WORKSHOPS ON THE ROAD
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME; ALTERISTA'S IN GLASS – ADVANCED LEVEL Altarista’s or small home alters are an expression of faith, art, and cultural heritage, with each one conveying the experience of its maker. Each altar is a sacred personal space filled with icons of importance to the heart of its owner. Traditionally, Altar makers have also established a creative and spiritual "space apart," which was a means for women to meet their artistic and spiritual needs, and at the same time challenge the "powerlessness" to which male-dominated cultural institutions have consigned them. In this workshop, we will explore the Sacred Altar as Art. Using various glass and mixed media techniques, we will create imagery and symbols close to our hearts, our memories, and the significance of our personal homes and heritage. Whether you gain strength, comfort, or inspiration from your experience of home, you can convey your story of the power of home by creating your own sacred altar space. We’ll be taking it to the next level, beyond just the printed image, to create mood, genre, and emotion. This workshop covers it all from concept creation to the final mounting. Get set for four intense days of making, story-telling, and sharing new techniques! The focus of this workshop is on the development of complex, layered pieces with inclusions and images in a 3-dimensional form. Students will create a biographical piece in which they will develop a scene including background, middle ground and foreground layers where their images and inclusions will reside.Students will develop color schemes, work with photo manipulation software (Photoshop of Photoshop Elements), glass enamels and powder applications, screen printing, airbrushing, photo resist, and direct painting techniques, to apply imagery on multiple layers of glass. Additionally, each piece will carry an inclusion of a small, but highly visible objects inside of the glass. Some mixed-media techniques will also be explored as enhancements. Students will become skilled at preparing personalized images, creating backgrounds, working with photoresist films, creating their own silk screens, operating an airbrush, printing powder images, layering images, engineering inclusions into their work, specialty mounting, understanding adhesives, and mastering the firing schedules that deliver success, plus effective sandblasting and cold working techniques.
POWDER PRINTING; IMAGES ON GLASS This exciting workshop is designed to teach the secrets of powder printing images into your glasswork. We’ll work with powdered frit and screens to create graphic patterns, cool images, depth and texture. First, we’ll create our images, then develop our templates, and we’ll print your choice of plates, platters, or panels! This technique can be used in tandem with other image and pattern based processes to create strong graphic statements in your glasswork. There is no limit to the color, depth and texture you can make happen within an image! Fusing experience is necessary to participate, but advanced skills are not required to be successful!
METAL CLAY 960: LENTIL BEADS WITH STONES PMC 960 Sterling Silver is an exciting medium that allows you to produce quality, detailed hollow designs in sterling silver without the mess or equipment required for traditional jewelry casting. Beginners will love the ability to create personalized, one-of-a-kind lentil focal beads that they can wear alone on a chain, or add to their favorite beaded designs. In just one day students will create enviable heirloom quality silver pendants that work with any style.
METAL CLAY 960: BEZEL SETTING WITH SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES & VINTAGE CHINA Jump into Bezel Setting in Metal Clay! This workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of soldering and setting inclusions into your Metal Clay. We will work with PMC 3 and fine silver bezel wire, to add beautiful vintage china shards or semi-precious stones and make pendants that are truly romantic, art deco, Asian inspired and more! Don’t miss this hybrid approach. You’ll learn new techniques in soldering on metal clay that will open the door to loads of new possibilities in jewelry making. Beginners are welcome! Metal Clay and Glass are included.
METAL CLAY 960: WITH GLASS Join us for an exciting 2 days of glass and metal clay fun! On our first day we'll make unusual and beautiful glass jewelry focal pieces designed to join with our metal clay bails and enclosures. On our second day we will combine those pieces with the new PMC 960 Sterling! You'll learn exciting cold connection techniques as well as time tested coil and enclosure techniques. This workshop is for glass fusers or metal workers who want to learn more exciting specialty art-jewelry projects. Beginners are welcome! Metal Clay and Glass are included. (This is a one-day class in Tuscon, AZ.)