Glass Arts Classes

    • Friday, November 30, 2018
    • Saturday, December 01, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL113018CS
    • 0
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    Coldworking is a reductive 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, demos on each machine, and work time. 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 student projects and becoming familiar with the cold shop. This will be a day to get creative 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: 
    Chloe Sismour holds a BFA from the University of Washington and is currently a professional coldworker at Seattle Glassblowing Studio. Her conceptual artistic practice tends to be mixed media, but her material focus is on flameworking and coldworking. 


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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.

    • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • Friday, December 21, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio, Class Code GL121918DB+
    • 0
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    BARN's three-session A-Z of Fused Glass for all levels, 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.

    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.

    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

    • Tuesday, January 08, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN Glass Studio, Class Code: GL010819GM
    • 5
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    The Art of Glass Cutting is simply that, an art.  Open to all levels, it is fascinating, exciting, and empowering when you are successful; when you are not, it can stop you in your tracks and be very expensive.  With a few simple tricks, and patience, you can master the 'Art of Glass Cutting'. Gregg will focus on basic techniques, circle cutting, curves, strip cutting and more. There will be plenty of time for practice and personal attention!  After demos, conversation and practice, you will go home having a better understanding of techniques and tools that will make cutting glass a breeze.

    There will be a $10 materials fee included in your registration fee.

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

    Instructor: Gregg Mesmer has been cutting glass professionally for decades. He and his wife, Diane Bonciolini, moved to Bainbridge Island in 1977 and started the iconic Mesolini Glass Studio.  The techniques they have used over the years are varied and diverse. Gregg's expertise is in techniques involved in fabrication, not only  glass cutting, but also leading, soldering and glazing of stained glass windows. Over the years, he has taught for Northwest Art Glass, the Bainbridge park district and Olympic College.

    • Friday, January 11, 2019
    • Friday, January 25, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL011119DB
    • 3
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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

    • Monday, January 21, 2019
    • Monday, January 28, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL012119NA+
    • 2
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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."


    • Monday, January 21, 2019
    • Monday, February 25, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • BARN Printmaking Studio, Class Code: PR012119MC
    • 11
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    Building confidence in drawing skills can lead to more adventurous and satisfying printmaking. During 6 consecutive Monday evening classes, you will enhance your natural drawing abilities by exploring techniques that will help you to express your own vision as an artist.  Instructor Marc Cooper has broken down the facets of drawing into a series of exercises using a variety of materials. Key skills to be covered include: contour drawing, negative and positive space, values, perspective, pattern, color, composition, and, of course, developing your own style.  As Picasso once said, Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. 

    Marc will also link drawing skills with their natural extension into a printmaking practice and will visit the printmaking studio during the course of the class.  Open to anyone looking for a foundational introduction to drawing or drawing practice exercises.

    Details:

    • Prerequisite: none. 
    • The materials fee of $35, included in the price of the class, will cover sketch pad, conté crayons, chalk pastels, technical ink pen, and newsprint.
    • Students will provide their own drawing pencils and eraser. 
    • There is a kitchen in which to store and reheat food, and food is allowed in the common area adjacent to the classroom.

    Instructor:

    Marc Cooper is an award-winning Art Director and artist. From childhood he has loved making art, and he has enjoyed a long career as an artist and commercial Art Director, with a focus on drawing, printmaking and publishing (both traditional and digital). He enjoys teaching and sharing his love of art, but, most importantly, he enjoys learning from those he teaches.




    • Saturday, January 26, 2019
    • Sunday, January 27, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Small Classroom, Class Code: PR012619RA
    • 17
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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.

    • Saturday, May 11, 2019
    • Sunday, May 19, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio GL101318MP
    • 8
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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.

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