FIELD TRIP: Shanes Confectionery

Yesterday Megan Biddle(faculty) took her Intro glass blowing students to Shane Candies where the owners Ryan and Eric Berely demonstrated the art of pulling taffy. Similar to glass in so many ways, the students were amazed at being able to handle the material. In preparation for our visit they boiled 25 lbs of sugar and pour it onto a steel table to cool it. To understand the material each student was given a few pounds stretch, pull, and even blow. What an incredible transformation of an everyday material!

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Returning with a couple of interesting links

So we have been away from the blog for a while, but the new semester is approaching and it is time to return! Some interesting things that we like today:



















Junior seminar: CO/LAB




ImageImageSome installation shots from the Junior Advanced Seminar class project. They were given the critique space to use as a “laboratory” for 12 days, adding/subtracting from each other’s ideas, experiments and configurations. They were asked to give up authorship and consider a “call and response” approach to working together in the space, expanding spatially and developing object and material relationships. It was exciting to see the explosions that took place throughout the week, but maybe even more exciting was hearing the student’s response to being given this sense of freedom to act creatively as a community.

Megan Biddle Solo Exhibition

Glass faculty Megan Biddle’s solo exhibition opened October 1st and runs through December 6th, 2013 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Filmmakers Gallery. The work in the show includes a series of drawings, videos, metal installation and glass objects. If you are in Pittsburgh check it out.
Opening Reception October 18th

Article in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette link

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Thinnest glass in Guinness book

Thinnest glass in Guinness book

Scientists at Cornell accidentally developed a pane of glass that measures only two atoms in thickness. This discovery has helped answer questions about the fundamental structure of glass, a unique material that behaves like a solid but was thought to look more like a liquid, which has stumped scientists for over 80 years.