Thursday, March 22, 2018

Another Busy Week in the Glass Studio


The Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas, NV is only two weeks away! Last week I spent several days collecting classroom supplies and making fusible components for the students to use in the classes I’m teaching at the show. 

Even with detailed lists and after months of ordering supplies, I’m amazed how long it takes to prepare for 5 classes. It’s a complicated task to plan, gather and ship everything necessary to run enriching classes outside the convenience and accessibility of my private 
glass studio. 

While pre-cutting 50 sheets of Papyrus fiber paper to line the inside of the 12 Skutt Firebox 14 kilns we use in class, I calculated a few statistics. The numbers gave me renewed incentive to be well prepared. For me, the most important part of teaching is giving my students the absolute best learning experience possible.  

Here are some fun facts that may surprise you.

In 5 days I have the pleasure of sharing my passion for glass fusing with about 80 students. My students go through about 90 square feet of Oceanside Glasstile System 96 glass. They cut up about 20 square feet of Wissmach 96 glass. Students hand-pick flashy accents from a dazzling assortment of CBS dichroic glass. They select frit colors and sizes from more than 40 jars of System 96 frit. We fire Skutt Firebox 14 kilns 48 times. Students in my classes produce more than 190 artistic projects. It’s no wonder that preparing for such ambitious creativity takes organization, time and effort. 

Why I do it. 

I know it’s not easy to get away. It’s not easy to set aside time or spend money on your artistic passion. I admire my student’s dedication to their art. I appreciate their desire to improve their skills and expand their design style. But most of all, I love my student’s sincere generosity. Their willingness to help each other and openly share their successes as well as mistakes. This is what makes them the fun, friendly, good people I like to hang out with.

Each year the Glass Craft and Bead Expo makes it possible for us to gather and be creative. You can imagine the enthusiasm, high energy and creativity that flourishes when hundreds of passionate artists get together. When happy creatives gather, magic happens. 

There’s still room in two of my classes. In my Saturday class, Fire & Ice: Hot Techniques for Cool Projects you’ll learn how to combine complex fusible components to make amazing original art. My Sunday, Fusing Art Design class is by far the absolute best time investment you can make to take your glass from craft to fine art. If you’d like to join me, you can register online here .

My high fashion studio attire.

Trixie is not impressed.

I look forward to lots of fusing, seeing old friends and making new friends at EXPO in two weeks. I hope to see YOU there!

Cookie time?
Happy fusing! 
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Upcoming Classes and Webinars

Glass Craft and Bead Expo 2018
April 4 – 8, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

It’s time to get excited about the Glass Craft and Bead Expo coming up in April. I’m offering four favorites and one new class titled, Fire and Ice. Seats are going fast so make your plans now to join me for a week of fusing friendship and fun.

SA-22 - Fire & Ice: Hot Techniques for Cool Projects
SU-01 - Fusing Art Design!

I hope to see you in class. 

Upscale Fusing Webinar
April 24, 2018

Incorporating pattern and texture to elevate and refine your fusing style are the focus of this in-depth webinar. Join me and learn how to tastefully blend various cutting-edge techniques to add dimension and volume t4o your work. With the pro's secrets revealed, you'll be on the fast-track to developing winning combinations that’ll get your work noticed!

Advanced Glass Fusing 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop
May 8-11, 2018
Join me for this intense workshop held in my private studio.
Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.

Exceed your expectations! In this intense, 4-day workshop you’ll utilize the many advanced techniques today’s successful glass artists are using to elevate their work from craft to fine art. This all new program is ideal for ambitious glass fusers ready to go bigger and explore more in-depth kiln forming techniques.

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