Nathan Watson

Beginning Kiln Formed Glass | July 13th – 17th, 2015


This one week introduction to fusing and slumping glass course will cover everything you’ll need to know in order to explore your ideas and designs independently. Together we will learn about all of the techniques tools, and equipment used to create unique kiln formed objects in glass. The class will cover in detail basic glass cutting techniques, properties and chemistry of different types of glass, basic kiln programs and operation, as well as how to prepare molds for slumping. No experience necessary.


Nathan Watson currently lives and works in San Francisco as an artist, designer, and instructor. Nathan has been directing San Francisco State University’s small glass program for 5 years and recently became the Executive Director of Public Glass, San Francisco’s only public access glass facility. A Kentucky native, Nathan received a B.A. in history from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he also began investigating glass as a way to transform storied narratives into a visual medium. In search of a unique skill set, Nathan studied glass blowing, casting, fusing, and moldmaking, in Providence, Rhode Island with some of the most skilled, innovative, and influential American glass artists. Before pursuing his graduate studies at California College of Arts in 2004, he received grants and awards from the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Rhode Island Council For the Arts for his work concerning local crafts, identity, and immigration. Nathan’s current work can be seen in San Francisco at Refusalon Gallery, and his latest design project was recently unveiled at The Chocolate Lab in San Francisco.