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This class is an intermediate class. The prerequisite for this class is A-Z of Fused Glass. This is a two session class (Wednesday and Thursday).
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 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 will be a material fee of $35 added at registration.
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.
In this 'All Levels' three day workshop students can expect to work with pre-made silicone molds to create wax models that they will turn into 3 cast glass replicas for pendants and/or Bolo ties using the lost wax process. During the first meeting we will discuss silicone replica molds, how they are made and use pre-made molds to pour highly detailed waxmodels.Collaging and combining waxes will help us to create interesting compositions. During our second meeting we will mix and pour a plaster investment material over our compositions. Next the wax is removed and the mold is filled with glass and loaded into a kiln. On our final meeting, we will divest/remove the mold from the glass. The glass is then cleaned and mounted to pendant or bolo hardware.
There will be a $25 materials fee added when you register.
Skill Level: All Levels
Ages: Ages 14+ Welcome.
Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for people to store their lunches and drinks!
Be sure to wear close-toed shoes & ankle long pants in the studio. Please tie back long hair.
Instructor: Jason Chakravarty
Jason began incorporating glass through the use of neon into his sculpture in 1998 while attending Arizona State University. He was employed for four years at a commercial neon sign shop where he learned technical fundamentals of the neon process.
In 2002 he began illuminating hot shop forms and kiln casting glass while attending graduate school at California State University Fullerton. He has taken workshops nationwide including at Pilchuck, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland School of Crafts, and University of California San Diego. He has taught neon and kiln casting workshops worldwide including Arizona State University, Corning Museum of Glass, Goggleworks, Arrowmont School of Crafts, The Glass Furnace, Urban Glass, Cleveland Institute of Art, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Appalachian Center For Crafts, Bezalel Academy of Art, and Penland School of Crafts.
His work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions. Currently his work is represented at Adam Blaue, Corning, Duncan McClellan Gallery, Habatat Galleries, Hive Contemporary, Kuivato Gallery, Penland Gallery, Piece and Vetri Gallery. He is a full-time artist and splits his studio time between Arizona and Washington.
At the completion of the class, participants will leave with glass 'samplers' and two completed fused glass projects.
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 an additional materials fee of $85 that will be added to the cost of class when you register.
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, 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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Learn to create a stained glass window in this five session class for ALL LEVELS.
NOTE: In order to use Open Studio time for your own projects, you must demonstrate competency in glass cutting, window construction, grinder use, work space prep, and clean up. This course will address those competencies.
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.
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.
BARN Artisans' Sale
Join our BARN Artisans in a show and sell event.
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