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2010 Masterclasses - Class 10 - CLASS FULL

Vanessa Cutler Working with the elements – water & sun: The fundamentals
of waterjet cutting with Vanessa Cutler (UK) and photovoltaic glass with Chris Bird-Jones (UK)

Dates: Monday 23 to Thursday 26 August
Venue: Leasowes Community College, Halesowen
Level: No experience necessary, but underpinning glass knowledge useful
Capacity: 10 students
Price: £395 (including VAT)

At Leasowes Community College, Halesowen – organised by the Welsh School of Architectural Glass at Swansea Metropolitan University, who celebrate 75 years as a centre for Excellence in Architectural Glass in 2010.

This computer based workshop will cover preparation of files for waterjet cutting plus an introduction to designing with photovoltaic technology. Waterjet technology is increasingly being used for sculptural and design purposes. The workshop sets out to show how a drawing can be transferred through digital processes to a CNC File that instructs the industrial machine to successfully cut intricate designs maintaining the integrity of the drawing. For those who do not already know, photovoltaic glass is a special glass with integrated solar cells that convert solar energy into electricity. This capacity for creating electricity from a panel gives the potential to light glass sustainably from within using solar energy or to
Spine by Vanessa Cutler return electricity to the national grid.

Chris will provide a foundation of knowledge about different techniques of photovoltaic technology and do a practical demonstration of one of those techniques. This class would be suitable for product designers and/or architects, as well as glass artists wishing to extend their range of skills.

Masterclass Leader: Dr Vanessa Cutler: Research Co-ordinator, Welsh School of Architectural Glass, Swansea Metropolitan University; lecturer, craftsman, designer and consultant, recognised glass artist and authority on waterjet cutting of glass.

Chris Bird-Jones Chris Bird-Jones: MA Glass Programme Director, Welsh School of Architectural Glass, Swansea Metropolitan University, internationally recognised as an artist, craftsman, designer, consultant and educator.

This Masterclass will give you the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of water jet cutting and the opportunity to experience the creation of a water-jet glass form from start to finish. It will include producing a waterjet cut glass tile max size 200x 200mm.
Plus an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of incorporating photo voltaic technology in your glass designs.

1 - Introductory lecture by Dr Vanessa Cutler explaining the rationale behind waterjet cutting showing examples of the variety of work being produced internationally. An introduction to the basic process through presentation and discussion of existing examples.
2 - What water does and what you need to work on computers with Illustrator; converting a jpeg image into a DWG file.
3 - Completing the files, visit to waterjet company and see your file being cut.
4 - Photovoltaic technology - an introductory lecture by Chris Bird-Jones with a demonstration of the technology and its application. What is a PV? How do they work? How to design glass panels that incorporate them? Followed by question and answer session.

Discussion of participants’ experiences.

Masterclasses commence on Monday 23 Aug and finish on Thursday 26 Aug.

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