This class will investigate essential techniques for hand pressed glass sculpture. We will integrate digital (3D printing) with traditional mould making, then mould-press and assemble volumetric forms from the resulting components.

Specifically, after pressing the molten glass, we will utilise hot sculpting and blowing at the bench as well as cold construction techniques to assemble our pressed glass sculptures. Studio accessible methods of 3D modelling, printing, mould-making, pressing, and fabrication will be explored. 


Dates: Mon 19 August to Thursday 22 August

Monday 19 August - Registration from 10am to 11am, class starts at 11am

Any Level:  no experience necessary

Location: Ruskin Glass Centre, The Glasshouse, Stourbridge

£590 - includes VAT, all materials, lunches and invitation to the British Glass Biennale Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening


Artist Biography

Mark Hursty is an intermedia sculptor working with glass, electronics, and digital fabrication. His research and teaching integrate manual and digital craft paradigms with conceptual sculpture. These practices reflect his time spent learning and teaching glass in Asia, Europe, and America. He currently teaches new media design, digital fabrication, and glass art at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and his Pilchuck course, The Glass Electric, is currently on offer for Summer 2019.

www.blurringartandlife.com/markhursty/about.html


Additional Evening Events

Monday 19 August

Evening Barbecue at Vale Head Farm

Mingle and meet your masterclass colleagues in the tranquil environment of Glasshouse College’s Vale Head Farm, Kinver (5 miles from the Glasshouse). Set in beautiful South Staffordshire scenery you can relax after a busy day in the studio and enjoy good, local, organic bbq with salads and drinks with your new friends.

6.30 – 10pm

Price £20

Tuesday 20 August

Swedish Evening at Red House Glass Cone

To celebrate the arrival of ‘Boda Builders’, an exhibition of contemporary Swedish glass, we invite you to experience a Scandinavian evening in this atmospheric heritage venue. There are many parallels between the Stourbridge Glass Quarter and Sweden’s Kingdom of Crystal with the shift from factory to contemporary glass. Meet some of the artists from The Glass Factory in Boda who are leading this change and enjoy a Swedish inspired supper.

6.30 – 9.30pm

Price £25

Wednesday 21 August

Experience the delights of hand crafted real ale on the popular Black Country Beer Bus Tour

This tour takes you around some of the best traditional Black Country Alehouses for an evening of hand crafted real ale and some fine local brews, including Enville Ales, Bathams, Ma Pardoes and the Black Country Ales. The Swan at Netherton is deservedly on CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. Tuck into a choice of home-cooked traditional fish and chips, faggots & peas or a vegetarian/vegan option. The beer bus also features a bar selling spirits and other drinks.

The tour starts at 7pm and will finish around 11pm.

Price £25

Thursday 22 August, 6pm

British Glass Biennale Awards Ceremony

To celebrate the completion of your masterclass we warmly invite you to join us for the official opening of the British Glass Biennale.


If you have any queries place contact Masterclass Coordinator Jacqueline Cooley on +44 (0)7990 711565 or email [email protected]

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Sculptural Pressed Glass with Mark Hursty

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Barbecue at Vale Head Farm

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Swedish Evening at Red House Glass Cone

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Black Country Real Ale Tour

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International Festival of Glass Programme Guide

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