Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)
GLASS DESIGNIDE025

Higher education credits: 4,5. Grading scale: UG. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. Optional for: ID4, KID2. Course coordinator: Professor Claus-Christian Eckhardt, Claus.Eckhardt@design.lth.se, Industridesign. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 4. The number of participants is limited to 12 Selection criteria: Students with most credits within the Industrial design programme comes first. Assessment: The grades awarded are either “pass” or “fail”, depending on attendance, participation and completion of exercises. Further information: The course is built on that after lectures and demonstrations in general theory and expertise, the students practise under appropriate supervision. The course is given in cooperation with John Bennett's Glas Studio in Malmö where it will be carried out. Home page: http://www.ide.lth.se.

Aim
To be able to understand basic glass design and different techniques that are used in the glass industry.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

present sketches of a design concept for a small glass product, understand the basic free hand blowing techniques and physics requirements of form as well as the basic chemistry, coefficients of expansion and annealing of glass. The students shall also acquire basic cold working skills necessary in glass design. Professional glassblowers shall manufacture one design.

Contents
The course commences with a lecture on Swedish glass design history and industry from 1900 until now. Techniques in free hand glass blowing are introduced and practised, combined with hot and cold workshops, flat lapidary and diamond saw machine as well as tool and safety instructions. The workshop training might be expanded through visits to Johansfors Glasbruk and Nybro Glasbruk to learn about factory production blowing and centrifuge production. Additional lectures on chemistry, coefficient of expansion and annealing will be held throughout the course.

Literature
Glass history books, contemporary glass design books and magazines as well as videos will be made available at the GlasHuset Design Studio Malmö AB.