Alchemy Research

Fall '17

This was a semester long research study group focused on Alchemy and Glass. As a discipline and a material, Glass is inherently connected to Alchemy. Their combined histories have shaped our understanding of the relationship between material and meaning, the role of process in art and science and, ultimately, the ways in which making shapes knowledge. One of the goals of this research group was to explore the conceptual and material potential of Alchemy through Glass. Our research combined the examination of practical, theoretical and historical texts along with "hands-on" experiments in Glass Department Shops. The group met weekly for discussions, research presentations, lectures and working/lab sessions. As the semester progresses the direction of our research was determined by the materials brought forth by the group.

RISD Glass