Glass Arts & related upcoming events

    • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio Class Code GL0218GM
    • 4
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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,  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 be guided through design decisions, selecting materials, and assembling your abstract or figurative piece. Be a part of history, create stained glass art.


    There is an additional materials fee of $100 that will be added to the cost of class when you register. The materials fee 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.

    • Saturday, February 03, 2018
    • Sunday, February 04, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio, Class Code, GL0218GA
    • 8
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    In this 2 sessions class you will create a mosaic valentine for yourself, your BFF or a special family member.  Day 1 we will make the 6 x 6 tiles, and day 2 we will grout and complete with the finishing touches. 

    Class is for ages 14 & up.

    No experience necessary.


    An additional Material Fee of $30 will be added to the cost of the class when you register.

    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.

    • Friday, February 16, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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    Get involved with BARN: Become a docent! Do you love connecting with people? Are you enthusiastic about BARN and it's community concept? 

    We love to show people around our beautiful facility and hope you will too! As a Docent you'll welcome individuals to the building and then show them around our eleven artisan studios. You will learn the story of BARN - where we've come from and where we are hoping to go and then share that information with our guests.

    Ideally, we will have one person at the front desk greeting participants and giving out general information and two people giving tours of the building.

    Tours for the public are every Sunday of the month from 1-3, and also by appointment.

    Training and orientation will take place on Friday, January 16, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. In this training session you will learn all about BARN and the studios, and what is involved in becoming a Docent. Please register so we know how many are attending.


    Thank you!

    Contact: Donna at Volunteer@BainbridgeBARN.org



    • Saturday, February 17, 2018
    • Saturday, March 03, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio, Class Code GL0118DB+
    • 1
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    BARN's three-session A-Z of Fused Glass  is a must for all level glass artists who want to work independently in the BARN Glass Studio.

    In each session, students will be introduced to fused glass basics, studio safety, vocabulary, products, compatibility, glass cutting, tools, equipment, use of design elements, slumping molds, how to use the BARN studio, kiln use and care.

    At the completion of the class, participants will leave with two completed fused glass projects and a variety of samples.

    This class is for all levels who want to use studio time for independent glass projects. As well as, fused glass artists who want an overview or refresher of the entire fused glass process.

    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.

    There is an additional materials Fee of $98 that will be added to the cost of class when you register.

    Instructors: Diane Bonciolini, Constance Ducar, Kendra Harrington

    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 o 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.  

    Kendra Harrington's initial exposure to fused glass was through a BARN A-Z class.  She has been working in fused glass for a few years and enjoys using many different techniques including use of foliage inclusions and free-building in the kiln.  She is also active in the Fiber Arts Studio.

    For more information: glass.lead@bainbridgebarn.org

    • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN Glass Studio, Class Code GL0218JD
    • 8
    Register
    Your project is finished and now you want to show it off. What to do? You've tried to take a photo, but the image does not capture the beauty of your work.

    In this 3-hour workshop, Jerry Davis will demonstrate how to capture the perfect image of your art with what you have. iPhone, iPad, 35mm, etc. bring what you are comfortable with. He will explain lighting, lighting angles, highlights, avoiding flare, creating simple backgrounds, reflection, contrast, color and white balance, tools and equipment, and special effects. 

    He will share examples of his photos and demo some of his techniques. Specifically, he will teach you how to use your digital camera or smartphone with what you have at home. You will use your camera or smartphone to take photos of your print, glass fiber, jewelry, etc. Bring one or two pieces that you want to photograph,  a notebook and the manual that goes with your camera if available.

    No experience necessary!

    Instructor: Jerry Davis has been a photographer for more than 40 years. Part of that time he was a craftsman as well. After photographing his own work, he started shooting pictures 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.

    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Register

    Get involved with BARN: Become a docent! Do you love connecting with people? Are you enthusiastic about BARN and it's community concept? 

    We love to show people around our beautiful facility and hope you will too! As a Docent you'll welcome individuals to the building and then show them around our eleven artisan studios. You will learn the story of BARN - where we've come from and where we are hoping to go and then share that information with our guests.

    Ideally, we will have one person at the front desk greeting participants and giving out general information and two people giving tours of the building.

    Tours for the public are every Sunday of the month from 1-3, and also by appointment.

    Training and orientation will take place on Friday, January 16, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. In this training session you will learn all about BARN and the studios, and what is involved in becoming a Docent. Please register so we know how many are attending.


    Thank you!

    Contact: Donna at Volunteer@BainbridgeBARN.org



    • Tuesday, March 06, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BARN - Small Class Room
    • 10
    Register
    In this follow-up session of the popular Ready, Set, Shoot:  How to Photograph Glass and Jewelry Successfully. Jerry 
    Davis is back to show you how to make the photos that you took look better with photo processing.  Transform your photos from ho-hum to eye-popping:  learn to crop; add artistic elements; adjust color, brightness, sharpness, and contrast; correct flaws; and use special effects. 


    You can participate in the class in three ways:

    1. Bring your laptop, photos, and photo processing software, such as Photoshop, Lightroom, or any other.

    2. 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.

    3. You can also just watch as Jerry demonstrates what to do. Then, take this knowledge home with you to practice on your own.

    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.

    • Saturday, March 10, 2018
    • Sunday, March 18, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio GL0318MP
    • 7
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    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 andlayered 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.  Students will be asked to 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.

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