Particular about Particulates: Basic Kiln Casting and Traditional Pate de Verre Techniques - Anna Boothe

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, July 18, 2016 - Friday, July 22, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, July 18, 2016 - Friday, July 22, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Kiln casting with glass, like casting with metal and other materials, is a sculptural process most often used to create one-of-a-kind objects or limited edition multiples. Most notable for its translucence and luminosity, glass fused in heat resistant molds using different kiln-casting techniques can yield an infinite variety of results. In this workshop, while learning kiln-casting basics (making positive forms from clay and/or wax; mold making; glass selection, preparation, and mold packing; kiln-loading procedures; firing schedules and glass-finishing techniques), students will focus on how to modulate color and degrees of translucency through the combination of different glass particle sizes and other variables. Anna will begin this five-day intensive with a historical-technical overview of kiln casting in order to provide students with a visual vocabulary specific to this process, and then add plenty of lectures, presentations, and demonstrations throughout the week. Students will be guided in the making of tests that will be used to practice several techniques and to inform the making of one or more cast forms. Learn more about Anna at the “Basic Kiln Casting and Traditional Pâte de Verre Techniques” workshop registration page at

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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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