Sunday, August 31, 2008

Kiln Casting Workshop Nearby in September

Mark Abildgaard will be teaching a kiln casting workshop in nearby Woodland, CA. Notable in workshops is this local artist who has taught at the Pilchuck, Chihuly's Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, The Corning Glass Museum in New York, and was guest lecturer at the Smithsonian Studio Arts Program.
He has worked with kiln-cast glass in his own studio since 1986 in the Woodland/Davis area. He has been exploring figures, boats, and totems in his work to create sculpture that portrays spiritual energy.
The Woodland Daily Democrat covered him today August 31, 2008 in an article.
Mark Abildgaard holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Hawaii and his work is in the collections of The Corning Museum of Glass, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Fresno Art Museum. His work is also part of many prestigious corporate and private collections and has been in major exhibitions in museums and galleries across the country.
The kiln-casting workshop will be on two weekends, Sept. 13 and 14, and Sept. 20 and 21, at Gallery Artists Studio, 1021 Lincoln Ave., Woodland. No prior glass working experience is necessary.
Participants will use clay to create a relief from which a mold will be made and then the molds will be loaded with glass for a kiln firing. The following weekend they will do minor cold working to finish their pieces. Mold making, kiln firing and annealing will be covered.
The cost is $285 and includes all materials. For more information and to register contact Suzanne Gerttula at the Studio Artists Gallery at 662-7485 or

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