In this workshop, students will choose from a selection of photographs to re-create in stained glass mosaic. On the first day, we will begin by mapping out light and dark areas of the image, and discussion of use of color and texture to create an organic, naturalistic effect.
After students select stained glass to use for their mosaic, they will learn how to use scoring tools and wheeled nippers to shape the material. There will be an overview of adhesives, substrates and techniques that can be used in mosaic, in addition to those provided, and this information will be included in a handout.
On the second day, students will continue work on their mosaic while practicing the techniques and getting more focused attention from the instructor.
Each student will be provided a substrate (base for mosaic), their choice of several photographs, a wide selection of glass in naturalistic colors featured in the photos, adhesive, marker, and popsicle stick for applying adhesive. Students are welcome to bring their own photos, but glass selection will be based on instructor’s images.
*This project will not be grouted.*
Students should bring: glass cutters, breaker-groziers, running pliers, and wheeled nippers. (Optional tools: glass file, tweezers or needle-nose pliers). Some tools may be available to borrow and all tools will be available for sale at the Vinery.
Skill level: All
Instructor Jennifer Kuhns is a master at precision-cutting stained glass for mosaic by hand, and this workshop is for anyone who enjoys (or wants to enjoy) creating mosaic art with stained glass. If you have struggled in the past making the specific cuts you want, then this course is for you! She starts with very simple straight cuts, and then moves to more challenging ones. She then demonstrates how to cut deep curves and circles. Once you have practiced some glass scoring, you will begin creating your own opus sectile-style mosaic with stained glass. Learning to cut stained glass into your desired shapes gives you more control over your mosaic, allowing you to use your materials and time more efficiently, and to create focal points in your compositions. Whether you have no experience at all with mosaic or glass, or you are ready to advance from nippers and/or a grinder to scoring by hand, this workshop will definitely add new skills to your repertoire.
Newly honored as the Best Visual Artist of Olympia Washington 2019 Jennifer has been displaying and selling artwork for more than twenty-eight years, and has been working in mosaic since 2001. Her work ranges from strikingly dimensional figurative and landscape imagery to decorative, stylized mosaic installations. She has been featured in many exhibitions and galleries throughout the country, and works primarily with stained glass, carefully shaping each piece for assemblage into exquisite mosaic art. Her public art and community projects demonstrate a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice, as well as a rare ability to engage, educate and create community with all ages and socio-economic groups. She also creates custom mosaic for corporate and private clients, with mosaic floors and murals installed throughout the U.S. (and one in Canada.) She lives and works on a small farm in rural Western WA, and offers advanced workshops for mosaic artists in the Pacific Northwest region and beyond.
This class is for: August 17, 18, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday) 9AM-5PM