Mark Abildgaard
Kiln cast glass sculpture


Kiln Casting Classes

I have been teaching workshops in kiln casting glass at many different schools and studios including Pilchuck, The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Red Deer College in Alberta Canada as well as many other private studios around the country. I offer two different workshops in kiln casting glass. One is basic kiln casting where students learn to create simple open face molds from clay originals. Students in this class learn how to directly sculpt images in clay that can be cast in glass using a simple 50/50 plaster silica mold. The other workshop is lost wax casting that involves using clay as a one-time mold for creating waxes. In this class students learn how to press found objects into clay to produce unique forms and textures which can be translated into cast glass. The molds for this process are built up from several layers of a mold mix containing plaster and silica with an outer layer containing grog for additional strength. Both of these classes are open to beginning as well as advanced students. My teaching philosophy is to involve students directly by using a hands on approach to learn each step in the process. My goal for each class is to give students a solid understanding of what is required to set up their own studio to successfully cast glass on their own.

If you are interested in taking a class from me please check my teaching schedule posted below and contact the appropriate facility. Some of these classes my not be posted yet as I have just arranged this schedule. I will keep up dating this list as new classes are added. If you have any questions or have a studio where you would like to host a workshop please contact me directly.

I am pleased to announce the following workshops that I will be teaching in 2019. I will be teaching two different techniques in kiln casting. The Basic Clay into Glass Workshop will focus on using clay to sculpt objects that can then be cast in glass. The Lost Wax Kiln Casting Workshop will involve using clay to create a mold for wax. The resulting wax forms will then be cast in glass. Please contact each facility directly for more information.

Workshop Schedule for 2019:

Masaoka Glass Design – June 7-9

Basic Kiln Casting – Clay into Glass
13766 Center Street, Suite G-2 Carmel Valley, CA 93924
Phone: 831.659.4953

The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass – June 24 – 28th

Lost Wax Kiln Casting
One Museum Way
Corning, NY 14830

Bullseye Glass Resource Center Bay Area – July 27, 28 and 30 - Basic Clay

Sculpting the Void: Lost Wax Kiln Casting
4514 Hollis Street
Emeryville, CA 94608

Bullseye Glass Resource Center Los Angeles, CA – December 7 – 8 and 10th

Sculpting the Void: Lost Wax Kiln Casting
143 Pasadena Avenue, Suite B
South Pasadena, CA 91030