Glass Casting with Silvia Levenson

glass-casting

  • Minimum 2 persons (max 6)
  • 1 spot supported for a visual artist with migration status, more info here
  • 2-6 October 2017
  • 10:00 – 17:00
  • Instructor: Silvia Levenson
  • 500€ (taxes included)
  • All levels

The skin of objects
Every object has a skin. Thick or thin, smooth or rough, porous or impermeable, the skin is the line between what’s hidden inside and what we experience on the outside. By reproducing them in glass we will expand our creativity but also we will explore several techniques in order to develop our own “voice” in own pieces.
We will discuss about how and why we translate our ideas into glass.
Students will carry out a small project and several tests with different skins, using clay, plaster, wax and silicon rubber.
Skin is also a unique interface of the human body. It protects us from the outside world, while at the same time possessing the ability to self-heal.
We will explore these issues. The idea of this workshop is to go deep into the concept of the skin as a limit and container, as an external information about the “essence” of objects.
During the workshop the students will experiment with different textures. They will be invited to “play” and make experiments with the skin of objects, changing and manipulating the aspect of everyday objects.
I will share with the students the process I use in my own work, where the feelings and the intuition of ideas are connected to glass itself.
Primarily we will use kiln casting and pate-de-verre technique.
At the end of the workshop the students will have two pieces: one reproducing a part of the body (hand, eyes,mouth, etc), one reproducing textile surface (baby clothes, for example).

Topics

  • casting
  • lost wax using alginate
  • mould making
  • firing schedules
  • developing Bullseye’s palette of glass

Silvia Levenson was born in Argentina in 1957. Lives and works in Italy since 1980
” Revealing “, making visible what is normally hidden or people can not see is an integral part of her work, and she uses glass to embody this metaphor.
Through her artwork   she explores the relationships in families and in society with a critical and ironic eye . From 1994 to date she has deal with several issues such migration , tensions in daily life , violence against women and recently the crimes of the dictatorship in Argentina like in the travelling show “ Identidad Desaparecida” .
In 2004 she received the Rakow Commission Award from Corning Museum of Glass, and in 2016 ,the Prize Glass Venice from the Instituto Veneto.
Her artwork is in several public and private collections such as  Fine Art Museum of Houston, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fè , Toledo Museum of Art, Corning Museum of Glass , David Owsley Museum of Art. Muncie. Indianapolis, Coleccion Casa de las Americas, Cuba, Musée Atelier du Verre de Sars Poteries,Castello Sforzesco,Milano, Fondazione Remotti, Camogli , Murano Glass Museum, Venice, Bullseye Glass Co., Portland (OR), Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung , Munich, and Museo de Bellas Artes, La Plata, Argentina .
She loves teaching and she was instructor in Vetroricerca, Italy, Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Studio of Glass, Pittsburg Glass Center,   Bullseye Glass Co, North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland , Glass School of Berazategui, Buenos Aires and Camberra Glass Center in Australia.

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