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For youth ages 14 - 18
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.