BARN member: $72 (three sessions)
Materials fee plus kiln fee: $85 payable at time of class
Wednesdays June 3, 10 and 17
This A-Z of Fused Glass workshop is a must for enthusiasts:
- Beginning, intermediate, and advanced fused glass artists who want to use Open Studio time to work on independent glass projects must take this course to qualify.
- Beginning and intermediate fused glass artists who want an overview or refresher of the entire fused glass process will find it beneficial. They will become familiar with the studio space, available supplies, and equipment.
In each three-hour workshop session, participants will learn glass studio safety, glass vocabulary, types of glass products, glass compatibility, cutting glass, using glass tools and equipment, glass design, use of papers and paints, how to use the Open Studio, kiln use and care, and slumping mold use and care.
At the completion of the class, participants will leave with four glass coasters, a shallow square plate, and a round plate. Most importantly, they will leave with the knowledge of glass fusing from start to finish.
NOTE: In order to use Open Studio time for your own projects, you must demonstrate competency in glass cutting, grinder use, mold prep, and kiln use. This course will address those competencies.
Please remember to wear closed toed shoes into the Glass Studio.
Diane Bonciolini is the "olini" of Mesolini Glass Studio, and 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. Glass, her medium of choice, has 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. Whether it is a stained glass window, a one of a kind dishware piece, or a fused glass commission, Diane’s focus is on her originality and integrity in design, her client’s desires, the logistics of function and problem solving, color, and glass choice. In their partnership Diane and Gregg brainstorm ideas by working together as fabricators, instructors, and facilitators. Diane is a hands-on artist/crafts person; when teaching, she brings calm, experience and humor to this fickle medium not easily understood. Her desire as an instructor is for her students to relax and have fun, find excitement in the material, and learn to work safely using the proper tools and techniques. Much of the work that she and Gregg do goes beyond the business of their careers and involves schools, communities, and sharing what they know with others.
Elaine Greene has been a ceramic and mixed-media artist for over 30 years. She owned her own hand-painted Italian pottery business in the wine country of Northern California for over 15 years, selling her work to wineries and retail stores out of her studio in Healdsburg, CA. Elaine also taught art at non-profit art organizations to children and adults for several years.
After many years of creating pottery, Elaine started experimenting with mosaic techniques, fusing glass, torching enamel and expanding her knowledge of different mediums. As a mixed-media artist, Elaine loves to incorporate these different mediums into her handmade paper mache art. Her work is sold at shows and privately. She originally moved to Bainbridge Island in 2008 and works out of her home studio.
Dr. Teri Smith came to Bainbridge Island one summer after 34 years as an educator and administrator, and went on the Studio Tour. One of the stops was Messolini Glass Studio, where Teri made a wall tile for her daughter. Noticing that the kiln in the corner was nearly like the pottery kiln she had at home in Las Vegas, she began the first leg on the adventure known as fused glass art. She read all she could, she found a place in Las Vegas that stocked glass, she experimented (many failures and some stunning successes), and she sold pieces to friends. Eventually, she completed commission pieces for friends.
What she enjoyed most, however, was pulling those friends into her love of glass. Many Saturdays found about five to 10 people in her garage making fused glass art pieces--mostly bowls and wall hangings. In 2011 she and Mike moved to Bainbridge permanently, much to the disappointment of those budding artists who used her garage and kiln to express their new-found love of glass. Having joined BARN, Teri also enjoys taking jewelry classes and has written a published comic romantic mystery, Affection for Crime.