BECon 2013: Rudi Gritsch | Methods & Ideas

BECon 2013: Rudi Gritsch

Gritsch presented this lecture on Saturday June 21, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.

Better Dead Than Red?

From formulation to melting to kiln-firing, certain colors present especially challenging problems for glassmakers and glass users. One of Bullseye's most vexing problems—a stable red—was solved in the company's first encounter with Rudi Gritsch over twenty years ago. Considered by company founder Dan Schwoerer to be among the most astute problem-solvers in kiln-glass practice, Gritsch will speak on some of the issues and approaches to color problems in kiln-firing glass.

Rudi Gritsch Rudi Gritsch is head of the kilnforming department at the Glasfachschule Kramsach in Austria. He has been an independent glass artist for more than 25 years. Gritsch was the first director of Bullseye's department of Research and Education, where his work with artists like Narcissus Quagliata, Klaus Moje, and Lino Tagliapietra resulted in the development, implementation, and publication of numerous glassworking techniques and equipment that have since been absorbed into the general methodology of kilnforming. From triple-fire testing, annealing-revision, and full-sheet polarizing, to the roll-up and the vitrigraph, Gritsch's research and inventions provide the foundation for much that is taken for granted in today's kiln-glass repertoire.