Featured Classes – May 2017

Glass Fusing SuncatchersHaust suncatcher

Instructor: Lynn Haust
Dates to choose from:  Wednesday July 12th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ages: Adult
Melting glass is so much fun!  Cut brilliant colored pieces of sparkling glass and combine them with stringers, noodles and confetti. Your creations will be fired in a kiln, melting the glass into beautiful sun catchers. Learn to cut glass and arrange your design. Safety, glass technology and creative directions will be covered.


Kiln Fired Dichroic Glass PendantsHaust pendant

Instructor: Lynn Haust
Date: Saturday & Sunday July 22nd & 23rd
THIS IS A FIVE HOUR CLASS OVER TWO DAYS – THE SATURDAY CLASS WILL RUN 10 AM – NOON AND SUNDAY 10 AM TO 1 PM
Ages: Teen-Adult
Using clear and black Bullseye glass as a base, design and create a collection of glass pendants using dichroic, transparent and opaque glass. Experiment with glass frit, powders and other inclusions, including mica powders. Discussion topics will include firing schedule, safety and cold working techniques. Students will complete 12+ pendants. Several sterling necklace chains are included in the tuition, as well as an information packet.


Japanese Design for AllKiranada Japanese Design

Instructor: Kiranada Sterling Benjamin
Date: Saturday and Sunday, July 15th & 16th, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ages: Adults
Japanese Design? What is it? What makes it unique? Here is a special opportunity to look at outstanding work of the past and present (with one who lived it for 18+ years)  and analyze the unique characteristics that makes it specifically Japanese. This two-day course is planned to extend your knowledge, build skills and to challenge your view of design and composition. It will consider how “east” and “west” view design elements.

Beginning with Yamato and Zen aesthetics, we will explore their application to historical and contemporary design work and look through the special lens of the kimono, this ‘classic canvas’ of Japan.

The class has a fiber-orientation, with specific information on kimono designing and how it developed through history but holds much information applicable to all design areas. You will create several of your own original designs and layout plans to be used as future reference material in your own art.  Work will be done with paper, glue, and pencil. Stimulating slides, visual materials and samples are included.


Be sure to visit our education page and link over to classes at a location near you – new options are cropping up all the time! Your local gallery might just have that course you have been wanting to take!