Saturday March 23rd was first workshop I gave in my studio space in the Boulevard neighborhood here in Athens Georgia. It was a four hour workshop and I had the maximum of four students that came. This is a picture of the tables they worked on, before their arrival.
This was the "demo" table where I showed them how to cut glass. The table on the right had open bins of cut up colored glass for them to choose their colors from.
I spent about an hour and a half explaining what happens in glass fusing and showing them how to cut and break the glass. Then they looked at samples of glass that I have fused over the years. Then I explained the project choices they had. They could make a plaque, a frame for a picture, or a frame for a mirror or a sun catcher for the window.
The next two and a half hours was concentration and glass building. I was so impressed with all of them. They were a dream class for me.
Cindy and her daughter Jenny came and sat across from each other.
Jenny sketched out her design and got right to work.
Jenny was so good at it she made two plaques in the time we had. First she built this fabulous dolphin!
Then she made this wonderful Pac Man plaque!
I suggested she use crushed clear glass on the clear for some texture.
I am going to drill holes in both plaques so she can hang them.
Cindy started working on these fabulous geometrical rectangles with rectangles that reminded of the stained glass windows of Frank Lloyd Wright.
She decided they would be ornaments but I think they would just be fabulous hanging in a window to admire year round.
I still have to drill the holes in these for her.
Elaine decided she would drop a little extra cash for the mirror and frame (a mirror goes in there) and she decided on a blue/green color palette.
Now she will have a beautiful mirror for her home!
I photographed it with paper over the mirror because it shows of the frame and is less distracting.
Marie also loved the blues and greens. She sketched out her daughters name "Sara" and started building a plaque.
She had a really excellent sense of color, using blues, greens and purples. She made a beautiful border around the name and highlighted it with small dichroic (sparkly) scraps that I let students use.
Now her daughter will have this beautiful piece her mother made her for the rest of her life! How awesome is that?
I still have to drill the holes for her to hang it and I suggested Marie get some blue and green glass beads to make the hanger.
As we were winding down and finishing the projects the class gave me some valuable feedback and I listened. They seemed very pleased and told me they would love to do this again. I was thrilled with the way the class went, the timing and their projects. I consider it a great success. I'm looking forward to teaching more classes here in my Boulevard home until the end of July and then I'm moving. Yup, but I will resurface in town with a proper studio and start it up again. Athens needs a glass fusing studio to have classes in and I have the twenty plus years of experience with the glass to make sure they learn how to fuse successfully.
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from DR. CHRIS DOERR
Neurology Campus Clinic reception wall in Athens, GA
When I hosted an open house this spring in my studio in Athens Dr. Chris Doerr and his wife Stephanie arrived and fell in love with my new work. They decided to custom order a piece, based off a smaller work I had on my website and for sale. (which they bought)
Only, they wanted it BIG! (36" x 30") Something totally new for me! (of course I had no idea what to charge) It worked out in the end because he came back to the studio after I delivered this and bought 8 more pieces!
I met Kristy Gibson from Atlanta who represented the Arty Surplus Store and a recycled frame was waiting for me. Turns out she worked for a major framing company and she set up a store to sell the overflow frames from their major clients. I ended up driving to Atlanta to have the piece framed for the opening night of the Neurology Campus and I was really in for a treat when I walked into the warehouse in south Atlanta. I got to see a major framing company framing ALL THE ART work for all of the Westin Hotels as well as Holiday Inn and others. True enough, there was a huge back wall of the place with overstock of leftover frames about 15' high by 50' long!
Within a matter of MINUTES I had my artwork professionally framed and I saw all the experts in action. I had a beautiful piece framed and walked out with a GREAT DEAL! I drove directly to the clinic where it was hung for that evenings reception.
For more info on the framer please check my Links page.
Feel free to check out the piece at the Neurology Campus in Athens GA at
1088 Baxter Street, Athens GA 30606
How I make striped glass.