Full Class Descriptions and Schedule
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Session A – June 7-9 (weekend)
Improving Your Wheel –Throwing Skills/Seth Green – Limit 15 – Intermediate Level
Immerse yourself in a skill-building workshop and improve your wheel throwing abilities so that you can make your ideas and sketches a reality. Students will learn to better throw traditional pottery forms and push the scale and accuracy of their work to greater heights and volumes. Along with throwing demonstrations and image presentations, techniques such as pulling handles, trimming, making lids and spouts will also be explored. Participants will have ample time between demonstrations to practice these new techniques.
Intro to Glass Fusing/Monica Rakovan – Limit 15 – Beginner Level
Learn the process of fusing glass, glass compatibility and safety to create jewelry and decorative glass pieces. Practice cutting glass and learn the kiln firing schedule including annealing, tack and full fusing. Learn the basic technique and design glass art pieces with frits, stringers, confetti, rods, sheets and other compatible materials.
Polymer Clay: Milleflori Story/Judy Belcher – Limit 15 – All Skill Levels. Only two spots left!
Millefiori canework, generally a glass technique, lends itself very well to polymer clay. This workshop will focus on building basic canes that can transform into an amazing array canes that are complex in both shape and design. We will begin simply, and then explore building more complex canes, so even if you are new to polymer clay, this workshop will give you a great working knowledge of the medium. While the focus will be on technique, the workshop will include many demonstrations on producing well crafted, beautifully finished work.
Advanced Ceramics: Taking Risks, Following Hunches/Kevin Crowe – Limit 15 – Advanced
The workshop will take us out of our comfort zones, exploring forms and techniques we have kept at arm’s length for multiple reasons. We will throw large and alter. We will scrutinize why we make pots, why they matter. A sense of humor is essential.
Books and Batik/Suzanne S. Hall – Limit 15 – All Skill Levels. Only three spots left!
Learn the ancient art of batik, with a twist! Our works will be created on paper, rather than the more traditional cloth surface, with a wax resist and acrylic paints. We will use these luminous papers to enhance handmade books and boxes. Instruction will cover batik techniques, a variety of book bindings, and embellishments such as decorative stitching on paper and paper beads. We will create at least five different styles of handmade books. Expect to play in this class and give free rein to your creative instincts. No prior experience necessary.
Advanced Bronze Casting/Jim Killy – Limit 15 – Advanced This class is now full. Please call to be added to the wait list or consider one of our other workshops.
This course will focus primarily on the lost-wax process of casting bronze, beginning with the initial wax form through burnout, casting, cleaning, and preparation for patina. Each student will be expected to contact Jim for wax and design approval prior to the workshop, then bring one finished wax for gating and investing on the first day of class. Everyone will execute at least two poured castings during the workshop.
Beginning Glass Beadmaking/Leah Tuscany – Limit 12 – Beginner. Only three spots left.
This introductory class will teach students the basics concerning lampworking safety, torch, tools, materials, and glass bead construction. Students will draw upon various demonstrations to learn how to make beautiful glass beads. Simple color patterns and technical ideas will be shared, followed by hands on work at the torch. Scheduled open torch time outside of class will also be available for advancement of skills. No previous glass experience necessary.
Watercolor and Beyond/Jean Vance – Limit 14 – All Skill Levels
Jean Vance’s objective is to provide students the basic techniques of watercolor, and to then go beyond. Students will explore and experiment as they develop their own personal style and progress at their own pace. Yupo and Masa paper will also be used. Jean puts fun and enthusiasm into the process through demonstrations and individual coaching. Students leave with a thorough understanding of transparent layering, wet-in-wet, and color theory.
Soldering with Confidence/Ginger Seiple – Limit 12 – Beginning to Intermediate This class is now full. Please call to be added to the wait list or consider one of our other workshops.
In this beginning metalsmithing workshop students will gain both knowledge and experience using several types of torches. Planned projects focus around surface-to-surface soldering, butt soldering and strip soldering, giving the student a comprehensive experience using heat to transform metal. A strong focus on safety, understanding flames, and solder and flux use are addressed throughout. We will also touch on metal texturing and shaping (tool use) as well as a session on final finishing of a project. These additional skills will allow students to complete projects and leave with a new confidence in their smithing skills.
Intro to Precious Metal Clay/Leah Tuscany – Limit 15 – Beginner. Only two spots left!
Learn how to make beautiful fine silver objects from a soft, workable “clay like” material called Precious Metal Clay. This material, when fired, becomes 99.9% fine silver. Imagine the possibilities! This introductory weekend course will teach specific techniques using PMC and offer a solid base for the student to begin to use PMC more extensively. No experience needed.
Advanced Works in Metal/Ginger Seiple – Limit 12 – Intermediate to Advanced
This class is now full. Please call to be added to the wait list or consider one of our other workshops.
Several advanced techniques will be presented in this workshop. A tension-set ring project will sharpen your design calculation ability as well as give tap and die experience. An advanced speculum project creating a calla lily (or object of your choosing) will further increase your hammering skills in addition to giving a better understanding of how metal stretches and compresses with each hammer blow. Your torch and forging skills will also improve from making mokume gane star pattern, which can then be used as components of a design. In this fun-filled workshop students will also have the opportunity to etch and hydraulically press their components; a review of process and tool use for etching and pressing will be provided.
Just Added —–The Art of the Hat – From Initial Concept to Finished product / Dagmara Childs – Beginning to Advanced
This program will introduce you to the application of techniques used in millinery. It will also encourage you to explore the potential qualities of calico and paper to create two finished pieces of sculptural, wearable art. Over a five day period you will learn specific millinery techniques and experiment with these, make samples and apply them to create exciting new designs informed by this experience. The program will explore flat pattern cutting techniques in calico, surface texture manipulation, paper sculpting and folding, machine and hand stitching. For inspiration and innovation there will be visual presentations, demonstrations, resources and lots of samples. Above all, you will be given the creative freedom to experiment.