Frit & Foliage

  • Thursday, October 14, 2021
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Thursday, October 14, 2021, 12:00 PM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN's Glass Studio, Class Code GL101421DB
  • 0


  • $156 + $45 materials fee
  • $120 + $45 materials fee

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In this unique class, you will explore the meditative technique of powdered glass frit. Using frit powders of various colors and choosing previously dried foliage you will create striking floral images in this class.

In the three-hour session on day 1 (12:00 to 3:00 PM) you will come to understand the necessary safety practices and clean up using glass powders. Then with step-by-step instruction you will practice the process of layering frit to colorize the dried foliage you have chosen to decorate your dishware.

During the one-hour session on day 2 (12:00 to 1:00 PM) you will learn how and why to clean your powdered and initially fired pieces to prepare them for fully fusing each to a background piece of glass prior to slumping. Frit combined with foliage creates delicate organic images that will compliment your food presentation or anything you might imagine. 

In this class you will produce one 9” x 9” square swoop serving piece, one 3" x 9" channel plate, and three 3” x 3” condiment dishes.


  • This class is excellent for beginners ages 14 and up.
  • Instructions on how to collect and prepare your foliage before class will be in your registration confirmation and reminder emails.
  • There is a $45 materials fee included in the class tuition.
  • Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
  • Suitable for ages 14 and up.
  • Note: Instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email on how to dry & store your foliage before class.
  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Masks are required. Overall BARN safety policies are here.

Instructor:  Diane Bonciolini

Diane Bonciolini, the "olini” of Mesolini Glass Studio, is a founding member of BARN, she & her husband Gregg Mesmer,  both recognized with the 2015 Island Treasure Award, moved to Bainbridge Island in 1977 and started the iconic Mesolini Glass Studio.  They have been working professionally in the art glass industry for decades.  Their expertise incluldes various types of fabrication processes for creating stained glass, copper foil, fused glass, glass & concrete, as well as public art and teaching.

Over the years they have worked on many  Public Art  projects such as Bainbridge Beach Glass Quilt, the Waypoint beach glass project, Rotary Centennial Park, and others.  Many of their projects include school age students on the Island and beyond. 

Diane's love of glass is her passion.   As a full-time glass artist  she grows with every project, she is proud to be founding member of BARN. 

What best describes her career to this point is she has more ideas then time!


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