Intensive Workshops

Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 7

9am - 5pm

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Spend a week in the studio for one of our intensive workshops. You’ll get an immersive experience learning new creative processes and techniques, while utilizing CIA’s two-story, light-filled, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Each workshop is led by an internationally recognized visiting artist.

Price: $650 per workshop, includes instructional supplies and use of studio and facilities. Workshops are scheduled from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, with some evening studio time available. Limited housing for out-of-town students is available in our residence hall for an additional fee of $175.

Descriptions + Instructor Bios

Artist's Books: Inside + Out

In this process-based intensive, students will make artists’ books and explore this form as a repository for images, text, and ideas. Students will work with folded and sewn structures, as well as unconventional pages that draw from fiber techniques. Mark-making techniques on and off the press for the inside and outside of books will help create content from cover to cover. Participants will leave with an armful of books, samples of techniques, and a broad base of technical knowledge and confidence to continue making books anywhere.

Aimee Lee is an artist, papermaker, writer, and the leading hanji researcher and practitioner in North America (BA, Oberlin College; MFA, Columbia College Chicago). Her Fulbright research on Korean paper led to her award-winning book, Hanji Unfurled, and the first US hanji studio in Cleveland. Her artwork resides in collections that include the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Stanford University, UCLA, and Yale University. She has shown at the Fuller Craft Museum, Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, Korean Cultural Service (NYC) and Korean Cultural Center (D.C.). Her work has appeared in The Korea Times, The New York Times, The Plain Dealer, KBS World Radio, PBS, VOA, and CNN's Great Big Story. She has taught and lectured at the American Museum of Natural History, Asian Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Oberlin College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Mills College, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. Funders include the US Fulbright Program, Korea Fulbright Foundation, John Anson Kittredge Fund, American Folklore Society, and the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

View Aimee's work on her website at

Glassblowing Dynamics Through the Cane Lens

The class will be a survey of “Cane” making process , one of the most stunning techniques for color and design in glass making. The process of cane production is a helpful way of understanding the natural properties of glass in the molten state. Students will start with very basic techniques and building towards more elaborate compositions. As a group we will study and discuss historical examples of this technique. Both the hot and cold shops will be used to create elaborate compositions. Students should be prepared to draw their ideas, ask lots of questions and have a great time.

Matthew Urban began his career in art at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia as an industrial design student. As a student he received a scholarship to the Corning Museum of Glass, to study with Maestro Gianni Toso and decided to make glassmaking his life. In the past ten years Matt has been a production assistant for Michael Schunke at Nine Iron Studio and Tom Farbanish at Certified Glass, an artist in resident, instructor, and Gaffer with the Corning Museum of Glass, a staff member at Pilchuck Glass School. He has studied and worked around the world with numerous master glass makers specifically from Murano Italy, including Lino Tagliapietra, Pino Signoretti, Dino Rosin, Gianni Toso, Elio Quarisa, Checco Ongaro, Davide Fuin, and Davide Salvidore. These interactions have had a profound on Matthew’s approach of glassmaking and appreciation for the history of glass. In May 2007 he completed his Masters Degree at Illinois State University in Glass/Sculpture, in 2010 he completed building his artist studio. Matthew's studio has ultra low carbon footprint in addition he uses 100% recycled glass for all his designs and sculpture.

Figurative Foundations in Glass

This workshop will cover the basic skills needed to make figurative art using the flame working torch. Students will learn to sculpt the human form through a series of step by step exercises. Special attention will be given to working on the gesture and expression of each figure. 

Carmen Lozar completed her undergraduate work in crafts at University of  Illinois and  received her Masters from Alfred University, NY.  Lozar shows her work throughut the United States and is represented by Ken Saunders Gallery in Chicago.  Carmen loves to travel and share what she knows about working at the torch. With in the last 5 years Carmen has taught in Turkey, Italy, and New Zealand. Lozar lives in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois where she maintains a studio and is a member of the art faculty in the Ames School of Art at Illinois Wesleyan University.

You can view more of Carmen's work on her website at