Reverse Relief Casting - Elizabeth Braun

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, July 11, 2016 - Friday, July 15, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, July 11, 2016 - Friday, July 15, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

This class will cover a variety of ways to make refractory models, using high-temperature plasters, fiber blanket, board, and papers. Using inexpensive and beautiful float glass, students will learn the firing tendencies and schedules; how to cut thick glass; which side is up; and various ways to add color using powders, frits, and silver leaf. You will also make re-usable molds, in order to make multiples of your positive form. We will cover basic model making; different applications for the reverse relief techniques, such as mirrors, shelves and platters; firing schedules; blocking and forming; how to hang and/or install your glass; drill holes; and more—valuable new information to add to your repertoire of techniques! Students will take home plenty of refractory models, some re-usable flexible molds, and several cast glass pieces using the reverse relief technique. Learn more about Elizabeth at the “Reverse Relief Casting” workshop registration page at

About This Organizer

Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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