Summer 2018 Intensive at Pittsburg Glass Center


Pattern Recognition: Demystifying Complex Pattern Bars
Instructor: Martie Negri

Since ancient times pattern has been a fundamental element in art making. Our pleasure in viewing art is a result of recognizing the artists use of patterns imposed in a work which resonates with our own experience. Creating pattern is a very personal and an often unconscious means of expressing our true nature in the art we create.

In this class we will explore methods of creating complex pattern elements which can be combined in an infinite array of possibilities to create your own unique pattern bars. As in the Rorschach we will be working in a restricted color palette, shades of white and blacks, to achieve contrasting forms which will make our exploration easier to understand.

I will be arriving at class with a complex pattern bar which we will analyze, cut apart and fuse into a finished tile to assist our learning. You will learn coldworking skills and assembly techniques which will be a foundation for pattern bar techniques. You will go home with a tile piece made from the pattern bar I bring to class as an example of our work together along with various glass elements which you may take home and fuse to create your own unique pattern bar.

Register before February 1 to receive Early Bird rates!

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Space, Structure, and Light A Contemporary Glass Exhibition

Silvermine Arts Center November 8 through December 20, 2015 Artist Talk: Sunday, December 13, 2-4pm Silvermine’s exhibition of contemporary glass art will show both the wide range of what is being done today by glass artists, and what glass as a material can do. Glass has magical properties. It reflects, refracts, holds light, and lets… Continue Reading

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Kiln-formed works take center stage in Glass Center showcase

    By Kurt Shaw Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, 8:30 p.m. Featuring works on the cutting edge of kiln-formed glass, “Emerge/Evolve,” is the first exhibit at the Pittsburgh Glass Center dedicated solely to this technique. Kiln-formed glass objects are made with glass that has been tested to be compatible for fusing when heated in a… Continue Reading

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