Pate de Verre: Warm Glass Casting

August 16 - August 20, 2024

Pate de Verre: Warm Glass Casting


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $85

In this workshop you will be introduced to the process of traditional pate de verre casting through the making of small relief tiles or vessels, which will then be fired. James will cover processes of clay relief modeling, refractory mold-making, glass selection, glass finishing options as well as kiln preparation and programing. You will have the freedom to explore the beauty and fragility of glass while creating decorative wall mounted pieces or shallow functional vessels. You will be encouraged to explore and experiment in this comprehensive introduction to the warm glass technique. This workshop is great for both beginners and those with experience.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



James Blake

James Blake was the Flat-shop instructor from 2009-2017 at the Non-Profit studio GlassRoots, located in Newark, NJ. He uses an interdisciplinary approach with ceramics, drawing/ painting, glass, and metal fabrication to create his own work focused mostly on the interaction of form and function. James has worked and studied with many craft organizations including Pilchuck Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland School of Crafts, and Urban Glass (Brooklyn, NY) He now works mainly out of his home studio in West Orange, NJ.

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