Event Title

A New Artform Combining Glass and Ceramics

Location

CSU 201

Start Date

4-4-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

4-4-2011 10:30 AM

Student's Major

Art

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Todd Shanafelt

Mentor's Department

Art

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

My goals and passion as an artist is too overcome boundaries between media of art as well as negative connotations between art verses craft and functional verses nonfunctional art. My primary medium has been stained glass which I have used three-dimensionally. With my latest work I have used glass with ceramics, two media that was previously thought to be incompatible despite the similar basic ingredients such as silica. The extremely different melting points and shrinkage rates have been the main obstacles to overcome in working with these two elements in the same finished work. My goal with this project was to have various sections of glass surrounded by the clay structure so that light can still pass through the glass. Through experimentation and research I have accomplished my initial goals with potential to continue refining my results during my early career as an artist. The workshop I attended in Santa Fe, New Mexico gave me the appropriate knowledge I needed to realize my ideas as well as providing me with valuable contacts for my future. This project has made and will continue to make a very significant impact on my artwork as well as prepare me for my career as an artist after I graduate in the spring of 2011.

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Apr 4th, 9:00 AM Apr 4th, 10:30 AM

A New Artform Combining Glass and Ceramics

CSU 201

My goals and passion as an artist is too overcome boundaries between media of art as well as negative connotations between art verses craft and functional verses nonfunctional art. My primary medium has been stained glass which I have used three-dimensionally. With my latest work I have used glass with ceramics, two media that was previously thought to be incompatible despite the similar basic ingredients such as silica. The extremely different melting points and shrinkage rates have been the main obstacles to overcome in working with these two elements in the same finished work. My goal with this project was to have various sections of glass surrounded by the clay structure so that light can still pass through the glass. Through experimentation and research I have accomplished my initial goals with potential to continue refining my results during my early career as an artist. The workshop I attended in Santa Fe, New Mexico gave me the appropriate knowledge I needed to realize my ideas as well as providing me with valuable contacts for my future. This project has made and will continue to make a very significant impact on my artwork as well as prepare me for my career as an artist after I graduate in the spring of 2011.

Recommended Citation

Harsma, Kristin J.. "A New Artform Combining Glass and Ceramics." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 4, 2011.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2011/oral-session-01/4