Glass Arts Classes

    • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL101519DB
    • 0
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    Please note that this class has had an added second day session.

    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.


    • There is a $45 materials fee included in the class tuition.
    • 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.

    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. 

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

    • Saturday, October 19, 2019
    • Sunday, October 20, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio, 8890 Three Tree Lane, NE, Bainbridge Island, WA

    Take a ferry ride from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island to explore BARN, the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network. A makerspace and learning place, BARN is home to 10 artisan studios, including a vibrant Glass Arts Studio.

    We'll take you on a free guided tour of the facility. You'll see the wide variety of creative expression that happens here, from book and fiber arts to jewelry-making and woodworking. And, of course, glass! Visit BARN’s fully equipped glass studio and see examples of the work created here, which will also be available for purchase. Experience our island of glass art!


    • This event is part of REFRACT 2019
    • Tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Please RSVP by calling 206-842-4475 x212
    • This event is free and open to the public.
    • Click here to get directions to BARN.

    • Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL102919PC
    • 5

    Beveled glass diamonds and small glass nuggets are combined to create an eye-catching snowflake that will sparkle in the light. 

    This class is a beginning level copper foil class with no glass cutting involved.  Students will learn to wrap the glass elements with an adhesive backed copper foil, tin the foil and then solder the pieces together into a snowflake approximately 6 inches in diameter. A loop will be soldered to the star for hanging in time for the holidays.


    • The material fee covers all materials and equipment required to make the star. 
    • Students need only bring an apron and a garden glove for their dominant hand for use while soldering.
    • While working with soldering irons, we request you wear cotton or other natural fiber clothing. 
    • Bring a lunch or snack if you want to take a break during class. A refrigerator and microwave is available on site.

    Pat Chase of Ponygal Productions is a 20+ year crafter, teacher and designer of stained glass.  Her teaching style is to patiently guide and not “rule” so that others feel her passion for this art and enjoy creating for themselves and others.  Pat currently works and teaches out of her home in Port Hadlock.  

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

    • Thursday, November 07, 2019
    • Thursday, November 14, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL110719AM
    • 0
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    Students will explore traditional kiln carving and combine designs as well as gain design inspiration to create from a fresh perspective.

    Kiln Carving is a fiber embossing glass process technique. This Advanced Kiln Carving Class will move your glass past a flat surface to create a bas relief. You will learn to create texture, and a sculptural appearance in your piece.

    Design Inspiration design boards will be provided. We will discuss and explore a series of design boards to spark your creative design ideas.

    This class will take your kiln carved piece in new directions by developing your design with the opportunity of added embellishment additional texture, contours, iridescent glass and color!


    • Prerequisite - The ability to cut a circle out of sheet glass. Glass Cutting Class for beginners is a good class to take prior to this one. 
    • Materials fee of $60 is included in the tuition.
    • 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 Bio:
    At heart, Anne Miller is an artist and designer whose chosen mediums include concrete, textiles, clay, paper, metal, encaustic, stained and now fused glass.

    Her passion took her on many paths, ceramics and portraiture, and eventually led to a career in graphic and textile design and as a Marimekko retailer, toy and apparel designer.

    Combining her talents for design and business, she pursued a career with Herman Miller and Steelcase, that spanned 35 years.

    Recently retired, Anne’s degree and passion for art and design has led her to BARN to immerse herself and focus on all forms of art-creating, designing and having a terrific time.

    • Saturday, November 09, 2019
    • Sunday, November 10, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL110919SH
    • 2

    By stacking layers of transparent sheet glass and fusing them in the kiln, images can achieve a unique sense of depth. In this workshop, we will examine methods for hand painting and drawing on glass with the use of glass powder and enamel. We will consider both abstract, and representational approaches; and formal drawing skills are not necessary.

    Students should consider what imagery they would like to work on prior to the start of class. The instructor will send out an email to enrolled students explaining what they will be working on and how they can prepare.

    Session 1: A slideshow about the process and a hands on demonstration for painting with enamel paints and drawing with glass powder will be presented. The best way to realize your images through a combination of powder drawing and enamel painting will be covered. We will break down each student’s image into dimensional layers, and spend the remainder of class time working.

    Students are 
    welcome to stay and work for as long as they like after class. The instructor will be in the studio all evening to answer questions, and then will load everyone’s projects into the kiln.

    Session 2: Will begin with unloading the kiln and discussing the results of the first firing. The instructor will give a lecture about firing schedules and common kiln practices such as bubble control. How to properly set up a stacked full fuse in the kiln will be demonstrated, and students will set up their projects for the final firing. Students may also spend time creating additional pieces and samples that will not be a part of their layered project.

    Students may come pick up their fully fused work the following day.

    Handouts will also be available to take home.


    • This class is a good beginner or all levels class.
    • A $100 materials fee is included in the price of the class.
    • Please bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator and a microwave for your use.
    • Remember to wear close-toed shoes & long pants in the Glass Studio at all times! This is a strictly enforced safety policy. Thank you.

    Suzanne Head graduated with degrees in drawing and figurative painting, and is now translating her skills into a body of fused glass work. With a multi-faceted approach to material and technique, she has created ambitious bodies of work in graphite, oil paint, clay and glass. Suzanne exhibits nationally; most notably at Bullseye Projects in Portland, Oregon, and the Society of Illustrators in New York, NY. A previous instructor and Alumni of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Suzanne now lives on Whidbey Island, Washington. There, she works with talented artists, teaches workshops, and continues to pursue her own studio practice. Her portfolio and curriculum vitae can be viewed at

    • Saturday, November 16, 2019
    • Sunday, November 17, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL111619WM
    • 3

    Coldworking is a subtractive 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 and demos on each machine. We will walk through the rules of what tool to use for what purpose and have time on the machines to get our projects 

    The second day will be a day focused on students working, become familiar with each machine, 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: 
    William Miller grew up in Virginia and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with his B.F.A. in Craft and Material Studies and a minor in Art History.  He was first introduced to glassblowing  in VCU's Hot Shop. Seduced by the magic of the material, he has set out on a relentless pursuit to make glassblowing the central focus of his life. He has studied at the Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, and the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass.

    Miller utilizes distinct color selections that are layered and blown in the hot shop. Once cool, he cuts and engraves the surface of the glass to create line and texture. The process of carving the glass is slow and meditative, which balances the relative immediacy of its initial creation. This process allows him to build an intimate relationship with each piece, which informs the direction of the cuts and texture that are applied to create unique and visually striking glass objects.

    The artist currently resides in Seattle where he works in the vibrant glassblowing community and continues to explore his artistic voice.

    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.

    • Friday, November 22, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • BARN Wide Event

    BARN will be closed and the front and back doors locked down to both Members and Non-Members beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday night as we begin preparations for the Bazaar at BARN.

    Doors will reopen to all on Saturday, at 8:00 AM.

    If you have questions, please contact Carla our Membership Coordinator at

    • Saturday, November 23, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN wide event- No classes scheduled
    The BARN Bazaar is a new Bainbridge Island holiday tradition featuring a wide variety of art, crafts, and artisan foods, all made by hand. Buy direct from the maker at this annual celebration of the creativity that happens all year round at BARN. From jewelry to wood arts, basketry to weaving, you’ll find an unmatched selection of original handmade items – all made right here at BARN.

    Kick off the holidays in homegrown style. Join us for a day of shopping, food, and community!

    BARN members wishing to participate in this event must be a member for a minimum of 3 months (must join by August 31st) to participate. You can contact Carla Mackey at for an application which will be available Monday, October 21.

    • Thursday, November 28, 2019
    • 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    This is a staff holiday.

    • Sunday, December 01, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Glass Studio, Class Code GL120119TS
    • 4

    You will design and decorate glass panels to make a four-paneled glass lantern on a wooden base. The raw wood base will be provided. Should you choose to oil, stain or paint, the base, that would be done apart from the class. You will practice cutting techniques in creating the design, but the panels will be pre-cut to fit the lantern sides. During the session, you will create the panels with the design of your choice. Lanterns will be available to pick up by Tuesday, December 3.

    A materials fee of $35 will be included in the price of class.

    Instructor Bios: Tobi Strevell has been creating fused glass since 2014. She has studied with various artists at BARN, Bullseye Glass, and at local private art studios. Her pieces include functional, architectural, jewelry and sculptural art.             

    Debra Arend was introduced to the techniques of fused glass through BARN in 2018, and fell in love with the diversity of the medium. Continually learning from teachers near and far, gives her the opportunity to create a variety of art pieces from wall art, repurposing lantern glass with art glass, recycled glass sculpture and dynamic serving-ware for everyday and entertainment use.

    For information about tuition assistance please click here.

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

    • Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    • Wednesday, February 05, 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Glass Studio Class Code GL010820GM
    • 5

    Learn to create a stained glass window in this five session class for beginners and those looking to refresh your skills.

    Bainbridge glass artist Gregg Mesmer, from Mesolini Glass Studio will guide you through the step-by-step process of building a stained glass window measuring approximately 20" x 20". You will learn contemporary, innovative, and efficient methods to create this art piece, methods that he has honed over his 40 years as a glass artist.
    You will expand your glass cutting skills  tips from a pro and learn where to order your glass to get the BARN 20% discount.

    Students will also learn studio safety & protocol, required to use the BARN Glass studio.

    There is a materials fee of
     $90 included in the class price that will cover glass, drafting paper, pattern film, zinc and lead, and miscellaneous other supplies. Students are encouraged to use glass from the glass studio however, you can buy or bring your own.

    NOTE:  In order to use Open Studio time for your own projects, you must demonstrate competency in glass cutting and grinder use. This course will address those competencies.

    INSTRUCTOR: 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.

    • Sunday, March 29, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN Wide Event

    Be a Maker for a Day!

    Check out our 10 studios, participate in making crafts or generally check out BARN! It's free, and open to all ages.

    More information will be posted later in October 2019.

    For more information contact:

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