[PA-NJ Glassblowers] Don Gonzalez - Glassblowing and Casting Workshops
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Mon Dec 24 14:17:44 EST 2012
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- Tony Patti
From: Don Gonzalez [mailto:gonzalez_6007 at msn.com]
Sent: Monday, December 24, 2012 1:04 PM
Subject: FW: GLASSBLOWING AND CASTING WORKSHOPS
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYBODY!
Yes, the workshops announcement is late! Echo Beach got a visit from
hurricane sandy and we had a lot of damage. Many big old trees fell, one of
them crushing my car and destroying the Glass studio roof, another crushing
our brand new sheep house! We now have the roof replaced and I can offer
some workshops to help defray the cost of the new roof and propane the Glass
furnace consumes. Also, much of the Glass at my website
www.dongonzalezglass.com is available for purchase. There is an e-mail
link there to contact me. And I have over 500 pieces of Vintage Murano Glass
at my home/studio, some of these quite important and available for purchase.
I am now a specialist in 20th century Italian Glass. I spend 2 months each
year now in Venice/Murano, in a professional capacity, and this has greatly
influenced my design. I have much to share regarding my experiences in
Italy. Just know that if you come to one of my workshops you will hear a
lot about Italian Glass and Venice!
Gift certificates are available if you want to give a gift of Glassblowing.
GLASSBLOWING and GLASS CASTING WORKSHOPS
Week-end glassblowing and glass-casting workshops will be offered at the
hot glass studio of Don Gonzalez this coming spring. Glassblowing workshops
will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm. Students will
acquire a hands-on working knowledge of glassblowing. Basic control of the
glass and several shapes and color application techniques will be covered.
Each 2-day workshop will have four students and the cost is $250 per person.
You will leave with a minimum of 5 pieces of your own hand-blown glass.
People who prefer glassblowing instruction with fewer students can make such
arrangements with adjustments to the fees. Contact me if you are interested
in talking about this option.
The schedule for this seasons 2-day glassblowing workshops: April 20-21 and
Private glassblowing classes can be arranged to accommodate a busy schedule.
The privates are generally one day and cost $400. This is an ideal
situation for someone with limited experience who wants to improve basic
glassblowing skills or for those who prefer a private lesson. I have 17
years of teaching glassblowing on the college level and am well-versed in
glassblowing instruction. Many of my former students are working in the
glass arts field. One day in my studio will save you hundreds of hours of
trial and error and $!
Privates can be scheduled from April 22 through the month of May .
Casting glass in sand:
The weekend glass-casting workshops will focus on creating and building
sculptures, tiles and vessels employing the sand-casting technique. Whether
your approach is functional or sculptural, the sand-casting process has
unlimited surface design possibilities. You can carve freehand in the sand,
or transfer the image of just about any shape or object into the sand to
achieve surface decoration or a theme. Inclusions of shapes made from
copper sheet, screen, or wire, and colored glass threads are possible to
augment your designs. The process involves designing in the negative in
sand, and then pouring hot glass into the negative space. See the SCULPTURE
and PORTFOLIO sections of the website to see some examples of my studies in
the sand casting technique. Sand casting is an exciting process that
doesn't require the glassblower's skills and is an excellent opportunity for
established artists to explore a new medium. The casting workshops will be
held on Saturday and Sunday and can accommodate 6 people. Cost is $225 per
person. I will provide extensive advance information to help you plan a
productive casting session. Student will create 3 castings each day.
The schedule is: May 4-5, May 11-12 & May 18-19
(some weekday casting during my own casting sessions is available: cost
Call 908-996-6664 or email Gonzalez_6007 at msn.com to reserve space or to talk
about a customized session.
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