Create original models for kilncasting—then replicate them effortlessly with absolute precision. In this video Master Class, artist Norwood Viviano demonstrates how to supercharge the lost wax method for kilncasting using the surprisingly affordable and user-friendly technology of 3D printing.
To begin, you will learn the basics of 3D printing: how to design objects with CAD software, how to export them to a “slicing” software, and how to print your objects successfully. Next, Viviano will walk you through his methods for making a mold from the printed part and loading it with glass. This includes direction in volume calculation, glass selection, and loading techniques. Finally, he details how best to fire, divest, finish, and coldwork your project. In his closing review of the process, Viviano illustrates how its precision, flexibility, and speed offers unprecedented sculptural capabilities to glassworkers everywhere.
Strap in. Your kilncasting future is about to skyrocket.
About the Artist
Norwood Viviano is an associate professor and sculpture program coordinator at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He received a BFA in sculpture and glass from Alfred University and an MFA in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Viviano combines 3D modeling and printing with glassblowing and casting processes to create his sculptural works. He has held residencies at the Royal College of Art, London; Ox-Bow School of the Art; the Museum of Glass; and The Corning Museum of Glass. Viviano’s recent exhibitions include Grand Rapids Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Heller Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Venice Biennale.