CRMS is one of only a handful of high schools in the nation offering the unique opportunity for students to learn to blow glass. CRMS’s passion for this program allows the school to take this ancient art form and share it with students through world-class instruction and a state-of-the-art teaching facility.
At CRMS, Glassblowing is offered each quarter as part of the service program and as an intensive study during the Interim week in February. The purpose of the school’s Glassblowing program is to provide the school community with valuable pieces of blown glass, as well as to apply principles learned in science and math to artistic creations. In order to accomplish this, students go through an extensive safety orientation and then spend a good deal of time developing the foundational skills needed to work in this medium. Teamwork is a vital element in the actual making of pieces and in the sharing of knowledge. Students make drinking glasses for the Bar Fork dining hall as well as bowls and other items. Students also have the opportunity to create pieces for their own use, particularly during the week-long Interim program.
Students who wish to continue with glassblowing following graduation can pursue opportunities to work as apprentices and/or assistants to established artists. There are also a number of colleges that offer a glass curriculum.