Janis Miltenberger: Constructions – Oct 2017

Instructor Janis Miltenberger
October 19-22, 2017
Thursday-Sunday 10AM-5PM

Why constructions? Lamp working is a wonderful tool to create components that can be combined into various configurations to form both functional and non-functional sculpture. Starting with a drawing one can chart a course and build both small and large constructions.

In class I set out to establish basic skills of how to make well-built solid work. Through demonstration, one on one attention and practice the student gains skill.

We will be working borosilicate glass, a torch and hand tools, we will bend, reconfigure and shape rods and if we have time also use some tubing.

Bring whatever skill you have or have not, this class is for all levels of students, with or without previous glass experience. Come with ideas, become inspired, and allow your own creative voice to emerge

This workshop is geared towards all levels (even beginners). 

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Session I: October 19-22, 2017 / Thursday-Sunday /10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (1/2 hour lunch break)
Material fee of $50.

Bring a lunch or cash as we will be ordering out for lunch.
As always, wear natural fabric clothing, close-toed shoes and have hair pulled back.


Growing up in Berkeley California, I was influenced by the Bay Area ceramics and glass movement, becoming involved with hot glass in 1978.
Initially apprenticing with glass artist Richard Marquis for three years, I then concurrently studied with both Ron Nagel at Mills College and Marvin Lipofsky at California College of Arts and Crafts.
Several years later I had the opportunity to explore lampworking at Pilchuck Glass School, in Washington state. Over the course of three summers, I had the privilege of studying with three excellent teachers; Susan Plum, who introduced me to working with Borosilicate glass, James Minson, who has an innate knowledge of the medium and lastly Cesare Toffolo Rossit. I think it was Cesare who resonated with my own style, using the hot glass tools which were already familiar to me. These summers became a pivotal turning point in my relationship with glass.
I found torch work more autonomous than furnace work, the solitude allowing me to focus. Working alone has helped me define my voice, recognize what it is I want to narrate and share.
Many of my ideas derive from myth and biblical stories, creating analogies between ideas, words, heart and actions. I believe that this vocabulary of archetypal images exist in all of us, like seeds of ancient shared understanding, each viewer comprehending this unconscious language.
Now, more than ever, I enjoy the exchange of teaching, watching students tap their own creative source, being a part of their excitement and discovery.



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Some classes require protective eye wear (eye wear provided by SGS). All students required to wear closed toed-shoes.