Bird Peeps with Guest Artist Lisa Renner *non glass workshop! (but they sure would look great in glass)

$225, Saturday September 16,  Time:TBD

You will pull out all the creative stops in this one day mixed media workshop to make a whimsical little creature called a Bird Peep. These are little bird bodies designed with “human” personas instead of beaks!  Working with polymer clay, inks, paints, wire and other materials you will build your Bird Peep, just bursting with sweetness! 

A rudimentary bird-shaped armature quickly takes flight when you cover it with textured polymer clay and highlight with paints to showcase the detail.  Experiment with the application of alcohol inks, enjoying their translucency, blend-ability and plethora of colors!   They can be combined with other materials available to use in class to achieve a richly layered surface for your bird.

A selection of face molds from the teacher’s personal collection will be available to choose from to use for the face of your Peep.  You will be able to optionally glaze the face or leave it a matte finish.  Your Bird Peep is designed to stand on its own two legs and the finished size will be approximately 4 to 5 inches tall.  You will have the option to give it a sparkly “crown” using beads, and with the hand-formed heart that springs from its chest you will find your Bird Peep simply irresistible.   Please join me and let your creativity soar!

Students will need to bring:
*3-4 packages of White Premo Polymer clay – I suggest Premo White because the texture of the white is best suited for what we will be doing. I do not recommend Pearl or Translucent because the same effects are not achievable – just check the color on the package carefully when buying. (Condition clay before class:  roll each package into a sheet using the thickest setting of a pasta machine and placed in a plastic bag, each sheet separated by plastic wrap. Search for clay that is squeezable in the package-not too firm!)  *If you are not familiar with “conditioning” clay, there are a lot of free tutorials on line if you google “how to condition polymer clay”. If you do not have a pasta machine you can roll the clay out to an approximate thickness of 1/8” after conditioning using a smooth drinking glass.  
*Chain nose and round nose jewelry pliers
*wire cutters
*gloves and apron
*roll of paper towels

Optional items (but helpful!): pasta machine if you have one (Teacher will bring a couple for class to share), acrylic rod to roll clay,
favorite texture mats or implements (Teacher will bring some to share)

*Call Art Glass Array to register. 50% deposit due at registration, balance due Aug 1. Due to expense of bringing in a guest instructor, refunds are only given if a waitlisted person is able to fill your spot.

The Long and Short of It, 3 sessions, $165

The hint is in the name! Come and unlock the secrets to making this stunning style. Learn and utilize basic coldworking skills on our flat lap grinder for "attention to detail" perfection.

Tuesdays March 28-April 11 6:30-8:30pm

Thursdays June 29-July 13 6:30-8:30pm 

Creating Dimension with Guest Artist Paul Messink: 4 day class at Art Glass Array: May 5-8, 2017  $750  *1 spots just opened!

Create thick, image filled glass panels with great dimension and depth. In this 4-day class, students will learn how to apply enamel to glass layers, and then stack and fuse these layers into solid panels.  Topics covered include design and image selection, layout, discussion of enamels and how they respond to fusing temperatures, painting medium, how to mix and apply enamels, fusing schedules, bubble control, kiln loading instructions, and finishing techniques.  It is not required to have drawing and painting experience, although it can be helpful. Prior kiln-work experience is required.
Students will complete several initial exercises, and 2-3 additional projects during this class. Students are encouraged to choose and bring to the class printed images for compositions they would like to use for these projects.  Important image selection guidelines will be provided prior to class.
Registration Information: 
A 50% deposit is due at registration. Balance Due by March 1st. Because of the expense of bringing in a guest artist, refunds are only given if space is filled by a waitlisted student.

Such a Drag, 1 session + followup, $225

Based on the principals of volume and glass flow, students will use sheet glass and casting billets to create a unique slab of glass. We will design and assemble our piece in the first session as well as have a coldworking demonstration. After the piece is fired, students will set up an independent time to perfect their edges utilizing the coldworking they learned.

Saturday May 20 11am-3pm

The Glass Wedgie, 2 sessions, $150

Sounds painful but we assure you, it's not. Learn about volume control and glass flow as you create one glass platter (7X15) in this signature glass wedge style .

Wednesdays May 10-17, 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesdays June 6-13, 6:30-8:30pm

Class AND Date

Fuser Friday! 1 session, $15

A special evening for open studio customers. Join us as we treat you to pizza, snacks, and drinks as you work on your independent projects. Lots of fun, laughter, and fusing abounds! Pre-registration and full payment is required. Since this is an open studio event, you must purchase your glass and have taken at least the Fusing Fundamentals class. 

Friday Feb 24 6-8:45pm

Friday March 31 6-8:45pm

Friday April 28 6-8:45pm

Friday May 26 6-8:45pm

Beyond Beginner Classes: these classes require taking "Fusing Fundamentals" first 

Beginner Classes:

Double the layer, double the fun, 1 session, $60

.....Double your pleasure, double your fun. This may be the jingle for double mint gum but this class is extra fun so we couldn't resist. We will show you a few different options as you learn to make this double depth 7" piece. (Must have basic glass cutting skills).  

Wednesday April 12 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday May 30 6:30-8:30pm

Fusing Fundamentals: 4 sessions, $145

By far, the most comprehensive class for those interested in fused glass or just beginning. You will make 4 projects as you learn about glass cutting, compatibility, firing schedules, and slumping. You will work with frit, glass powder, stringers, and leave with pieces featuring a variety of techniques such as kiln carving, tack fusing, and full fusing.

Tuesdays April 18-May 9 6:30-8:30pm

Wednesdays June 7-28 6:30-8:30pm

Class Registration Policy: Registration requires a $30 deposit (applies to class fee). Cancellations must occur a minimum of 7 days in advance to receive a refund or change deposit to another class. No refund/changes for no call/no show students.

We are sorry but we cannot offer make-up sessions for missed classes.

Register by phone:636-724-0288 or Online through Paypal using Class/Date box on right:

PS: If Paypal acts glitchy and charges you tax or shipping, we'll credit the charge to your class fee.

Garden Stake Tower, 1 session $45

This garden tower stands about two feet tall and is sure to make a statement in your yard. We've welded the stand and will show you how to make the "stained glass" look for this unique piece. 

Thursday March 9 6:30-8:30pm

Wed May 24 6:30-8:30pm

Lattice Vase, 1 session, $45

Maybe not the best vase for water and flowers but it will sure look great as an art piece.

Tuesday March 21 6:30-8pm

Wednesday April 26 6:30-8pm

Special Effects with Steel Blue, 1 session $60

We love to play with the metallic effects of steel blue glass. The pictures just don't do the glass justice.  Create two 5X10 pieces utilizing the unique properties of this glass. 

Thursday March 16 6:30-8:30pm

Girls Night Out: Mixed Media Style!

We LOVE glass, but we also enjoy working in other media. Sometimes I feel that trying something different makes me more inspired for my glasswork or I can even try the technique in a glass version. We've held a couple of private mixed media get togethers and they were so fun we decided to offer a few on select Friday nights! Workshop includes one piece unless noted. Yummy drinks included

Each workshop $25! Registration required (to make sure we have enough supplies)

New Workshops coming summer 2017

Kiln Considerations, 1 session, $35

Why did my piece break? Why is my bowl slumped unevenly? Where did these bubbles come from? What is a firing schedule and how do I program it in a kiln? We will answer all these questions and more in our Kiln Considerations session. A must take for anyone thinking of buying a kiln or new to firing in their kiln.

Monday May 22 6:30-8pm

Mosaic Cheese Board, 1 session, $35

The most stylish serving piece at your next party. Create a 6X8 cheese board(comes with cheese knife).

Tuesday March 7 6:30-8pm