Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Plasma Neon: Interactive Light
Pilchuck Glass School: Session 1, May 19th to 30th 2014
Patrick Collentine

Touch the wonder of the universe by creating celestial light events inside a glass vessel.  This course will focus exclusively on ‘plasma neon’ an experimental hybrid of traditional neon.  Plasma neon combines hot glass, vacuum technology and high frequency radio transformers to create touch responsive interactive light sculptures.  Both borosilicate flameworking and glassblowing will be used in this class.  Class discussions will include N. Tesla, Moholy-Nagy, Jeremijenko, Eliasson, Gysin, Gaudi and parametric architecture.  We’ll conclude the session with interactive exhibit of glowing glass sculptures for the Pilchuck Campus.

Patrick Collentine began flameworking as a teenager at a scientific thermometer workshop in Kiel, Germany.  He received his B.A. in Art Glass from CSU Chico where he studied with the artist Jack A. Schmidt.  He lives and maintains a neon art studio in Chico, California.  His artwork was included in the publication, 25 Years of New Glass Review, Corning NY and his work is in the collection of the Museum of Neon Art, Glendale, California.