August 7, 2013
Because of inquiries, two workshops have developed rather quickly. and unexpectedly. And even more surprisingly, they each have only 1 spot left to fill! These are the only classes that will be offered for the rest of this year.
This is the first workshop on a brand new technique that we have been developing in our studio. We had a wonderful opportunity to visit Craig Mitchell Smith in Lansing, MI, last year when we taught for Delphi and were so impressed by his wonderful standing pieces. Since then we have been working on our own version of glass that stands alone. We think this piece not only stands alone physically, but because we have layered the glass multiple times for dimension and texture, added torch pulled stringer for delicate branches, and carved into the piece like a sculpture, it stands alone as an original.
Tints....there such beautiful tints! These pale shades of glass used to make hundreds of leaves and applied to the branches in many layers. It is delicate. It is very detailed. And it is beautiful. This picture does not even begin to show the depth of the piece. Some torch work is required, and experience with the Taurus ring saw is important. The tree will stand approximately 20" wide and 16" tall. If you like detailed work, this is the workshop for you.
Sept. 20-25, 10 am - 5 pm (One day there will be no class because we need a day for firing)
$1,000 plus $45 for the handmade stand
There's nothing more beautiful than a winter landscape, and this one is new! This large panel will be covered with several sizes of frit, layed with sheet glass and torch-pulled trees, and fired several times to achieve a very dimensional and "painterly" scene. It is a workshop that encompasses so many of the fusing materials and processes that it is an excellent learning piece for students. Approximately 13" x 18," it is a wonderful piece to take home and hang! Students need to have cutting skills, and experience in painting can be very helpful.
Nov. 15-19, 10 am - 5 pm (One day there will be no class because we need a day for firing)
Also, John and I have just arrived back from Seattle, and the weather was absolutely glorious....and cool! The first workshop with Seattle Stained Glass was a lovely fall landscape, and everyone did a beautiful job. Seattle Stained Glass has been in business forty years, and they do lovely glass in a very interesting part of Seattle near the university district. Glass Expressions in Burien hosted twelve students for a soft peach cream panel that was topped with two magnolias and a sweet chickadee. The studio has been open since the 1980's where they have been teaching fine classes in stained glass, as well as, creating their own work. Both groups were absolutely wonderful, and we were very happy to have been at both studios.
Please stay cool, and come see us if you get to this part of Texas!
~ Donna and John Sarafis
PS. Pictures here represent the type of project to be done, but class projects will be different.
Donna and John
170 Scott Rd.
Huntsville, TX 77320