Dick's Tricks: Pushing the Possibilities - The Use of Advanced Colour Processes & Techniques in Glassblowing

Dates: Monday 20 to Thursday 23 August
Venue: Ruskin Glass Centre
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Capacity: 6 students Price: £420 (including VAT)


As one of the pioneers of the glass studio movement, Richard Marquis has beenblowing glass for almost 50 years. He was one of the trailblazers who connectedthe vast heritage of Venetian glass with the beginnings of Studio glass.“Richard Marquis, glassblower and collector of beat-up, vintage objects, has hadan extraordinary influence on the development of contemporary studio glass in America and around the world……..his prolific body of astonishingly original,challenging, and exquisitely executed work illustrates his boundless range andexceptional versatility as an artist…..”Tina Oldknow – The Glass Art Society Journal in reference to the GAS 2005 Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award.

Educated at the University of California in Berkeley during the troubled sixties he is just as much of a rebel now as then. In his youth he worked at the Venini Factoryin Murano. He received numerous grants and awards, including four NEA grants,three Fulbright grants, and recently the G.A.S. lifetime achievement award andthe Libensky award. He is represented in more museums that he can remember.He has done workshops and demos around the world, but the last workshop hegave in England was in 1970. This is a rare opportunity to engage with such aunique artist on this side of the Atlantic.

The focus of this class involves the making of various types of zanfirico and murrine cane and the multitude of ways to use them in blown and fused work.Traditional Italian techniques will be presented as well as derivations developedby Dick over the last four decades. Other more complicated processes beyondthe scope of this workshop will be discussed and revealed. A treasury of glass experience not to be missed.


Photos courtesy of S Bruntnell, P Dutton, C Day, K Brocklehurst, J Christley, M Holm, M Durran, P Wood, J Plant, J Smith, Glass Genie, KT Yun, D McNeill, J Coakley,  J Elliott, S Snaddon, I Dury.
J Low, J Newman, V Bamforth, N Baker.
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