in Art. Since receiving his MFA in 2007, Nanda has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, California State University Fullerton, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Pilchuck Glass School.
Nanda is driven by the idea of taking a found or pre manufactured glass object, something that may have had a single use or is heading to a landfill, and transforming into something that can be used indefinitely. He began his experimentation and research with found glass in graduate school and realized that he was heading into unchartered territory. His passion to work with found glass combined with the possession of a skill set and sensibility of design that only comes from years of study, practice, and experimentation, led to the creation of his business. Currently Nanda works in his studio in Manchester NH. reconfiguring found and pre manufactured glass objects through traditional hot and cold glassworking process