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GAS Conference 2013 Boston


Blowing goblets is often regarded as the pinnacle of glassblowing skill and achievement, and for good reason. In order to create such exquisite pieces, a glassblower needs to understand the potential that the material offers and to work at its extremes. It requires the artist to honor the precedent of tradition while simultaneously tapping their unique scope of focus. With this class students will find the degree of focus through learning the traditions and demands of such a venerable art form, as well as learn many surprising "shortcuts", that will greatly improve their overall glassblowing abilities.

Class size : 9 students

Dates: June 8th and 9th 2013 9am to 3pm

Price: $600

Teacher: Christopher Watts

Christopher Watts has been blowing, casting and sculpting glass for 23 years. His conceptually driven glass sculpture focuses on contemporary issues such as perceived and agreed value, and the concealed meaning behind a material's history. He holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In the years between his degrees he founded and ran two glass design companies, the latter of which he still runs with his wife Sarah.

He has been a faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 2002 and has taught at numerous universities and studios including MIT, Boston University, Diablo Glass School, Salem State College and Sunderland University. He has studied intensively with maestros Elio Quarisa and Davide Fuin, and has had the honor of working with many of today’s notable glass and multi-media artists.

He has exhibited in group, two person and solo shows throughout the US, and his work is held in private and public collections. He has been featured in various publications including 25 Years of New Glass Review published by the Corning Museum of Glass.

Low Bowl Challenge "SUPER LOW BOWL"

Can you get low? HOW low can you get, but not go flat?

Diablo Glass School challenges you to show us by inviting you to come to our studio to blow, before a live panel of judges, the lowest low bowl you can against that of Chris Watts, our in-house veteran glassblower of 23 years. Points will be given for form, size, speed of execution, smoothness of outline, and of course lowness. NO PLATTERS, (i.e. rondelles whose edges are lifted up at the end of the spin). This is a challenge to make the best bowl you can, while using as few heats as possible; everything else is up to you.

$50 entry fee to compete.
$1000 cash prize will be given to the 1 or 2 person team that according to the judges, makes a better bowl.
Chris thinks you can do it!

$15 spectator fee.

Dates: June 8th to June 15th. Studio slots will be arranged upon registration.


"In this short workshop we begin with morning demonstrations of several kinds of bit-working techniques, following with hands on experience with the de la Torre brothers. The planing and execution of the sculpting process will further be discussed in the evening at a local pub. ".

Price: $800

Dates: June 10th and June11th. 10am to 6pm

Teacher: De la Torre Brothers

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