October 26, 2011
Greetings from John and Donna
to All of our Friends in the Glass World,
Well, we have great news to share. There have been some wonderful happenings for Dancing Light Studio in recent months.
First, great news from the Brazos Glass Works Competition in Bryan, TX., last week. The No-Regrets (Egret) won first place in the professional division, and the Frosty Woods took Best in Show! Yes! Thank you, Brazos Glass Works for a wonderful showcase for glass art in our area.
Second, we have been interviewed by Glass Art magazine which will feature an article about us and our work sometime in the next few months. What an honor! Thank you, Glass Art Magazine. There may even be tutorials in Glass Patterns soon.
Third, In November, please look for our ad in the gift guide of the Winter American Style Magazine. It is a lovely magazine, and we are so pleased to be there.
And, fourth, but by no means least, John and I have decided to start slowing down a little....just a little. :) Next year, we are going to teach no more than four classes in our studio. We have chosen those very carefully. Feb. we have committed to teach an autumn panel at Hot Glass Houston. Because of the size of the pieces, the classes will be small. That will be a four-day (two weekend) class. If interested, please call Bob Paterson at Hot Glass Houston.
Here are three that we have scheduled. I would urge you to consider these classes if you really want to take one of our workshops and learn our technique. It is highly likely that we will only be teaching another year or two due to the possibility of retirement. We love our glass, but we're moving toward more time w/friends and family.
Enjoy the wonderful weather, and come see us when you are close.
~ Donna and John
Because our workshops usually entail creating large, intricate and difficult panels, we realize that they should be 5 day workshops instead of 4, or 6 day instead of 5. Most of our students come from out of state or far enough away that they must spend the night locally, and that is costly. Therefore, John and I have decided to increase the hours per day from our usual 10 - 5 w/an hour for lunch to 9 - 5:30 or 6 if needed to help w/the financial output that our students make by cutting one day of class when possible. Even though we have increased the daily cost of class, it is still significantly less for the whole class when hotel , car and food cost for another day are considered.
(Similar to Egret on the Website, approx. 13" x 22")
Four days of class, Fee is $995 includes everything for workshop except mailing piece after last firing
Limited to 6 students.* See note
March 3, 4, (fire on 5), 6 and 7
March 3, 4, (fire during week), 10 and 11
(as seen on the website but slightly smaller, approx. 13" x 21")
Five days of class, Fee is $1250 includes everything except fee for mailing piece after last firing
Limited to 6 students! * See note
May 5, 6, (fire on 7) 8, 9, 10 and possibly 11
May 5, 6, (fire during the week), 12, 13, 14 and possibly 15
(13" x 21" similar to panel on website)
Four day class, Fee is $995 includes everything for workshop except mailing piece after last firing
Limited to 6 students. * See note
Sept. 8, 9, (10 for firing), 11, 12
Sept. 8, 9, (week for firing) 15, 16
The fourth class we are considering but haven't nailed down yet is a large floral. I've always loved Asian-influenced florals and birds! They're such a challenge, but they're so beautiful!! So, maybe, yes....a lovely, Asian-influenced flower w/bird. :)
*Note for all classes.
Because of the size of the piece and the days needed to fire, the class must be either a Sat. and Sun. off Mon. for firing, and Tues., Wed., finishing on Thurs. or even Fri. if necessary. If there is a need for Fri., an additional day's charge will be assessed. Due to the nature of the piece and each individual's pace, it is difficult to determine how many days will be needed. Also, available is Sat. and Sun., break for firing for the week, and students will return for the next Sat., Sun., and Mon. or even Tues. if necessary.
TESTIMONIAL FROM DIANE Q., COLORADO
As a professional glass artist, I had been looking to expand my knowledge of glass painting with light. I had seen Donna Serafis’ award winning “Texas Oaks in the Wildflowers” and knew immediately that she was the master in frit glass painting. After contacting her, she invited me to participate in a workshop at her private studio in the piney woods of Texas. What an experience! She is not only a brilliant artist in her own right, but an incredible teacher and mentor. She helped me develop a better understanding of glass application as a true art medium and opened my mind’s eye in how I view the natural setting. Thank you so much Donna for sharing your personal genius and talent. I would recommend your classes to anyone who wishes to unlock their own potential as a glass artist. I know you have done that for me. (Palisade Stained Glass Art)
TESTIMONIAL FROM BRECK J., ARIZONA
After seeing Donna’s “Texas Oaks in Wildflowers” piece on Delphi I was entranced, I had no idea that landscapes could be made from glass and I knew I needed to find out more. After checking out the Dancing Light Fused Glass’ website, I was elated to see that Donna and John taught classes.
I recently traveled from Phoenix, AZ to take a 5 day Autumn Landscape Class. I quickly found that taking a class with John and Donna is like escaping from reality to an artist hide-away retreat. Their studio is settled amongst the trees of their beautiful acreage, overlooking their pond and surrounded by nature, making the views from the windows a natural inspiration for our pieces. It was such a serene and peaceful place to learn and be inspired.
The class was like no other art class I’ve ever taken, Donna and John shared tips and tricks for not only the piece we were working on but for future solo pieces as well. I could really tell they weren’t trying to hold anything back, they were very willing to share all their past experiences. Donna was very encouraging, supportive and patient. The class contained students of all different levels of experience but I felt it flowed well, I never felt rushed or held up and I received plenty of individual attention. Donna is an amazing teacher, by spending just a few moments with her you can tell she really a passion for art and her students. This couple truly cares for their students and wants them to succeed. I can’t wait to take another class. (Fire Horse Studio)
Donna and John
170 Scott Rd.
Huntsville, TX 77320