Artists at Work: Miguel Unson | Methods & Ideas

Artists at Work: Miguel Unson


In this lesson, artist Miguel Unson demonstrates his signature “Zen Organico” approach: glass stringers placed vertically in a bed of frit are allowed to melt, fall, and transform themselves at will, representing a playful balance between chaos and control. And thanks to Bullseye’s specially-equipped kiln, you will see the entire process unfold. Unson describes the various steps in the process including preparation, composition, material selection, and firing considerations.

About Miguel Unson

Miguel Unson holds a BA from Carleton College and an MS from Pratt Institute. He has also studied at Danmarks Designskole and Parsons School of Design. In addition to being an Emerge 2010 finalist, his work has been featured at NICHE Magazine, and SOFA Chicago. In 2010, he was an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School. Previously the assistant director of education at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, he continues to teach and maintains a private studio in Stanwood, Washington.

More Information

Artists at Work: Miguel Unson Additional Information PDF
Includes a list of products used

Helpful Resources

TechNote 2: The Vitrigraph Kiln
Video lesson: Artists Drawing with Glass
Video lesson: Vitrigraph Kiln: Basic Use
Video lesson: Working with Stringer
Artists at Work: Ted Sawyer

Products Used

Black Opalescent, Fine Frit, 5 lbs (0100-0001)
French Vanilla Opalescent, Fine Frit, 5 lbs (0137-0001)
Black Opalescent Stringer, 2 mm (0100-272)
French Vanilla Opalescent Stringer, 2 mm (0137-0272)
Bullseye Shelf Primer, 5 lb bucket (8220)
Kiln bricks & dams
Bohle Glass Nippers with Carbide Jaws (7166)