Ruth King came
to the Hazlegrove Lectureship from Ohio State, where she was an
associate professor in the School of Crafts, and a well-known figure
in the glass art world. Ruth came with some clear ideas about what
she wanted to accomplish at MIT. She set up a computer in a small
office space in building 12, and with the aid of a CAD specialist,
studied possible ways of modeling the optics of glass on computer.
In the hot shop, Ruth continued a series of figurative pieces based
on the human body, using the complex murrine (or fused
tile), technique. Ruths demos were fascinating and well attended,
as was her lecture on her own work.