"Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” -- Kurt Vonnegut
I'm so excited that you are interested in learning with me. It will be my job to provide a safe environment and proper instruction so that you can experience the fun that comes from creating something with your own hands.
There is little or no time needed outside class, and classes meet 1 - 4 times. Most classes do not require any previous experience. Registration is generally required.
Here are some of this semester's offerings -- you can also see the calendar listing below. I'll be adding some classes a bit later in the semester. Because of a grant through the Iowa Arts Council, some of my classes this semester are being offered in small town libraries -- I'll be teaching in Jewell, Ogden, Stratford. Those classes are not listed below; contact me for details.
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Lampwork (sometimes called flamework) is the art of forming and shaping glass with a few simple tools, gravity, and the heat of a torch. Learn to make these amazing beads with their rich and ancient traditions even if you are a little afraid to use a torch!
Glass fusing is a very different process than lampwork. Beautiful functional and decorative items are begun by cutting and assembling glass sheets. Each piece is then kiln fired one or more times to fuse the glass together.
If you would like to create your own unique jewelry without traditional metalsmithing techniques, try your hand at metal clay. Start with a little piece of "clay" and mold, carve, stamp, pinch and shape. After drying, the work is fired in a kiln and finished. In the kiln, the organic binder that makes it feel like clay burns away, leaving the metal behind.
In enameling, heat is used to fuse crushed glass to metal (or other glass). A torch or kiln can be used as a heat source. The result is colorful, glossy and gorgeous.
If you enjoy making collages, cards, scrapbooks, or hand-bound books, why not decorate your own fabulous paper. Each paper is a unique work of art. You may even want to frame it.
These fun and diverse classes may include things like macramé, friendship bracelets, shrink plastic jewelry, upcycled jewelry, stained glass, soldered projects, and more.
Registration is required for all classes -- I cannot take walk-ins due to the need to have adequate supplies and space for each person. You can register for most classes by clicking the links above. Contact me with any questions.
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