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Art of Fire: Introduction to Glassblowing

Explore the fundamentals of working with hot glass, guided by an award-winning glass artist Ramson Lometewama. Ramson’s glass art is viewed as a “contemporary expression of an ancient and artistically rich people…evoking a beautiful yet humbling mindscape which we all long to find.”

Your workshop will start with getting familiar with using the equipment and tools required to create glass art. You will cover safety protocols before you start to use any equipment for creation. Then begin creating your own work, beginning with solid pieces such as flowers, mushrooms, and paperweights, before advancing to blowing simple vessels. Using colored glass, you will experiment with gathering and shaping hot glass into various forms. Although the goal is to blow glass, advancement will depend on how quickly you become proficient at working the glass.

Returning students can explore more advanced techniques. The small class size allows for maximum time working with glass and hands-on instruction. Your pieces made on Thursday will be ready to unload from the kiln up to 4 pm on Friday.

  • Clothing should be cotton – no synthetics 
    • Cotton shirts (t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.) are acceptable. 
    • Jeans or other cotton materials are suitable for pants.
    • Avoid clothing with applied logos or images as that material tends to absorb heat. 
  • No sandals or open-toed shoes allowed – leather boots recommended
  • Bring your favorite polarized eyewear
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable folding chair
  • Seat cushion/pillow

Ramson Lomatewama is a glass artist, the first and only full-time Hopi glassblower, Katsina doll carver, published poet and jeweler from Hotevilla, AZ, on the Hopi Reservation. He earned his BA from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT, in 1981. Ramson has taught a wide range of workshops and courses in the US and Japan and served as an adjunct professor of sociology at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Although Hopi ceremonies and cultural activities play a significant role in his life, Ramson continues to dedicate time to schools, universities, and museums as a visiting scholar and artist. Ramson currently teaches glass art for the Hopitutuqayki (The Hopi School), an arts apprenticeship program located on the Hopi reservation.

Instagram: @ramsonlomatewama

Native American & Inland Empire Teacher Scholarships 

Generous donors have made scholarships and fellowships for adult workshops available on a limited basis for these specific groups:

  1. Native American Community Leaders, Artists, Members, and Teachers
  2. Inland Empire Teachers, Professors, and Graduate Students

Scholarships include tuition, dorm housing, and all meals provided by the campus dining service.

Scholarship Details: 

  1. Native American Community Members, Leaders, Artists, and Teachers
    For adults 19 and older with current tribal affiliation, the scholarship brings community leaders, artists, members, and teachers to workshops at Idyllwild Arts to benefit both the scholarship recipients themselves and those in their schools or tribal communities. Applicants with financial needs may receive priority. We also offer scholarships for Native American Teens for both the Summer Program and the Academy.
  2. Inland Empire Teachers, Professors, and Graduate Students
    For teachers and graduate students from the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and the adjacent areas), this scholarship brings teachers and graduate students to Idyllwild Arts to attend Native American Arts workshops. The Native American Arts Workshops benefit both recipients and their students and communities, providing culturally appropriate instruction and professional development to teachers and graduate students. Applicants with financial needs may receive priority. These scholarships are made possible through the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians.

Click here for more information about adult scholarships.

Age: 19 years and above

Dates: March 27-31, 2023
One-week session

Tuition, room, and board: $1,804

Day student tuition: $925

Lab Fee: $100, includes frit/colored glass, clear glass, use of all tools and supplies, propane; you will bring additional materials as outlined below.

Skill Level: All levels. Safety requires that students stay focused for long periods and have good eyesight (corrective lenses are acceptable).

Enrollment is limited to 4 students.

Faculty: Ramson Lomatewama

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