People who have participated in a Creative afternoon asked me if I have additional afternoon workshops they could come to and make something different. I considered that idea, and decided that people who have gotten an afternoon of glass plate-making could probably make a bubble piece, in which you use thin "stringers" of glass to trap bubbles in a regular pattern. I was right -- the technique is challenging (making consistently parallel lines -- being OCD is helpful!) but not terribly complicated, and there are indefinite variables in size, colors and qualities of glass.
You can see some of the beautiful results below.
So what will be next? Once you have the basic understanding of how glass works (admittedly a 3-hour experience just scratches the surface) people make amazingly nice pieces, and with only a maximum of 6 people I am able to help everyone who's stuck or needs some assistance.
Suggestions or requests, anyone, for additional 3-hour glass workshops?
I thoroughly enjoy getting people hooked on glass, and can steer them to other art glass resources such as the Glen Echo Art Glass Center when they want to go to the next step.
Five people who live within a block and a half from my studio signed up for two different Creative Afternoons - and I didn't know them! Is it something in the air? Or perhaps creativity is just contagious!
Join in the fun! If you have neighbors, family or friends who would enjoy a creative afternoon making glass -- get together and save 10% if you have 4 to 6 people! Or come on your own and make new friends.
I'm using this page to talk about the art and joy of working with glass and silver.