Beginning Glassblowing with Bao Thao
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Spring Session (April 24, May 1, 8 & 15) – Please note class is no longer beginning on April 17
Summer Session 1 (June 5, 12, 19 & 26)
Summer Session 2 (July 24, 31, Aug 7 & 14)
In Beginning Glassblowing, students with no glassblowing experience will learn basic vocabulary, hot shop safety and drills. In addition, students will learn to make blown objects and solid glass sculptures.
Proper attire for working in the Hot Shop is pants, comfortable t-shirt or long sleeve shirt, and comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Please wear natural fibers (cotton) as synthetic fibers can melt near high temperatures. Please remove all jewelry from hands and arms.
Emerging Hmong-American artist, Bao Nya Thao, was first introduced to glassworking in 2006 at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County. After becoming hypnotized by the molten medium, she continued her glass education at UW Madison to follow the traditions of glass pioneer, Harvey Littleton, and UW alumni, Dale Chihuly. Here, Bao studied the different forms of glassworking favoring glass enameling, fusing, and coldworking. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012, she served a year in AmeriCorps, was a coordinator for an after-school program, and explored the southcentral area of Alaska. Currently, she is the newest member of the in-house gaffers at the Morean Arts Center.