Glass alumni celebrate return of IFC

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Due to the pandemic, the 20th International Flameworking Conference (IFC) was three years in the making. Not surprisingly then, a record number of glass alumni attended.

Glass alumni celebrate return of IFC

The Samuel and Jean Jones Glass Education Center, hosting its first IFC, received rave reviews from the more than 300 attendees from 29 states and Canada.

Assistant Dean of Glass Education and IFC Chair Kristin Deady scheduled an all-alumni cast of presenters: featured artist Sally Prasch, Kiva Ford, Doni Hatz, Dan Coyle, Paul Stankard, Tracy Drier, Erich Moraine, Jeremy Grant-Levine, Bob Russell, Carl Natalino, Katie Severance and Rich Brainard. The conference, held March 18-20, celebrated SCC’s more than 60 years of Scientific Glass Technology and 20 years of Glass Art.

Since its inception in 2001, the IFC has directly benefitted SCC students, allowing them to meet and watch extraordinary demonstrations from some of the world’s leading artists using the flameworking process.  Undergraduates from other colleges and universities also benefit.  This year, SCC welcomed students from Alfred University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University.

Presented by the SCC Foundation, the IFC was made possible by industry sponsors and a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the Salem County Board of Commissioners and the Salem County Cultural and Heritage Commission.