10/1-3 Open Face Kiln Casting with Mark Abildgaard

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October 1-3, 2021.  9am-4pm daily.  8 student maximum.

Mark Abildgaard will introduce the possibilities for using clay to create objects that can be cast in glass. This 3-day workshop is an intensive "hands on" experience for students who will learn how to make a mold, set up a kiln for casting, and program firing and annealing cycles.  No experience necessary. All materials included.

This class is open to studnet who have no prior glass working experience, however students with a background in glass fusing will be able to immediately use the information from the class to begin casting glass on their own.


Mark Abildgaard received a B.A. degree in Art from San Francisco State University in 1979 and a M.F.A. degree in Art from the University of Hawaii in 1984. After graduating, he worked as an artist in residence at the Tokyo Glass Art Institute in Japan and at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY.   Mark was awarded a five month fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America in Millville New Jersey in 1985. In 2015, he was awarded an individual artists grant from the Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

Since 1986 Mark has worked in his Northern California studio creating one of a kind kiln cast sculptures, inspired by how glass, light and color interact.  In creating glass sculpture he wants to use the inherent property of the material to transmit light as a way to express a feeling of spirituality.

Mark's sculptures have been included in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, the Oakland Museum of Art in Oakland, California, the Richmond Museum of Art in Richmond, Virginia, the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, California, the Triton Museum in Santa Clara California, and the Fresno Museum of Art in Fresno, California. 


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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