Michael Magniafico is a glass artist and teacher working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a BFA in glass art from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985 and has continued his education by attending or teaching glass art seminars across the globe. In 1996, Michael built a glass studio, FIG Studios—Forms in Glass. He designs and creates sculpture and craft items from glass by blowing, casting, torch working, and cold work. FIG Studios has work in fine art galleries across the country.
Michael will be teaching 2 workshops this season at Touchstone.
Marbles and Beads from June 25–29, 2018 is during our Teen Week and for students in grades 9–12. In this workshop, students will explore the world of creating flameworked glass, marbles, and beads. Melting colorful soda lime glass that was manufactured in Italy, we will make and incorporate traditional Venetian Zanfirico (fancy twisted glass canes or pattern bars) into magnificent disks and orbs of delight. Pursue the anatomy of a well-proportioned marble or bead all the while playing with sparkly dichroic coated glass. We will then have fun transforming said creations into enjoyable tops, pendants, and fetching sculpture. This workshop is for Teens and suitable for All Levels.
For the adults, Michael will be teaching A Little Bit of Everything at Touchstone from July 30–August 3, 2018. In this workshop, students will explore the rich possibilities of working within the glass medium. Create one-of-a-kind works of art while you learn different glass working techniques, such as kiln worked tiles, flame worked beads and marbles, and small blown vessels and ornaments. Throughout this class, we will learn multiple processes that will lead to a broader understanding of the multitude of options available in glass working. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.