Workshop date: 18-23 July
Workshop Fee: 1200 USD
Freedom with free-formed glass, let your hands guide your work because mistakes are a virtue when working from instinct.
-Having fun is important in any discipline in the hot glass studio.-
We will figure out how you can express your wildest ideas in the studio with help from Emil and the rest of our group. This class is for anyone who has a passion for glass. We focus on having fun with glass-control techniques. Placing the emphasis on instinct and play, we will explore your ideas and your sketchbooks and rely on a hands on approach towards design and realisation of sculptural and functional glass. Glassblowing, sculpting solid and hollow glass, using powders, frit and bar
colours, and anything else, in combination with classical glass techniques. We will combine everything in one class. Learn to work efficiently and sensibly and embrace the process in the studio. The class is set up for anyone who would like to improve their skills and knowledge in hot glass and learn to let go of their inhibitions and fears in the studio. Basics are a must as we will approach glass as an unlimited medium for expression, Nothing is impossible in this class, be prepared to be surprised.
Emil Kováč - 2018
Master Glassblower Emil Kováč started his career in the Czech glass industry in theeighties. After finishing his training at the renowned Novy Bor Glass school he worked forseveral glass manufacturing companies throughout the region. Emil has since worked asa freelance glassmaker throughout Europe and America and started to develop his ownunique glasswork and designs.The first opportunity to develop his own set of aesthetics presented itself in the year2000, in the form of an annual collaboration project with the National Glass Museum inLeerdam, NL.Emil has continued to work as a freelance maker for the Czech glass industry and otherstudios around the world. In the meantime he has been involvedin helping to set up several community-glass studio-projects in South Africa and alsoteaching a class in design basics at Technicum a university in Pretoria, South Africa.Emil’s glass is very ubiquitous, the influences from Africa are ever present as well as hisdrive to combine these influences with the techniques he has learned over time. Simpleyet strong statement pieces are Emil’s preference.His work balances the colourful and volatile temperament of Africa with the inherentqualities of Czech glass designs.