Visit The Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery in Cumberland, MD from February 3-17, 2018 for ‘A Taste of Touchstone’ Gallery Exhibit. More information
Joy Knepp has worked as a glass artist since 2003 and is a retired elementary and secondary art educator. Her education includes Pennsylvania State University and various other universities for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education. Her love of glass began at Touchstone Center for Crafts, where she has taken many classes, as well as the Pittsburgh Glass Center and Goggleworks (Reading, Pennsylvania). Since then, she has taught techniques in glass at Touchstone Center for Crafts and to her high-school students at Shanksville Stonycreek School. Her work has been exhibited in several local and regional galleries.
Joy will be teaching ‘Let’s Get Fired Up—Flameworking Techniques in Soft Glass‘ at Touchstone from August 6–August 10. Discover why so many people are finding joy in melting glass rods with a torch! We will explore basic to intermediate beadmaking techniques, including making and shaping beads on small to large diameter mandrels; decorating and manipulating beads with stringers, dots, and a variety tools; as well as various encasing techniques. We will dabble a bit with metal leaf and foils, aventurine and dichroic glass, and learn about some chemical reactions with certain glass colors. You will finish the week with a treasure trove of beads that can be used in one-of-a-kind pendants, bracelets, and bottle stoppers. This workshop is suitable for All Levels.