A Whole New Approach to Cast Glass Sculpture
with Mark Abildgaard
Innovation, talent and creativity…
Those words perfectly describe Cast Glass Sculptor Mark Abildgaard. Join us as guest artist Mark Abildgaard leads a three day workshop teaching you his unique and direct approach to kiln casting. We will follow up the workshop on, July 1, the next Sunday cold working your creations.
During this hands on experience you will explore the possibilities for using clay as a mold material to create wax positives that you will cast in glass. You will make a mold, set the kiln up for casting, build and program firing and annealing schedules, and finish up with some cold working on your creations. Students will come away with at least two pieces cast from Bullseye Glass billets and other physical forms of glass which includes a marvelous way to use up scrap glass.
You will be able to immediately use the information from the class to begin casting glass on your own.
A fantastic workshop for folks at ALL skills levels in sculpting and kiln formed glass. Check out pics HERE from the last workshop Mark led at Hot Glass Houston.
About Mark Abildgaard…
Mark Abildgaard was born and raised in San Francisco, California and today resides and works in Woodland, CA. With an MFA from the University of Hawaii in 1983 and a
visiting artist position at the Tokyo Glass Art Institute in 1984, Abildgaard’s aesthetic was formed by both intellectual study and direct experience combined with a refinement of his personal spiritual path.
Abildgaard’s art belongs fully to the tradition of art where the forms carry a spirit, are given life by that spirit. So his images are born of a transformative process, which can be aligned with the Asian/ Pacific philosophical traditions of "letting go of the ego" or the desire for control. He speaks of his use of a practice learned from a 17th C. Japanese Zen monk, Enku, "Enku used the practice of carving with a hatchet to remove direct control and let the force of nature create. I use a wood paddle on the clay to remove the self-conscious, to keep life in the working process. All of the figures on my paddle boat have paddle marks."
“In the summer of 2006 I spent two weeks teaching a kiln casting course at Pilchuck glass school in Stanwood Washington. During this time I was able to work with hot glass artists at the school who assisted me in creating blown glass pieces for a sculpture I had designed. I became very excited with the possibilities for combining glass forms with steel structures. I want to explore the potential for combining glass and steel in sculptures which can reach beyond the limitations of pieces made using glass alone. I also wanted to make the steel an integral part of each piece and not just a hidden structural element. I have found that this new body of work has opened up a wide range of environments for me to explore. I am very interested in finding ways to use this new combination of materials to create pieces which can be used in locations that are not restricted to a pedestal or table top. Glass has always seemed like a magical material for me because of the way it can dramatically interact with light. The combination of glass and steel create possibilities for these new sculptures which are truly endless.” – Mark Abildgaard
In the experience of Mark Abildgaard’s art the emphasis is on transformation. Materials, process, product, the experience of the artist, even the interaction with a viewer, involve a series of transformations.
See Mark’s works at MarkAbildgaard.com