Frit & Foliage

  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022
  • 3 sessions
  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 12:00 PM 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, August 18, 2022, 12:00 PM 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN's Glass Studio, Class Code GL081622DB
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    Registration will close on Sunday, 8/28 at 1:00pm.


In this unique class, you will explore the meditative technique of powdered glass frit. Frit combined with foliage creates delicate organic images that will add pizzazz to your food presentation or decor. Using frit powders of various colors and choosing previously dried foliage, you will create striking floral images. 

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

Day 1In this three-hour session (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.

Day 2 - In this one-hour session (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 before slumping.

Day 3 - In this last session (12:00 to 1:00 pm) the instructor will show you all the steps to completing a dish or display object.


  • Important: Prep work is required to complete before you come to class. Please click here to open a Prep document. Instructions on how to collect and prepare your foliage before class will also be in your registration confirmation and reminder emails. 
  • There is a $45 materials fee included in the class tuition.
  • Registration will close on Sunday, 8/28 at 3:00 pm.
  • Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.

Instructor Bio:  

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 includes 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 a founding member of BARN. 

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


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