Glass Arts Classes

    • Friday, January 11, 2019
    • Friday, January 25, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL011119DB
    • 0
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    Please note that this class has prerequisites. Pattern Bar technique is yet another possibility that brings unique design elements to your glass practice. It is best described as a stacked multicolored glass bar that when sliced, arranged & fired can create stunning patterns. Sometimes referred to as a 'segment slab' it is composed of sheet glass strips that are tack-fused together, cut into parts, and fired within a containment system until the glass flows and forms an internal pattern.

    Session 1 of this project-based lesson you will learn to create pattern bars that will then be kiln fired.

    In Session 2 you will use the studio's wet saw to cut your fired bars into cross-sectional pieces and arrange them within a containment system. However you arrange them, your outcome will be a fascinating.

    In Session 3 you will cold work your finished piece readying it for fire polishing.  The result will be a finished disc for serving or who knows! Where you take it after that is up to you!

    Additional Details:
    Prerequisite of A-Z OF FUSING or CASTING is required to attend this intermediate level class.

    Materials Fee of $50 will be added to the class cost when you register.


    Instructor-Diane Bonciolini:  The "olini" of Mesolini Glass Studio, Diane's love of glass is her passion.   As a full-time glass artist who has lived and worked on Bainbridge Island since 1977, she grows and changes with every project. She describes glass, her medium of choice, as having a life of its own.  This multifaceted medium shows itself in each of her creations:  stained glass, slumped and fused glass, lamp work, or glass combined with concrete.

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    Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.

    Reviewed 8-20/tt

    • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    • Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio Class Code GL011619GM
    • 1
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    Learn to create a stained glass window in this five session class for beginners and those looking to refresh your skills.

    Bainbridge glass artist Gregg Mesmer, from Mesolini Glass Studio will guide you through the step-by-step process of building a stained glass window measuring approximately 20" x 20". You will learn contemporary, innovative, and efficient methods to create this art piece, methods that he has honed over his 40 years as a glass artist. 

    You will expand your glass cutting skills  tips from a pro and learn where to order your glass to get the BARN 20% discount.

    Students will also learn studio safety & protocol, required to use the BARN Glass Studio.

    There is a materials fee of
     $75 that will cover glass, drafting paper, pattern film, zinc and lead, and miscellaneous other supplies. Students are encouraged to use glass from the glass studio however, you can buy or bring your own.

    NOTE:  In order to use Open Studio time for your own projects, you must demonstrate competency in glass cutting, grinder use, mold prep, and kiln use.  This course will address those competencies.

    INSTRUCTOR: Gregg Mesmer, of Mesolini Glass Studio. He and his wife, Diane Bonciolini, both recognized with the 2015 Island Treasure Award, moved to Bainbridge Island in 1977 and started the iconic Mesolini Glass Studio. They have been cutting glass professionally for decades. Their expertise, however, goes beyond glass cutting to include other types of fabrication; all aspects of creating stained glass art; and leading, soldering and glazing of stained glass windows. Over the years, they have worked on many community projects.  Gregg has taught for Northwest Art Glass, the Bainbridge Parks District, and Olympic College.

    • Monday, January 21, 2019
    • Monday, January 28, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL012119NA+
    • 0
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    *This is an intermediate level class. Please see below.

    Create two stunning custom bowls with dramatic results using a drop out mold with elevated kiln posts. We offer cold working techniques for a clean finish to your bowls. 

    In session 1, we will discuss design elements and provide some pointers on glass choice and how it effects the drop out process using samples we will provide.  Learn how to manipulate the drop out process by making use of the kiln’s controller.

    Choose a 5” pre-made blank (already fused) and we will guide you through preparations with thin fire paper, fiber paper, stacking the posts for the drop, and load the kiln for firing with a “generalized” firing schedule. 

    For the second bowl, choose glass and any additional design elements, cut 2 -8” circles for medium sized drop out mold, assemble pieces for a full fuse.  Load kiln and fuse.

    Session 2:

    Find your finished 5” drop out and we will observe the differences in each bowl based on glass color, etc.

    Prepare the fused 8” blanks for drop out as we did with the 5” blanks.  We will demonstrate sharing posts and keeping posts clear of the drop. 

    Discuss the kiln controller and how to manipulate the schedule to get desired results.

    Begin discussion on coldworking of drop outs.  Students whose drop outs completed in the first firing can begin coldworking those pieces. 

    Session 3:

    Clean up medium drop outs, observe results and discuss final firing schedule. 

    The balance of class is devoted to coldworking and discussion of outcomes and expectations.

    *Details:
    Prerequisites for this class requires that you have taken A-Z of Fused Glass. 

    Remember to wear close-toed shoes and long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.

    Instructor Bios

    Nancy Adams:   "I have loved everything glass since I was a young child.  During the 70’s I dabbled in stained glass.  I discovered playing with fused glass at Mesolini Glass and became intrigued with techniques and processes for manipulating the glass.  Retirement in 2017 opened the door for the opportunity to pursue glass experimentation, and to share with others what I have learned."

    Teri Seidler:  "My passion since early adulthood was glass, which was quickly laid to rest as a mother and a budding horticulturist with a nursery.  However, 35 glorious years later, I was introduced to fused glass and fell in love with the process, beautiful selections of glass and the endless projects that one can do at home.  Coming into my 7th year now, there is an explosion of new glass, materials and information on glass fusing.  The sky is the limit.  I love being in a class with other enthusiasts to exchange ideas and the comradery that comes naturally from just being at BARN."


    • Saturday, January 26, 2019
    • Sunday, January 27, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Small Classroom, Class Code: PR012619RA
    • 16
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    This workshop will give participants an overview of key design principles and concepts with an understanding of how visual elements can be used in advancing your artwork. Learn more about color, typography, composition, and imagery. Explore how to apply these core elements through a specific set of in-class design exercises.

    Details:

    • Prerequisites: none.
    • The $12 material fee, included in the price of the class, covers a useful design text each student will receive.
    • Students will set up a Pinterest account before class and "pin" at least seven items in each of the following categories:
    1. Color
    2. Typography
    3. Pattern or Graphics
    4. Imagery
    • Feel free to bring a sack lunch and snacks; you can store and reheat food in the kitchenette.

    About the Instructor:

    Throughout her career in the media and high-tech industries, including eight years as a Group Design Manager at Microsoft, Robin has produced high-profile design projects and managed award-winning design teams. She is an experienced instructor having taught core principles of design as an Assistant Professor of Design at The Cornish College of the Arts, and visual communication to undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Washington.

    Learn more about Robin at www.robinavni.com.

    • Tuesday, February 05, 2019
    • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio, Class Code GL020519DB+
    • 0
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    A-Z of Fused Glass class for all levels (beginner and up), is a must for glass artists who want to work independently in the BARN Glass Studio. In each session, students will be be introduced to fused glass basics, studio safety, vocabulary, products, compatibility, glass cutting, tools, equipment, slumping molds, how to use the BARN studio, and kiln use and care.


    At the completion of the class, participants will leave with
    glass 'samplers' and two completed fused glass projects.

    This is a three session class held on three consecutive Tuesday afternoons.

    NOTE:  In order to use Open Studio Access or Monitored Open Studio for your own projects, you must demonstrate competency in glass cutting, grinder use, mold prep, and kiln use.  This mandatory course will address those competencies. Due to the idiosyncrasies of the glass studio and our teaching methods & logistics this class is for seasoned artists as well.

    There is a materials fee of $85.

    Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.


    Instructors: Diane Bonciolini & Constance Ducar

    Diane Bonciolini:  The "olini" of Mesolini Glass Studio, Diane's love of glass is her passion.   As a full-time glass artist who has lived and worked on Bainbridge Island since 1977, she grows and changes with every project. She describes glass, her medium of choice, as having a life of its own.  This multifaceted medium shows itself in each of her creations:  stained glass, slumped and fused glass, lamp work, or glass combined with concrete.

    Constance Ducar is relatively new to fusing glass and is a member of the Glass Art Studio Steering Committee.  She is enthusiastic about working with beginning students and encouraging a love for glass.  She is also active in the Fiber Arts Studio.  

    For more information: glass.lead@bainbridgebarn.org

    • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    • Friday, February 22, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio, Class Code: GL022119DB
    • 2
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    This class is an intermediate level class. The prerequisite for this class is A-Z of Fused Glass. 

    Vitrigraph comes from the Latin “vitri” (glass) and the Greek “graph” (writing). A vitrigraph kiln is used for the process of heating glass in a small pot and allowing the molten glass to flow out of the bottom of a pot through the bottom of the kiln. This a two session class (Thursday and Friday).

    This specialized tool can, with experience & practice, aid glass enthusiasts in their creative quest. Using the Vitirgraph to create  curvey stringer, curving glass rods, and linear elements, will expand creative ideas with which to draw from.

     Session 1, introduces students how to control the fluidity of glass by hand pulling, stretching and twisting glass stringer at 1600 degrees.

    Session 2 brings students the opportunity to use the pulled glass, to create a 10" x 10" fused glass line drawing.  This is a amazing & fun technique you won't want to miss! Becoming comfortable with this technique will lead to more advanced classes where we will make murini & mille fiori rods.

    There is a material fee of $30 included the price of the class.

    Important Notes:

    • Remember to wear cotton clothing, no polyesters, long pants, socks & close-toed shoes in the Glass Studio, at all times! This will be strictly enforced.

    Instructor:  Diane Bonciolini  

    The "olini" of Mesolini Glass Studio, Diane's love of glass is her passion.   As a full-time glass artist who has lived and worked on Bainbridge Island since 1977, she grows and changes with every project. She describes glass, her medium of choice, as having a life of its own.  This multifaceted medium shows itself in each of her creations:  stained glass, slumped and fused glass, lamp work, or glass combined with concrete.

    • Saturday, February 23, 2019
    • Sunday, February 24, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL022319WM
    • 0
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    Coldworking is a subtractive way of altering and sculpting glass once it is cold. This process can be anything from seaming edges on glass plates to completely transforming the identity of a hot-formed object. In this 2 session class we will learn, in depth different approaches to the belt sander, wet saw, and hand lapping, discussing the potential of each technique. We will learn how to bring rough ground surfaces to a full polish, and talk about the aesthetic possibilities of leaving a surface matte.

    We will also cover glass glues and their possibilities in an artist’s work. The first day will include a safety talk and demos on each machine. We will walk through the rules of what tool to use for what purpose and have time on the machines to get our projects 
    moving. The second day will be a day focused on students working, become familiar with each machine, and ask for specific demos and tips. Students will gain the most from this class if they come with some of their own glass and a plan or some sketches on the potential alterations they are interested in making.

    Instructor Bio: 
    William Miller grew up in Virginia and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with his B.F.A. in Craft and Material Studies and a minor in Art History.  He was first introduced to glassblowing  in VCU's Hot Shop. Seduced by the magic of the material, he has set out on a relentless pursuit to make glassblowing the central focus of his life. He has studied at the Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, and the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass.

    Miller utilizes distinct color selections that are layered and blown in the hot shop. Once cool, he cuts and engraves the surface of the glass to create line and texture. The process of carving the glass is slow and meditative, which balances the relative immediacy of its initial creation. This process allows him to build an intimate relationship with each piece, which informs the direction of the cuts and texture that are applied to create unique and visually striking glass objects.

    The artist currently resides in Seattle where he works in the vibrant glassblowing community and continues to explore his artistic voice.

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    Remember to wear close-toed shoes and long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.


    • Saturday, March 23, 2019
    • Monday, March 25, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio, Class Code GL032319DB+
    • 8
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    A-Z of Fused Glass class for all levels (beginner and up), is a must for glass artists who want to work independently in the BARN Glass Studio. In each session, students will be be introduced to fused glass basics, studio safety, vocabulary, products, compatibility, glass cutting, tools, equipment, slumping molds, how to use the BARN studio, and kiln use and care.


    At the completion of the class, participants will leave with
    glass 'samplers' and two completed fused glass projects.

    This is a three session class held on three consecutive afternoons.

    NOTE:  In order to use Open Studio Access or Monitored Open Studio for your own projects, you must demonstrate competency in glass cutting, grinder use, mold prep, and kiln use.  This mandatory course will address those competencies. Due to the idiosyncrasies of the glass studio and our teaching methods & logistics this class is for seasoned artists as well.

    There is a materials fee of $85 included in the class price.

    Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.


    Instructors: Diane Bonciolini, Constance Ducar, & Tobi Strevall

    Diane Bonciolini:  The "olini" of Mesolini Glass Studio, Diane's love of glass is her passion.   As a full-time glass artist who has lived and worked on Bainbridge Island since 1977, she grows and changes with every project. She describes glass, her medium of choice, as having a life of its own.  This multifaceted medium shows itself in each of her creations:  stained glass, slumped and fused glass, lamp work, or glass combined with concrete.

    Constance Ducar is relatively new to fusing glass and is a member of the Glass Art Studio Steering Committee.  She is enthusiastic about working with beginning students and encouraging a love for glass.  She is also active in the Fiber Arts Studio.  

    For more information: glass.lead@bainbridgebarn.org

    • Sunday, April 14, 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane NE Bainbridge Island, WA

    This is a place holder for our BARN wide event that will be open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  
    More information to be posted by 02-2019.

    • Saturday, May 11, 2019
    • Sunday, May 19, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio GL101318MP
    • 7
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    This an intensive 4 session class to learn about some of the wonderful options for working with glass powders. In this class students will be guided through some ways of working with powders to create visually complex and layered 4x4 samples. 

    Design concepts will be discussed, as well as how to work with color.  No previous experience with glass is necessary, but knowing about how to cut glass will be helpful. 

    Students will receive all supplies necessary to work with the glass.  Please bring an x-acto knife and blades, a small cutting mat, a small sharpie, a few manila folders (these can be used ones) and any stencils they already have. 

    • It is mandatory to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the studio. Please tie back long hair.
    • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!
    • There is an additional materials fee of $58.


    Instructor: Martha Pfanschmidt 

    Martha Pfanschmidt has been working as a professional artist since joining a printmaking studio in 1982. She has taught at university and privately for 30 years. Her love of art and of creating beautiful objects has inspired her to explore a variety of media, but currently she works in printmaking, encaustic painting and kiln glass. Her work is in many private and public collections, and has been shown all over the world. She is represented by Bullseye Projects in Portland, Oregon, Davidson Gallery in Seattle, Washington and Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    • Saturday, November 23, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Wide - All Studios and All Floors

    BARN Bazaar begins for public at 10 am to 3:00 pm 

    More information to be posted in October.

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