Day 1: Intro to glass cutting
- Discuss proper use and maintenance of scoring tools
- Discuss glass properties / various types of glass and challenges
- Begin with straight scores and slowly work toward more advanced shapes (alternating curves, deep curves & crescents, circles, thin strips, etc.)
- Begin work on a 10” x 10” Opus Sectile-style mosaic project using a selection of colors and patterns provided by instructor.
Day 2: Continued practice
- Students will continue work on their projects and will get more individual attention focusing on their challenges.
- Instructor will demonstrate grouting on a prepared, completed mosaic sample
*Student projects will not be grouted during this workshop.
Students should bring: Glass cutting tools including a Mosaic Nipper and Safety Glasses. 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 15, 16 (Thursday & Friday) 9AM-5PM