Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Glass demonstration by Kay Coburn Rice

We are having a lampworking demonstration during the March ArtWalk in Downtown New Bern March 11 from 5-8 pm.

Glass artist Kay Coburn Rice of New Bern will be working with her torch demonstrating how she makes her glass sculptures and beads.

A New Bern native Kay has recently returned to her hometown after spending many years in Texas.

Kay has been working with glass for 11 years and torch worked glass for 7 years. She started out doing fused glass jewelry in a kiln while living in Texas. She studied metal work for three years then found her true calling when she started working with a torch. She took classes with Kip Maley at  the Craft Guild of Dallas and developed her still at making glass beads.

Most recently through her study with Josh Mazet over the past 3 years she has developed her skill with torch worked sculptural Borosilicate glass. She has also studied with Corina Tettinger, Deb Crowley, Gail Crosman Moore and other accomplished glass artists.

Kay enjoys recreating things found in nature, especially flowers and fish and making jewelry with her fused glass and her lamp worked beads.

Lamp working is a type of glasswork that uses a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. It is also known as flameworking or torchworking.

Lamp working has been done since ancient times but it came into prominence in Murano, Italy in the 14th century. Lamp working differs from glassblowing in that glassblowing uses a blowpipe to inflate a glass blob known as a gob or gather, inflating it by blowing air into the blowpipe, whereas lampworking manipulates glass either by the use of tools, gravity, or by blowing directly into the end of a glass tube.

Meet the artist during ArtWalk and enjoy some refreshments, for more information call the gallery at 252-633-4369, or email us by clicking here!.

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