GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is located about an hour and a half drive northwest of Philadelphia, in downtown Reading, PA. The campus originally opened its doors in 1871 as the world's first factory to manufacture optical glass for lenses and reading glasses. Renovated and reopened in 2005, much of the original industrial charm remains backdrop to what now includes 35 juried-in working artist studios, several gallery spaces, a movie theatre showing art house films daily, and a cafe. The community arts center is like no other in the country, offering arts education, exhibitions, special events, and public programming year round.
GoggleWorks' campus, which includes six teaching studios--ceramics, hot and warm glass, woodworking, metalsmithing, and photography--is a the vibrant and communal atmosphere. Each summer visiting artists, working in a variety of mediums, are invited to teach over a dozen intensive workshops, exhibit their work in an annual exhibition Ways of Making, and educate the public about their process through a series of public lectures and demonstrations.
Running from June-August, the 2016 Summer Workshop series will include sixteen workshops, working in the mediums of ceramics, lampworking, glassblowing, kiln casting, alternative processes in photography, and woodworking - fostering both collaboration and conversation in contemporary art practices. The workshops range from beginner to advanced in skill level and run 5 days or 3 days in length, with GoggleWorks providing local housing and meal plan options at an additional charge.
Some of this year's highlights includes:
Martina Lantin | Match-Made: Pattern & Form | June 20-24
Explore the relationship between pattern and form through surface techniques using slips, under-glazes, and pigments. Instruction and conversation will discuss the challenges of marrying surface and form and offer some strategies to move forward.
Martina Lantin will take students on an exploration of the relationship between pattern and form through surface techniques using lips, under-glazes, and pigments. Lantin, born in Montreal, Cananda, has taught workshops throughout the United States and currently teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Committed to the joys of working in earthenware, Martina creates functional ceramics through thrown and altered forms. The thin layer of white slip serves to accentuate the construction methods and to invite an exploration of the making process.
Craig J. Barber | Wet Plate Collodian Photography: Tintypes | June 20-24
Barber offers his students a solid understanding of the Wet Plate Collodian process, a beautiful way to create handmade photographs. Learn to make both tintypes, photographic plates (direct positives on metal) and ambrotypes (direct positives on glass plates). Leave with a "how to" handbook.
Craig J. Barber is a photographer who uses antiquarian processes and focuses on the cultural landscape. For over 20 years he has traveled with his camera to Vietnam, Havana, and the Catskill region of New York State, documenting cultures that are in transition and fading from memory. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America and is represented in several prominent museum and private collections.
Simone Crestani | Lampworking: A Great World to Discover | July 18-22
Explore the wide scenario of lampworking using borosilicate glass, from foundations to more complex applications in hollow sculpting with Simone Crestani.
Born in 1984 in Marostica, Simone started working glass in 2000 first as a student and co-worker in Massimo Lunardon’s glass blowing studio. After a ten year apprenticeship, Simone opened his own studio, where he continues to work. Simone Crestani’s technique, together with his personal style and sophisticated poetics, allow him to create an interaction, where glass overcomes its purely material dimension and becomes a fine and studied artistic language, a pure, silent and crystalline conceptual element.
Jason Chakravarty | Glass, Big, Blue...& Neon! | June 20-24
Gain a basic understanding of the use of noble gases, such as neon and argon, to illuminate nontraditional glass including vessels and sculpted forms created in the hot shop. Leave with glass forms that are filled with gas and can be illuminated.
Jason Chakravarty began incorporating glass through the use of neon into his sculpture in 1998 while attending Arizona State University. He was employed for four years at a commercial neon sign shop where he learned technical fundamentals of the neon process. He has taught neon and kiln casting workshops nationwide and his work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions. His studio is located in Arizona.
Anna Boothe | Basic Kiln Casting & Traditional Pate de Verre Techniques | Aug 15-19
Learn the basics of kiln casting, a sculptural process used to create one-of-a-kind or limited edition objects, with a focus on the careful selection and combination of glass particles to achieve a variety of results unique to kiln casting with frit.
With degrees in sculpture and glass from Rhode Island School of Design and Tyler School of Art, Anna Boothe has worked with glass since 1980. After 16 years as a Tyler glass faculty member, Anna helped develop Salem Community College’s (NJ) glass art program and chaired its International Flame-working Conference. She has been a visiting artist at numerous universities and taught at glass schools, including the Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Urban Glass and Pilchuck as well as venues in Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, and Japan. Anna served as President of the Glass Art Society, and until recently, was Director of Glass at Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum where she curated glass exhibits and organized the Glass Now auction.
Craig V. Stevens | Summer Side Table | July 18-22
Through discussion and hands-on work, students will make a small side table using traditional techniques such as mortise and tenon joinery, working with solid wood, making and using hand-sawn veneers, as well as creating hand-planed surfaces and applying an oil finish.
Craig V. Stevens studied furniture making at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in northern California. He has received numerous awards including an individual artist fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and is the author of five books on the subjects of chip carving, marquetry, and furniture making. He teaches furniture making workshops throughout North America and has given presentations at conferences and furniture programs in Takayama, Japan.
Tuition for the workshops range from $370-660, not including supply fees, room and board, or meals. In order to help as many students as possible take advantage of the GoggleWorks Summer Series, and thanks to generous support from Raynier Institute & Foundation, GoggleWorks is able to offer several financial need-based and work-study scholarships this summer. Recipients of financial need-based scholarships will be awarded a reduction in the cost of tuition and/or supply fees, while work-study scholarships will be awarded the cost of full tuition in exchange for assistance in the preparation and closure/clean up of the workshop. Applications are available online at goggleworks.org/scholarships and due by March 31, 2016.
Early Bird Special Ends March 1st
Register by March 1st and receive 10% off tuition. View the interactive summer workshop catalog and register at: goggleworks.org/2016-summer-workshop-catalog.
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