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"Water Street Glass Studio is an amazing, warm, fabulous place. The studio is beautiful—truly a magical working environment" —Student, winter '13

"I made some beautiful glass and had the honor of working with really talented fellow students." —Student, winter '13

"Because it is an intensive, you get immersed in the material and learn how to manipulate it faster than if the class were stretched out." —Student, winter '11

January 5–19, 2014
*Note: Dates subject to change

Location: Water Street Glassworks, Benton Harbor, MI

Take the chill off winter in this fire-y, hands-on, two-week intensive in the art of glassblowing at Water Street Glassworks, located just around the tip of the lake, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Learn the skills, techniques, and tools used to manipulate molten or “hot” glass into vessels and/or sculptural forms. Lectures, demonstrations, instructional videos, and critiques will augment studio instruction. By working in teams of two, participants will learn the importance of teamwork and how it creates a safe and efficient glass studio environment. Students will also work together as a class to create a public performance/installation involving hot glass and ice. This presentation will kick off an exhibition of individual artwork at the end of the second week. Time outside of class can be spent seeing the dunes, icebergs, and fields of Michigan’s winter landscape, going ice-skating or enjoying activities in the Benton Harbor Arts District.

This course is designed for the beginning student, however it can be adapted to accommodate intermediate-level students with previous glassblowing experience.

The medium of glassblowing requires lots of physical activity. A glass studio is a shared environment that is very busy and often hot. Teamwork is necessary and full participation in: studio time, developmental sketches, the final exhibition, and the demonstration/performance are required to complete the credit hours.

The school has a small library with books on glass as well as the wireless Internet. Video and digital media will enhance lectures and will also be available for personal research.

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO

Jerry Catania, Founder of Water Street Glassworks and Ox-Bow instructor

Program fee: Approx. $650 (not including accommodation, meals, or transport to Benton Harbor)

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,327 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,409 per credit hour.

Accommodation: Participants are not required to stay in group accommodation for this class and should locate their own accommodation in Benton Harbor/St Joseph, Michigan. A list of suggested hotels will be provided to participants.

Online registration begins: October 10, 2013

Deposit due at registration: $250

Information session:
September 18, 2013 at 12.10pm.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 707