GLASS 643 001, 1 week, 1 credit hour, Lab Fee $150
In this course students will work with SAIC faculty and sculptor Christine Tarkowski and Firehouse Arts faculty and glass artist Pearl Dick. Students are introduced to the basic practice and principles of hot glass: hand blowing, mold blowing, cold working and sculpting within a highly experimental context. Emphasis is placed on harnessing the hot glass process to evolve and deliver unexpected outcomes and encourage transdisciplinary approaches. Students will work individually and participate in collaborative production teams to produce their experimental projects. Territories of production, conceptual and discipline inquiry will be considered relative to students' individual directions.
Christine Tarkowski is a Chicago based artist who works in a variety of mediums including sculpture, printed matter, photography and song. Her works range in scale from the ordinary to the monumental. Equally variable is her scope of production, which incorporates the making of permanent architectural structures, cast models, textile yardage, and temporary printed ephemera. Many of her recent works point toward the flotsam of western culture relative to systems of democracy, religion and capitalism. Her work has been exhibited at Chicago Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, MASS MoCA, Manilow Sculpture Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Renaissance Society, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Creative Capital, Illinois Arts Council, Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media and is on faculty at SAIC.
Pearl Dick is an artist, educator, and activist based in Chicago who specializes in glassblowing and sculpting, mixed media installation and oil paintings that address the relationships formed when lives intersect. Her work is featured in galleries and private collections around the country. Pearl is the founder of The Firehouse Glass Studio in Chicago, a community studio offering educational opportunities for youth and professional artists to create within a safe and supportive environment. As the Artistic Director for Chicago-based non-profit ArtReach, Pearl is committed to connecting under-resourced youth in Chicago with practicing artists in mentorship and youth development programs. In 2015, she co-founded Project FIRE, a youth program that combines glassblowing with trauma-informed psychotherapy for youth who have been victims of gun violence. Pearl is also the founder and co-owner of The Pack Animals, an art packing and handling business that specializes in the handling of fine art glass.