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4/29-5/3 Advanced Pattern Making in Glass: An Investigation of Linear Symmetry, with Ian Chadwick

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April 29 - May 3, 2022.  10am-4pm daily.

Ian Chadwick is returning to Milkweed Arts after his first engagement of two sold out classes with long wait lists!  Seats in this workshop won't be available for long, so sign up today! 

Symmetry can be used as a fundamental design tool. Symmetry is used by man and nature as a device to add continuity, balance and harmony to a chaotic universe, its use in art and design, consequently, attains an aesthetic of order and familiarity.

In this class you will explore principles of advanced pattern forming in fused glass. Using pre-formed Bullseye colored glass striped sheets, you will expand your knowledge and experience of kilnforming and coldworking techniques to produce intricate patterns which utilize symmetry and geometry to create hypnotizing mandala-like patterns. You will be guided through the creation of Bullseye glass striped sheets which once fired will be deconstructed and reassembled. You will learn how the arrangement of tone and color can enhance the optical properties of the pattern design and how to lay out the pattern using principles of four-fold and eight-fold symmetry. You will use these concepts and techniques to create a glass tile of your own design.

Ian Chadwick is an internationally recognized Kiln-formed glass artist. Winner of the Worshipful Company Of Glass Sellers Award at the British Glass Bienale 2019. Ian has an interest in geometry and in particular in the history and philosophy behind the geometric symbols known as mandalas. This interest is realized in Ian’s glass work where the ritualized process of making is employed to bring the essence of mandalas into the symmetrical glass patterns which have become his unique signature aesthetic. As Ian has progressed his work he has continued to investigate different pattern forming techniques and new ways to engage with the viewer. The patterns have evolved and become multi layered and less ordered. The most current range of Ian’s work is designed to represent a map of the mind in its chaotic juxtapositioning of lines of thought.

Visiting from out of town for this workshop? 

Located only 3.6 miles from the studio, Cambria Hotel Downtown Phoenix is a Choice Hotels property, and your stay includes free Wi-Fi and a fitness center,. The Cambria combines upscale amenities with sleek, downtown décor for a locally inspired hotel experience. Situated in the Roosevelt Row Arts District, it is within walking distance of the convention center, art galleries, shops and restaurants. It features a full service bar and restaurant with craft beers as well as a rooftop pool, bar, and lounge. 
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