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Fused Glass Workshop is offered at upcoming Gathering of the Crafts

Glass Graphica created by Miguel Unson

Hawaii Craftsmen has announced the first workshop in its 2020 ‘Aha Hana Lima (Gathering of the Crafts) program, featuring Washington-based glass artist Miguel Unson.

‘Aha Hana Lima is an annual series of intensive three-day workshops and lectures featuring prominent visiting artists in various media — glass, clay, metal, wood, fiber. Public lectures are free and open to the public, and local artists and students may enroll in workshops for nominal tuition and materials fees.

Unson will present a lecture and reception Jan. 9 in the University of Hawaii Maui College Art Building ceramics classroom. The workshops follow Jan. 10-12 at the Dennis Chamberlain Glass Studio in Kula

He will demonstrate his approach and techniques to create uniquely organic patterns in fused glass. Students will be encouraged to use these techniques as a point of departure in their own work.

“Glass is renowned for its ability to capture light, but it is equally adept at celebrating emotion and reflecting nature,” said Unson, who received his Master of Science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and his Bachelor of Arts at Carleton College in Minnesota.

He also has studied at Danmark’s Designskole in Copenhagen and Parsons School of Design in New York City. He was an “Emerging Artist in Residence” and instructor at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Wash., and has taught at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, the Pittsburgh Glass School and at Pratt Institute. Unson currently lives and works in Stanwood.

A limited number of student scholarships are available. A full prospectus including registration dates and tuition/fees is available at www.hawaiicraftsmen.org.