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2010 Masterclasses - Class 8

 Katy Holford From Technology to Craft - New Technologies and Approaches with Katy Holford (UK)
(including laser cutting/etching, industrial production, waterjet cutting, sustainable energy technology and 3D CAD (rapid) prototyping).

Dates: Monday 23 to Thursday 26 August
Venue: University of Wolverhampton, Glass Department, with visits and demonstrations around the West Midlands
Level: Advanced (underpinning glass knowledge)
Capacity: 12 students
Price: £275 (including VAT and transport to alterative venues by mini-bus)

An exploration of how new technologies can be supportive in the advancement of the glass designer/craftperson’s professional practice.

Masterclass Leader: Katy Holford MA (RCA) is a design consultant and sculptor who specialises in working with craft production.

As a design consultant Katy offers her clients the benefit of 20 years of specialist glass and crystal design skills, manufacturing knowledge and extensive experience of market positioning, prototyping and product development. Katy likes to work closely with manufacturers to develop production processes that enable her to consistently produce innovative and interesting designs. In more recent years she has applied these skills and knowledge to other craft production processes and materials including ceramics, pewter and other metals, wood, bamboo, laquerware etc for a selection of clients including Czech and Speake bathrooms, Wedgwood, LivingEtc, Sainsbury’s, Perrier Jouet Champagne, Greenapple Furniture, Crabtree and Evelyn, working in the luxury market and including mainstream sectors and having work produced globally, winning design awards for several of her elegant contemporary designs.

At the present time Katy is working with Cumbria Crystal. In her role as Creative Director she is helping the company to develop their future not only producing contemporary designs for the luxury market but also sustaining and developing a unique craft manufacturing community within the UK in as ethical and eco friendly way as possible.

 David Green Masterclass Co-ordinator: David Green Senior Lecturer in Glass at the School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton with over 25 years of glass experience as an artist, craftsman, designer and consultant.

This is an opportunity to investigate and observe the improvement in glass processing that can be made accessible to the glass artist/designer/craftsperson with the increase in technologies and improvements in sustainability. During the Masterclass we shall be going on a journey to view at first-hand the range of new technologies that have a relationship with glass to be found in the West Midlands. It will be hosted by Katy Holford and David Green, who will impart their knowledge and experience in working with these new advancements to show how such processes can be beneficial to the glass practitioner.

1 - Masterclass Introduction: Lecturer on the Ethos of the Sessions followed by presentations on the Work Practices of the Masterclass Leader and Co-ordinator.
UOW. School of Art and Design: Laser-cutting/etching. The use of Lasers to decorate Glass or in the making process.

2 - IRONBRIDGE: The birth of the Industrial Revolution
UOW. School of Engineering and the Built Environment: Rapid proto-typing for the realisation and manufacture of Glass Artefacts

3 - MIG Ltd (Midland Industrial Glass) (nee: Chance Bros & Fiesta Glass) Smethwick: Mass-production and processed glass. From Industrial to decorative.
OPTIMAL ARMOUR, Dudley: Waterjet cutting – From computer generated image to 2D profile cut shapes.

4 - Visit: The use of sustainable energy technology in reducing manufacturing costs for the Glassmaker.

 The Opal Collection by Katy Holford Conclusion to Masterclass.
Reflective debate on the relationship between Craftsperson/maker and some of the new technologies in industry.

This is an indicative list of activities and processes – to be confirmed and possibly augmented in due course. This course is designed to give privileged access to processes and build contacts that could lead you in new directions with your work. It will be mostly observational (demonstrations) rather than hands on activity, and this is reflected in the price.

Participants should come prepared to visit dirty environments and wear old clothes and strong shoes. We will provide all appropriate additional safety equipment as and when needed.

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

For details of each class please click on the link(s) in the list on the left.

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