Monday, March 3, 2014

Just Announced! A New Workshop in Florida!

This just in.....
What a whirlwind! This week I have week three of the Kiln Forming I class on Thursday night. The students are doing a great job. We're doing a strip construction focal piece in their first platter. Strip cutting on the third class...they're rock stars! 

Friday is Gelatin Printing class. That workshop is just pure fun doing a cool printing technique. It's messy and imperfect and perfect all at the same time. I love it! Saturday is Mixed Media Monoprints. That technique is so expressive and exciting. I think I'll never stop exploring ways to tell a story with that technique. 

The on Sunday we pack it all up and go to the Roadhouse Jewelry Retreat in Austin! We have a wonderful week at the retreat, I'll post pictures! Then back to the studio for a week. Then Barbara Simon comes and teaches for three days. Then a few days off and then off to Las Vegas to teach! 

Then.... I'm home for about a month! YAY! ....and then I'm off to this class in May! 

I love going to teach in Florida. The studio at Jen-Ken Kins is fabulous, tons of kilns and equipment and space to work. Plus, you're in the factory watching them make the kilns! It's very cool. Last year I taught a imagery sampler class for 2 days there and people asked for more! So this class is focused on making layered images and working thick! It's going to be a blast! Here's the class description! You can call them at 1-800-329-5456 to register! 
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The Good Girl


Gail Stouffer


Class Meeting Days:
Friday May 2nd – Sunday May 4th

Class Meeting Hours:
9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Class Location:
Fired Arts Academy at Jen-Ken Kilns

Workshop Description

Take your fused glass beyond the bowl! It’s time to create light catching sculpture that touches the heart. It doesn’t matter if you’re going for a loose abstract design or a crisp photographic image, you’ll learn how to make it happen in this exciting new workshop! Each new skill and technique can be applied to small work as well as larger projects, making this a “don’t miss” class!

The focus of this workshop is on the development and printing of images in tall, transparent, slab sculptures. Students will learn screen-printing, powder applications, and direct painting techniques to apply their imagery to multiple layers of glass. The image layers will then be fired, stacked, and fired again to create tall thick slabs of transparent glass. The slabs will then be cut, ground, polished and mounted on steel bases. Students will become skilled at preparing personalized images, creating their own screens, painting and layering powders and enamels, and mastering the firing schedules that deliver success. In addition, students will experience effective kiln casting and cold working techniques. Each student will cut, grind and polish their pieces, and learn how to create and mount their base pieces. Some fusing experience is necessary to participate, but advanced skills are not required to be successful!


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