MAGNUS CONSILIO: Stones & Spheres at UrbanGlass

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Taught by Bryan McGovern Wilson

Bryan McGovern Wilson is a transdisciplinary artist whose work concerns issues of time, body and ritual via craft materials and performance. Wilson holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of design (2009) and is currently a Fellow at The LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University. In addition to working with glass for the past 16 years, he is the recipient of the Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts, was a Fellow at the Creative Glass Center for Art at Wheaton Village, and has lectured as a visiting artist at the Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Arts Institute in Chicago, University of Cumbria, and at UW-Madison Glass Lab. His latest project was writing the introduction to the RISD Museum’s bi-annual publication Manual on the topics of alchemy and art making.

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Ever wondered how that magic stone came into your life? Curious to know how a crystal ball is made? Did you know that little bodies were made centuries ago in glass vessels? We will explore all of these questions and much more in this workshop concerning how glass and glassy substances have been used as tools of magic and mediation for thousands of years.

Students will learn the histories behind these objects and why they retain relevance and potency in the present. The workshop will involve a survey presentation of how glass has been used as a vital esoteric material across time, then demonstrations interpreting and manifesting these objects in molten glass.

(class size: 30, lecture and demos)

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