Glass is a dynamic medium with limitless possibilities
and a surprising amount of impact in the worlds of art and design. As a Glass
major, you'll work with professors and visiting artists in the Hot Shop and
beyond to develop your skills in glass blowing, mold making, casting and cold
working. Not only does this hands-on training lead to a mastery of skills, it
addresses the ever-present question of how material and concept inform one
another and lays the foundation for a well-rounded professional studio
Based on the strength of their experience at RISD, Glass
alumni tend to remain closely connected with the department. Whether returning
as visiting artists and critics or providing internships for current students,
they help influence subsequent generations. Accomplished alumni such as Dale
Chihuly, Dan Clayman, Karen Lamonte, Judith Schaechter, Tavares Strachan,
Bohyun Yoon, Toots Zynsky and many others continue to push the boundaries of
the medium and make enormous contributions to advancing the role of glass in
contemporary art and design.
The nature of glass necessitates collaboration among a
close-knit community of artists exploring the same medium from a wide range of
perspectives. Glass fosters close interactions among undergraduate and graduate
students as well as faculty and visiting artists. Studio work, critiques,
seminars and both group and individual projects support full engagement in the
exciting dialogues surrounding contemporary art, sculpture, craft and design.
Approximately 30 undergraduates and grad students work in the
department's newly renovated Hot Shop, a custom facility offering a half-ton
continuous-melt glass furnace, a 700-lb. casting furnace, an extensive Cold
Shop, 15 computer programmed kilns and a well-rounded casting facility. One of the favorite features of the department is the
Degree Program Workshop - a vibrant series of presentations by visiting artists,
critics and curators. Direct interaction with this amazing range of
professionals offers students an ideal way to learn about contemporary art,
glass and professional practice.
Anna Riley BFA 2014
Eliza Woodworth BFA 2014
Megan Ulrich BFA 2014
Hillary Wang BFA 2014
Jessica Fan BFA 2014
Diming Zhong BFA 2015
Nicole Ross BFA 2015
Cait Cannon BFA 2014
Soung Park BFA 2015
Hunter Blackwell BFA 2014
Gayle Forman BFA 2014
Eliza Woodworth BFA 2014
In the first year of the program, sophomores develop
conceptual problem solving skills by making work in response to specific
assignments and gaining a technical foundation in glass blowing, cold working,
mold making and casting. Juniors continue to develop a conceptual and critical
vocabulary through rigorous studio work. An intermediate glassblowing studio
and a glass history course help refine and strengthen students’ understanding
of the medium and its origins.
Throughout the year seniors work on self-directed
projects as they define and refine their thesis. Through individual and group critiques with
faculty, peers, visiting artists and critics, students develop a significant
body of work. Thesis work is presented in public exhibitions both on and off
campus. The culmination of the thesis year provides students with the resources
needed to prepare for professional practice in the field.
All freshman applicants apply to RISD as opposed to a specific department and begin with a required year of Experimental and Foundation Studies. Students select a major midway through the first year but don’t begin those programs until sophomore year.
For more information or to begin the application process, visit the Apply page.
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