Glass

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The program in Glass allows students the opportunity to explore the sculptural, conceptual and functional aesthetics of glass as an artistic media. A variety of traditional, contemporary and experimental glass working techniques are examined and utilized in the challenging course work. The attitude and aesthetic of the artist/craftsman and his/her relationship to materials, concept and function is used as a resource for the creation and discussion of the student's work. Projects are structured to develop technical, aesthetic and conceptual expertise as well as encourage students to seek personal expression through the exploration of wide-ranging glass techniques and applications.

The glass facilities at UTA provide a world class state of the art studio space and appropriate equipment to explore a variety of techniques addressing all levels of glassblowing, flameworking, fusing/slumping, casting, and fabrication. Class size is limited in order to encourage a tutorial relationship with the instructor and enhance the self-confidence of the student while working with new materials and techniques. Course offerings allow students an opportunity to receive a BFA degree in Art with a concentration in Glass, as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in Glass.

For MFA Glass student work, please visit the MFA | Glass digital gallery.

For a look into our Glass facilities, please visit the Facilities | Glass digital gallery.

Courses:

ART 2342
Glassblowing
The manipulation, formulation, construction and experimentation with glass as a sculptural medium. Emphasis will be on glassblowing. Other techniques may include furnace casting and kiln working. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 1306 or permission of the instructor.
ART 3340
Kiln Formed Glass
The exploration of various non-blowing techniques of glass construction and manipulation. Students will use kilns to explore fusing, slumping, pate de verre, and casting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 1306 or permission of the instructor.
Art 3342
Intermediate Glassblowing
The manipulation, formulation, construction and experimentation with glass as a sculptural medium. Emphasis will be on glassblowing. Other techniques may include furnace casting and kiln working. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 1306 & 2342 or permission of the instructor.
ART 4340
Advanced Kiln Formed Glass
Continuation of ART 3340. This class focuses on glass kiln forming techniques and concepts including kiln casting, fusing, slumping, and various cold working processes. Emphasis is on using glass as an expressive and creative art media. Prerequisite: ART 3340 or permission of instructor.
ART 4342
Advanced Glassblowing
Continued development of ART 3342 with emphasis on advanced technique, manipulation and form development. Course assignments will emphasize personal creativity and exploration. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 3342 or permission of instructor.

Facilities:

  • + The UTA glass facility consists of several purpose built, state of the art, technically specialized studio areas.
  • + Climate controlled 3000 sq. ft. Cold Shop
  • + The Cold Shop houses grinding, cutting, shaping, polishing and fabrication equipment.
  • + Extensive warm glass work areas with complete fusing & slumping equipment
  • + Kiln room with a variety of casting and fusing kilns
  • + Flame working area with various sized torches and annealers
  • + A separate 4800 sq. ft. Hot Shop
  • + The Hot Shop is completely equipped with a six station glassblowing facility.
  • + Glass engraving & carving techniques can be explored using state of the art diamond cutting lathes and grinders