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June 26–30 | Teen Week

Marbles and Beads

Instructor: Michael Mangiafico

All Levels, Grades 9-12

$595 Member | $625 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Explore the world of creating flameworked glass, marbles, and beads. Melting colorful soda lime glass that was manufactured in Italy, we will make and incorporate traditional Venetian Zanfirico (fancy twisted glass canes or pattern bars) into magnificent disks and orbs of delight. Pursue the anatomy of a well-proportioned marble or bead all the while playing with sparkly dichroic coated glass. We will then have fun transforming said creations into enjoyable tops, pendants, and fetching sculpture.

Michael Mangiafico is a glass artist and teacher working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a BFA in glass art from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985 and has continued his education by attending or teaching glass art seminars across the globe. In 1996, Michael built a glass studio, FIG Studios—Forms in Glass. He designs and creates sculpture and craft items from glass by blowing, casting, torch working, and cold work. FIG Studios has work in fine art galleries across the country.

July 10–14

Taking the Next Big Step

Instructor: Andrew Tischler


$595 Member | $625 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Consisting of a survey of intermediate solid and hollow borosilicate techniques, we will touch on wig wags, implosions, reticellos, dot stacks, and managing hollow forms. Our broader goal is to advance towards a personal goal—learning an elusive technique, refining your results, or simply achieving a higher level of overall comfort and expression on the torch. By mixing popularly selected demos, discussion, and "life guard on duty" work time, we will collaborate to see a big jump in the level of work coming out of your kiln. Don’t forget to bring your ideas! 

A lifelong maker, Andrew Tischler was introduced to flame working in 2008 at the age of 18. He participated in a yearlong apprenticeship with the Pittsburgh Glass Center in 2013 after receiving a BS in Graphic Design at California University of Pennsylvania. Now an instructor and artist in the city of Pittsburgh, he is known for his intricate pendants and marbles. 

July 17–21

Reverse Relief Casting

Instructor: Elizabeth Braun


$595 Member | $625 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

This class will cover a variety of ways to make refractory models, using high-temperature plasters, fiber blanket, board, and papers. Using inexpensive and beautiful float glass, you will learn the firing tendencies and schedules; how to cut thick glass; which side is up; and various ways to add color using powders, frits, and silver leaf. You will also make re-usable molds, in order to make multiples of your positive form. We will cover basic model making; different applications for the reverse relief techniques, such as mirrors, shelves, and platters; firing schedules; blocking and forming; how to hang and/or install your glass; drill holes; and more—valuable new information to add to your repertoire of techniques! You will take home plenty of refractory models, some re-usable flexible molds, and several cast glass pieces using the reverse relief technique.

Elizabeth Levine Braun began her training in stained glass at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix en Provence, France in 1981 and since then, has studied with some of the world’s leading glass artists. In 1986, she founded Elizabeth’s Glassworks, LLC, a custom art-glass studio. In addition to architectural work, Elizabeth specializes in warm glass methods including fusing, kiln forming, glass casting, and pate de verre. Her work has won awards at major exhibitions, most recently the Thirtieth Annual Creative Craft Council Exhibition in Maryland and the Fall Fine Art Show in West Virginia. Her sculptural cast glass and kiln-formed work is in private collections and galleries in the United States and abroad.

Elizabeth is an energetic instructor with an “anything is possible” approach. For over 25 years, she has taught glass classes to students of all ages, conducting workshops and classes at numerous venues, including the Maryland College of Art and Design, Glen Echo Park, Corcoran School of Crafts (adjunct faculty), private and public schools, and regional artists collectives.

Elizabeth was president of the National Capital Art Glass Guild for three years, and remains an active member of the organization. She is also a member of the Glass Art Society, Allegany Arts Council, and board member of Hampshire Arts Council.

July 2428

Kiln Working Basics

Instructor: Meredith Edmondson

All Levels

$595 Member | $625 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

In this class, you will be introduced to glass cutting, fusing, slumping, and using drop out molds to create one-of-a-kind works of art. You will learn to write kiln programs to achieve different effects with glass through heat manipulation. Even though this is not a project-based class, you are encouraged to come with ideas of patterns and finished projects that you want to explore.

Meredith Edmundson was always drawn to color, pattern, and texture. When she began glass blowing in 2005, she was looking for ways to incorporate this into her work. Through fibers classes she learned the principals of weaving, screen printing, and color theory. She then applied the ideas to flat glass. Through fusing and slumping , she was able to achieve the results she was looking for, but with the added bonus of having transparency and shadow casting that comes with using glass. Meredith has taught at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and out of her studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

August 7–11

Building Blocks of Flameworking

Instructor: Kit Paulson


$595 Member | $625 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Dabbling both in soft glass and borosilicate, you will complete exercises and assignments designed to increase fluency with the material. You will start to determine which glass is best suited for fabricating specific ideas. This will lead to a broader understanding of the multitude of options available in flameworking. We will focus on repetitive elements and using small scale parts to create a larger whole; considering traditional and non-standard construction techniques. The place of history of flameworking within the larger glass community will be addressed through slideshows and discussions.

Kit Paulson was born and raised in Illinois. She received her BFA with concentration in glass from Alfred University in 2004. She has served as a teaching assistant at Penland School of Craft, Pilchuck Glass School, and the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass. She has taught glass blowing at Making Glass (Highland Park, Illinois), Chaos Glass Studio (Evanston, Illinois) and Chicago Hot Glass (Chicago, Illinois). In 2015, Kit completed the Rosenberg Residency at Salem State University and a five-day residency at Tacoma Museum of Glass. Currently, she is working toward her MFA in glass at Southern Illinois University.

August 14–18

Glass and Metal: Transformed into Wearable Art

Instructor: Susan Thornton

All Levels*

$595 Member | $625 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Learn to twirl molten glass into lovely beads and fashion them into wearable jewelry. We will explore the basics of making good foundation beads and surface embellishments such as lines, dots, flowers, and applique. We will then take our completed treasures and journey to the metals studio to learn construction and fabrication techniques to transform our beads into wearable art.

* This class is designed for all skill levels, especially beginners.

Susan Thornton received her BFA from the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee with an emphasis in metals. Her studio is located outside Nashville, where she produces one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry objects. Her work is exhibited nationally and featured in a number of books and publications.

August 21–25

Make Your Mark

Instructor: Dorie Guthrie

All Levels

$595 Member | $625 Non-Member

Class Time: Monday–Friday

Based on a combination of techniques, you will have a taste of varying ways to fabricate graphics and imagery onto flat glass and three-dimensional forms. The approaches covered will include decals, screen printing, powder painting, and enamels. During the workshop, you will also learn the process of cutting sheet glass as well as gain knowledge of fusing and writing proper kiln schedules.

Born in Moline, Illinois, Dorie Guthrie was first exposed to the glass medium when she was 17. Since graduating from Illinois State University in 2008, Dorie has continued her studies at Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Pilchuck Glass School, where she furthered her technique. She was selected to demonstrate flameworking at the 2013 Glass Art Society Conference in Toledo, Ohio. Dorie currently teaches kiln casting, glass blowing, flameworking, fusing, and imagery techniques at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, New York.

September 1–3

Beyond Glass Beadmaking Basics: Surface and Form

Diana Dugina

All Levels

$325 Member | $355 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Sunday

Build on your initial experiences of working with glass and creating glass beads. You will learn to maximize the characteristics of the molten glass, work with the forces of gravity with parallel and perpendicular alignment, and manage simple tools to create large spherical, conical, and tubular shaped beads. We will concentrate on understanding the stages of the glass in the flame—and controlling where the bead is in the flame to regulate the formation of its shape. After creating a series of basic shapes, you will explore working with fine powdered glass enamels, ground glass frit, and metallic leaf to create a variety of colors, textures, and surface details on the glass bead. Please come prepared with “inspired” images for design, colors, and pattern. These can be print outs of clips from books and magazines.

Diana Dugina has been creating glass beads and incorporating them into her eclectic jewelry since 1998. Her inspiration evolves from patterns found in the natural world and design approaches from the arts and crafts period as well as ancient central Asia and eastern European motifs. What fascinated her most about working with glass is its ability to change face from being translucent, reflective, and polished to densely pigmented, rough, and earthen worn—a dichotomy, she feels, that reflects upon the many aspects of herself and her life.

Studying sculpture, color theory, and design at the Ivy School of Art and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Diana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design and graphic art technology from La Roche College. Her professional life toggles between the design and communications and the glass art worlds. In 2001, Diana worked with the Society of Glass Beadmakers in the creation of the local Pittsburgh chapter, the Three Rivers Glass Beadmakers. Diana served on the Board of Directors and was Vice President of Marketing and Communications for over 6 years.

Diana’s art glass beads have appeared in Jim Kervin’s, 2001 edition of More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about Glass Beadmaking and the Lark Books’ 1000 Glass Beads. In 2006, her work was juried into the ISGB’s Metamorphosis national exhibit that debuted at the Heinz History Center during the 2005 Glass Art Conference.

September 8–10

Wild Flower Lampwork Class

Instructor: Karen Leonardo


$325 Member | $355 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Sunday

Explore sculpting soft glass flowers with Karen Leonardo. Learn to sculpt a variety of flowers with Karen’s special petal pullers and other lampwork tools! A fun and fast technique that anyone can do!

Karen Leonardo is the author of numerous books, articles, and courses on bead and jewelry making; vendor manager for the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) Gathering; entrepreneur, founder, and owner of Leonardo Lampwork Tools and Beads; and co-founder and now production editor of Artisan Jewelry Times. Karen has over 25 years’ experience in art jewelry design, business management, and Internet marketing. She received her bachelor of science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1988, where she was named to the Outstanding College Students of America for that year. She also has been recognized by the International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs, nominated for the Artist of the Year in Pennsylvania, and served as a regional director for the International Society of Glass Beadmakers.

September 15–17

Glass Beads: Inside and Out

Instructor: Joy Knepp

All Levels

$325 Member | $355 Non-Member

Class Time: Friday–Sunday

Learn techniques for creating designs in glass from the inside out. We will make the beads by building up colors and designs in layers and encasing the designs with clear glass. Discover how the designs can be manipulated by raking and poking into the glass with tools, and then applying additional layers of glass, silver foil, and dichroic glass to enhance the designs. These techniques lend themselves to floral designs, galaxy-style beads, and feather-like shapes in beads. The beads can be made into ornaments, pendants, or bottle stoppers.

Joy Knepp has worked as a glass artist for more than 12 years and after 27 years as an art educator, recently retired from the Shanksville-Stonycreek School District. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree and master’s credits in art and education from Pennsylvania State University, Frostburg State University of Maryland, California University of Pennsylvania, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has studied and taught techniques in glass at Touchstone Center for Crafts. She has also studied at Pittsburgh Glass Center and Goggleworks (Reading, Pennsylvania). Her work has been exhibited and sold in galleries in the region.

September 22–25

Melting Faces

Chad Parker

All Levels

$425 Member | $455 Non-Member

Class Time: Class Time: Friday–Monday

Carry your “smileZ” with you all day long after Chad shows you how he uses the compression technique to draw his “monsterZ” on solid glass and melt them into marbles or pendants. This same method can be used for flowers, words, or almost anything you can imagine drawing on glass. Opal encasing, pulling cane, using milleflori, mixing your own colors, working with UV colors, and other useful techniques to be used on the inside and outside of marbles or on hollow work.

Chad Parker has been melting glass for over five years and making face marbles, which he calls “monsterZ,” for three years. At the beginning, Chad jumped around, trying to find a direction as there were so many to choose from in glass, but he really fell in love with the way he could make the colored glass move inside the clear. Chad made flower pendants, then he started writing names or initials. After making some smiley face pendants and marbles, he quickly realized the effect faces have on people and the “smileZ my monsterZ” could make. Since then, Chad is addicted and devoted to making them. He really enjoys teaching classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center; and the Glass Blowing Center in Hilliards, Pennsylvania; and his home studio in Fawn Township, Pennsylvania. He has demonstrated the MonsterZ making at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh; the Secret Cup in Denver, Colorado; and the Wheaton Arts Marble Show in Millville, New Jersey. He is always looking forward to meeting new people that admire and respect glass and the positive message it can send.

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