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Rachael Wong at Stride


Team work at its finest

We were fortunate enough this year to have visiting artists Rachael Wong and Rob Lewis as instructors. They were wonderful additions to our department and we will be sad to see them go. Recently Rob did a demo for the third years on how to make a cylinder and how to use a paper marver to avoid chill marks on your work. It was a really involved demo as the cylinder was so large it barely fit in the glory hole and so required all hands on deck, medicine
check out the images below.



Get your butts down to ACAD for the glass departments annual Mug night event!


a group exhibition exploring the concept of obsession

March 31 – May 5, hair 2012
Exhibition Reception: Sat. March 31 from 2-4 pm


Calgary felt artist and curator of this exhibition Jill Nuckles has had a long interest in the artists obsession; the obsessive or compulsive approach to material, neurologist technique and repetition. It is that compulsion that fills the work with an inexpressible depth and richness which compels the viewer to engage in an indefinable and profound way.

This group exhibition showcases six artists who identify with the theme, whether through process, narration, scale or the psychology of obsessions.  Each unique style and interpretation of the theme will allow the viewer a glimpse into the artists’ psyche. The materials, scale and techniques will be appropriate to the individual maker’s practice and voice.

Obsessions runs March 31 – May 5 at the Alberta Craft Council Discovery Gallery, 10186 – 106 Street, Edmonton.  The artists will be in attendance for the opening reception on Saturday, March 31 from 2-4 pm.

Jill Nuckles, Calgary – Felt | Joan Irvin, Calgary – Jewellery | Laura O’Connor, Edmonton – Textiles | Natali Rodrigues, Calgary – Glass | Barbara Rumberger, Calgary – Glass | Susan Thorpe, Calgary – Ceramics

Tech Apprentice Program

Application Deadline:
March 25 (apprenticeship beginning in June)
October 25 (apprenticeship beginning in January)

The Tech Apprenticeship is an educational work opportunity designed for students who have completed their undergraduate study in glass (BFA) and are looking to gain professional studio experience in a state of the art public access studio. The PGC’s tech apprenticeships will last between six months and one year. Apprentices will work 30 hours/week as a studio tech and have 10 hours/week to focus on making their own work. PGC will also provide housing and a stipend of $400 a month.
Tech apprentices should leave PGC with the basic knowledge necessary to run and/or work in any glass studio. The apprenticeship will train individuals in proper operation and maintenance of equipment in all studios, otolaryngologist as well as give them real world experience in day-to-day operation of a facility that caters to glassworkers of all skill levels. Apprentices can expect to handle a lot of the day-to-day responsibilities such as studio cleaning and equipment upkeep. Regular duties include lifting up to 50lbs. Apprentices will be working in the public eye, syphilis and therefore applicants are expected to be enthusiastic about engaging visitors. Applicants should have a strong work ethic and are expected to be self-motivated both on and off the clock. When not on duty apprentices are encouraged to participate in classes either as teachers, teaching assistants or students depending on their interests/abilities.


    1. Ability to work in a team environment
    2. Ability to regularly lift up to 50lbs.
    3. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass or equivalent background
    4. Strong work ethic
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If you have questions, contact Jason Forck via email or at 412-365-2145 ext. 203.

To apply, please include the following:

      • Up to 15 Digital Images (organized in either Power Point or Keynote presentation and on disk)
      • Slide Description Sheet
      • Resume
      • Artist Statement
      • Three References (no letters)

Send all of these items to:

Jason Forck
Pittsburgh Glass Center
5472 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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