In this 3 hour workshop, students will learn the basics of glass bead making using a gas torch, hand tools, and soft glass. Hand-applied dots, stripes, glittering foils, and colorful enamels will be used to embellish individual beads. Discussion about glass beadmaking will include properties of glass and studio set-up. Through a combination of instructor demonstrations and hands-on exercises, participants will make several beads of their own to take home. Five students per class per session.
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Instructor: Cynthia Liebler Saari
Cynthia Saari is a nationally recognized glass bead artist and instructor. Her work has been included in several publications, including the Lapidary Journal, Lark/Sterling’s “1000 Glass Beads”, as well as many exhibitions. Cynthia’s work is carried in the Brookfield Craft Center (CT), the Sharon Arts Center (NH), the Kittrell- Riffkind gallery (TX) and more. Making beads since 1995, her work is known for its painterly qualities and strong base forms. Cynthia is scheduled to be interviewed on "Artists and Authors" cable TV.
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Note for Students: Since we will be working with an open flame, it is important to avoid floppy sleeves, synthetic fiber clothing and the like; tie back long hair. Students will be required to wear protective eyeglasses (provided). Bring a notebook, container for finished beads, and any “show and tell”
Who: Age 16 or older
Location: Lakeside Pottery Studio
Seats available: Five in each session