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Member fee: $53Non-member fee: $63
Materials and Kiln fee: $40
Wednesdays, Sept. 23 and 30 from 10 am to 1 pm
Your fascination with mobiles may have begun in a crib, but these are not your baby's mobiles. In a two-session workshop, you will combine fused glass and other objects to create a kinetic sculpture in the style of Calder for your house or garden. During the first session you will design your mobile, deciding on what materials to use in addition to glass: beads, wire, brass rods, wood, or anything your creativity can imagine. Then, after exploring how mobiles get their energy and seeing samples, you will use design elements and your vision of how you want your mobile to behave to sketch your ideas and construct your fused glass elements. The glass will be fused in a kiln prior to the next session when you will assemble your entire creation. The assembly phase may be the most fun activity as you try to find balance as you construct your creation "inside out" as Calder called it. Your mobile can hang from the ceiling inside your house, sit on your desk, or be suspended from a tree outside.
The first session will be Wed., Sept. 23 from 10 am to 1 pm and the second workshop will be Wed., Sept. 30 from 10 am to noon.
After thirty-four years as an educator and administrator, Teri Smith came to Bainbridge Island one summer 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 clients.
What she enjoyed most, however, was pulling friends into her love of glass. Many Saturdays found about five to ten 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 newly found love of glass.
Having joined BARN, Teri also enjoys taking jewelry classes and has written a published comic romantic mystery, Affection for Crime.