Coldworking (Glass) with Bao Thao
Thursdays, 4 classes
6pm – 9pm
Winter Session 2 (Feb 28, Mar 7, 14 and 21)
Spring Session (Apr 18, 25, May 2 and 9)
In this class students will learn the hidden world of glassworking by cutting, grinding, polishing and utilizing a large number of surface treatments to express their personal voice in glass. We will cover the use of several diamond grinding methods using lapidary wheels and hand tools to facet and create optical effects with glass. Students will use hand rotary diamond tools to write and draw in the surface of the glass to give it a personal voice that is unique to the coldworking processes. Glass pieces will be provided for working, or bring your own.
Proper attire for working in the coldworking studio is pants, comfortable long sleeve shirt, and comfortable, closed-toed shoes.
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.