My Roots as an Educator
Throughout my career in the environment and clean energy, I have always been attracted to the "people" side, whether it was educating the public about solar and energy efficiency or developing programs to engage young people in saving energy in their schools and homes. (Even back in the 70's when I was building my own passive solar house, I taught woodworking at the UMass women's center.)
I seem to have the same inclination lately in my glass work, as I find that I love to help people experience the fun of glassmaking. I will never stop making art and that will probably continue to be my primary focus, but I also hope to expand the ways in which I bring other people into my studio to make glass art.
I am doing that through my "Creative Afternoons" in which up to 6 people make either plates or jewelry. These have been just delightful for me, and I believe everyone participating has had the same response. I hope to do that also in introductory fused glass classes -- 10 hours probably, divided into two 5-hour blocks or 5 2-hour blocks. And I have invited a talented neighborhood 9-year old to come work with me on occasion. Lots of joy to spread around!
Let me know if you are interested! I'm just getting classes started, but eager to have a small group and get going. And if you have a few friends you want to gather for a fun afternoon, we can find a time!
I'm using this page to talk about the art and joy of working with glass and silver.