[PA-NJ Glassblowers] Glassblowing and casting with Don Gonzalez

Tony Patti gaffer at glassblower.info
Sun Feb 21 15:35:41 EST 2016

Happy to forward information about Don's upcoming glassblowing/glass casting

If you are not familiar with Don's work, take a look at his glass casting
here: http://www.dongonzalezglass.com/Sculpture1.htm

and Don is also an expert on Murano/Venetian glass, and a frequently visitor
there too.


Tony Patti





Week-end glassblowing and glass-casting workshops will be offered  at the
hot glass studio of Don Gonzalez this spring.    2 day workshops will be
held on weekends 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 23-24 & April 30 - May1, 2016


Private glassblowing classes can be arranged to accommodate a busy schedule.
The privates are generally one day, 10am-5, and cost $400.  This is an ideal
situation for someone with limited experience who wants to improve basic
glassblowing skills or for those curious about the art of Glassblowing 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 25 thru May 13, 2016


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 2-day casting workshops
will be held on Saturday and Sunday and can accommodate 6 people.  Cost is
$225 per person.  If you are interested in the sand casting Glass process
you are welcome to visit my home/studio in advance of the casting workshop
so I can help you plan a productive casting session.  Student will create 3
castings each day.  The schedule for 2 day casting workshops: May 14-15 &
May 21-22, 2016


Call 908-996-6664 or email Gonzalez <mailto:Gonzalez_6007 at msn.com>
_6007 at msn.com to reserve space or to talk about a customized session.  


See my full body of work at my website: www.dongonzalezglass.com



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