Fall 2021

  1. All Glass junior, senior and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations. Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only. Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. First-year grads register for GLASS-435G (Fall) and GLASS-436G (Spring). Second-year grads register for GLASS-437G (Fall) and GLASS-438G (Spring).
  2. This is a semester long research study group focused on Alchemy and Glass. As a discipline and a material, Glass is inherently connected to Alchemy. Their combined histories have shaped our understanding of the relationship between material and meaning, the role of process in art and science and, ultimately, the ways in which making shapes knowledge. One of the goals of this research group is to explore the conceptual and material potential of Alchemy through Glass. Our research will combine the examination of practical, theoretical and historical texts along with "hands-on" experiments in Glass Department Shops. The group will meet weekly for discussions, research presentations, lectures and working/lab sessions. As the semester progresses the direction of our research will be determined by the materials brought forth by the group. Open to graduate students only. Permission of Instructor required. Also offered as GRAD-7016 and IDISC-7016; Register in the course for which credit is desired.
  3. A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of independent study. Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.
  4. This beginning course introduces the materials and processes necessary for basic glasscasting of solid objects and includes various moldmaking methods. Molten glasscasting, glass fusecasting, pate de verre, optical slump casting; the techniques for making refractory molds, sand molds, metal or graphite molds; and the proper use of annealing ovens are introduced. Students apply new technical skills to self-generated projects. Students maintain detailed technical notes and a project sketchbook. Estimated Materials Cost: $300.00 Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. Open to non-majors as an elective; Permission of Department Head required with written statement due in November.
  5. This beginning course will provide comprehensive technical instruction on basic glass "coldworking" processes including glass polishing, sandblasting, etching, cutting, engraving, gluing, laminating, glass drilling. Students will apply new technical skills to self-generated projects. Students must maintain detailed technical notes and a project sketchbook. Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00 Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  6. This beginning glass major studio combines studio practice, critical discourse and contemporary issues through assignments, reports, and scheduled critiques. The course develops awareness of three-dimensional issues concerning material, concept, process and light to establish criteria for artistic striving. Students are required to develop the sketchbook as an essential creative tool. Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00 Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. Open to non-majors for 3 credits only by petition and/or permission of Department Head.
  7. All Glass junior, senior, and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations. Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. Juniors register for GLASS-4316 (Fall) and GLASS-4318 (Spring). Seniors register for GLASS-4320 (Fall) and GLASS-4322 (Spring).
  8. Glass IIA is an intermediate studio course in which students continue their ongoing investigation of material processes. Emphasis is on developing personal concepts and imagery and visual research skills through investigations of regularly assigned topics. Students develop a substantial "idea" sketchbook, participate in scheduled class activities, and group critique. Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00 Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  9. All Glass junior, senior, and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations. Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. Juniors register for GLASS-4316 (Fall) and GLASS-4318 (Spring). Seniors register for GLASS-4320 (Fall) and GLASS-4322 (Spring).
  10. Glass IIIA is an advanced major studio that requires intermediate glassworking skills and familiarity with the material. This course stresses the continuing development of personal imagery, viewpoint, visual "source" research and the refinement of material processes in terms of individual artistic requirements. As preparation leading to the senior thesis project, independent studio work and individual consultation are emphasized. During this semester, each student is expected to seek out at least one professional artist outside the Glass Department and develop an artistic association with this advisor for the duration of the senior year. Estimated Materials Cost: $300.00 Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  11. This graduate seminar provides an intensive study of current critical issues in contemporary art. Each Fall a visiting curator or critic is invited to lead the course. While the themes covered each semester will vary with the visiting instructor, the structure of the course will remain the same. The class is divided into two segments: a seminar and a studio. Each week the seminar lasts for three hours followed by studio visits with each student. This course helps students carry the dialogue of contemporary art issues into the studio more effectively. Graduate elective - seminar Also offered as GLASS-451G for Glass majors to satisfy a major requirement; all non-majors register for GRAD-451G.
  12. All Glass junior, senior and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations. Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only. Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. First-year grads register for GLASS-435G (Fall) and GLASS-436G(Spring). Second-year grads register for GLASS-437G (Fall) and GLASS-438G (Spring.
  13. This graduate seminar provides an intensive study of current critical issues in contemporary art. Each Fall a visiting curator or critic is invited to lead the course. While the themes covered each semester will vary with the visiting instructor, the structure of the course will remain the same. The class is divided into two segments: a seminar and a studio. Each week the seminar lasts for three hours followed by studio visits with each student. This course helps students carry the dialogue of contemporary art issues into the studio more effectively. The Fall 2021 theme is Seven Dirty Words of the Art World The Seven Dirty Words of the Art World starts by looking at prevailing trends in contemporary art. The class will quickly subvert these ideas by focusing on seven topics that continually puzzle the art world. These include: beauty, sincerity, attention, craft, regionalism, narrative, the figure and one bonus word, failure. The class will feature readings, discussion, three short written reading responses, and weekly visits to students' studios to discuss works in progress. Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only Open to non-majors as GRAD-451G; Register in the course for which credit is desired.
  14. This first semester of graduate study emphasizes varied experimentation, extensive visual "source" research, maximum productivity and conceptual growth. Students are expected to develop professional associations with artists outside the glass department in addition to the department's faculty and its scheduled roster of Visiting Artists and critics. Estimated Materials Cost: $500.00 Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only. Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  15. The student is expected to begin refining a personal viewpoint that incorporates glass in preparation for the graduate degree project. Studio work continues to include consultation and group critique with department faculty, its visiting artists, critics, and the student's own outside advisors. Estimated Materials Cost: $500.00 Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only. Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  16. This hands-on experimental course will give students the opportunity to investigate a wide range of hot casting methods. The class will focus on exploring and innovating with a variety of mold materials: sand, CO2, refractory, wood, metal, organic and found molds. Hot glass ladle casting will be our primary working technique. Demonstrations will not linger on the technical but rather, will function as a catalyst for students to engage in an aesthetic and/or conceptual dialogue with technique and material. Both the studio process and the information presented in this class will encourage collaborative as well as individual work. This class will permit a deep investigation into the process of casting and into the innate properties of glass. Open to sophomore and above Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.
  17. The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses. Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.
  18. The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses. Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.
  19. The professional Internship provides valuable exposure to a professional setting, enabling students to better establish a career path and define practical aspirations. Internship proposals are carefully vetted to determine legitimacy and must meet the contact hour requirements listed in the RISD Course Announcement.
  20. Students will be introduced to various methods of utilizing molten glass in the hotshop and work towards creating works that emphasize the aspects that characterize the medium in its molten state, (for example): - Time-based - Movement, Choreography, and the Body - Fluidity - Amorphous - Performative - Collaborative In lecture we will visit historical artworld references such as Fluxus, Surrealism, Happenings, and Performance Art, as well as contemporary examples. We will also cover material characteristics of glass, with an emphasis on the material in its molten state. Students will be strongly encouraged to experiment and push aside any preconceptions of what type of art can be made from molten glass. Students will work in pairs and small groups on a series of weekly exercises and prompts that will lead to finished works. Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00

Wintersession 2022

  1. Architectural atmosphere is the intimate meeting point where the body understands its surroundings through the senses: vision, hearing, scent, touch, and taste. Bridging between design and the arts, the class will broadly explore the sensory and experiential effects that glass plays in architectural space. The class is designed to explore the notion of atmosphere through observation, analysis, and experimental physical interventions. Working both independently and collaboratively, students will explore definitions of architectural space and atmosphere. Readings, workshops, field trips, in-class demos (including use of hot glass casting and cold-working) and exercises will be used as tools to explore atmosphere. Tentatively, there will be two all-day field trips. Students will be able to attend out-of-class monitored hot casting and cold-shop slots. Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00
  2. The first objective of this experimental glass class is to investigate the potential of glass as a sculptural material. This rigorous exploration entails many non-traditional and some traditional techniques with hot and cold glass. Some of the techniques students will learn are: innovative molds for blown and cast glass; assembling glass (cutting, gluing); unusual manipulations of hot glass; combinations of blown and cast or kiln worked glass and some uncommon surface treatments. The greater part of this class will be spent in the studio working with glass directly. However, slide lectures, videos and an artist-centered look into physics and optics will supplement the, generally speaking, more intuitive approach of working with glass. Collaborative and innovative work will be encouraged as will investigations into the innate properties of glass. Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00 Permission of Department Head or Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

Spring 2022

  1. This beginning course introduces basic glassblowing and molten glassworking processes. It includes "offhand" glassblowing, "solidworking" and glassblowing with molds. Students apply new technical skills to self-generated projects. Students maintain detailed technical notes and a project sketchbook. Estimated Materials Cost: $400.00 Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. Open to non-majors as an elective; Permission of Department Head required with written statement due in early May.
  2. This class serves as an interface between the new technologies of digital and the old technologies of optics. New digital technologies are given alternative possibilities with the addition of specific projection apparatus (in terms of both, projection optics and projection surfaces), plays with reflection (such as the construction of anamorphic cylinders, zoetropes, and other optical devices), and in the fabrication of project specific lenses. Given the hands-on nature of the glass department, the actual making and/or subversion of traditional optics is possible. The class encourages collaborative work between students of varying experience levels and fosters the incorporation and dialogue between students of the two differing areas of expertise. Elective Open to graduate students only. Permission of Instructor required. Also offered as GRAD-7009; Register in the course for which credit is desired.
  3. This course is the second half of an intensive, two-semester introduction to studio practice. Objectives introduced in the preceding semester are refined and furthered through assignments, reports, and scheduled critique. Students are required to develop the sketchbook as an essential creative tool. Estimated Materials Cost: $300.00 Major requirementl Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. Open to non-majors for 3 credits only by petition and/or permission of Department Head.
  4. All Glass junior, senior, and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations. Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. Juniors register for GLASS-4316 (Fall) and GLASS-4318 (Spring). Seniors register for GLASS-4320 (Fall) and GLASS-4322 (Spring).
  5. Glass IIB is the second half of a two-semester intermediate studio course in which students will continue their ongoing investigation of material processes. Emphasis is on developing personal concepts, imagery, and visual research skills through investigations of regularly assigned topics. Students develop a substantial "idea" sketchbook, participate in scheduled class activities, and group critique. Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00 Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  6. All Glass junior, senior, and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations. Major requirement; Glass majors only Open to non-majors with permission of Department Head. Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. Juniors register for GLASS-4316 (Fall) and GLASS-4318 (Spring). Seniors register for GLASS-4320 (Fall) and GLASS-4322 (Spring).
  7. This semester is directed towards defining and organizing an evolved artistic viewpoint that incorporates glass in a visual imagery. At the beginning of this semester, students are required to present a slide "source" presentation to a department assembly that is a compilation of the previous three semesters' visual research. Each student is also expected to further develop his/her artistic association with a designated "outside" advisor(s) and involve this professional artist in critique and consultation. Artistic premise and intention are comprehensively presented in a senior thesis exhibition. A complete portfolio is presented to the department at the completion of this semester. Estimated Materials Cost: $500.00 Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  8. All Glass junior, senior and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations. Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only. Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. First-year grads register for GLASS-435G (Fall) and GLASS-436G (Spring). Second-year grads register for GLASS-437G (Fall) and GLASS-438G (Spring).
  9. All Glass junior, senior and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations. Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only. Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration. First-year grads register for GLASS-435G (Fall) and GLASS-436G (Spring). Second-year grads register for GLASS-437G (Fall) and GLASS-438G (Spring).
  10. With assistance from department and outside faculty, the graduate student defines and organizes an evolved artistic viewpoint presented in both a comprehensive written thesis and a thesis exhibition. At the beginning of this semester, students are also required to present a slide "source" presentation to a department assembly that is a compilation of the previous three semesters' visual research. A professional portfolio is presented to the department at the completion of the student's graduate study. Estimated Materials Cost: $500.00 Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only. Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  11. Graduate Glass II continues with the objectives of the preceding semester. It is expected that students continue artistic experimentation and individual growth at an increasingly professional level. Estimated Materials Cost: $500.00 Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only. Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  12. Since its chance discovery millennia ago, glass has developed into an integral and ubiquitous part of daily life. Through lectures, student presentations and field trips to the RISD museum and/or local glass studios, this course is designed to introduce students to the various ways this quixotic material has been made, used, and thought about across time. This survey course employs a chronological format and methodologies of art history, history of science, and material culture to investigate the range of glass objects, formulae, and production methods in use since glass' earliest manufacture through the mid-twentieth century. We will also examine the broader social and cultural contexts in which glass was made and explore the following themes as they relate to the history of glass: mimesis, clarity, innovation, reflection, light, and science. Major requirement; junior BFA.GLASS students Liberal Arts elective credit for non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.
  13. This primarily technical course builds on basic, traditional glassblowing skills - and challenges students to move toward more complex, technical proficiency. Demonstrations and supervised practice will introduce alternative methods, refinement and new techniques. Also, student innovation with traditional process is encouraged. Students improve both individual and team skills, maintain a technical notebook, and develop an "idea" sketchbook. Estimated Materials Cost: $300.00 Major requirement; Glass majors only Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.