Metal and Glass for Architecture and Objects

Contemporary calligraphy has a grand future OFF paper. My career has been full of fascinating commissions in metal and glass for architecture and other applications. You will learn to design for laser-cutting, including some basic plotting techniques to prepare your files for the laser. (Simple options for those without digital skills will be discussed!) You will learn to make a mock-up for large-scale architectural works and to develop the content (theme, meaning) for a specific project. The course will also look at applications on glass, both architectural and small scale. At the end of the course, you will have a sandblasted glass object and, budget permitting, a laser-cut metal object for all to admire.

This online course will consist of six Zoom sessions:

  • Live lessons with demonstrations and assignments to do in your own time.
  • Live lessons with additional demonstrations.
  • Lectures on related subjects, including art history and contemporary art.

  • One live crit session in which I will review all works posted by students, with Q&A.

* Sessions will be recorded and made available to students for a period of 4 months.

Material list

  • Drawing paper and/or calligraphy paper
  • Pencil
  • Calligraphy pens and brushes
  • Ink
  • Dremel tool (optional)
  • A glass vessel or sheet of glass for sandblasting.
  • You will need to scan your work to create files for laser cutting and sandblasting. We will discuss how to find a company to carry out your laser cutting and sandblasting.

* HANDOUTS with more specific information on materials will be sent three weeks before the series begins.

Dates & time

  • September 4, 11, 18 2023
  • October 2, 9, 16 2023
  • Brussels Time
  • NY Time
  • Sydney Time
    4:00am next day (September)
    5:00am next day (October)

* Sessions last approximately 2 hours