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Master Class: 3D Printing and Kilncasting with Norwood Viviano L180

Create original models for kilncasting—then replicate them effortlessly with absolute precision. In this nearly 3-hour Master Class, artist Norwood Viviano demonstrates how to supercharge the lost wax method for kilncasting. He does so by 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 a printed object and then loading the mold 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 the great benefits of 3D printing. Its precision, flexibility, and speed offers unprecedented sculptural capabilities to glassworkers everywhere.

Strap in. Your kilncasting skills are about to skyrocket.

About the Artist

Norwood Viviano

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.

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