Student sculptors recently completed a two-part glass workshop with local artist Yuko Suga '87.
After renovations in the Kuehner Fine Arts Building freed space vacated by the printmaking program, department chair Anne Martin saw the opportunity to use the space to offer instruction in warm glass, kiln forming and glass casting. "The new program fits perfectly into the existing fine arts curriculum," says Martin. "It uses many of the same materials and techniques that are already taught, but it expands on the curriculum, providing instruction in techniques that are not commonly taught at St. Louis venues."
Suga's willingness to introduce students to the topic provided a great launch to the new program. Suga studied metalsmithing with Heikki Seppa at Washington University in St. Louis, where she received an intense minor in metals and a master's degree in occupational therapy. Her interest in glass led to glass fusing, kiln casting and image transfer, and she continues to explore the application of techniques used in other media with glass. Suga has taught metals and glass at Craft Alliance Center for Design for more than 10 years. She exhibits her work both locally and nationally.