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**This class is already in progress. Look for additional dates on our calendar!**
This is 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.
Please bring a lunch on the longer class days.
There is an additional materials fee of $58 that will be added to the total class cost when you register.
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.
**This class is a 2 session class that began on March 16th. **
Mosaic stepping stones are a great addition to any garden and will last a lifetime if you understand the principles of creating mosaic for the outside. In this 2 session class, you will create a 12” stepping stone using tile, broken ceramics, glass tile, and glass gems to create a colorful and fun addition to your garden. You will learn about the different materials that can go outside, the adhesives that are used, and techniques and tricks to create long lasting outdoor mosaic.
The skills learned included breaking plates and other household ceramics, breaking high fired ceramics, and how to deal with mosaic materials of different heights. Sessions 1 and 2 involve designing the mosaic and adhering the mosaic to the base.
Remember close-toed shoes in the Glass Studio, at all times! Thank you.
Instructor: Gillian Allard
Gillian Allard first fell in love with mosaics in Barcelona’s Park Güell after seeing the work of Anton Gaudi. Her first art pieces were stepping stones. She then progressed to furniture and signs. Most of her work is inspired by discarded or broken dishes that become one-of-a-kind functional pieces for the garden and home. In addition to china, pottery and stoneware, a variety of glass tile and gems, broken tile and found objects are incorporated into her designs. The breaking of the ceramics is organic and random in nature and one of her goals is to capture that energy. Recreating memories reusing materials are an important part of her mosaic work. When someone gives me a broken dish and I can give it back to them recreated and ready to function again, I have united the best elements of this art form.
You can participate in the class in three ways:
Bring your laptop, photos, and photo processing software, such as Photoshop, Lightroom, or any other.
If you do not have a laptop to bring, we will have two computers on-site running Photoshop Elements. You can practice on these if you bring a flash/thumb drive with your photos on it. If not, we will have sample photos you can use.
INSTRUCTOR: Jerry Davis has been a photographer for over forty years. Part of that time he was a craftsman as well. After photographing his own work, he started shooting photos for other artists. Much of their work was in glass or silver. Yes, he started with the hard stuff. He often traveled to the artists' locations so they could have full access to their creations. He constructed many small photo studios in the artists' workshops. Jerry works with available light, natural light, continuous lights, and strobes.
A pot melt is the process of melting colorful shards of glass, through a ceramic pot with holes into a metal ring creating a colorful glass disk.
Compatible scraps of glass are heated in a clay pot inside the kiln. The glass, when heated, flows from openings in the bottom of a clay pot. This flowing thick syrupy glass substance will result in a spirals, or ringlets flowing in circular patterns. Each melt will be unique and next to impossible to replicate.
Prerequisite of an A-Z of Fused Glass class is mandatory before signing up for this class.
In Session 1 you will prepare & load your project for firing.
In Session 2 you will do the cold work necessary to prep your glass disc for fire polishing.
These fire polished discs make lovely cheese or serving trays or can be slumped at a later date into a mold of your liking. Students can cut these apart and use them as part sheets in future work. Pot melts are fun and exciting, you never can predict what your pot melt will look like. As you delve into this process you will learn what colors work best with each other and how the clay pot openings create your design.
PLEASE BRING TO CLASS:
Your 96 COE scrap glass to class, you will need about 2-3 #'s of glass, this should include clear as well as colors, we will have a scale on site to measure the weights.
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.
Join us for a three-week professional practices workshop led by a rotating panel of local experts. The class will focus on building a brand - from defining what your brand is, to the business behind the brand, to getting it out into the world. This class is open to all. No experience necessary.
Week 2: The Business of the Brand:
We will discuss licenses, trademarks, taxes, accounting and pricing.
Week 3: Marketing your Brand:
Topics such as social media, logo design, label design, business cards, defining demographics, finding retail locations and more will be covered.
For more information contact BARN Program Coordinator, Emily Browne: Emily@BainbridgeBARN.org
This two session beginning mosaic class covers the different types of materials used to create mosaics as well as adhesives, bases, and grouting. We will learn to use the tools, select the materials, and where to purchase what is needed to create a mosaic.
Creating a simple trivet out of glass tiles and gems allow students to focus on learning basic mosaic techniques. The project will teach skills such as cutting tile, different approaches to applying tile, and selecting grout. On day 1, we design the mosaic and adhere the design to the base, and on day 2 we grout and complete the project. At the end of the class you will have the knowledge to create simple mosaic projects on your own as well as a mosaic trivet.
There is an additional materials fee of $30 which will be added to the cost of class when you register.
Remember close-toed shoes and long pants in the Glass Studio, at all times. Bring an apron as this can be a messy medium! Thank you!
Instructor: Gillian Allard first fell in love with mosaics in Barcelona’s Park Güell after seeing the work of Anton Gaudi. Her first art pieces were stepping stones. She then progressed to furniture and signs. Most of her work is inspired by discarded or broken dishes that become one-of-a-kind functional pieces for the garden and home. In addition to china, pottery and stoneware, a variety of glass tile and gems, broken tile and found objects are incorporated into her designs. The breaking of the ceramics is organic and random in nature and one of her goals is to capture that energy. Recreating memories reusing materials are an important part of her mosaic work. When someone gives me a broken dish and I can give it back to them recreated and ready to function again, I have united the best elements of this art form.
Are you ready for your next mosaic challenge, covering a 3-dimensional object with ceramics, glass and gems? In this three session class you can choose either a terra cotta pot or a bird house. We will take on the challenge of what it is like to design a piece when you can only see part of it at a time. We will talk about working with ceramics, keeping mosaic safe outside and if you choose the pot, working in the round. This is an intermediate class for students who have taken either A to Z Mosaics, a basic mosaics class or have experience working with glass, thin-set and grouting.
This is a three session class: the first session is design and the beginning of production, the second is the completing your piece and the third is grouting. There is time between classes to work on your piece either in the Glass Studio or at home (you will need to have your own wheeled and maybe ceramic nippers if working at home.)
All materials will be provided including the substrate, glass and ceramic tesserae.
You are welcome to bring additional materials if you would like to work them into your mosaic (however, this will not change the material fee). You will be contacted by the instructor before the class to discuss the project you would like to work on.
An additional Material Fee of $35 will be added to the cost of the class when you register.
Instructor: Gillian Allard
This three session class is specifically designed to utilize the glass and metal studio. This unique technique transfers the extraordinary details of clay into a timeless piece of glass art. Students will create open face bas relief castings making them from their hand carved clay masters.
In Session 3, students will then visit our Metal Arts Welding studio to learn how to spot weld a simple stand designed to support & display their castings.
Please bring a sketch book as well as any preferred sculpting tools, a particulate respirator if you have one, if not dust masks will be supplied, as well as any favorite carving tools.
No experience necessary.
An additional materials fee of $40 will be added to the class tuition when you register.
Bas Relief: sculptural relief in which images project slightly from the background.
Robin Hoerth was born in Ohio and has a B.F.A. in sculpture from Mount Saint Joseph University. Upon graduation she moved to Kingston, Washington to apprentice under Jennifer Caldwell-Umphress where she now makes her living as a glass artist. Robin has been drawn to art her whole life, first through two-dimensional practices then sculpture. She was drawn to glass because of its beauty, difficulty, and versatility. By reflecting on her own life she is able to create a narrative within the piece that creates a profound dialogue between complex compositions.
Henry Sharpe is an amateur welder and the Studio Lead for BARN welding.